Everyone loves a good do-it-yourself home repair project, and if you own a home, then you’ve surely tried your hand at a few. That’s smart. Basic home repair is easily learned by even the most inexperienced handyman, and it would cost you quite a bit of money to contract out every little thing that goes wrong with your house. There are, however, some home repair projects that are better left to the pros. When it comes to these problems, leave your pride at the door and open up the checkbook. Here are some things to keep in mind.

The DIY Guys are at it again. In this review, we’ve walked away from the garden and went straight for work meant for a man’s hands. Tough work that requires a tough glove. One thing we’ve learned over the years is that you can’t go plunging your hands blindly into your work without the proper protection. That’s where gloves come into play. Whether you prefer leather or the nubile feel of nitrile, we’ve got the gloves for you.

If you’re wondering, yes, you really do need a good set of work gloves so quit being stubborn and pick a pair. Not only will they help protect your hand from harmful chemicals and cuts, but work gloves can also prevent burns when you’re working with moderate heat. Different types of glove are best suited for different jobs but the following eight gloves have shown their mettle in more ways than one.

Scroll slowly, you don’t want to miss our reasons for giving a damn about these eight 10-fingered wonders.

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DIY Guys here. We realize that not every do-it-yourselfer is a dude. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best work boots aimed at women. Why are work boots important enough to warrant a list of the best? Well, more than just protecting your manicure, a good pair of boots will keep your feet safe from workplace hazards like falling shelves, rusted nails, and slippery floors. You’ve got enough on your plate without also having to worry about an avoidable injury.

We sorted through dozens of brands and styles, scoured the net for reviews from real women, and consulted the ladies in our lives to bring you the top work boots for women. We looked at fit, quality, comfort, and safety features including sole construction and adherence to common workplace standards. We think these boots are the best of the best, the cream of the leather-bound crop if you will.

Without further ado, here are the 9 best damn women’s boots on the market today:

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DIY Guys give a damn about your DIY dollar. We don’t want you to spend more than you have to but also want you to get the best bang for your buck. We’ve rated the top garden gloves so you don’t have to go sticking your hand into holes unprotected. And in case you’re wondering, yeah, it’s best to invest in a good pair of gloves. Your man hands can handle a lot, but a little protection never hurt anyone. 

So what, exactly, makes one set of gloves stand out from another? Well we’re are glad you asked. There’s actually a crap ton of things to consider including stitching, material, wrist closure, and fit. And trust us, you don’t want to get stuck wearing a set of cheap garden gloves that will allow the things you’re trying to keep off your skin from seeping in and getting pressed against your stubby little fingers.

Here are the top nine garden gloves we give a damn about:

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Home security is important to everyone, and if you have children or elderly family members living at home, it’s likely even more of a concern. Ensuring that your house is well guarded against would-be intruders can be a big job, however, especially if you own a lot of property or are on a tight budget.

The good news is that there are many options available for those who want to amp up their home security, from simple DIY projects that can be done in a weekend to more involved, professional jobs. The key is to sit down with your spouse or partner and talk about what you want, what you need, and what makes sense for your budget. Work out a timeline to get everything done in and do some research on different companies around town that can help you out.

Once you’ve got a plan, think about these options for home security.

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They say a car starts to lose its value the moment you drive it off the lot. Thankfully, your house is entirely different. Now that the housing market has recovered, your home should be increasing in value a little bit each year.

The key word there is “should.” If you do not take good care of your place, it can start to lose value as amenities and structures begin to age. Regular maintenance like cleaning can help a lot, but so can the right home improvement project. Read on to learn more about what remodeling you can do, including which project to pick.

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If your home doesn’t have much storage space, or if you like to add touches of style throughout your home, consider hanging various types of shelving. Fortunately, adding shelves to your home is a fairly simple process that is relatively inexpensive. This ultimate guide to DIY shelving will get you started on making a space more functional or decorative.

  1. Open Kitchen Shelving

Open kitchen shelving is on trend and is a fantastic way for you to add more storage while adding some decorative touches at the same time. You may have dishes or drinkware that you love and want to display, or you may want to add pops of color with funky bottles or mugs. No matter what you choose to display on your shelves, be sure you are ready for the visual impact open kitchen shelving makes and that you are ready to do a little more dusting and organizing.

One of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive ways to create open kitchen shelving is removing a pair of cabinet doors from your existing cabinets. Give open shelving a test run this way before putting holes in your walls. This Old House design editor Tisha Leung points out that it’s simple to put the doors back on if you feel too cluttered.

For a quick and easy solution, install a couple brackets and place planks on top for a rustic open shelf. Be sure to measure and use a level when installing your shelves, and use a stud finder and then screw the brackets into wall studs to make them sturdy. To make your shelving functional in addition to decorative, put frequently used items on bottom shelves and decorative or less-used items on higher shelves. Mix decorative and functional pieces or add antique or vintage items to your open kitchen shelves.

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