Maintenance and Repair

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.

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Toolmonger turned us onto a great blog entry from the Wall Street Journal asking the question, “Are Dads Less Handy Around the House?” I’m not a Dad and even if I were I’m certainly not as handy around the house as my Pop is. I was raised by a very […]

How To Fix a Leaking Faucet

How To Fix a Leaking Faucet

One of the most common household problems is the leaking faucet. Fortunately it also happens to be one of the easiest to diagnose and repair and there are a ton of resources online that can help. Here are our favorites. Video Expert Village VideoJug Instructions Hammerzone DoItYourself.com On The House […]

Repair Lawn Burn

Repair Lawn Burn

Lawn burn is characterized by unsightly brown patches of grass and is typically caused by dog urine and over-fertilization. Once your lawn is “burned” you’ll have to replace the grass but there are measures you can take to prevent this from happening again. You may have to confine your dogs […]

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

We agree with Jason who states “Popcorn belongs in a movie theater bucket drenched in butter, not on a ceiling. Cottage Cheese? Well let’s just say it’s something I never want to see in large quantities when I look up.” Popcorn ceilings are widespread in homes built during the 60’s […]

Repair Damaged or Loose Veneer

Repair Damaged or Loose Veneer

Desks, dressers, and tables are often constructed from a particle board top and wood veneer cover. This veneer cover is typically glued or hot-pressed to the top of table and can fray or chip at the edges due to heavy use, moisture, or heat. Here are some techniques for repairing […]

Home Improvement Myths

Home Improvement Myths

There are some axioms related to home improvement that are just plain false but have been perpetuated by real estate agents, contractors, or homeowners who want to believe in some hard rules when it comes remodeling or renovating their home. Here are some home improvement myth busters. Top 4 Home […]

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

We spend most of our lives indoors so we should give more thought to the air quality in our sheltered environment. There are gases and fumes that we can’t see or smell but are extremely toxic. This includes radon, carbon monoxide, mold, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Early detection and […]

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals. Natural swimming pools originated in Europe about 20 years ago but haven’t picked up here in the states. Mick […]

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Here are more kitchen cleaning tips than you can shake a sponge at (sorry that was bad). From clogged drains, grease build-up, dishwasher cleaning, and dirty oven windows.

Rejuvenate a Cement Patio

Rejuvenate a Cement Patio

Cement patios are commonplace in homes across the country. In the Southwest they are particularly popular since lawns are hard to manage in the heat and cement patios are easy to clean and maintain. Take a look at your patio this Spring and follow these steps for making it more […]