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Selecting a Christmas Tree: Fir, Spruce, or Pine

Selecting a Christmas Tree: Fir, Spruce, or Pine

This year we went with a 10-ft. Douglas Fir basically because it was the only tree that had the tall and narrow silhouette that we required. It’s very healthy and the branches are spaced for ornaments to hang perfectly. The color is rich and the needles are shiny and give […]

Seven Deadly Sins of DIY

Seven Deadly Sins of DIY

HGTV of Canada has listed Six Deadly Sins of DIY Projects that we should all be wary of. We would add a seventh called “Expectations” as the honeymoon of a project will quickly wear off when expectations of time, money, and finished results are not met. We aren’t suggesting you […]

Protect Your Space from Dust and Paint

Protect Your Space from Dust and Paint

This easy to install barrier will protect your interior spaces from overspray and dust.

The Hype on Heat Pumps

The Hype on Heat Pumps

Even with the mild fall (Thanksgiving in NYC was 67 degrees!), you’ve probably already fired up your heat this year. If you’re not as warm and cozy as you’d like it might be time for a new heat pump. Here’s how a heat pump works and if you are looking […]

Make Your Cables, Cords, and Wires Disappear

Make Your Cables, Cords, and Wires Disappear

We love the barren look of this home office. Visible cables and cords are at a minimum. Looks impossible considering the ever expanding electronic footprint of most home offices that include printers, external drives, routers, modems, digital cameras, etc. Try this trick from Instructables and your desk will be clear […]

The Thanksgiving Table Seating Chart

The Thanksgiving Table Seating Chart

A properly planned Thanksgiving table seating chart can go a long ways towards a happy and entertained group during the holidays. The larger the family the actually easier it is to seat people as you have many more options and don’t have to choose between the lesser of two evils […]

LED Christmas Lights for the Rockefeller Tree and You

LED Christmas Lights for the Rockefeller Tree and You

They’ve towed in the Rockefeller Christmas Tree which means its time we start thinking the same thing. Last year we pulled some tips for hanging Christmas lights and we want to remind you to stay safe on that ladder while decorating. We just found out that LEDs will illuminate the […]

Lessons in Stripping

Lessons in Stripping

Houseblogs.net has been packaging some great content from their community and they’ve recently pulled articles from 10 renovators who are going through the process of stripping paint, varnish, and wallpaper from floors, walls, and banisters. Read what techniques and products have been effective before approaching your next stripping project.

Radiator Reuse: Food & Drink Warmer

Radiator Reuse: Food & Drink Warmer

This ingenious ceramic food & drink warmer makes use of your radiator heat and may save just a bit on your electric bill.

Save Energy by Line Drying Your Clothes

Save Energy by Line Drying Your Clothes

It’s a novel concept that is practiced in 90% of the world, but air/line drying your clothes will save 5-10% on your energy bills and washing in cold will save another 4%. But in America many of us live in areas that are regulated by HOA’s (Home Owner’s Associations) that […]

More Home Improvement and DIY Videos

Ask The Builder Videos As the quality of online video continues to grow, many more DIY experts are getting behind the camera to share their tips, techniques, and opinions on home improvement and decorating. Along with Ask the Builder here are a few video channels that have some great content […]

Bannister Recovery and More…

Bannister Recovery and More…

While this bannister may be reminiscent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version), it’s time to restore it to it’s glorious natural finish. Check out this project among many others in Brownstoner’s renovation forums.

Fireplace Fixup

Fireplace Fixup

Here are some tips for prepping your fireplace for winter use as well as how to make sure it’s safe throughout the season.

Crazy DIY Inventions

Crazy DIY Inventions

These DIY inventions are mostly impractical and silly but some of them are definitely entertaining.

Maximize Your Small Front Yard

Maximize Your Small Front Yard

Whether you can call it a yard or garden, here are some great tips for making the most of the small space in the front of your home.

Break to Baja

Break to Baja

We are taking a short break to beautiful Baja Mexico for a bit of fishing, diving, and kayaking, with some relaxing breaks mixed in. Enjoy the latest from a few friends of ours. Sale on designer goods from Shelterrific Frank Lloyd Wright Stencils from House in Progress Arroz con pollo […]

Environmental Home Improvement Tips

Environmental Home Improvement Tips

We don’t know who these people are but they look like they could use some environmentally friendly home improvement tips and so can you.

Home and Garden Answers from Yahoo!

Home and Garden Answers from Yahoo!

The increasingly popular Yahoo! Answers is a great reservoir of popular home and garden questions and answers. There are more specific categories that include DIY, Decorating & Remodeling, and Maintenance and Repairs.

5 Great Reasons to Start Doing-It-Yourself

5 Great Reasons to Start Doing-It-Yourself

For some women (and men) DIY and home improvement doesn’t come naturally. But here are 5 great reasons to start doing-it-yourself.

More Answers to Your Home Improvement andDIY Questions

More Answers to Your Home Improvement and
DIY Questions

Check out these great forums that just may hold the key to unlocking your DIY dreams. DIY Chatroom DoItYourself.com Forums Ultimate Handyman Forum House Repair Talk Yahoo! Answers – Home and Garden

Clean Your Kitchen in 5 Minutes or Less

Clean Your Kitchen in 5 Minutes or Less

It’s amazing how quickly our kitchens can become disaster zones. After just a few meals (or one) the plates can be piled to the ceilings and there can be numerous appliances to clean. It’s tough when cooking to stay on top of the mess that you are always creating. You […]