12 Tips For Installing an IKEA Kitchen — AZ DIY Guy

Tip #4: Manage Trash. Installing a flat-packed IKEA kitchen is going to net a metric-ton of packaging. Managing it as you go makes a huge difference in keeping your work area from devolving into an apocalyptic wasteland with heaps of cardboard, plastic baggies, and burning car wrecks.

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How to make a distressed flag — AZ DIY Guy

I ticked equal marks along the edge of the semi circle with the compass. With a thumbtack to brace the straight edge to the center of the circle, I connected the center to the tick marks and drew each ray past the edge of the board. View fullsize. 5. Set Angle.

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How to Remove a Palm Tree Stump — AZ DIY Guy

Admittedly, palm trees do complete a South Pacific circa 1943 scene when a B-17 rumbles over the house. They still suck. AZ DIY Guy's Opinion on Palm Trees, a Refresher: They only offer a little puddle of shade, strategically placed in a neighbor's yard. The higher the tree, the further you have to range to find the shade.

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How To Easily Clean Rust From Tools — AZ DIY Guy

Step 3: Walk Away. I just left it to do its thing. Soak. The manufacturer says light rust can be treated in 30 minutes, medium for 8 hours, and heavy for 24 hours. I headed outside to work on some electrical upgrades for the kitchen remodel (more on that in …

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DIY Weightlifting Power Rack — AZ DIY Guy

This monstrosity was going to be plenty strong, but would need corner braces to keep everything tight and square. We cut the 45 degree braces, using 10” as the long dimension. 12” Miter Saw cutting angles. We cut all the wood at once. Here’s the cut list and a …

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How to solve the drain vent challenge — AZ DIY Guy

The drain goes down through the concrete slab and the vent line goes up through the ceiling. From the drain, the ventline offsets upward at a 45-degree angle to avoid the little "window" to the family room before punching out to the sky. I stuffed a rag in …

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The 10+ DIY Ways We Cut Our Electric Bill — AZ DIY Guy

Average Billing Comparison. In August of 2012, our electricity use bill was $ 367.06 for the month, but we use an average billing plan to spread the crushing financial pain throughout the year, so the bill was actually $285.00.

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Super Easy DIY Craftsman Style Window Trim — AZ DIY Guy

Super Easy DIY Craftsman Style Window Trim. September 3, 2015. We've decided to upgrade our window trim to the beefy simplicity of Craftsman style. Since we will eventually replace all the windows in the house, the new one we added to the closet is a good place to start with this style, to see if we like it. There are a multitude of variations

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Installing a water heater shut-off switch — AZ DIY Guy

Installing a water heater shut-off switch. August 28, 2013. Last time, I mentioned I couldn't quite get to a water heater maintenance program without doing some repairs first. I figure step number one is to bring the electrical up to snuff. I decided to install a disconnect switch by the unit, so I don't have to trudge to the outdoor electrical

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A Quick and Easy Vanity Top Repair Hack — AZ DIY Guy

A Quick and Easy Vanity Top Repair Hack. With visitors on the way to the house, an ugly countertop gouge can be fixed well enough to easily sneak past the casual viewer. I did this simple trick a while back, wanting to cover up a gash for a weekend or so. It surprisingly lasted several years, before getting picked out by small, curious hands.

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Patio Door Repair: The Threshold — AZ DIY Guy

Preparing the new threshold. First, I measured the old threshold in place. I'd need to trim the new one down a bit, since it was a little over 72" long; ours needed to be exactly 70". Measure twice! The new threshold was an assembly of milled aluminum, pine, hardwood and a weather sealing strip.

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Framing a Large Opening in a Load Bearing Wall

Building a Temporary Load Bearing Wall. Something needed to hold all that weight while the wall was undergoing reframing. I picked up a bunch of decent-looking 2x4 studs to build another temporary wall a couple feet over. This new wall would run parallel to the existing and perpendicular to the rafters up in the ceiling.

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Silencing The Howling Turbine Vent — AZ DIY Guy

Silencing The Howling Turbine Vent. April 22, 2017. A couple months ago, I had to dash out to the truck before bedtime to grab my trusty travel mug. There was no way I going to go out in the morning before making my first coffee of the day, like a common chump. No, I like to sit that mug in position for immediate, morning deployment.

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Wiring A New Stove- Part 1: Up and over — AZ DIY Guy

Wiring A New Stove- Part 1: Up and over. Before I can start installing new kitchen cabinets on the south wall, I have to get the appliance placement worked out. Even in the middle of demolition and remodel, we're still cooking on the old stove, roughly in its original location, tippy and unlevel. The new kitchen design calls for a move.

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DIY Torch Projects — AZ DIY Guy

DIY Torch Projects — AZ DIY Guy. When I signed on as a featured blogger for Bernzomatic, the premier maker of hand torches and fuel cylinders, I didn't realize just how many fun and handy ways a blow torch could be used. As a Bernzomatic Torchbearer, I've tried many new tools, materials, and processes, pushing my skills and creativity to new

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Building the Ultimate Workshop Power Strip

The Ultimate Workshop Power Strip is a beast indeed, built from Wiremold 4000* a surface mounted wireway product by Legrand. Because I'm a mad tinkerer, I went overboard with features. It starts with how I fed power to the Ultimate Power Strip. It's an extension box with an industrial cover to pull existing power from where I'd removed a wall plug.

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How to Control any Electrical Outlet with a Switch — AZ

Installing a new light switch. There are plenty of ways to make a cutout in the wall for a switch box. You can use a simple jab saw, a spiral cutting tool, or my favorite, an oscillating multi-tool.The cut line is just the rectangle of the cut-in box body, not the little ears flaps at the top and bottom; those need to stay on the outside of the hole to keep the box from falling into the wall.

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New Website! — AZ DIY Guy

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How to Make an Attic Hatch from a Vent — AZ DIY Guy

Step 2: Build 2 Frames. The project needs two frames, one to mount to the house, one to mount to the vent. They'd get hinged together. When closed, it should look like one piece. I sliced up some 1 x 4 pine on the miter saw and drilled some pocket holes with the Kreg R3 Jr Pocket Hole System.

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Installing a Humidity-Controlled Switch for a Bathroom Fan

The sensor time settings can be custom set to 10, 20, 30 or 45 minute intervals. The sensor will continue to operate the fan for the minimum time set or until there is a reduction in room humidity level. A sensitivity level adjustment allows users to adjust the sensor’s sensitivity to ambient air to prevent false cycling.

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How I Moved Copper Water Lines Over a Concrete Floor — AZ

I see a lot of "how-to" home improvement content detailing how to move water lines like these from below. It looks pretty easy; just go down to the basement and re-route the pipe to a new location. Drill holes up through the floor from below and stick the new stuff up. No problem. Problem.

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How to Install Board and Batten Wainscoting with a Plate

Previously on AZ DIY Guy… I’d started the room by trimming two of the doorways in a craftsman style, hiding the banged up drywall corners and giving the room the early beginnings of some actual character.I tore out the crummy base molding and replaced it with a beefy 1 x 6. On top of this base, I’d create the a tall, board and batten wainscoting to dress the room up.

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Almost Half of a Kitchen — AZ DIY Guy

Our kitchen remodel has reached a good pace. Stuff is getting the heck done! I'd already installed the tall pantry boxes and, as a result, gained a pretty good feel for how these IKEA Sektion cabinets go together.

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Fix-It — Home Improvement Adventures — AZ DIY Guy

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Home Improvement Adventures — AZ DIY Guy

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An Emergency Washer Repair Challenge — AZ DIY Guy

An Emergency Washer Repair Challenge. March 25, 2013. Our LG front-loading washer tried to self-destruct this weekend. A hellacious, banging din from the garage brought my wife running to shut it off before it blew though a wall like the Kool-Aid man. I got home a few minutes later (from buying project materials) to learn that my weekend plans

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A Tile and Stone Mosaic Welcome Mat — AZ DIY Guy

A Tile and Stone Mosaic Welcome Mat. When last we visited the issue of filing in a big gap in the floor tile by removing cabinets, I’d pulled up and cleaned tile from unobtrusive areas of the house. I’d scavenged enough to fill in around the sides of what we’d planned to be a smaller, complementary tile “Welcome Mat” in front of a new

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The Mystery of the Wires to Nowhere — AZ DIY Guy

It went nowhere, just abandoned in the wall by the chumps who'd cut it off. Of course. It was 4 feet of abandoned wire that sent me on this adventure. Sheesh. I don't know why the preceding remodelers didn't take the time to yank it out of there, but I gave it a tug and slipped it out like an 8 year old slurps a strand of spaghetti.

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Next Big Project: Starting the Patio Remodel — AZ DIY Guy

Step one of the plan is to solve the patio cover. I had to figure out how to repair or replace the roof itself. I wanted to remove the center post, that screwed up the ability to place a table in the middle. I called around and got advice. A wooden beam to span nearly 20 feet, would have had to be so tall that I’d crack my head walking under it.

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Installing an "In-Use" Outdoor Electrical Cover — AZ DIY Guy

Installing an "In-Use" Outdoor Electrical Cover. November 26, 2014. The electrical receptacle on the front of our house gets some heavy use around the holidays, powering lighting decorations. When I put up the Halloween lights, I realized that the outlet was open to the elements. It hadn't been an issue for years, since it was covered by a

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The Ugliest Kitchen Soffits Say Goodbye — AZ DIY Guy

The Ugliest Kitchen Soffits Say Goodbye. March 26, 2017. The kitchen remodel is well past the point of no return. Instead of doing a total gut-job and starting with a clean canvas, I've been breaking the rules and doing it in phases, starting with the south wall. We've got to live our everyday lives using this kitchen while I chip away at the

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That Gap by the Door: Removing Floor Tiles without

How to fill in missing tiles by scavenging. Way back,… way, WAAAY back, 3 years ago, when the kitchen remodel was still a contemplative twinkle in my eye, I knew that changing the the kitchen footprint would bring untold trouble with the flooring.

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How to Make A Golf Practice Net — AZ DIY Guy

How to Make A Golf Practice Net. April 2, 2018. Phoenix is one of the golf meccas of the world with nearly year-round weather for it. My buddy Tony is an avid golfer. He attends the Phoenix Open each year to see the pros. This time of year, he's going to be glued to the Master's Tournament, dreaming about the next time he hits the links.

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There's Jungle on our Future Patio! — AZ DIY Guy

There’s a single-pane, greenhouse window there now. It’s the worst. It just collects bugs. It faces west where the blazing Arizona sun goes down in the summer. It chews up and spits out any hope of energy efficiency. My vision of a doorway, a year ago. …

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Electrical — Home Improvement Adventures — AZ DIY Guy

I slid a couple up the cable for later. Once I joined the wires, it would be impossible to get the heat shrink on. Full mighty moron disclosure: Looking forward to the next steps, I actually twisted the wires together and forgot the heat shrink.Luckily, I remembered, just in time, and spared the neighborhood a torrent of choice language that would have inevitably spewed from my spot behind the

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How to Make Rustic Metal Wall Art — AZ DIY Guy

Step 2: Steel. I'd picked up a 1 foot x 2 foot piece of 22 gauge, mill finish, "weldable" steel at Home Depot. The milled finish had enough texture to use a pencil to trace the pattern. I followed up with a Sharpie marker and darkened the lines; I'd need to …

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Replacing a Toilet is Easier than you think — AZ DIY Guy

Replacing a Toilet is Easier than you think. November 11, 2020. The toilet in our guest bathroom became loose and started leaking. As much as I would have rather focused on just about any other project around the house, apparently, a loose, leaky toilet is universally accepted as “undesirable” and something that should be addressed.

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Installing An Over-The- Range Microwave — AZ DIY Guy

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The Cricut Explore Air 2

The other (B) is for cutting and scoring blades. The cutter that comes with the Cricut Explore Air 2 is the Premium Fine Point blade. It’s a retractable, German carbide-steel fine point for precision work with card stock, paper, poster board, iron-on, …

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Archive — AZ DIY Guy

The AZ DIY Guy Archive of legendary blog posts. Answers to the greatest questions of the universe lay open herein. Unravel these mysteries and discover true harmony in life, or maybe it's just enjoyable tales of nail guns, wood-chewing blades and making sawdust in an old house, I forget.

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Avoiding Needles, Spines, and Spikes: The Cactus Cleanup

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Replacing a Tub / Shower Valve

Replacing a Tub / Shower Valve - Scald free after all these years. July 16, 2014. After repairing the emergency water leak in our wall, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to replace the bath tub valve in our guest bathroom. Ours was an old-school classic, a 1979 " flush-the-toilet-and-scald-the-hell-out-of-you " style valve.

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DIY Headlight Restoration: Bang for the Buck! — AZ DIY Guy

That was a bunch of work and probably $300 in supplies. Before. In the past, I’ve found biggest bang for the buck in rehabbing an old car for sale is a headlight restoration. Sunburned plastic lenses show that age so horribly. They also don’t help driving in the dark much either, becoming more like warm glow-boxes, than headlights.

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Rewiring Reindeer and Decorating in the Desert — AZ DIY Guy

Rewiring Reindeer and Decorating in the Desert. We truly do like to decorate for the holidays. It includes garish lights to be sure, but we really don't go to the full Clark Griswold treatment when we make the desert glow with holiday cheer. One of our "lawn" decorations, a lighted "grapevine" deer is a two years old, and half burned-out upon

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