Maintenance and Repair

Keep Your Appliances Running a Long Time

Keep Your Appliances Running a Long Time

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.

How To Find an Appliance Repairman

How To Find an Appliance Repairman

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 […]

The Family Grill Update using Natural Gas

The Family Grill Update using Natural Gas

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 […]

Radon Testing and Remediation

Radon Testing and Remediation

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.

What Lurks Beneath…the Wallpaper

What Lurks Beneath…the Wallpaper

This houseblogger has uncovered a badly damaged wall after removing the stubborn wallpaper that also took the plaster with it.

Pet Hair Removal Basics

Pet Hair Removal Basics

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 […]

Dryrot Roof Repair

Dryrot Roof Repair

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.

Fix an Interior Door Drag

Fix an Interior Door Drag

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.

Steps for Safely Disposing of a Broken CFL Light bulb

Steps for Safely Disposing of a Broken CFL Light bulb

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 […]

Save Money with a Water Heater Wrap

Save Money with a Water Heater Wrap

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 […]

Installing a Stair Runner

Installing a Stair Runner

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.

Cleaning Your Humidifier

Cleaning Your Humidifier

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 […]

Attention Allergy Sufferers: Spring Has Sprung

Attention Allergy Sufferers: Spring Has Sprung

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.

DIY Maven: New Uses for Tin Ceiling Tiles

DIY Maven: New Uses for Tin Ceiling Tiles

DIY Maven shares the virtues of tin ceiling tiles: Tin ceilings came to the U.S. during the Victorian era via Europe and became a popular, inexpensive alternative to decorative plasterwork. In this century, thinking of tin ceilings as an inexpensive alternative is downright laughable–considering the alternative is now Sheetrock!

Save the Neutra House

Save the Neutra House

Richard Neutra is one of the primary architects responsible for the modern home movement. Unfortunately his own residence (VDL Research House) located in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles is in a state of disrepair.

Well Water Testing

Well Water Testing

Amid the discussions recently regarding water contamination, those of you out there with well water may be thinking you’re safe. On the contrary, it’s just as important–if not more–to have your well test each year for germs, chemicals and general functionality. No one else is responsible for checking besides you, […]

Window Pane Mirror

Window Pane Mirror

Double duty: this article will help you with a few different projects. Number one, you’ll find some general tips for fixing a broken window pane in your house should that unfortunate occurrence befall you. But even better, it gives you a great idea for some wall art that you probably […]

Shelves: The Secret to Staying Clear of Clutter

Shelves: The Secret to Staying Clear of Clutter

Is clutter making the rooms in your home look and feel smaller than they really are? There is a solution. Shelves are the perfect way to contain or display mementos, books, pictures, magazines, CDs, paperwork, flower vases, etc. When used with a little flair, shelving can also give a space […]

The Best Plants for Your Window Box

The Best Plants for Your Window Box

On the subject of flowers, the Manhattan Users Guide has answered the question of “What can I plant in my window box?” We’ve always been partial to Zinnias and Impatiens but MUG also recommends “Portulaca, which now comes in double-flowered varieties and Sanvitalia, a tiny black-eyed Susan, which are both […]

Quick Fixes for Basement Flooding

Quick Fixes for Basement Flooding

As winter snow gives way to spring rains, prepare for the influx of moisture and protect your home’s basement. Those with older homes may be especially prone to lower level flooding, as stone and clay foundations contribute to increased dampness.

Perfect Time to Install that Water Filter

Perfect Time to Install that Water Filter

Although there have been no health warnings it seems that the tap water in some cities and communities has been compromised by a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones that even in trace amounts cannot be good for our health.

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Jeanne of House in Progress goes through the steps of replacing the radiator air valve from her bathroom radiator. She reminds us to turn off the furnace and make sure your radiator has completely cooled before removing the valve. You may also want to “bleed” your radiator after replacing the […]