Articles by: Timothy Dahl

Cleaning Out Your Closet

Cleaning Out Your Closet

Moving coats and jackets to make way for your spring and summer clothes is a necessary chore if you have a small closet or storage space. The chance of losing clothes is increased the more you move them and just misplacing an item is as good as losing it when […]

Unclogging a Sink

Unclogging a Sink

Bathroom and kitchen sinks will inevitably clog. Over time objects such as food, hair, and dirt will build-up and settle in the trap or somewhere else along the line and you’ll notice your sink draining much slower. Before your sink completely backs up, take this as a warning and clean […]

Caring for Antique Furniture

Caring for Antique Furniture

After meeting Leigh Keno of Antique Roadshow he impressed upon us that antiques should be handled with care but we should also use them and present them as the centerpiece of a room, not treat them as museum pieces to sit in the corner. Here are some tips to keeping […]

Easy Mirror Upgrade

Easy Mirror Upgrade

Mirrormate embellishes a plain flat mirror and adds details and framing that will brighten any room. Thanks Alix.

Fancy Lamps

Fancy Lamps

We’re not sure how much light these lamps provide but they will definitely start conversations. Lamp for Every Room [NY Magazine]

The Most Wired Home

The most wired home we’ve come across has been created by Pluto. A Pluto Home system is operated by your cell phone or from a landline. Once you’re home has been outfitted with their system you can control everything from the temperature of your bedroom, lighting arrangements, view security webcams, […]

Cast-Iron Doorstops

Cast-Iron Doorstops

The ubiquitous brown rubbery doorstops may be effective but they remain unsightly with a distinctly utilitarian (corporate office) feel. Why not go with the more traditional cast-iron doorstops that can add a bit more flair to your floor. Shelterrific, a new home blog from the editors of Budget Living, show […]

Jute Rugs

Jute Rugs

Natural Area Rugs has started a blog about, what else, rugs made of natural fibers. Including sisal, seagrass, jute, bamboo, and wool. Jute rugs…sounds interesting. Jute Rugs [Natural Area Rugs]

Pet Resistant Carpets

Pet Resistant Carpets

New York Times explains new textiles and carpets that are resistant to pet stains.

Cave Dwellings – The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Solution

Cave Dwellings – The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Solution

Western designers are starting to look East and more specifically at how cave-dwellers in the Shaanxi province of China live without impacting their environment. Sustainable Design [Seed Magazine]

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Make the most of your time pushing the vacuum and maximize the vacuums pulling power by going over this vacuum checklist. We still love our Oreck XL Deluxe. It’s low on frills but it’s got mad skills. Vacuuming Tips [Mrs. Clean] Oreck XL Deluxe [Oreck]

Build a Porch Swing

Build a Porch Swing

What’s better than sitting outside, swinging along to some music, and drinking your favorite cool beverage. You know you want to do this – so why not build your own swing now and make it happen. Think of how much more relaxed you’ll be. How to Make a Porch Swing […]

Multi-tool reviews

Before you buy your next multi-tool check out some reviews of the most popular tools around. Multi-tool reviews [Backpackergeartest.org]

Sawing Tips

Making accurate cuts in wood can be difficult but also vital when measurements leave no room for error. Here are some tips to cutting once and right. Tips for Sawing Wood [Sawtips]

Best Places to Live

Best Places to Live

We love lists and most lifestyle magazines now publish their “Best Places to Live” articles annually. We couldn’t agree more with the selections from Men’s Journal and we think Tucson could be the next Austin. Lifestyle Optimizer (chooses your best place) [Homefair]

Organize your Closet

Organize your Closet

If your closet looks like this (see above) then maybe it’s time you rethink how you organize your closet. With your clothing wedged so tightly, not only is it difficult to find clothes you want to wear but when you do manage to yank them out they most often are […]

Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

From the 3-foot stool to the 15-foot extender, a fall from any height can be disastrous. Follow these OSHA guidelines before making any risky calls when using your ladder. Reading through these guidelines can also refresh your memory on ladder safety. Ladder Safety [OSHA]

How to Hold a Hammer

How to Hold a Hammer

According to Habitat for Humanity, the average beginner carpenter uses almost 30 strikes to pound a nail when it should take 3-4. Start by holding the hammer at the base and swing with your shoulder and use your forearm, but don’t use your wrist. If your wrist gets tired you’re […]