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Thinking Outside the Box in Carcross

In the mid-70s, Michael Reynolds, an American architect, was working very hard in a sand dune of New Mexico. Fed up with what he saw as the typical house mortgage trap and unsustainable living, he wanted to come up with a design...

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Rubber Gloves Required

I recently found myself on my knees, in front of a toilet in Home Hardware, being taught how to install a toilet by Megan Fuller, plumbing and electrical supervisor.Fuller fell in love with the “Lego aspect” of...

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In Praise of Do-it-Yourself Culture

I am a “DIYer.”I like making things for myself, family and friends. My kit includes wool, paper, stickers and beads. Books and magazines give me inspiration.This year I created craft baskets for my youngest friends....

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Spring Boost for Your Car

You don’t have to be an auto mechanic, or a computer wizard, to handle many of your vehicle’s basic springtime needs.According to Doug Muir, assistant service manager at Canadian Tire, there are several things most...

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Tool Talk

Every serious do-it-yourselfer knows you have to own a bunch of tools. Right?But surely, it’s cheaper to rent them. Right?Maybe yes, maybe no.Bruce Beemish, who describes himself as “chief cook and...

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Measure Once, Cut … Uh-oh!

For the sake of argument (and who doesn’t like a good argument?), let’s define our terms.To me, a hobbyist is someone who does something as a pastime, a creative outlet, a pleasurable way she/he can temporarily...

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