Outdoors

How Deep Should I Dig a Fence Post?

How Deep Should I Dig a Fence Post?

A fence is a great project for a homeowner to tackle themselves. But like so many other construction related projects, the important stuff that makes for a solid job is hidden or out of sight. Fence post holes for instance. Much of the stability and strength of your fence depends […]

How to Decide on Outdoor Furniture

How to Decide on Outdoor Furniture

One of the latest trends in outdoor decor is making the backyard feel like an extension of the home, complete with furniture. When choosing outdoor furniture, the biggest concern is making sure that is weatherproof and sturdy enough to stand up to the elements, whether you live in a sunny […]

How To Install a Retaining Wall (So It Won’t Fall Over)

How To Install a Retaining Wall (So It Won’t Fall Over)

If you have the need to retain soil or prevent erosion, a wall may be just the thing. Any projects under 18″ in total height are simple and straightforward. Once you go over that height the project becomes more complicated, but with the proper machinery and prep, it’s still entirely […]

Backyard Courts and Surfaces from SnapSports

Backyard Courts and Surfaces from SnapSports

We’d love to have an outdoor basketball court but it’s not in the plans right now. If we were in the market for one the SnapSports outdoor surfaces look like a great solution. At the 2010 International Builders’ Show we had the opportunity to touch and feel various court surfaces […]

Carmix – Your Personal Concrete Mixer Truck

Carmix – Your Personal Concrete Mixer Truck

Out of all the work trucks we saw at the 2010 Builders’ Show the Carmix One was the coolest. It’s a self-loading concrete mixer that’s perfect for when you need a lot more concrete than a wheel barrow can provide and you need it in multiple spots quickly. It’s also […]

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Falling icicles can be dangerous to you and heavy ice dams can be a detriment to your home. We came across the HOT EDGE at the 2010 Builders’ Show which looks like a great solution. It lines your existing gutter and melts ice and snow away from the edge of […]

5 House Siding Options Explained

5 House Siding Options Explained

The siding you choose has a big impact on how your home looks. When you consider your siding options, also take into consideration your personal taste as well as lifestyle. When you choose a siding, consider the following: + Water-resistance + Ease of installation + Aesthetics + Versatility + Durability […]

Taking Down Christmas Lights Safely

Taking Down Christmas Lights Safely

Usually we are in no rush to take down Christmas lights and will wait until the first weekend after the new year. As always its important to not forget these safety tips for removing lights as we may feel rushed to get them down as soon as possible and want […]

Starting a Lawn? Think Low-Water & Weed Resistant

Prepping for the Blizzard of 2009

Prepping for the Blizzard of 2009

It looks like 2009 will end with one of the biggest storms to hit the Eastern seaboard in years. Hard to imagine since it hit nearly 80 degrees today here in LA. With the nor’easter on it’s way this weekend that could effect 50 million people, we’ve compiled some of […]

Repointing Old Brick Using Lime Mortar

Mike Senese always brings it on his Do It blog. Here he’s shared this great video for repointing brick using lime mortar from preservationworks.us. Lime mortar has been used for over 3,000 years and was an adhesive for almost every old brick building in the United States. These buildings continue […]

A Day with Habitat for Humanity – Recap

A Day with Habitat for Humanity – Recap

I’ve enjoyed the rainy week here in Los Angeles but I was hoping it would hold off on Friday so I could join Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush With Kindness” program for the day. It stayed overcast but the weather held and we got the job done. I tweeted our […]

Spending the Day With Habitat for Humanity

Spending the Day With Habitat for Humanity

In an effort to give back a bit this year I’ll be spending today with Habitat for Humanity in Los Angeles. As part of their “A Brush with Kindness” program my tasks could range from painting, landscaping, cleaning or any other type of outdoor job. Unfortunately the forecast in LA […]

Simple Safety Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

Simple Safety Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

If you’re decorating for Christmas this weekend we’ve got some simple light hanging tips that are great safety reminders. 1. Use the Proper Lights – If you hang lights outdoors make certain that they are rated for outdoor use. The packaging should clearly mark indoor/outdoor. The lights must be weatherproof […]

Check the Frost Line Before Digging Footings

Check the Frost Line Before Digging Footings

If you’re going to build your own deck one of the first considerations after you’ve laid out your posts is how deep your footings should be set. This is determined by the frost line in your area and the map above (courtesy of Home Depot Outdoor Projects) should give you […]

Best Christmas House Decoration Ever

Best Christmas House Decoration Ever

A reader just sent over one of the greatest Christmas house decorations we’ve ever seen which gives new meaning to “hanging” Christmas lights. It also qualifies as an April fool’s joke! Read what the homeowner had to say about it.

5 Ways to Survive the First Snowstorm of the Season

5 Ways to Survive the First Snowstorm of the Season

We’re only getting rain today in LA but many of you throughout the country have just had your first significant snowstorms and are guaranteed a white Christmas. Here are 5 tips to get you through the first storm and how to deal with freezing temperatures for the next few months. […]

A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

Helping others this time of year seems natural. Previously I’ve donated time to Americare’s but this year I’m volunteering with the Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I will be joining their “A Brush with Kindness” program on Friday, Dec. 11th. It’s a locally-operated program serving low-income homeowners who […]

Christmas Tree Rental Lets a Tree Keep on Giving

Christmas Tree Rental Lets a Tree Keep on Giving

Here’s a real life instance of The Giving Tree, one of our favorite childhood books, in action. If artificial trees aren’t your thing and you just don’t feel right using real cut trees, then consider renting a tree this year. There are companies across the country that can help. Typically […]

Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

Ivy covered buildings and homes may be pleasant to look at but the damage they can cause by trapping moisture, harboring insects and averting exterior maintenance. Vines not only spread out but they grow in girth and can continue to grow unabated for years. Old House Web shares the basics […]

How to Choose a Mailbox Style

How to Choose a Mailbox Style

A mailbox is one of the first impressions a guest sees when they arrive at your home, so it is important to choose the perfect mailbox style that best reflects your style and needs, as well as the longevity of the mailbox. Before you begin to consider the aesthetics, consider […]