Even More Lessons For A Big DIY Project At Home

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In one of my first SALT™ Blog posts, I wrote about a rather hefty DIY project: stripping and replacing my roof. Now, a year later, that project is more or less complete and I’m on to DIY part deux (admit it, you secretly love that movie).

What was on the agenda this time around? A finished basement—kind of like this one, except not nearly as nice. We started in late February, and with lots of assistance from family, we are about 75% done.

So, what did I learn this time around? Here are a few tips if you’re thinking of undertaking a big DIY project on your home as well.…

3 Must-Have Travel Accessories You Can Make Yourself

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With graduation season in full swing and the summer fast upon us, young travelers (including yours truly) are taking off for adventures all over the globe.

Inexperienced travelers should prepare for all kinds of situations. However, an entire industry exists to sell over-prepared and overcautious people “specialized” travel goods, like cushy eye masks and single-use laundry detergent sheets.

These products are definitely helpful—but they’re also definitely overpriced. Fortunately, for those traveling on a budget, you can make your own versions of these items. Here are three I didn’t leave home without.…

How To Handle A Big DIY Project For Your Home

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Let’s talk “do-it-yourself” (DIY) projects … big ones. I recently started stripping and replacing the roof on my house.

Now, before I go any further, let’s make one thing clear: Big projects like this are best left to professionals with the necessary experience and licenses. That being said, sometimes you are lucky enough to have a family member or friend with applicable experience (which I do) and they are crazy enough to give up multiple weekend(s) to help you (which they are).

In such cases, DIY projects are a great way to save some money, be creative in your approach (within reason, of course), and gain a sense of accomplishment (assuming, of course, you finish). So before setting out on this “lofty” endeavor (ha-ha, get it? Lofty? Never mind), consider the following things.…