Maintenance and Repair

Choosing and Maintaining Granite Countertops

Choosing and Maintaining Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are extremely popular and for good reason. They maintain high durability (unlike marble) and are fairly low-maintenance and have beautiful aesthetic qualities. The color choices may be limiting and prices can vary so it’s best to shop around.

Vinegar, Nature’s Magic Cleanser

Vinegar, Nature’s Magic Cleanser

Vinegar. Yes, it’s trendy to be “green” right now, but it’s also economical for your wallet if you use this common ingredient for some of your toughest clogs and stains. You’ve heard of its powerful cleaning properties, but have you taken advantage? This article from Naturally Frugal Cleaning gives you […]

How to Solder Copper Pipe

How to Solder Copper Pipe

Fine Homebuilding provides some safety guidelines and detailed instructions for soldering copper pipe that will keep you safe and have you creating clean joints in no time. Don’t forget those goggles!

Flood Prevention for Your Home

Flood Prevention for Your Home

The primary reason your yard, basement, and home can flood during a rain storm is because the drainage near your home is not setup correctly or is blocked. The number one culprit of a clogged drain are leaves, so remember to not only clear your property of leaves but make […]

Winterize Your Home

Winterize Your Home

imapix No matter how many space heaters you have or how hot your radiator is running, if your home isn’t properly insulated you are in for a long winter. The first place you should star with are your doors and windows. Weatherstripping Windows and Doors [Lowes] Weatherstripping Your Home [Department […]

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

The mid-west is seeing it’s first big freeze of the winter and there is no doubt this will set the foundation for ice dams on many homes. An ice dam is created when snow accumulates on the roof and is then melted by the sun and radiant heat from the […]

Steam Radiator Tips

Steam Radiator Tips

Steam Radiators require proper maintenance to keep them running efficiently and silently. There are a lot of opinions out there for what to do when the gurgling and clanging starts and Fixer-Upper has pulled together a nice list to help you keep your steam radiator in top shape and looking […]

The Hype on Heat Pumps

The Hype on Heat Pumps

Even with the mild fall (Thanksgiving in NYC was 67 degrees!), you’ve probably already fired up your heat this year. If you’re not as warm and cozy as you’d like it might be time for a new heat pump. Here’s how a heat pump works and if you are looking […]

Lessons in Stripping

Lessons in Stripping

Houseblogs.net has been packaging some great content from their community and they’ve recently pulled articles from 10 renovators who are going through the process of stripping paint, varnish, and wallpaper from floors, walls, and banisters. Read what techniques and products have been effective before approaching your next stripping project.

Lessons in Leaf Blowing

Lessons in Leaf Blowing

photo: TroyBilt Consumer Search doesn’t just provide reviews but they review the reviews and provide insight beyond the marketing spiel. We’ve recently found them useful for reviewing the top leaf blowers available today. There are recommendations for each class of leaf blower, from gas to electric to compact style and […]

Fix a Leaky Bath Faucet Forever

Fix a Leaky Bath Faucet Forever

Well maybe not forever but this simple how-to from Danny Lipford will fix your bathtub leak in short order by simply replacing the washer and sealing the valve threads with Teflon tape.

Don’t Procrastinate, Insulate!

Don’t Procrastinate, Insulate!

The fastest way to save energy and money is to properly insulate your home. Seal all drafts around your doors and windows and to maximize your insulation efforts check along worn floorboards and in the attic for areas that cold air may enter the house. You can hire an HVAC […]

Environmental Home Improvement Tips

Environmental Home Improvement Tips

We don’t know who these people are but they look like they could use some environmentally friendly home improvement tips and so can you.

Home and Garden Answers from Yahoo!

Home and Garden Answers from Yahoo!

The increasingly popular Yahoo! Answers is a great reservoir of popular home and garden questions and answers. There are more specific categories that include DIY, Decorating & Remodeling, and Maintenance and Repairs.

Techniques for Cleaning Tile Grout

Techniques for Cleaning Tile Grout

We’ve found that oxygen bleach and water work great for cleaning tile grout but to thoroughly clean your tile you’ll need to take the time to remove the top layer of old grout then re-apply new grout. This is a time consuming process and you must be careful as to […]

Appliance Repair Help

Appliance Repair Help

We’ve come across the Repair Clinic, an online resource for repairing your home appliances. They state “Ask our RepairGuru® your repair question. Let our PartDetective® show the part photo, pricing and availability. Shop online or use our toll-free 800 number. No-hassle returns.” Sounds like a good deal. Anyone use them?

Slip into some Floor Dusters

Slip into some Floor Dusters

The Floor Genie is an example of function over fashion, similar to Crocs. Cleaning your floors doesn’t get any easier than this.

New Home Nightmares…Shared Online

New Home Nightmares…Shared Online

The joy of owning and living in a new home has quickly turned to despair for some unfortunate buyers. These homeowners weren’t fooled into buying lemons from local builders but instead chose larger more reputable home building companies, which it turns out didn’t make a difference when it came to […]

Why Houses Rot

Why Houses Rot

There is a reason why homes old and new rot. It starts from the inside and can usually be traced to faulty insulation/ventilation planning. “As we strive to make houses that have tighter envelopes with less air infiltration and that are more efficient, as we strive to build houses that […]

Covet Thy Neighbors Remodel

Covet Thy Neighbors Remodel

One of the better Houseblogs we’ve come across is the Constant Craftsman. They’ve got a great lesson of how you can learn from your neighbor but more specifically what you can learn from your neighbors remodel, the good and the bad.

Lead Paint Removal

Lead Paint Removal

We’ve touched on the dangers of lead paint and now House in Progress has started their own lead paint stripping process after highlighting the history of lead paint use in this country and makes a distinction between lead paint that is intact (safe) as opposed to paint chips and dust […]

Transform Your Formica Countertops

Transform Your Formica Countertops

If you aren’t satisfied with your formica countertops you can give them a fresh look. With a little effort and creativity, who knew granite could be this easy and while you’re at it, upgrade your fixtures.