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15 Electrical Fixes Any Homeowner Can Make

Electrical work can be scary, even for seasoned DIYers who haven’t delved into electricity. Many people have a fear of electrocution or fear of burning their house down. There are definitely times to hire a licensed electrician (when adding new wiring or outlets or working with dryer or stove 240 volt circuits.) But, there are so many electrical fixes and updates you can make as a homeowner! All you need to know are the tools needed, what the wire colors mean, and how to turn off the circuit. The rest is easy! Here are 15 Electrical Fixes Any Homeowner Can Make. I hope you like these projects and they help you take on some basic home owner electrical changes!


How to Install a New Chandelier

How to Install a New Chandelier.

 

How to Hide Wires Behind a Wall Mounted TV

How to Hide the Wires, Install, and Mount Your TV 


How to Add a Switch to a Light Fixture

How to Add a Switch to a Light Fixture

 

How to Convert a Recessed Light to Accept a Hardwire Fixture

How to Convert a Recessed Light to Accept a Hardwire Fixture

 

How to Install Landscape Lights and Repel Mosquitoes

How to Install Landscape Lights

 

How to Install the Most Beautiful Ceiling Fan I Ever Laid Eyes Upon

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

 

Replace an Old Ugly Outlet with a New One

 

Replacing an Old Hollywood Strip Light with a New Fixture

 

How to Add an Outlet Extender

How to Add an Outlet Extender

 

How to Install Radiant Floor Heating using WarmlyYours

How to Install Radiant Floor Heating

 

 

How to Install Recessed Lights

How to Install Recessed Lights

 

How to Install a Hard-Wired Pendant Light

How to Install a Hard-Wired Pendant Light

 

How to Install a Light Occupancy Sensor 3 Way Switch.

How to Install a Light Occupancy Sensor

 

How do Install a Cable Outlet

How to Install a Cable Outlet

 

Converting a Recessed Light to a Pendant

Converting a Recessed Light to a Pendant

 

What do you think? Could you do these projects, or have you? What other electrical fixes are great for DIYers? I’d love to read your comments.

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How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

Hi Pretty Handy readers, it’s Jillian from I Am a Homemaker. I’m here to show you how I finally wrangled all the baseball hats my son has collected, with an industrial hat rack.

I absolutely love to add some unexpected touches to my projects and the plumbing aisle is a fantastic place to get those unique ideas.

My latest idea was hatched while trying to figure out what to do with my son’s ever growing baseball hat collection.  Iron pipes are used for everything from shelf brackets to table legs, and now we can add hooks to that list of usefulness.

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

My son’s room already has some industrial decor, so using the pipes for this hat rack works perfectly.

Here’s how to DIY your own industrial hat rack.

Materials:

  • 1  1″ x 6″ board at 5′ long (The length can be altered to suit your needs but will also alter the number and placement of the flanges so adjust accordingly.)
  • 2 D-rings for hanging
  • 5   1/2″ iron floor flanges
  • 5   1/2″ iron 90 degree street elbows
  • 5   1/2″ iron plugs
  • 20  1/2″ screws (choose a finish that matches your flanges or spray paint them to match)

Instructions:

Step 1:

Cut the 1″ x 6″ board to the desired length. Sand the edges and finish to your style.

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

Step 2: 

Place the top flange 1″ below the top of the board. Attach to the board with screws. Attach the remaining flanges to the board 8½” apart.

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

Step 3:

Add the street elbows to the flanges. (I chose to make this rack to hang vertically to make the best use of a narrow wall space.)

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

Step 4:

Add the plug into the top of the elbow and screw it in tightly.

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

Step 5:

Attach the D-rings to the back for hanging.

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

Another display option is to skip the D-ring and just lean it against the wall. I like it this way, but I don’t think free standing is the safest option for a child’s room. A furniture tether could be used to prevent tipping while still allowing it to stand on the floor.

All that’s left to do is gather up all your hats and have fun hanging them on their new, industrial hooks.

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

With different D-ring placement and a little turn of the 90 degree elbow, you can easily hang this rack horizontally. You can also hang almost anything on this rack. How about towels? Flowers? Jewelry or purses? Use your imagination and get organized.

How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | prettyhandygirl.com

I hope you enjoy this idea. Hopefully it pushes you to use your imagination and explore the hardware store.

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How to build an industrial hat rack to keep all your hats organized. | Industrial DIY project | DIY hat rack | Pretty Handy Girl #prettyhandygirl #DIY #industrialdecor #homeorganization

 

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Industrial Display Shelves

Hello! My name is Lindi. I normally blog at Love Create Celebrate, but I couldn’t be happier to contribute some great ideas at Pretty Handy Girl! I love the look and style of industrial home decor. On my blog, Love Create Celebrate, I recently started an industrial guest bedroom renovation, and I’m taking you through the entire process. These Industrial Display Shelves are the perfect addition to the decor in the room, and I’m thrilled to share this tutorial with you today.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • 1″ x 6″ x 2′ board
  • 6 – 1/2″ black steel flanges
  • 6 – 1/2″ (diameter) x 2″ (length) black steel pipes
  • 3 – 1/2″ black steel elbows
  • 12 – #10 1 1/2″ wood screws (flange to wall connection)
  • 12 – #10 1/2″ wood screws (flange to shelf connection)
  • Wood Stain
  • Varnish (gloss)
  • Acetone
  • Clear coat

Tools:

  • Chop saw (or circular saw)
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Planer (optional)

Instructions:

To begin, use the table saw or circular saw to cut the width of the board to 5″ for your shelves (you need a total of 21″ in length). If you are using rough wood, you may want to run the wood through the planer to make it flat and smooth. (If you bought wood that was straight, you don’t need to worry about this step.)

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Grab your 1×6″ board and cut the board to 7″ inches in length.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Use either a miter saw (chop saw) or a circular saw for this cut.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Next, pick up your sander and sand down all sides of your wood. Stain the wood with any color stain you chose.  Read more