Maintenance and Repair

7 Tips to DIY Carpet Pulling

7 Tips to DIY Carpet Pulling

Pulling carpet yourself can save a few bucks and here are 7 tips to make the process go smoothly. 1. Pulling up carpet is a labor-intensive activity, so while you can do it by yourself, it’s a lot easier, and a lot less heavy, if you bring in at least […]

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

A reader wrote in this question: What is best to use to melt snow on different kinds of surfaces? We did some damage on our slate steps last year by using rock salt. We polled some experts including Deren S. Monday and the consensus is that slate is definitely not […]

How To Install a Secure Deadbolt Lock

How To Install a Secure Deadbolt Lock

Not all dead bolt locks are equal, therefore not all dead bolts will protect you and your property to the same degree. Here are some tips to make sure your dead bolt lock is securely fastened. 1. Stick to Grade 2 or 1 Strength – Dead bolt locks are graded […]

Removing Ants Naturally That’s Safe for You and Your Family

Removing Ants Naturally That’s Safe for You and Your Family

Ants, a common nuisance for homeowners, love kitchens for obvious reasons. Even if you keep your counters and cupboards clear of food, ants will find a way into your home and only need a few drops of spilled soda or bread crumbs to make them decide to stick around for […]

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

Our interview with Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care was eye-opening and he left us with 3 invaluable lawn care tips that we wanted to highlight again. His primary mantra sounds like common sense but is more difficult to achieve than you realize and that is to, fight weeds […]

Home Repair Books: An Overlooked Resource

Home Repair Books: An Overlooked Resource

If you were seeking information for a home improvement project pre-internet (which wasn’t that long ago), your options were: A. Ask a friend, family member or your local hardware store for advice. B. Refer to your back issues of your Family Handyman or This Old House. C. Crack open your […]

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

We want to share one of our favorite new houseblogs, San Fran Vic. The homeowners have chronicled the ongoing restoration of their 1890’s Victorian home in San Francisco. They’ve done amazing work so far and we are particularly stricken by their staircase renovation which they’ve laid out in 7 blog […]

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

Water Damage – Prevention & Drying

In Parts I and II of this series, we learned how to safely approach water damage and identify and stop the source. Now we will discuss preventing the spread of water damage and setting up effective drying systems for light water damage. Step 4: Prevent Further Damage Furnishings: Immediately relocate […]

Water Damage – The Source

Step 2: Identify the Source Water damage has three categories that identify the source of the damage. Category I is clean, potable (drinkable) water. This is water coming from an overflowing sink or bathtub, or perhaps from a broken water supply line or a fixture shut-off valve. This is the […]

Fall Cleaning Tips: Vacuums and Paint Disposal

Check out these fall cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Our favorites include: Clean drapes, upholstery, carpeting, and floors. A canister vacuum is better equipped to clean drapes and upholstery, while an upright is better for deep-cleaning carpets. For your carpeting, use a carpet cleaner or schedule a professional cleaning. Dispose […]

Water Damage – Check for Danger

Water Damage – Check for Danger

My daughter loves throwing her pacifier around her room; not yet understanding that throwing her pacifier while in her crib makes said pacifier unavailable for the remainder of her nap. As a result, my wife and I hunt for pacifiers daily, finding them in all sorts of interesting locations. I […]

Angie’s List: Is It Working for You?

We’ve mentioned Angie’s List as a referral site for contractors, designers and tradespeople but we want to know from you if you’ve found success using this service and would recommend it to others? They seem to have made a few changes lately and are pumping money into marketing but should […]

Coping with Frustrating Fixes – When You Just Want To Quit

Coping with Frustrating Fixes – When You Just Want To Quit

Before you decide to stick your head in the oven over a frustrating fix, read these tips from Deren for coping with projects that don’t always go as planned. I could see it coming, clear as day. My precious son, apple of my eye, joy of my life, first-born child, […]

Easy Wood Stair Railing Repair and Install

Easy Wood Stair Railing Repair and Install

Safety is a top concern when building stairs and it all starts with solid footing and a stable hand rail. We want to expand on our previous article for installing wood stair railing by providing some great resources for building solid stairs and repairing broken railings and wobbly newel posts. […]

Get Your Construction Permit for These Home Improvement Projects

Get Your Construction Permit for These Home Improvement Projects

You may have the greatest addition/remodel planned for your home but did you remember to get the proper permits from either the city, county, HOA or all 3? Before you setup your application make sure you aren’t wasting time on getting approved for a project that doesn’t need approval. Typically […]

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

We love the smell of fresh cut grass like the next person and taking pride in a well manicured lawn is an accomplishment, but in the current age of water conservation there are alternatives to natural lawns that outweigh the real stuff in every aspect (except being alive). Recently we […]

Drywall Tutorials

Drywall Tutorials

Remodeling for Geeks has some great how-to tutorials and one of our favorite series is all about drywall. From taping, patching, repairing, and creating smoothwalls.

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

You’ve just spent time and energy refinishing your floors or installing new hardwood and the last thing you want to do is carefully drag that heavy armoire or cabinet back in place for danger of scratching your beautiful new floors. Most people resort to stick-on felt guides which might work […]

Modest Summer Backyard Makeover

Modest Summer Backyard Makeover

Sometimes simple projects are the most satisfying. This homeowner has blogged about refreshing her recent market finds that include outdoor chairs and a table and the easiest DIY firepit made of brick.

Protect Your Kids from Hidden Home Hazards

Protect Your Kids from Hidden Home Hazards

The news last week that Mike Tyson’s daughter had been critically injured in an apparent home accident involving a treadmill was sad and any an unpleasant reminder that any child can be killed or hurt due to negligence or dangerous situations that most times can be avoided. Baby-proofing a home […]