Lisa Kaplan Gordon is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in national newspapers, magazines and on many online sites including Yahoo!, AOL and AARP.

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Why You Should Mulch Your Leaves This Fall

Being lazy never made so much sense....

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The Gorgeous, Swirling Beauty of a Flowing Stone Wall

These walls really rock....

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Finally, A Nice-Looking Way to Store All Your Stupid Cables

No more hiding them all in a shoebox full of tangled hell....

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These Giant Blocks Let You Build LEGO-Like Furniture

You could make other stuff, but really, who doesn't want a big block couch?...

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How to Make a Lampshade in 8 Easy Steps

You can make a lampshade out of pretty much anything—watered silk stretched over hammered coat hangers, corrugated steel, copper tubing strung together with wire . . . or twine and glue, like this one....

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121 House Styles Explained in 1 Gorgeous Poster

All the gable knowledge you require....

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The 7 Most Common Misconceptions About Pliers

Pliers are indispensable. But don't go plying around until you've got your mechanical facts straight....

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Why Smart Locks Won't Kill the Old-Fashioned Key

Will smart locks ever completely eliminate house keys? Schuyler Towne, one of America's top competitive lock pickers, isn't so sure....

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This Guy Built a Brilliant Chicken Coop on Wheels

For the chicken farmer on the go....

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This Guy Built His Man Cave Behind a Secret Bookcase

A manly lair that would make Indiana Jones proud....