Maintenance and Repair

Save Money with a Water Heater Wrap

Save Money with a Water Heater Wrap

To save on energy costs and ensure a longer hot water supply, consider enclosing the body of your water heater with a tank wrap, a thick fiberglass blanket that’s sold at most hardware stores. Secure the ends of the blanket with waterproof tape. Experts recommend wrapping older water heaters; newer […]

Installing a Stair Runner

Installing a Stair Runner

Don’t wait to hire a professional to install the carpet runner down your stairs–do it yourself! Here you’ll find some tips and tricks for making the runner last longer and look better.

Cleaning Your Humidifier

Cleaning Your Humidifier

You know those little tasks in the back of our heads that we know need to get done, but somehow just never do? Here’s one of those: cleaning your portable humidifier. Yes they bring us relief from the dry cold of the winter, but if not cleaned regularly, they’ll just […]

Attention Allergy Sufferers: Spring Has Sprung

Attention Allergy Sufferers: Spring Has Sprung

Don’t let spring cleaning get in the way of your allergies–in fact, make sure your “big clean” isn’t simultaneously stirring up dust mites and pollen that will only make things worse for your allergies. Take a look at this article on for advice on minimizing allergens.

DIY Maven: New Uses for Tin Ceiling Tiles

DIY Maven: New Uses for Tin Ceiling Tiles

DIY Maven shares the virtues of tin ceiling tiles: Tin ceilings came to the U.S. during the Victorian era via Europe and became a popular, inexpensive alternative to decorative plasterwork. In this century, thinking of tin ceilings as an inexpensive alternative is downright laughable–considering the alternative is now Sheetrock!

Save the Neutra House

Save the Neutra House

Richard Neutra is one of the primary architects responsible for the modern home movement. Unfortunately his own residence (VDL Research House) located in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles is in a state of disrepair.

Well Water Testing

Well Water Testing

Amid the discussions recently regarding water contamination, those of you out there with well water may be thinking you’re safe. On the contrary, it’s just as important–if not more–to have your well test each year for germs, chemicals and general functionality. No one else is responsible for checking besides you, […]

Window Pane Mirror

Window Pane Mirror

Double duty: this article will help you with a few different projects. Number one, you’ll find some general tips for fixing a broken window pane in your house should that unfortunate occurrence befall you. But even better, it gives you a great idea for some wall art that you probably […]

Shelves: The Secret to Staying Clear of Clutter

Shelves: The Secret to Staying Clear of Clutter

Is clutter making the rooms in your home look and feel smaller than they really are? There is a solution. Shelves are the perfect way to contain or display mementos, books, pictures, magazines, CDs, paperwork, flower vases, etc. When used with a little flair, shelving can also give a space […]

The Best Plants for Your Window Box

The Best Plants for Your Window Box

On the subject of flowers, the Manhattan Users Guide has answered the question of “What can I plant in my window box?” We’ve always been partial to Zinnias and Impatiens but MUG also recommends “Portulaca, which now comes in double-flowered varieties and Sanvitalia, a tiny black-eyed Susan, which are both […]

Quick Fixes for Basement Flooding

Quick Fixes for Basement Flooding

As winter snow gives way to spring rains, prepare for the influx of moisture and protect your home’s basement. Those with older homes may be especially prone to lower level flooding, as stone and clay foundations contribute to increased dampness.

Perfect Time to Install that Water Filter

Perfect Time to Install that Water Filter

Although there have been no health warnings it seems that the tap water in some cities and communities has been compromised by a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones that even in trace amounts cannot be good for our health.

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Jeanne of House in Progress goes through the steps of replacing the radiator air valve from her bathroom radiator. She reminds us to turn off the furnace and make sure your radiator has completely cooled before removing the valve. You may also want to “bleed” your radiator after replacing the […]

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 […]