Maintenance and Repair

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?

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 […]