Safety

Decorating with Hanging Lights for Christmas

Decorating with Hanging Lights for Christmas

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.

Hurricane Proof Home Standards

Hurricane Proof Home Standards

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 […]

Electrical Outlet Orientation

Electrical Outlet Orientation

Should the ground slot be up or down?

Circular Saw Safety

Circular Saw Safety

Photo: Remodeling for Geeks This post from Casasugar got us thinking that although circular saws are loud and their blades somewhat menacing, they are wonderfully useful tools that any DIY home enthusiast should know how to use safely and effectively.

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

As hurricane Irene is approaching the Eastern seaboard, residents in low-laying areas must seek higher ground immediately and have little time to prepare their homes for the storm. But for those homeowners who are sticking it out through the hurricane or live in areas that aren’t under an evacuation order […]

Get Ready for Gustav

Get Ready for Gustav

As residents flee from hurricane Gustav, many of them face the difficult task of not knowing what condition their house may be in when they return and what to do if they’ve lost everything. We’ve pulled some links from Charles and Hudson as well as other sites that can help […]

Job Site Thieves Run Rampant

Job Site Thieves Run Rampant

Not only are empty homes left vacant by foreclosure or suspended construction vulnerable to theft, thieves are now targeting current home construction job sites in increasing numbers.

Flood Coverage and Preparedness

Flood Coverage and Preparedness

The threat of flooding impacts many homeowners who live in low-laying areas especially near running rivers that can breach or in hurricane zones near the gulf and the Atlantic. You should always hope for the best but prepare for the worst when it comes to anticipating a flood and there […]

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Winter after winter can wreak havoc on your driveway. Whether it’s potholes or just cracks, you can fill them in yourself with EZ Street. This site offers all the information you’ll need to prepare and then fill in your holes with their product.

Itemize Your Possessions and Secure the List

Itemize Your Possessions and Secure the List

One of the most important parts of a home renovation process–and a practice that is sometimes overlooked–is the organizing and safekeeping of relevant financial documents that create a detailed file of your house, big-ticket purchases, etc.

Older Homes for Health

Older Homes for Health

This article highlights a study from the University of Utah that states that areas of higher population density typically have residents who maintain a healthier weight. This is due to the walkability and pedestrian friendly design of their neighborhood.

Radiation and Radon in Granite Countertops

Radiation and Radon in Granite Countertops

Besides the ubiquitous nature of granite countertops and almost boring combination of granite and stainless seen in kitchens everywhere, there’s another reason you may wish to reconsider granite countertops.

Asbestos Siding and Home Values

Asbestos Siding and Home Values

When buying an older home you are sometimes faced with outdated materials that in some cases can be considered harmful such as lead paint and asbestos. Asbestos was used in different applications and in some older homes it was used in a “cement form” that doesn’t allow the particles to […]

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

If you visit our website you are most likely a person inclined to tackle home improvement projects on your own. But this list of 5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects is a helpful reminder of tasks that often times require professional help. Calling in a professional is not about just giving up […]

Cloudy Tap Water

Cloudy Tap Water

In case you’ve been procrastinating looking in to the reason your tap water has been coming out a cloudy, milky color—relax, it’s most likely nothing to worry about. More often than not the white-ish color is actually produced by a bunch of tiny air bubbles that enter the water from […]

A-Frame House Survives Tornado

A-Frame House Survives Tornado

Parts of Iowa were ravaged by tornadoes last week that killed 5 people and destroyed about 400 homes. But one of the homes in Parkersburg, IA managed to withstand the 200mph winds and it’s owners are attributing it’s A-Frame construction to saving their home.

Inspect Your Deck

Inspect Your Deck

The weather’s heating up and you’re primed for a summer BBQ on the deck with family and friends. But before you send out the evites for your memorial day bash, you should inspect your deck. There are five warning signs you should look out for.

10 Tips for Home Security

10 Tips for Home Security

As vacation season approaches, it’s a good idea to re-check the security of your home. Or if you’ve recently moved into a new apartment, let this article from DIYNetwork.com convince you to actually get the locks changed.

Table Saw Safety Rules

Table Saw Safety Rules

This recall got us thinking about safety again (safety should always be on our mind). We came across this list of table saw safety regulations and maintenance tips. The absolute safety rules regarding table saws are: 1. Always use a push stick when the fence is set under 3″ to […]

DeWALT Table Saw Recall

DeWALT Table Saw Recall

We’ve just been informed that DeWALT is recalling about 13,000 DEWALT DW744 Jobsite Table Saws because the pivot bracket can separate and cause kick back, posing a severe laceration hazard. The table saws were sold nationwide from April 2007 through January 2008 for approximately $500. The recall affects 10-inch DeWALT […]

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.