Karie Fay

DIY Expert and Freelance Writer

Growing up, Karie Fay picked rocks, hung drywall, carried lumber, straightened nails and performed other sundry tasks necessary to property development and home building. As a born writer, she performed all those tasks with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book. Karie grew up on construction sites and learned to love the smell of sawdust even as she wore girly-girl dresses. Being a practical gal, she attained a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in law and a concentration in sociology. Fate intervened when her writing talents were given a nod and her skills sharpened: During her junior year of college, she was offered a position as the Op/Ed editor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello's “The Voice.” She soon found herself writing for various clients, including RealEstate.com and the San Francisco Chronicle’s website. Karie's 30 years of experience and ability to write how-to guides that readers can easily visualize has led her back to her DIY roots. She particularly enjoys topics that feature a “Green” solution with a creative outlook such as recycled concrete driveways and cob houses. Today Karie lives in Michigan with her teenage son and two dogs. She gets her hands dirty whenever she can, building or crafting various things.

Installing hurricane shutters can help protect your home from wind and storm damage

People can learn something important from squirrels: When it comes to bad weather, prepare for it early and prepare for it well. Preparing for cold weather or power outages is one thing, but is your home hurricane-ready? . . .

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Choosing and installing a rain barrel can be a simple DIY project that leads to financial savings and water conservation

With even the simplest rain barrel, you can harvest water while conserving natural resources, making rain barrels a smart choice both financially and environmentally. Here are the basics on choosing and using your new rain barrel. . . .

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Water damage can affect walls, ceilings, floors and more, but repairing the damage can sometimes be a simple DIY project

If left unrepaired, water damage will continue to worsen, leading to greater problems. Learn what you need to know about water-damaged home interiors and how to tackle the situation appropriately. . . .

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Replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan can be a simple DIY project

Ceiling fans aren’t merely decorative – they help increase your home’s energy efficiency in both cold and warm weather. Set the fan to spin counterclockwise in summer (pulling hotter air up to the ceiling) and clockwise in winter (pushing warmer air down to the floor level). The result: You feel more comfortable and can heat – or cool – your house a little less. . . .

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DIY Cabinet Refacing

by on February 16, 2014

Do-it-yourself cabinet refacing is one way to update cabinets and save costs

Even the nicest, most modern cabinets become outdated with time. With a little do-it-yourself knowledge and the proper tools and preparation, you can simply reface your cabinets rather than replacing them. . . .

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Concrete pavers can be an attractive and durable option for driveways, and a DIY project for homeowners

Beyond the variety of styles, colors, textures and shapes available, pavers – often called paving stones – have distinct advantages over other driveway surfaces. Among other benefits, a concrete paver driveway delivers: . . .

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There are many methods that can be used to distress furniture with paint

Even if you’re building a piece of furniture with new lumber, you can add character by creating a distressed finish. Here’s what you need to know about distressing wood, including creative paint techniques, to create a one-of-a-kind object with an antique feeling. . . .

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If your refrigerator water dispenser has stopped working, troubleshooting the problem could lead to an easy solution

If you’re having problems with the water dispenser on your refrigerator, there might be an easy fix. To help you solve the problem, here is a simple troubleshooting guide for common water dispenser issues. . . .

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With a little patience, squirrels can be removed from a home safely and humanely

Forget ghosts and haunted houses. If you hear scampering, scurrying and skittering noises coming from your attic or even your chimney, chances are good you may have a squirrel. Make that squirrels, since they seldom live completely alone. With a little cleverness on your part, they’ll soon be gone and your house will be back to normal.
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How to Bleach Hardwood Floors

by on January 19, 2014

Bleaching hardwood floors is one solution for removing stains

Bleaching hardwood floors is a chemical process to lighten the color of the wood. Sometimes your hardwood floors become discolored with age or accidental stains. Occasionally, homeowners choose to lighten their floors in preparation for special finishes such as antiquing or pickling. Learn how to bleach your hardwood floors, including what type of bleach to use, to get the job done correctly. . . .

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