Maintenance and Repair

Reader Question: Refrigerator Seal Leak

Reader Question: Refrigerator Seal Leak

A reader recently submitted the following question regarding their refrigerator seal not functioning properly. We’ve encountered this issue a lot and in times of saving energy, making sure our appliances are as efficient as possible is paramount. We’ve tackled this issue before in this post, Refrigerator Gasket Replacement, but hopefully […]

Clean Your Concrete

Clean Your Concrete

The concrete that makes up your driveway, sidewalk, garage floor, and pathways needs periodical cleaning to remove any excess oils, dirt, debris, and moss that can build up quickly over a short period of time.

Make Termites Skip Your Home

Make Termites Skip Your Home

Finding termites in your home can make you gasp. I’m sure that is how Mary over at Shelterrific felt after she found the little buggers underneath a damp section of her basement wall. According to Orkin, 95% of termite damage in North America is caused by the Subterranean Termite which […]

10 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen for an Open House

10 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen for an Open House

It takes more than just wiping down the counters and clearing the sink to stage your kitchen.

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

If your deck has seen better days and is starting to fade, get fuzzy, or even splinter then you should consider refinishing your deck which consists of chemical stripping, power washing, sanding, and finally staining your deck. Here are some great resources for approaching this project and take precautions when […]

Rainy Day Solutions

Rainy Day Solutions

It’s a rainy day here in NYC which reminds us of all the fun projects that rain and water bring to homeowners. Enjoy this eclectic selection from Charles & Hudson. + Flood Prevention for Your Home + Preventing Driveway and Landscape Erosion + Quick Fixes for Basement Flooding + Installing […]

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

If you visit our website you are most likely a person inclined to tackle home improvement projects on your own. But this list of 5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects is a helpful reminder of tasks that often times require professional help. Calling in a professional is not about just giving up […]

Swamp Cooler Maintenance

Swamp Cooler Maintenance

A horrific/gross story we recently heard about a homeowner living in Tucson, AZ will remind you to take care of your swamp cooler and shut it down when not in use. The story and shutdown steps after the jump.

Easy Home Plumbing Tips

Easy Home Plumbing Tips

Toilet clogged, won’t flush, constantly running, or you’ve got noisy banging pipes? Here are some easy home plumbing tips you should try before bringing in the pros. Most often they will usually work and if it doesn’t at least you’ll know a lot more about your plumbing than you did […]

Removing Pet Urine Stink and Stains from Wood Floors

Removing Pet Urine Stink and Stains from Wood Floors

This homeowner had to go the extreme route of completely removing the wood floors and subflooring to rid their home of dog urine smell. Apparently the previous owners had tenants who had left dogs inside for weeks with no place to go but inside and on the floors.

Refrigerator Gasket Replacement

Refrigerator Gasket Replacement

With energy consumption up during the summer, of course it’s in our best interest to save it where we can. Some of the easiest ways, as you’ve seen here, are to clean and fix appliances—refrigerators included. If your refrigerator door doesn’t seal tight when closed, that’s wasted energy. Not only […]

Replacing Bathtub Sealant

Replacing Bathtub Sealant

If the sealant in your bathtub has become moldy or is just old and not protecting as well as it should, it may be time to replace it. Even if the process seems straight forward enough, check out this website before you start the project.

Common Roof Repairs

Common Roof Repairs

To avoid prohibitively expensive roof replacements, maintain a working roof by examining it regularly and follow up with this list of common repair projects, including repairing slipped roof tiles, removing birds’ nests in chimney pots and cleaning or repairing clogged or damaged guttering.

Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

The gals at housemade took a pressure washer to their front retaining wall which besides peeling paint is a necessary element for their plant beds. We’ve seen how well pressure washers clear walkways of slippery moss and other debris but they are also effective at removing peeling paint from masonry, […]

Drywell Rebuild with the Help of Oakum

Drywell Rebuild with the Help of Oakum

The folks at Chicago 2-Flat tore up a concrete slab in their backyard to discover a 100-year old drywell located just next to the house. They considered setting up rain barrels as the only gutter drained into this drywell but decided against this due to the weather and limited space […]

Efflorescence: The Chalky Stuff on your Concrete

Efflorescence: The Chalky Stuff on your Concrete

Efflorescence is a very common and somewhat mysterious ailment effecting masonry construction including brick, concrete, and mortars. It occurs when water moving through a sidewalk or other structure brings salts to the surface that are not commonly bound as part of the cement stone. As the water evaporates, it leaves […]

Fix a Sagging Wooden Swing Gate

Fix a Sagging Wooden Swing Gate

It’s time to fix that sagging wooden gate that scrapes along the ground. Until this is remedied it will continue to mark your pathway as well as damage the bottom of your gate and place unnecessary stress on the hinges and planks. There are some kits available that can be […]

Fix a Hole in the Ceiling

Fix a Hole in the Ceiling

A reader sent in this photo of a hole in their kitchen ceiling which they recently patched with duct tape. Obviously the duct tape won’t due and it looks like there could be further water damage around the hole. If it’s a plaster ceiling here are some steps to fix […]

Friday Fix: The Running Toilet

Friday Fix: The Running Toilet

This week’s Friday Fix is courtesy of Nathaniel from Garber’s Hardware and was originally printed in the Westview paper. So, your toilet is running. It won’t stop. You tried jiggling the handle. You tried asking your toilet nicely to behave. You tried to get your landlord to send a plumber. […]

Tree Decision: Keep’em or Cut’em?

Tree Decision: Keep’em or Cut’em?

We are big fans of trees being used as landscape elements to add detail or shelter to your home. But many times the tree begins to overstay it’s welcome and the branches become unmanageable or the roots pull up the pathway or lead to damage to your foundation.

Repairing Damaged Baseboards

Repairing Damaged Baseboards

Crown, chair, and base Moldings add a touch of character and charm to any room no matter how old or new your home is. But these moldings are also not immune to the rigors of a household and often times they are subject to even more damage because they are […]

Get Your Closets Back on Track

Get Your Closets Back on Track

Chances are you have a closet somewhere in your apartment or house–more than one if you’re lucky. After years of wear and tear or just years without renovation, you’ve probably also run into some “off-track” issues.