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    Recover Your Patio with Envirotile

    Recover Your Patio with Envirotile

    A step-by-step guide that demonstrates how easy it is to install Envirotile on a concrete patio surface.

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    Skill: Beginner

    Time: 4 hours

    AttiCat<sup>®</sup> Blown-in Insulation application

    Installing Loose-Fill Insulation

    Short of tearing down the walls, blown-in, loose-fill insulation is the only way to insulate a house built before the days of adequate insulation. You can install fibreglass loose-fill insulation by putting the insulation in the AttiCat® System located outside the house ...

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    Skill: Beginner

    Time: 2 hours

    Applying Weatherstripping to Windows

    Applying Weatherstripping to Windows

    Air leakage can account for 30% to 40% of total heat loss in your home. Sealing up the contact areas on your windows with weatherstripping can save up to 20% on your heating bill.

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    Skill: Beginner

    Time: 1 hour

    Customize a Lampshade

    Customize a Lampshade

    Why throw out a tired lampshade when you can refresh it? This lampshade has been recovered using eco-chic wallpaper from Graham & Brown. For an even more eco-friendly transformation, use a compact fluorescent light bulb.

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    Skill: Beginner

    Time: 2 hours

    Create a Planter Box

    Create a Planter Box

    This free-standing planter box is made in part from FSC plywood, and the white paint doesn't off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so the air in your home stays free of pollutants.

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    Skill: Intermediate

    Time: 4 hours

    Build a Recycling Organizer

    Build a Recycling Organizer

    Tired of recycling boxes and bags cluttering up your garage or porch? Build an organizer that is not only functional but also elegant - and environmentally friendly, too. The one pictured here was constructed from FSC-certified lumber and plywood and painted with low-VOC paint....

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    Skill: Beginner

    Time: 3 hours

    Eco Pillows

    Eco Pillows

    Unbleached painter's drop cloths, remnants of outdoor upholstery fabric, and ribbon can be transformed into a set of comfy outdoor cushions. When you come inside, simply hang your cushions on a rack until their ready to be used again.

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    Skill: Beginner

    Time: 1 hour

    Create a Wall Hanging Clothes Rack

    Create a Wall Hanging Clothes Rack

    Using an ENERGY STAR qualified clothes dryer will help lower your electricity bill -- and benefit the environment as well. But you can save even more by damp-drying your clothes. The indoor laundry rack shown here is made from FSC wood and painted with low-VOC paint. It works...

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    Skill: Intermediate

    Time: 3 hours

    Create a Notice Board

    Create a Notice Board

    This easy-to-construct cork board framed with vibrant wallpaper from eco-chic company Graham & Brown makes a style statement as well as being useful for the whole family.

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    Skill: Beginner

    Time: 1 hour

    Create a Laundry Bag

    Create a Laundry Bag

    Why is it that laundry seems to have a life of its own? Everyone has had mysteriously disappearing socks, somehow "eaten" by their washer or dryer. These easy-to-make laundry bags,sewn from unbleached canvas drop cloths, will not only helporganize your family's clothes...

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    Skill: Intermediate

    Time: 1 hour

    Create an Outdoor Privacy Screen

    Create an Outdoor Privacy Screen

    This hinged screen can conceal a multitude of outdoor eyesores, from your central-air unit to your composter, garbage bins and recycling boxes — even your lawn mower and collection of yard tools. Made from FSC wood and painted in the colour of your choice, it's simple...

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    Skill: Intermediate

    Time: 5 hours

     
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