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Some DIY projects can seem daunting, but there can also be a payoff both in knowledge and cost. Here are some issues to consider when deciding whether doing it yourself or hiring someone else is the right approach for you.

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A well-equipped toolbox is essential for completing jobs around the home -- everything from hanging a picture frame to putting together furniture or doing major renovations. Here are the tools everyone should own, from the most minimalist toolbox to a kit for the experienced DIYer.

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Chances are if you're using a tape measure, you're going to also need a notepad to write down your measurements. Over on Make, Craig Smith offers a simple way to modify your tape measure for that very purpose with a simple sandpaper hack.

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A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia todays says the increase in the number of malignant mesothelioma cases in Western Australia over the past decade is the result of home renovation and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects involving building products containing asbestos. This domestic exposure has been described as part of the "third wave" of asbestos-related diseases, the first being in miners, millers and transport workers, and the second in workers who used asbestos products. Clinical Professor of Respiratory Medicine and senior author of the paper, Bill Musk, discusses the risks to human health posed by asbestos.

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Carpet tiles are one of the most cost-effective ways to change your flooring, and also one of the easiest to put in place. Here's what you need to know.

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Much renovation and DIY work involves starting with very basic materials -- wood, metal, fastenings and adhesives -- and forming them into new objects. Starting from the basics is always a useful skill, but you should also be ready to recognise when using something pre-made will let you get a better end result.

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Dear Lifehacker, Like many other Lifehacker readers, I have the usual collection of cordless power tools that don't get used quite as often as they should or I'd like. I've read that keeping the battery pack constantly charging is no good for the battery. Can you recommend a strategy for ensuring the cordless power tools have the power when you need them but maintaining the battery life? Thanks, Cordless and Powerless