Childproofing your home may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be the most important step you take to keep your child safe during the important early formative years. The basic concept of childproofing is to make sure that your child can’t leave the home and can’t get into any […]
Pulling carpet yourself can save a few bucks and here are 7 tips to make the process go smoothly. 1. Pulling up carpet is a labor-intensive activity, so while you can do it by yourself, it’s a lot easier, and a lot less heavy, if you bring in at least […]
A reader wrote in this question: What is best to use to melt snow on different kinds of surfaces? We did some damage on our slate steps last year by using rock salt. We polled some experts including Deren S. Monday and the consensus is that slate is definitely not […]
Not all dead bolt locks are equal, therefore not all dead bolts will protect you and your property to the same degree. Here are some tips to make sure your dead bolt lock is securely fastened. 1. Stick to Grade 2 or 1 Strength – Dead bolt locks are graded […]
Our sense of hearing takes a lot of abuse and over time will deteriorate. It’s not only the obvious times to protect your hearing such as at a rock concert, listening to your iPod or playing the drums, but also at home while mowing the lawn or using power tools. […]
Unfortunately there are millions of people who do not have the physical freedom to function in a standard home and kitchen. Special considerations need to be made when planning a kitchen design. Once again Susan Serra, CKD, from thekitchendesigner.org steps in to show us the way. For those with special […]
In Parts I and II of this series, we learned how to safely approach water damage and identify and stop the source. Now we will discuss preventing the spread of water damage and setting up effective drying systems for light water damage. Step 4: Prevent Further Damage Furnishings: Immediately relocate […]
Check out these fall cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Our favorites include: Clean drapes, upholstery, carpeting, and floors. A canister vacuum is better equipped to clean drapes and upholstery, while an upright is better for deep-cleaning carpets. For your carpeting, use a carpet cleaner or schedule a professional cleaning. Dispose […]
My daughter loves throwing her pacifier around her room; not yet understanding that throwing her pacifier while in her crib makes said pacifier unavailable for the remainder of her nap. As a result, my wife and I hunt for pacifiers daily, finding them in all sorts of interesting locations. I […]
The wildfires burning in the Los Angeles National Forest just north of LA continue to rage and yesterday claimed the lives of two firefighters. Two firefighters were killed when they drove off the side of a treacherous road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton, around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, […]
Safety is a top concern when building stairs and it all starts with solid footing and a stable hand rail. We want to expand on our previous article for installing wood stair railing by providing some great resources for building solid stairs and repairing broken railings and wobbly newel posts. […]
The news last week that Mike Tyson’s daughter had been critically injured in an apparent home accident involving a treadmill was sad and any an unpleasant reminder that any child can be killed or hurt due to negligence or dangerous situations that most times can be avoided. Baby-proofing a home […]
We’ve mentioned this before but some house projects should be left to professionals. Be honest with yourself and what you are capable of. Sometimes its great to get in over your head and learn as you go, especially if time and money aren’t necessarily an issue, but some house projects […]
As we fire up our spring projects it’s clear that we need to wipe the dust off some of our power tools and give them a once over to make sure they are in good operating condition which means they are safe to use and effective. Here’s a starting point […]
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is an issue with some Chinese made drywall emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners. There have been multiple class-action lawsuits filed in Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana but this issue could be much more widespread. The offending […]
Fire safety is never a laughing matter, especially during the winter months when a prevalence of candles, space heaters and other warming devices contribute to an increase in residential fires. Test your fire extinguisher savvy with the help of a guide that provides directions on usage (complete with an easy-to-remember […]
If your workshop is in an unfinished garage or basement and not attached to your central heating system, your best option is to make use of space heaters. Cool Tools brings us two of their favorites that cover a lot of different applications and one of them should work for […]
Hewn and Hammered has posted a follow-up to their original article about common hiding places for black mold. They’ve now uncovered the task of removing and preventing black mold from gaining a foothold in your home.
Popular Mechanics is taking it to the next level when it comes to testing hand tools. We’ve all seen the predictable results of hammer-on-nail but what does a real world situation such as hammer-on-thumb feel like when comparing a standard steel hammer with a new auto-hammer?
We love natural Christmas trees but everyone should remember that they need care to last as well as remain safe in your home. There is no greater danger than a tree that has dried out. Read this article from the New York Times for more information about caring for your […]
photo: wishymom We’ll leave the decor ideas and inspiration to the experts but we do know a little something about safety when it comes to hanging your outdoor Christmas lights.
The International Code Council has setup a new standard for building homes that are more “resistant” to hurricanes. These homes should withstand winds of up to 150 mph and the codes will apply to homes located in the East and Gulf Coasts, coastal Alaska and the Columbia River Gorge in […]