Maintenance and Repair

How To Protect Your Home During An Ice Storm

How To Protect Your Home During An Ice Storm

Now that winter weather is here, you may find yourself in the midst of an ice storm. Besides creating incredibly hazardous driving conditions, ice storms are also dangerous because it doesn’t take much ice accumulation to bring down tree branches, power lines and cause other damage to property. Although you […]

Get Rid of a Clogged Ice Maker Once and for All

Get Rid of a Clogged Ice Maker Once and for All

Refrigerator ice makers are a modern day luxury but periodically, and especially if it isn’t used regularly, the delivery system for the ice maker no longer works. Sometimes you can work with it and sometimes it breaks loose and works for a while, but about twice a year or so […]

The Five Emergency Adhesives Everyone Needs

The Five Emergency Adhesives Everyone Needs

We’ve compiled a list of the five most essential, flexible, and durable adhesives to have in your workshop so you can (hopefully) save your project from complete failure.

How To Install Weatherstripping Around Your Door

How To Install Weatherstripping Around Your Door

Prep your doors for cold weather and install weatherstripping this weekend

Lawn Tips From a Pro PGA Greenskeeper

Lawn Tips From a Pro PGA Greenskeeper

Keep your lawn green all summer and ready for winter with these tips from a pro

DIY City Guide: Los Angeles

DIY City Guide: Los Angeles

We’ve come to appreciate the City of Angels and realize the history and communities are as vibrant as anywhere in the country. This applies to the do-it-yourself spirit that is surging across the city and that’s why we’ve chosen LA as the subject of our first DIY City Guide. We’ve […]

Zip & Mix Instant Mortar Repair from QUIKRETE

Zip & Mix Instant Mortar Repair from QUIKRETE

Just add water and your QUIKRETE mortar is ready to go out of the bag

How to Change a Flat Tire After a Blowout

How to Change a Flat Tire After a Blowout

This weekend we traveled to the Nevada desert and were probably going a bit too fast on a dirt road. All it takes is a sharp rock and BOOM there goes your tire which is exactly what happened. Fortunately it was the rear tire and after the blowout we came […]

Liquid-Plumr Giveaway: Disposal + Drain Foaming Cleaner, Lowe’s $100 Gift Card and Apollo Tool Set

Liquid-Plumr Giveaway: Disposal + Drain Foaming Cleaner, Lowe’s $100 Gift Card and Apollo Tool Set

Drain clogs are the absolute worst! We had our sink clog up at the worst possible time last year in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. We didn’t have any Liquid-Plumr on hand so we just kept at it with the plunger. We know everyone can relate to clogged and dirty […]

The Creepiest Things Discovered In A New Home

The Creepiest Things Discovered In A New Home

So you’ve moved into a new home. It’s pristine, it’s perfect — it’s the home of your dreams, right? Not exactly–at least, not for the six homeowners featured in a “6 Creepiest Things Discovered By New Homeowners” round-up published on Cracked.com. As soon as I saw that headline pop up […]

DIY Projects That Require A Permit

DIY Projects That Require A Permit

You’ve assembled your tools and materials and are ready to get started on your latest DIY project. Here’s the catch — do you need a permit? Having one not only ensures you’ve gone through the proper channels–it also provides necessary documentation that you’ll need to provide when selling your house, […]

Are Your Trees Safe?

Are Your Trees Safe?

Falling trees are frightening — and worse, they pose a safety risk not only to your property, but to you and your family, too. Although you can’t predict storm damage, you can examine the trees on your property and determine if they pose a higher safety risk than others. Jennifer […]

How To Store Your Mower For The Season

How To Store Your Mower For The Season

If you haven’t already stored your lawnmower for the season, you’re likely preparing to say farewell to this weekly chore until warmer temperatures return. Before you stash your mower, there are several things you can do to help keep the machine in prime condition during its off months — and […]

How To Seal Your Driveway

How To Seal Your Driveway

Before the temperatures start to dip too low, you may want to consider sealing your driveway. Periodically applying a sealant will help protect your driveway’s condition, and is an especially good idea if you live somewhere with hot summers and frigid winters. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause cracks in your […]

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

When it comes to winterizing and weatherproofing, some simple materials can make a big difference in your home’s interior temperature — and help you conserve energy, too. Maybe you have drafty windows and can’t afford to replace them. Or, you’re like me and you rent in an older building, so […]

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Wow, people. Where in the WORLD did the summer go? We can’t believe Labor Day weekend is almost here! And Starbucks will soon sell their pumpkin spice lattes, so, you know, that’s a true sign that the seasons are changing! Moving into a new season typically means that there are […]

Air Conditioner Not Working? Try These Tips First

Air Conditioner Not Working? Try These Tips First

This post is brought to you from the miserable land of no A/C. Yep — after arriving home last night from the DeWALT tool launch (more on that soon), my husband confronted me with the bad news: our A/C is out. Coincidentally, this is happening during the hottest weekend so […]

How To Clean Rain Gutters

How To Clean Rain Gutters

While watching an episode of “Friday Night Lights” last night, I was struck by a scene in which football star Tim Riggins selflessly donates his time to clean and repair his (hot female) neighbor’s rain gutters. OK, so they end up together — I’m sure his motives weren’t entirely philanthropic. […]

What To Do If A Tornado Hits Your Home

What To Do If A Tornado Hits Your Home

We’re so unbelievably saddened by the horrific photos and video coming out of Joplin, Mo., in the aftermath of yesterday’s damaging tornado. This spring has seemed to produce an especially volatile trend of severe weather, as witnessed by many in Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and other states. If you […]

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mowing season is upon us! Sure, sometimes yard work is labor-intensive, but there’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. If you haven’t already taken your lawnmower for its first spin of 2011, you just might encounter a problem when you try to start the mower. Never fear–we have […]

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

A sudden heat wave has descended over Kansas City, which means many of us are firing up the air conditioners–for a couple of days, anyway. Before your A/C usage peaks during the summer months, there are a few things you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently. And […]