Maintenance and Repair

What to Do with Rainwater Drainage and Runoff

What to Do with Rainwater Drainage and Runoff

The much needed rain continues today in Southern California and it’s been a pleasant surprise as we know its only temporary. But the issue of rainwater runoff is pertinent in areas near the ocean as almost all of the water is diverted straight to the ocean and with it unknown […]

Keep Your Basement Floor Dry and Warm

Keep Your Basement Floor Dry and Warm

We’ve been following this house bloggers basement remodel and he’s found a great solution for his subfloor. I’m using a product called Delta-FL, which I picked up at Rona. It’s basically a big roll of dimpled plastic, which sits on top of the basement slab and acts as a vapour […]

Remove Black Mold Forever

Hewn and Hammered has posted a follow-up to their original article about common hiding places for black mold. They’ve now uncovered the task of removing and preventing black mold from gaining a foothold in your home.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

It’s one of the least glamorous yet more hard-working parts of your kitchen–and when your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and even leave behind a pungent odor that pollutes even the cleanest of kitchens. To ensure your small yet mighty garbage grinder runs […]

Secrets of Using a Tape Measure

Secrets of Using a Tape Measure

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to using your tape measure. We all can see the measurements of inches and feet but there are markings and peculiarities that all top-grade tape measures have that most of us tend to overlook or don’t know exist. Fortunately Remodeling […]

Outdoor Deck Materials

Outdoor Deck Materials

It’s the middle of winter and you’re either freezing (if you’re in the Northeast or Midwest) or sweltering (here in Southern California). Either way it’s not to early to start considering what materials to use for the new deck you are planning to build this spring.

Steps to Better Insulation

Steps to Better Insulation

One of the easiest ways to save money and energy is to insulate your home properly. You may have relied on your builder to determine if your home is properly sealed but don’t. Their job is to finish the house on time and hopefully on budget which makes for mistakes […]

Ceiling Crawlspace Discoveries

Ceiling Crawlspace Discoveries

If you’ve never peeked into your ceilings crawlspace you don’t know what you’re missing. If you aren’t the original owner of the home and you never got a chance to look up there you might find old treasures from previous families or just junk, most likely the latter. Checking out […]

Buckled Wood Floor Solutions

Buckled Wood Floor Solutions

From the Brownstoner forums we came across this unsightly photo of wood floor panels that have buckled up. Hiding under our couch for has been a speed bump in the form of buckled floor boards. The warp spans about 10 slats across and about 8 feet long and at the […]

Buying a Fixer-Upper

Buying a Fixer-Upper

1912 Bungalow is one of our favorite houseblogs and we just found this great list they pulled together that may be welcome advice for first-time fixer-upper house owners. If I could do it all over again. 1. I would spend more money upfront and purchase a house in the best […]

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Unless you live in the Southwest, winter has already hit you hard and this article may have arrived a bit late for you but MonkeySee has some informative home improvement videos and we found this video for winterizing your swimming pool particularly helpful.

Gutter Repair and Installation

Gutter Repair and Installation

Water runoff management is important to protecting your home. When water is allowed to settle bad things happen. Here are some links for installing, cleaning, and repairing your water gutters. Patch a Rain Gutter Gutter Maintenance Gutter Tongs – Cleaning Tool

14 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

14 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

Restoring old houses is an arduous but ultimately rewarding job. It’s difficult to make generalizations regarding how to go about your restoration but we’ve got 10 tips to help lead you down the right path. 1. Know your maintenance cycles. Most buildings need tuckpointing maintenance every 50 to 60 years. […]

Time to Snake Your Sewer Line

Time to Snake Your Sewer Line

Our house was built in 1936 and therefore retains a lot of character and quirkiness that new homes don’t have. By character and quirkiness I mean; bad wiring, busted heaters, leaking roofs, and clogged sewer lines. We’ve been dealing with that last unmentionable item recently and it hasn’t been pretty. […]

Removing Dents from Unfinished Wood

Removing Dents from Unfinished Wood

Many do-it-yourselfers are drawn to unfinished furniture, both because it’s generally less expensive than finished furniture, and because the finishing process provides a creative outlet. Unfortunately, unfinished furniture is basically unprotected furniture, and as such, it is prone to denting. Fortunately, aggressive sanding and filling aren’t your only options for […]

17 Uses for Sawdust

17 Uses for Sawdust

Go green by using every last bit of that piece of lumber including the sawdust. 1. Mix it with white paint to make fake snow. 2. Use it for traction on slippery roads. 3. Soak up spills in the shop or garage. 4. Feed your plants with it, except if […]

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

As hurricane Irene is approaching the Eastern seaboard, residents in low-laying areas must seek higher ground immediately and have little time to prepare their homes for the storm. But for those homeowners who are sticking it out through the hurricane or live in areas that aren’t under an evacuation order […]

Close Your Pool for the Winter

Close Your Pool for the Winter

Last weekend I visited my folks in Tucson to celebrate my sisters wedding. A good time was had by all and while out there I was able to enjoy our swimming pool. Tucson is still a balmy 100+ degrees so the pool is refreshing and if kept heated could be […]

Patch a Rain Gutter

Patch a Rain Gutter

Rain gutters should properly divert roof water run off into drains but these gutters can be damaged by wind, trees, and rot. Here’s a technique for patching your rain gutter in no time.

Remove White Caulk from Kitchen

Remove White Caulk from Kitchen

This homeowner just had a new granite countertop installed but unfortunately the contractors used white caulk instead of clear to seal the countertop to the back wall of the kitchen. The caulk has already cured so they’ve decided to take a razor blade to the white caulk to remove it […]

The Trouble with Cockroaches

The Trouble with Cockroaches

It’s too bad we all don’t have cockroach killing birds to keep these pests from entering our homes. No matter how clean you keep your place, cockroaches can still find a way in. But it’s not just the gross-factor that makes us what to get rid of them, the microscopic […]

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Winter after winter can wreak havoc on your driveway. Whether it’s potholes or just cracks, you can fill them in yourself with EZ Street. This site offers all the information you’ll need to prepare and then fill in your holes with their product.