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Tired of running your A/C full blast, only to have your upstairs rooms still too hot? Steve tells us about the trick of using openable skylights to help your air conditioner keep your whole house cooler.


Too few kids these days get to grow up wearing nothing but a swim suit all summer long. Country life puts everyone into constant contact with nature, and childhood experiences with rural places can be create memories and strengths that last a life time. Saying goodbye to these times can be hard, but there’s value in it, too.


In this edition of Maxwell’s Tips, Steve explains the best way to shingle a valley, the right wood for interior painting and how to cool a duct-free home. Scroll down to read more.


Steve talks about Game of Homes, a new high-stakes home improvement show that has the potential to deliver bigger, better human beings (along with a really nice home in downtown Vancouver).

The 3M And Black + Decker wallmaster sweepstakes

Make your walls great with the “3M and Black + Decker WallMaster Sweepstakes” – Win a complete DIY prize package including a wall patching and prep kit from 3M, and the new 20v MAX Autosense™ Drill from Black + Decker (Just for starters!). Enter DAILY to increase your chances to win.


Do you love the look of bright wood on your deck but don’t know how to get rid of the grey colour? Steve shows us how to brighten your deck without bleach and with a product that preserves the look of wood grain.

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Got bad walls to fix? Learn how with this drywall patching video course. You’ll get professional quality results with these essential tips and tricks!


Build your own hoop house with these easy to follow instructions and guidelines. Extend your growing season and make your green thumb even greener. You’ll never garden the same way again!


There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding a $4000 cabin plan on the internet lately. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the author of this ambitious plan was none other than myself! This update corrects some information for a more accurate build.


Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to build your own home, earn your living on your own terms in your own way in a rural setting? You’re not alone. Join Steve has he answers questions about modern homesteading from a young man who’s ready to take the plunge.