Dawn Hammon has thrived in freelance writing and editor roles for nearly a decade. She has lived, worked, and attended school in Oregon for many years. Dawn currently spends her days convincing her children she is still smarter than them while creating new experiences with her husband of 24 years.
Her multiple interests have led her to frequently undergo home improvement projects. She enjoys sharing the hard-earned knowledge that comes with it with the audience of DoItYourself.com. Dawn and her sister make up a power-tool loving duo that teaches classes to local women with the goal of empowering them to tackle their fears and become comfortable with power tools.
Tapping into her enthusiasm for saving money and devotion to sustainable practices, Dawn has recently launched a passion project aimed at connecting eco-friendly products and socially-responsible companies with consumers interested in making conscientious purchases, better informing themselves about products on the market, and taking a stand in favor of helping to save the planet.
When she is not providing stellar online content for local, national, and international businesses or trolling the internet for organic cotton clothing, you might find her backpacking nearby hills and valleys, traveling to remote parts of the globe, or expanding her vocabulary in a competitive game of Scrabble.
Dawn holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, which these days she mostly uses to provide therapy for her kids and spouse. Most recently, I worked for a small local professional organizing and estate sale company for four years where I learned a ton about organizing and/or disposing of just about anything.
She was raised in a tool-oriented, hands-on, DIY family. Her dad worked in the floor covering business and owned local floor covering businesses, so of course selling floor covering was one of her first jobs. Her brother was a contractor for about 30 years and site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity. I worked with him often, building decks, painting houses, framing in buildings, etc. With her sister, she holds power tool classes to empower women who are scared or have never used them.
Not quite homesteaders, she did grow up with a farm, tractors, motorcycles, expansive gardens, hay fields, barns, and lots of repairs to do. Plus she and her family preserved foods, raised cattle and pigs, chopped and hauled firewood, and performed regular maintenance on two households, outbuildings, fencing, etc.
As an adult, she has owned two houses. The first one she personally ripped out a galley kitchen and opened it up to the living area, plus updated every door, floor covering, and piece of trim in the place. In her current home, she's tackled everything from installing real hardwood flooring to revamping the landscape.
Appliance Repairs You Don't Need to Call a Pro For
Not everything's a job for a professional....
Garden Gazebo: Calculations and Measurements
Complement your landscape with the right size and shape....
Utilize Space With a Pantry Door Shelf
Make the most of your pantry space with a door shelf unit....
Sunken Concrete: Repair or Replace?
A sunken slab can be an easy fix or extensive project....
Thinning an Oak Tree
Help your oak tree thrive, stay safe, and look its best....
Proper Tree Removal Techniques
Safety is priority number one....
6 Natural Stone Flooring Design Tips
The organic look can make a beautiful accent....
How to Install an Automatic Light Switch
Use a timer or motion sensor to control illumination....
Hard Water Warning Signs: What To Look For
Hard water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium....
Planting A Witch Hazel Tree
These gorgeous trees have traditional medicinal uses....
The Four Types of Air Conditioners
When it's time to chill, the right AC is essential....
Common Refrigerator Problems and How to Solve Them
They run nonstop, so occasional issues are to be expected....
6 Tricks to Patio Perfection
Take the comforts of home to the backyard for entertaining....
Cheap Way to Revitalize an Old Mattress? Top It With a Mattress Pillow
Dream sweeter than ever with these comfy additions....
How to Make Tall Motorcycle Seats
Add comfort without the high expense of custom work....
How to Make and Mount a Glass Wall Water Fountain
Add elegance and the sounds of nature to your own walls....
How to Make a Toolbox From a 5 Gallon Gas Can
Corral those errant tools with something you already have....
How to Make Plywood Hurricane Window Shutters
In a hurricane prone area, window shutters are essential....
Selecting A Secure Deadbolt Lock
Choosing a deadbolt lock is important in securing your home....
Pick a Heat Register that Functions Well while Looking Good
It's more than an accessory to your heating system....