Safety

Sean Payton Seeks Damages for Defective Chinese Drywall

Sean Payton Seeks Damages for Defective Chinese Drywall

Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, is the lead plaintiff among 2,100 alleged victims in a case scheduled to begin this week against a company from China charged with shipping drywall that made people sick and damaged other property in the home. The 591-page class action […]

How To Shut Off the Gas in an Emergency

How To Shut Off the Gas in an Emergency

In case of an emergency you should know how to turn off the gas in your home from the meter. The following steps will show you how. Step 1. It is important to know exactly where your gas meter is located (See above image) so that in the event of […]

Essential Safety Products for the Backyard Pool

Essential Safety Products for the Backyard Pool

Don’t forget safety when thinking about a backyard pool. Install it the right way and enjoy your oasis with peace of mind (and no liability). A fence is almost always necessary with any backyard pool over 24″ deep. If you install an above ground and have a non-climbable railing completely […]

Personal Protective Equipment for Water and Mold Removal

Personal Protective Equipment for Water and Mold Removal

Water damage repair can be hazardous. The most common types of hazard? Contaminated water and mold. Both pose a huge threat to you and your family. Thankfully personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, is readily available this day in age. In this third part of our series on water […]

Slipping and Sliding On Vinyl Decks – Are They Safe?

Slipping and Sliding On Vinyl Decks – Are They Safe?

Many homeowners are looking to vinyl decks for a true maintenance free solution. PVC (or Polyvinyl Chloride) will last for decades without a drop of stain. But will your deck become dangerously slippery in the rain? A completely flat vinyl or plastic surface would surely become a hazard with any […]

Safest House In The World

Safest House In The World

The appearance of panic rooms or safe rooms in homes isn’t commonplace, but it’s not just something out of a Jodie Foster movie anymore. A super luxe home outside Los Angeles could have the safest security system in the world, according to reports from MainStreet.com. The five-story fortress has a […]

Water Damage Repair – Getting Started

Water Damage Repair – Getting Started

A few months back we featured a series on identifying, isolating and drying water damage in the home. The series left off after an effective drying system is set-up, and your home is on its way back to a livable condition. Over the next week or so, we will look […]

Safety Tubs Bring Universal Design to the Bathroom

Safety Tubs Bring Universal Design to the Bathroom

Universal design to benefit seniors and the physically challenged is an under served sector of home and interior design. But with the aging boomer population, there is an opportunity for manufacturers and designers to work with people who have special needs when it comes to living in their home. There […]

Keep it Bright with Automatic Floodlights

Keep it Bright with Automatic Floodlights

No matter if you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country, home security is a concern for all homes. Did you know that one of the simplest ways to keep your home and family safe is with outdoor lighting? A simple motion-activated flood light can be inexpensively purchased […]

Buying a Rental: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick

Buying a Rental: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick

#2 in our 3 step series of how to buy a rental property without being gashed. Lesson 2: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick I was in a back bedroom of one home the other day, and heard a scream from the back yard. This was not the scream […]

The Ultimate Child Monitoring System: The Protector from Taser

The Ultimate Child Monitoring System: The Protector from Taser

When I was in 6th grade my parents had a beeper system that I took with me when I left the house to ride my bike in the neighborhood. When it was time to come home for dinner or play time was up they would buzz me. Much like the […]

CES 2010 Home Security Highlights

CES 2010 Home Security Highlights

The Consumer Electronics tradeshow in Las Vegas is a lot to take in and although the gadgets and audio/video components are really the heavy hitters, we did find some jewels that may be helpful for homeowners looking to setup a home security system. Archerfish Video Monitoring This video monitoring system […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Deadly Sins that Lead to Hoarding

7 Deadly Sins that Lead to Hoarding

We love our stuff. That might be one of the reasons we moved from NYC, there just wasn’t enough room for our stuff. Fortunately in New York we had a loft area and became adept at re-arranging our closets and kitchens to suit the seasons otherwise we would have been […]

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 […]

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.

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

As the Consumer Products Safety Commission probes deeper into the tainted Chinese drywall issue they’ve also discovered that a small number of homeowners are reporting American-made drywall is causing some of the same problems: a sickening, sulfurous stench and corroded pipes and wiring. “We are not limited in the scope […]

Chinese Drywall Saga Continues

Chinese Drywall Saga Continues

We’ve been following the toxic Chinese drywall story this past year and a Federal investigation from the Consumer Products Safety Commission just released a report stating, “a strong association exists between chemicals contained in Chinese drywall installed in thousands of homes at the height of the housing boom and electrical […]

What to Look for When Buying a Stepladder and How To Use It Properly

What to Look for When Buying a Stepladder and How To Use It Properly

A tool left off many lists that every household should have is a 6-foot stepladder. That height is useful for most interior jobs and working on the lower portion of the exterior of the home such as the roof line. Don’t skimp on quality. A good ladder should last a […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]