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.
Landscaping on a Hill: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
Bring in color, height, and a natural appeal....
Maintaining A Wave Petunia
Get color and appeal with little effort....
Inventive Ideas For Planter Boxes
If it holds dirt, it can be used as a planter....
Installing A Door Awning
Create an awning to protect your home from the elements....
Installing Under Cabinet LED Lighting
Add a little brightness to your life....
Make Your Own Closet Shelf Dividers
An organized closet makes the morning less of a hassle....
Importance of Cleaning the Dryer Vent Lint Trap
To dry properly, it needs effective air flow....
Install an Intercom Doorbell to Screen Your Guests
Screen your visitors with the door closed....
Little-Known Secrets of Laminate Floor Installation
Hints and tips to make laminate install easier....
Make Your Own Rug Cleaning Solution
Skip the expense of specialized rug cleaner....
9 Fragrant Trees
They'll fill your property with luscious, soothing scents....
Tips for Removing Wine Stains from Any Fabric
Don't worry, it is likely not permanent....
Repairing an Automatic Kitchen Exhaust Fan Cover
Long live your grease sucker with the proper maintenance....
Stove Pipe vs Chimney Pipe
Is it a stove pipe or a chimney pipe? Learn the difference....
Use an Asphalt Paving Machine
Do it right and you'll only have to do it once....
How to Repair a Broken Die Grinder
Repairing a die grinder is likely easier than you think....
How to Rekey Locks
You hold the keys to this DIY project....
How to Repair Metal Chimney Caps
Like your house, your chimney appreciates a clean roof....
What NOT to Store in Your Garage (and Why)
The garage is not the perfect place for your refrigerator....
Stop Rust on Your Tools: Storage, Prevention, and Treatment
Your tools work hard for you, so give them some TLC....