Articles by: Timothy Dahl

Cooling an Attic with Soffit Vents

An attic that isn’t ventilated can act like a sauna and get extremely hot. An easy way to resolve this is by adding soffit vents. These vents should be installed underneath the eaves of your house and will cross-circulate the air in your attic by bringing in fresh air and […]

Cleaning Interior Walls of Smoke Stains

Cleaning Interior Walls of Smoke Stains

We love burning candles and settling into an evening at home. But now our walls are paying for it as they’ve gone from a bright white to a yellowish/gray hue. This is a problem as we love our white walls even more than our candles but we still want to […]

Building and Demolishing an Interior Wall (redux)

Building and Demolishing an Interior Wall (redux)

One of our most popular entries is “Build an Interior Wall”. We noticed it was a bit sparse so we have decided to revisit this subject as well as provide insight into “Tearing Down Interior Walls”, which is much more fun. Breaking up larger spaces is a common remodeling project […]

Outdoor Fabric

Outdoor Fabric

Heat and the elements take their toll on outdoor furniture. Plastic and wood can discolor and splinter and fabrics can begin to disintegrate after just one season outside. If this has happened to your favorite patio chair or cushion instead of throwing it out you should consider recovering it with […]

HGTV launches Bath Design website

HGTV launches Bath Design website

Houseinprogress.net has been blogging the KBIS show in Chicago all week (these are truly dedicated DIY’ers) and one of their last stops was the launch event for the new HGTV Bath Design website which comes hot on the heels of their recent Kitchen Design site. According to HIP the site […]

Draw Your Own 3D Models

Draw Your Own 3D Models

Lifehacker has turned us onto yet another amazing application from Google called SketchUp. No longer is home 3D modeling reserved for the architects and CAD experts of the world. SketchUp allows you to easily put your 3D ideas onscreen and work with the elements of texture, color, and shadowing to […]

Vacation Homes

Vacation Homes

According to the New York Times, the sales of vacation and weekend homes continues to boom. Walter Molony, a spokesman for the National Association of Realtors, said that second-home purchases less than 100 miles from a primary home have risen significantly in just three years, to 47 percent of all […]

Building and Installing a Screen or Storm Door

Let the spring air flow through your house and listen to the birds sing, while keeping out the bugs and pollen. That’s what a screen door will do for you. Here are some sources for building and installing your own. If you are looking for a pre-made door we suggest […]

House Hardware on eBay

House Hardware on eBay

With some time and persistence you can usually find exactly what you need on eBay. Over at the houseblog Devil Queen, the homeowner shares a success story when searching and bidding for matching grills. If only it worked out like this all the time. It Never Hurts to Ask [Devil […]

Strengthen Your Floor By Joist Sistering

Strengthen Your Floor By Joist Sistering

Floors in old homes can tend to sag or bounce as they get older. The only way to fix this is through “sistering” the joists located below the floor panels. This involves attaching joists of a similar size alongside the existing joists. This technique can also be used to make […]

Yard and Lawn Tips

Yard and Lawn Tips

Here are some tips from Lou at Ace Hardware to keep your yard and lawn looking fresh and green year-round. Make Your Yard Thrive [Ace Hardware]

Japanese Saws

Japanese Saws

The Japanese have been creating exquisite and extremely precise saws for centuries. Every woodworker should have at least 2 or 3 of these saws in their quiver. Japanese saws are distinct from western style saws in many ways. They typically have a bamboo wrapped handle, much sharper teeth and cut […]

Build a Sandbox

Build a Sandbox

You’re landlocked, so what. Take the kids to the backyard beach. Here’s a how-to on building your own sandbox. Location is a key consideration when planning your sandbox – partial shade is nice but beware of digging near trees and damaging roots. Lowes recommends using cedar as it’s waterproof and […]

Repairing a Wood Fence

Repairing a Wood Fence

A wood fence requires regular maintenance to prevent rot and discoloration. Proper paint or stain should be used regularly and rotting fence posts should be repaired or replaced immediately. If installing a fence for the first time you can go with a time-saving pre-made fence made of wood, metal, or […]

Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are the single most important piece of safety equipment in your home. They are vital in protecting you and your appliances from surges in electricity that can cause electrical fires and destroy electrical appliances. Whenever the circuit senses too much power it cuts the circuit before any damage […]

Power Washing a Pathway

Power Washing a Pathway

Damp surfaces on decks and pathways can remain slippery and dangerous even after they are dry because algae begins to form wherever water settles. Shaded pathways are particularly difficult to keep dry and they are often times the most heavily used. Your first step should be keeping your path or […]

Window Types

Window Types

Andersen Windows has provided an easy window selection tool that explains the different types of windows and how to identify them. Window Types [Andersen Windows]

Ant Control

Ant Control

An old friend recently brought to our attention an ant problem that she’s been having which brings to mind our own ant episodes from a few years back. Prevention is the best weapon and removing the source of Ant food should be your first step. We recommend going the non-pesticide […]