Do It Yourself in 2010: Ask Anthony

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Let 2010 be the year you finally DO IT YOURSELF around the house, well, at least some of the time, when possible. Today, HGTV's Anthony Gilardi provides a few of his favorite resources for up and coming DIYers.

Leave Anthony your home improvement or home repair question TODAY in the comments below, and he'll answer in a future post.


Hello, my CafeMoms. Happy New Year! I missed you guys.  

Well, the holidays are over, the smoke has cleared, and the relatives are gone, leaving you alone with your New Year's resolutions and nobody but yourself to answer to. Maybe your resolution is to get in shape or stop smoking. If that is the case, I'm sorry. I can't help you. Although I can say: use mind over matter. LOL. I don't even know what that means...

Of course, what I DO know and the resolution I CAN help you with is: BEING MORE HANDY AROUND THE HOUSE. More DIY, more build your own, more fix it yourself.

Okay, now we're talking.

As you know, you can always write in to CafeMom and "Ask Anthony" ANY question you want about ANYTHING you want to know about improving and repairing your home. I will be here, and I promise to answer as many questions as I can and to walk you through every answer. However, I can't be there personally to show you firsthand the proper techniques and safety methods. Believe me, I wish I could.

Of course, I can recommend a few places near you (wherever that may be) where you can go (for FREE) to learn hands-on how to be more handy around the house. Sure, there are many lumber yards, hardware stores, and "do it yourself" centers that offer FREE workshops. However, in my experience, the ones I feel most comfortable with and that I can vouch for are: Home Depot and Lowe's.

Not only do these two stores offer solid, free workshops and services, but chances are better that they have a location near you. 

Here's a link where you can find dates, times, locations, and workshop descriptions for the Home Improver Club weekly "how to" workshops at Home Depot. 

Examples of some of the workshops (for beginners, advanced, or experts) offered:

  • Interior painting
  • Tiling floors and walls
  • Closet organization
  • Repairing drywall
  • Bathroom updates
  • Kids workshops

And while Lowe's is only offering How-To Videos on its website right now, they do offer very cool in-store workshops FOR KIDS called Build and Grow Clinics. Great for teaching kids new hobbies, and it's not too early to teach these kids to pull their weight around the house a little. LOL. Just kidding. I have attended this type of workshop for kids myself, and they are fun and safe for the kids — and for Moms and Dads too.

Other helpful services for the new DIYer available at your local Home Depot and Lowe's may include:

  • Safety tips
  • Types of wood education
  • Cutting wood/other materials to fit
  • Tutorials or design/plan room makeovers
  • Tool rentals for DIY projects

If you need more info or if you live in an area that does not have a Lowe's or Home Depot, leave me a comment with where you live, and we'll find an alternate location that offers similar services.

"We'll fix it together."

Until next time...Good luck, stay safe, and reward yourself after a job well done. Here's to a big and more self-sufficient 2010!

-Anthony Gilardi 

What resources and services (free or otherwise) do you enjoy at your local Home Depot, Lowe's, or other home improvement stores?

Need advice on a do-it-yourself home repair or improvement? Leave your question for Anthony in the comments below, and he'll respond in a future post.


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