Maintenance and Repair

Water Damage Repair – Getting Started

Water Damage Repair – Getting Started

A few months back we featured a series on identifying, isolating and drying water damage in the home. The series left off after an effective drying system is set-up, and your home is on its way back to a livable condition. Over the next week or so, we will look […]

Setting Up a Nursery with a Recycled Cradle

Setting Up a Nursery with a Recycled Cradle

When pregnant with my first son, my husband and I were looking for inexpensive ways to prepare ourselves (and our home) for our child. One of the ways we did this was to scour garage sales for items we could either re-purpose or somehow upcycle for the nursery. As luck […]

Watch Your Ducts for Healthy HVAC

Watch Your Ducts for Healthy HVAC

Although you can’t seem them, ducts are one of the most important components of a home, carrying air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. If your sheet metal, fiberglass, or other material duct is not sealed properly, you could have an energy leak that is […]

Basic Tips to Repair Ceiling Holes

Basic Tips to Repair Ceiling Holes

You need more than just duct tape to fix a hole in the ceiling. To properly repair ceiling holes: + No matter how big the whole, be careful and look out for wires for ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. + For drywall holes that are very small, use a spackling […]

How to Care for Terrazo Flooring

How to Care for Terrazo Flooring

There are many benefits to terrazo flooring but before you choose it as a surface make sure you know what it takes to install and care for it. Terrazo flooring is a complex installation process, most often done by professional flooring experts. But once it is installed properly, it can […]

Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

It’s bitter cold outside and you go to turn on your water or take a bath and, surprise! No water. There’s a good chance that the water in your pipes has frozen therefore stopping the flow of water into your home. As water freezes and unfreezes the pipes feel the […]

Repointing Old Brick Using Lime Mortar

Mike Senese always brings it on his Do It blog. Here he’s shared this great video for repointing brick using lime mortar from preservationworks.us. Lime mortar has been used for over 3,000 years and was an adhesive for almost every old brick building in the United States. These buildings continue […]

Beware: Unclogging a Bathtub Drain with Zip-It Can Be Disgusting

The Zip-It is one of the easiest tools around to unclog drains especially in a bathtub. It won’t damage pipes like Draino and other snaking devices. But the results can be a bit disgusting as the above video shows. At least you’ll have a tub that drains!

7 Deadly Sins that Lead to Hoarding

7 Deadly Sins that Lead to Hoarding

We love our stuff. That might be one of the reasons we moved from NYC, there just wasn’t enough room for our stuff. Fortunately in New York we had a loft area and became adept at re-arranging our closets and kitchens to suit the seasons otherwise we would have been […]

Spending the Day With Habitat for Humanity

Spending the Day With Habitat for Humanity

In an effort to give back a bit this year I’ll be spending today with Habitat for Humanity in Los Angeles. As part of their “A Brush with Kindness” program my tasks could range from painting, landscaping, cleaning or any other type of outdoor job. Unfortunately the forecast in LA […]

5 Ways to Survive the First Snowstorm of the Season

5 Ways to Survive the First Snowstorm of the Season

We’re only getting rain today in LA but many of you throughout the country have just had your first significant snowstorms and are guaranteed a white Christmas. Here are 5 tips to get you through the first storm and how to deal with freezing temperatures for the next few months. […]

A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

Helping others this time of year seems natural. Previously I’ve donated time to Americare’s but this year I’m volunteering with the Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I will be joining their “A Brush with Kindness” program on Friday, Dec. 11th. It’s a locally-operated program serving low-income homeowners who […]

Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

Ivy covered buildings and homes may be pleasant to look at but the damage they can cause by trapping moisture, harboring insects and averting exterior maintenance. Vines not only spread out but they grow in girth and can continue to grow unabated for years. Old House Web shares the basics […]

Give the Gift of Home Improvement Help This Season

Give the Gift of Home Improvement Help This Season

A curious sector of society actually enjoys doing taxes. In fact, they do it for a living. They are called accountants. I do not understand them. I can’t relate to their passion. I break into a cold sweat when they unexpectedly call in April with grave news. But, alas, they […]

Maintaining Granite Countertops: Polyester and Permanent Ink

Maintaining Granite Countertops: Polyester and Permanent Ink

Granite countertops are a beautiful and versatile material for kitchens and baths, but even stone surfaces will develop visible wear and damage over time. Homeowners can perform preventative care for stone countertops, and, when an unsightly chip or scratch appears, even some repairs and patches. Hiring a professional isn’t always […]

How to Care for Brick Flooring

How to Care for Brick Flooring

While brick flooring has been around for millenia as a building material, once it moves inside it does require more maintenance, despite its reputation for strong durability. Brick flooring for indoors is made of various materials ground up to form tiles. Depending on the quality of the materials, brick flooring […]

How To Remove Water Stain Circles from Wood Furniture

How To Remove Water Stain Circles from Wood Furniture

We tried these 3 tips to remove water stain circles from your wood table they worked! Some better than others.

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

Featured writer Deren S. Monday wants to pass along 4 DIY skills to his kids. The first was building a fence that rots before it falls. The second is laying a caulk bead properly. I never appreciated the wonders of caulk until adulthood. I thought caulking was as simple as […]

What to Look for When Buying a Stepladder and How To Use It Properly

What to Look for When Buying a Stepladder and How To Use It Properly

A tool left off many lists that every household should have is a 6-foot stepladder. That height is useful for most interior jobs and working on the lower portion of the exterior of the home such as the roof line. Don’t skimp on quality. A good ladder should last a […]

World Toilet Day – November 19th

World Toilet Day – November 19th

Somehow we missed the news that yesterday was World Toilet Day. We want to stop and reflect on the most underrated of home necessities. Sinks and refrigerators continue to get all the glory but without the toilet, well let’s not even go there. Honor your toilet by keeping it operating […]

How To Check for Drafts Around Doors

How To Check for Drafts Around Doors

Over time a door placed in a wood frame will begin to sag causing air leaks around the door and space between the weatherstripping and door frame. Checking the hinge attachments is the first thing you should look at but if everything looks tight give these two tips a try […]