Maintenance and Repair

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals. Natural swimming pools originated in Europe about 20 years ago but haven’t picked up here in the states. Mick […]

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Here are more kitchen cleaning tips than you can shake a sponge at (sorry that was bad). From clogged drains, grease build-up, dishwasher cleaning, and dirty oven windows.

Rejuvenate a Cement Patio

Rejuvenate a Cement Patio

Cement patios are commonplace in homes across the country. In the Southwest they are particularly popular since lawns are hard to manage in the heat and cement patios are easy to clean and maintain. Take a look at your patio this Spring and follow these steps for making it more […]

Handyman Hiring Tips

Handyman Hiring Tips

No time, money, or know-how to fix a household problem? In New York city we have Supers who are on call (usually) and hopefully can fix leaking faucets, broken radiators, or sticky doors, but homeowners are on their own and for smaller household fixes a certified or licensed contractor is […]

Spring Riding Mower Inspection

Spring Riding Mower Inspection

It’s officially Spring and lawns are back. If you use a riding lawn mower you should inspect it similar to any other vehicle that you would have stored for 3-5 months. John Deere has some great tips for inspecting your mower that will keep you riding throughout the season. 1. […]

Tree Pruning for Spring

Tree Pruning for Spring

Here’s a tree pruning guide from easy2diy.com. Now is the best time to get your trees and shrubs into shape for Spring and Summer. Essentially, proper pruning is essential for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing tree. Pruning is needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to […]

Spring Cleaning Lists

Spring Cleaning Lists

It’s already been a year since our last spring cleaning list and not much has changed (in terms of what and how to clean). But we thought we’d give you some new resources this year that might shed some light on different tips and help you start the summer right. […]

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping your home should not be considered an afterthought if you are planning to upgrade the value of your home through remodeling or other renovation. A nicely appointed home landscape can also increase the speed and value at which your home sells. Before taking a run to your nearest nursery […]

Green Cleaning Products

Green Cleaning Products

There have long been homemade cleaning products that are as effective as over-the-counter chemical based cleaners and now you can find green cleaning products that are environmentally friendly as well as healthier for your family. Look to the following companies which are producing non-toxic household cleansers: Seventh Generation Method And […]

Concrete – A Pillar of Society

Concrete – A Pillar of Society

Concrete has been in existence in one form or another since Egyptian and Roman times. In 1756 the first modern mix using Portland cement was created and in 2006 domestic production reached 115 million tons. On a global scale China accounts for roughly 40% of the world concrete consumption. Although […]

Carpet Repairs

A lush carpet feels great on bare feet and the right texture and tone can make a room, but carpet is susceptible to being damaged from spills, pets, and wear and tear. Here’s a guide for keeping your carpet healthy. How to Fix Frayed Carpet [eHow] Repair and Treat Crushed […]

Trimming Tree Branches

Trimming Tree Branches

Trimming back tree branches can give your house an instant face lift as well as make for healthier foliage. An overgrown tree is more susceptible to the dangers of strong wind and the possibility of downing power lines or damaging your home. Here are some techniques to properly prune and […]

Drywall Repair

Drywall Repair

We listened to Bob Vila when it came to repairing drywall and now we’ve compiled our own list of how-to repair drywall, sheetrock, wallboard, or whatever you call it, as well as a couple how-to videos. Drywall Repair [Popular Mechanics] Fix a Drywall Hole [Howstuffworks] Rock-It Drywall Repair Clips Repair […]

Detecting Gas Leaks

Like thousands of others in New York, we too woke up to a strange “gas” smell yesterday morning. Panic quickly sets in – Did we leave the burner on! Fortunately it wasn’t gas but it’s still unsettling that nobody really knows what it was. But what we now realize is […]

Eliminate Rooftop Ice

Eliminate Rooftop Ice

Icicles hanging from your rooftop can be dangerous and is caused by a warm roof melting snow then when that water reaches eaves and gutters that are freezing the water re-freezes into icicles. It’s difficult to fix this during the winter but the goal is to insulate your attic. This […]

Squeaky Floors

Squeaky Floors

Living with a squeaky floor is an unnecessary annoyance. Whether you’ve got hardwood or carpet floors there’s a simple solution to eliminate the squeak in just a few minutes. Your squeak is most likely caused by a loosening of the floorboards or subfloor and the sound they make rubbing against […]

Protect Your Home from Flooding

Protect Your Home from Flooding

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and rain storms, aren’t the only way water can enter your home and cause damage. You should also inspect and repair the points of entry that water already has into your home such as your refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, clothes washer, water heater, and air-conditioner. […]

Replace a P-Trap

Replace a P-Trap

That u-shaped piece of pipe under your sink is called a p-trap. They can get clogged which requires replacing or cleaning out the p-trap. Since you are already pulling it out, why not install a no-clog p-trap so you won’t ever have to worry about the replacing or fixing your […]