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 […]
Maintenance and Repair
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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.
In a follow up to finding an appliance repairman, here are some suggestions from OldHouseWeb.com for maximizing the effective life of your appliances as well as how best to work with your appliance technician when they are troubleshooting your equipment.
Modern day appliances are a blessing but when they go bad they can cause nightmares at the most inopportune times. Contrary to how the majority of us treat our appliances, the moving parts in washers, dryers, and dishwashers do need regular maintenance to continue to happily run for years. Fortunately […]
Well it seems I’ve shamed my family into replacing our 20 year old outdoor bbq grill. This week Dad picked up a Char-broil stainless stell unit for $179 from Big Lots with 3 burners and a side warmer. Our previous grill hooked right up to our natural gas outlet but […]
The saying “An ounce of prevention…” is applicable when debating testing your home for radon contamination and then making the necessary modifications to your home to remedy the results of high levels of radon.
This houseblogger has uncovered a badly damaged wall after removing the stubborn wallpaper that also took the plaster with it.
If you have pets that shed then you definitely have a pet hair problem in your home. Maybe you’ve figured out the best solution–but I know for me it’s always been a frustrating issue. Apparently, though, the rest of the world already has pet hair removal figured out. If you’re […]
We’ve come across a great houseblog called Remodeling for Geeks. They’ve got instructive photos and step-by-steps for a number of different home improvement projects. One of our favorites is their solution for repairing roof dryrot that has effected their eaves.
If the horizontal of your door is off don’t bend the rungs but rather remove the door and shave a bit off the bottom.
When a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL – shown above before breaking) breaks, you must handle the contents with a bit more care as it contains mercury which is very toxic. NotMartha.org goes through the steps she took to thoroughly clean herself and the are where the bulb broke and […]
To save on energy costs and ensure a longer hot water supply, consider enclosing the body of your water heater with a tank wrap, a thick fiberglass blanket that’s sold at most hardware stores. Secure the ends of the blanket with waterproof tape. Experts recommend wrapping older water heaters; newer […]
Don’t wait to hire a professional to install the carpet runner down your stairs–do it yourself! Here you’ll find some tips and tricks for making the runner last longer and look better.
You know those little tasks in the back of our heads that we know need to get done, but somehow just never do? Here’s one of those: cleaning your portable humidifier. Yes they bring us relief from the dry cold of the winter, but if not cleaned regularly, they’ll just […]
Don’t let spring cleaning get in the way of your allergies–in fact, make sure your “big clean” isn’t simultaneously stirring up dust mites and pollen that will only make things worse for your allergies. Take a look at this article on for advice on minimizing allergens.