Maintenance and Repair

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 […]

Handyman Hiring Tips

Handyman Hiring Tips

No time, money, or know-how to fix a household problem? In New York city we have Supers who are on call (usually) and hopefully can fix leaking faucets, broken radiators, or sticky doors, but homeowners are on their own and for smaller household fixes a certified or licensed contractor is […]

Spring Riding Mower Inspection

Spring Riding Mower Inspection

It’s officially Spring and lawns are back. If you use a riding lawn mower you should inspect it similar to any other vehicle that you would have stored for 3-5 months. John Deere has some great tips for inspecting your mower that will keep you riding throughout the season. 1. […]

Tree Pruning for Spring

Tree Pruning for Spring

Here’s a tree pruning guide from easy2diy.com. Now is the best time to get your trees and shrubs into shape for Spring and Summer. Essentially, proper pruning is essential for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing tree. Pruning is needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to […]

Spring Cleaning Lists

Spring Cleaning Lists

It’s already been a year since our last spring cleaning list and not much has changed (in terms of what and how to clean). But we thought we’d give you some new resources this year that might shed some light on different tips and help you start the summer right. […]

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping your home should not be considered an afterthought if you are planning to upgrade the value of your home through remodeling or other renovation. A nicely appointed home landscape can also increase the speed and value at which your home sells. Before taking a run to your nearest nursery […]

Drywall Repair

Drywall Repair

We listened to Bob Vila when it came to repairing drywall and now we’ve compiled our own list of how-to repair drywall, sheetrock, wallboard, or whatever you call it, as well as a couple how-to videos. Drywall Repair [Popular Mechanics] Fix a Drywall Hole [Howstuffworks] Rock-It Drywall Repair Clips Repair […]

Replace a P-Trap

Replace a P-Trap

That u-shaped piece of pipe under your sink is called a p-trap. They can get clogged which requires replacing or cleaning out the p-trap. Since you are already pulling it out, why not install a no-clog p-trap so you won’t ever have to worry about the replacing or fixing your […]

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution

The EPA has recognized that indoor air quality should be a understood by all homeowners. Chemical smells, headaches, frequent colds, can sometimes be attributed to your indoor air. Here are some solutions to help improve the air around you.

Blown-In Insulation

Blown-In Insulation

When insulating a new home or a room conversion such as an attic or garage, you have a choice between batt or blow-in insulation. There are advantages to both but if you are going to go with the batt fiberglass you need to make sure your installation is precise. Here’s […]