Do It Herself Workshops Expanding to More Home Depot Stores

Posted by: on January 25th, 2012 | 7 Comments
Participants having fun at a Do It Herself Workshop at The Home Depot

Get hands on experience at the Home Depot’s Do It Herself Workshops

The ladies have spoken. The Home Depot is expanding our Do It Herself Workshops for women.

Here at The Home Depot we want everyone to have the skills and confidence to be a first class do-it-yourselfer. Our free weekly workshops are a great way to get step-by-step instruction and a little hands on experience learning how to do basic repairs and easy home improvements. They’re a lot of fun, too.

The workshops are very popular with experienced home improvement aficionados as well as beginners, and of course anyone and everyone is welcome.

More and more women are taking on DIY projects these days, and not all women grew up helping their dads (or moms!) with home repair projects. So someone suggested a while back that maybe we should try out some workshops created specifically for the ladies. That was the beginning of our Do It Herself Workshops here at The Home Depot.

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How to Create a Charging Station

Posted by: on January 24th, 2012 | One Comment

Day 24 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Turn a corner into a charging station with just a surge protector and a few binder clips. A charging station will ensure you keep cords organized and never lose your cell phone or iPod’s charger.

Create an electronic charging station

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Be sure that when none of these charging cables is connected to a device, the surge protector is unplugged. Electronic devices can overheat and cause fires, and they’re also a drain on your home’s electricity when they aren’t in use.

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

10 Things Every New Homeowner Needs Before Move-In

Posted by: on January 24th, 2012 | 7 Comments

Let’s face it, not every homeowner is a DIY enthusiast. While The Home Depot loves the let’s-tackle-a-project-this-weekend mentality, we also love the guys who buy a house to live in it – not to live for it.

If you’re a new homeowner, you may not have the need for a wet saw or an air compressor, but there are a few handy essentials that anyone with a mortgage payment needs to have on hand. Here are the items we think you need before picking up your keys:

10 Things Every Homeowner Needs Before Move-In

1. A 6-foot step ladder – At some point you’re going to have to change a light bulb. Do yourself a favor and don’t stand on that wobbly kitchen stool. Just get a ladder. This fiberglass step ladder can support 375 pounds and is light enough to carry around the house at just 20 pounds.

2. At least two flashlights – You’ll be shocked at the number of dark nooks and crannies in a new house. Inevitably, you’ll have to head down into the basement for something. Keep one flashlight in your toolbox and one by your bedside table. When the electricity goes out you’ll avoid all the bumps and bruises you’ll get searching for the flashlight you left in the garage.

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Heat Lamp Safety

Posted by: on January 24th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Heat lamps use low amounts of energy, heat up quickly, and are the perfect solution for heating up a small rooms like bathrooms or outdoor sheds. Although they are a cost-effective solution for staying warm this winter, it’s important to keep certain safety precautions in mind.

Above Average Joe, one of our expert Forum associates, sheds light on various issues to consider in heat lamp safety. In this video he walks you through the right light bulb to use, the proper wattage, as well as the proper accessories to help keep you safe. Check us out at for a full selection of light bulbs, alternative energy solutions and other home heating options. You can also visit Above Average Joe and our other Home Depot expert associates on our How-To Community Forum.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

How to Organize Miscellaneous Items

Posted by: on January 23rd, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 23 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Sometimes little areas of your home can be forgotten when you catch the organizing bug. Next time you’re out, grab a few of these wire shower hangers and use them to corral random items. Hang it on the wall, on the inside of a cabinet, or on the back of a door to organize small bathroom containers, first aid items, mail, notebooks, or anything else that might be easily lost or misplaced.

Storage and organization tips: wire shower hanger

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[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Organize Shoes on Your Wall

Posted by: on January 22nd, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 22 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Our friends at Martha Stewart came up with this genius solution for organizing shoes — use picture rail moulding to store shoes on your wall. Not only is it supremely functional, but it turns favorite pumps into wall art.

Storage & Organization TIps: Store shoes on your wall

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Not only does this project wrap up in just a few hours, but pre-primed picture moulding comes in at only $1.09 per linear foot. Not bad!

For instructions on creating these shoe hangers, visit this slideshow.

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Create a Mail Filing System

Posted by: on January 21st, 2012 | One Comment

Day 21 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Mail can get out-of-hand very quickly in any household. The best way to be sure bills get paid, sentimental cards get saved, and trash gets recycled is to create a filing system that stays right at the door.

Storage & Organization Tip: Mai filing system

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[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Design for Bath Safety and Accessibility

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment

How to Design for Bath Safety

It’s the first place you go when you wake up in the morning. It’s usually the last place you go before going to bed at night. You clean it. You use it. You relax in it. It’s your haven….your own private retreat inside your home. It’s your bathroom, and according to the Home Safety Council, it’s also the second most dangerous room in your home. Make it safer. Design for bath safety and accessibility.

Use non-slip mats. Water makes surfaces slippery and dangerous even for the most healthy individuals. Prevent falls and make the bathroom safer for the whole family by adding non-slip mats.

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How to Create an Organized Entryway Drop Spot

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 20 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: The last thing you want to see as soon as you walk in the door is a cluttered mess on your entry table. Rather than just throwing junk down, create a designated space for devices, keys, and wallets.

Storage & Organization Tips: Entryway drop spot

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Be sure to label each section of the tray to help family members keep up with the system.

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Refinish Wood Floors With Stain

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | One Comment

When hardwood floors came back as a must-do home design trend, they came back in a big way. They offer so much design versatility, adding character and decorative flair to any look from elegant and sophisticated to casual and comfortable to modern and cosmopolitan. You can’t go wrong with hardwood.

It’s always a plus when a flooring makeover reveals beautiful hardwood floors beneath carpet or linoleum. That’s just what happened to Community member Cueshot108 while tackling a small remodeling project. In his Forum post ”First timer using Minwax Stain. Need help,” he shares his project to turn a small bedroom into his man cave. Forum associate ChristineClaret joined the discussion to provide expert advice and guidance on refinishing wood floors with stain.

Refinish Hardwood Floors with Wood Stain

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Cueshot108 was surprised to find pine hardwood floors when he ripped up the linoleum floors in a small bedroom. His newly discovered hardwood floors are in excellent condition, and he plans to use Minwax Wood Finish to stain them. He wants to know whether or not conditioning the hardwood and applying polyurethane after applying the stain is necessary.

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