Maintenance and Repair

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.

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 […]

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

It’s been mentioned by the new Energy Secretary Steven Chu and supported by Barack Obama that if we were to paint 30 billion square feet of commercial roof space in the United States white, it would be the equivalent of taking 75 million cars off the road for a year. […]

DIY Blunders can be Avoided by Calling in the Pros

DIY Blunders can be Avoided by Calling in the Pros

We’ve mentioned this before but some house projects should be left to professionals. Be honest with yourself and what you are capable of. Sometimes its great to get in over your head and learn as you go, especially if time and money aren’t necessarily an issue, but some house projects […]

What’s Behind the Cabinets?

What’s Behind the Cabinets?

This question we sometimes ponder but in reality would not really want to know the answer if we suspect rodents or any other type of pest. Installing new cabinets allows us to answer this question and the DIYDiva has done just that and to her dismay discovered a pile of […]

It’s Pool Party Time

It’s Pool Party Time

It broke 100 degrees in downtown LA a couple days ago and fortunately we live near the coast which was toasty but definitely cooler especially with a breeze. We have the beach at our disposal now but long for a backyard pool of our own. Check out our swimming pool […]

How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

We’ve had a leaking bathtub faucet for awhile and never realized just how much water we were wasting until we placed a canister underneath which filled up overnight. Our dog had gotten used to water always being in the tub and now considers it an alternate source of water beyond […]

Nothing Runs Like a John Deere Giveaway

Nothing Runs Like a John Deere Giveaway

This week we’re giving away TWO baseball caps from John Deere! Modeled above by Laura Dahl, these caps are mean and green and look great on a boy or girl in the country or city. To win just leave a comment below stating if you do your own landscaping and […]

Duct Tape Challenge: 4 Tapes, 1 Winner

Duct Tape Challenge: 4 Tapes, 1 Winner

Our friend Harry Sawyers who was a long-time This Old House editor and Hardware Aisle blogger is now sharing his expertise with the readers of Popular Mechanics. His latest article reviews 4 types of duct tape and test them for sturdiness, stickiness, and water resistance. And the winner is?