Maintenance and Repair

Gutter Tongs

Gutter Tongs

In addition to the resources found on our gutter cleaning guide we present this new tool from Brookstone, the Gutter Tong.

DIY Workshops and Clinics

DIY Workshops and Clinics

It’s likely that you live near a Lowes or Home Depot as both retailers have conspired to takeover the world, sorry Starbucks has beat them to it, but both stores have more to offer than just tools and materials. Lowes offers instore how-to clinics that cover subjects from designing for […]

Furnace Tune-Up and Maintenance

Furnace Tune-Up and Maintenance

Inspect and service your furnace before it gets too cold. You’ll lean heavily on your furnace all winter long and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your furnace is in top shape is worth every penny spent now.

Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

This isn’t 18th century London so it’s up to us to clean and maintain our chimneys. It’s important to regulary inspect your chimney throughout the year, as well as take steps to prep it for use during the winter months. Without proper maintenance your chimney can become a fire hazard […]

Refinish a Wood Door

Refinish a Wood Door

Over at Fixer-Upper they have refinished their exterior doors and show the steps they went through to achieve some great looking results.

Vacuum Cleaner for Hardwood Floors

One of the more active discussions on the Houseblogs community website is which vacuum is best for hardwood floors. We’ve waxed poetic before about our Oreck XL Deluxe as we think it works well on our hardwood and transitions nicely to our rugs and carpeted areas. Regardless of surface, what’s […]

Fix Your Doorbell

In some homes the doorbell is one of the most used electronic devices in your home. With all of the work they do they are bound to break down. Here is a how-to for repairing your doorbell.

Dust Mites

If there is anymore motivation to keep your home clean it’s knowing that tiny bugs live in the dirt and dander of skin particles and can cause asthma and allergies. The first thing you should do is wash your pillow case and pillow, ASAP. If you can replace carpet with […]

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution

The EPA has recognized that indoor air quality should be a understood by all homeowners. Chemical smells, headaches, frequent colds, can sometimes be attributed to your indoor air. Here are some solutions to help improve the air around you.

Replacing Vinyl Siding

Replacing Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding can crack and break but with the proper tools its quite easy to make this repair to your exterior. Hopefully you saved a few panels just for situations like this otherwise you may have a problem matching a color. Even if you have the right color of siding […]

Driveway Oil Stains

Driveway Oil Stains

Your car or truck might be spotless but if it leaks oil your driveway will be the worse for wear and a stained driveway can ruin an otherwise sharp looking home exterior and even lower the value of your home. Here are some tips for cleaning oil stains but most […]

Blown-In Insulation

Blown-In Insulation

When insulating a new home or a room conversion such as an attic or garage, you have a choice between batt or blow-in insulation. There are advantages to both but if you are going to go with the batt fiberglass you need to make sure your installation is precise. Here’s […]

Install a Garbage Disposal

Install a Garbage Disposal

Growing up with a garbage disposal that will chop up scraps of food and keep your pipes clear of junk is a luxury we no longer have and definitely an adjustment when even a bit of rice will stop up the drain. Here’s a How-To for installing a garbage disposal […]

Slate Roof Protection

Slate Roof Protection

A slate roof is one of the most durable of roofing materials that can last hundreds of years. There are slate roofs in buildings across Europe that have survived centuries with little or no maintenance. We don’t recommend neglecting your slate roof and Traditional-Building has a great article for repairing […]

Replacing a Drill Chuck

Replacing a Drill Chuck

You love your trusty drill but the chuck’s worn out and the motor could use some maintenance. Why throw it out when you can just replace the chuck yourself as well as gain access to the motor for cleaning. Here’s a helpful guide for removing the chuck and gaining access […]

Preserving Heat

Preserving Heat

With the Fall season just around the corner there are some easy steps you can take right now to preserve the heat within your home and give you a bit more time before firing up the heater. Add Insulation – Not to your walls but to areas that are largely […]

Broken Window Tip

Broken Window Tip

Here’s a tip from Bob Vila for handling broken windows. Always wear thick gardening gloves when handling broken glass, and use goggles if you have to break any glass. Carefully crisscross pieces of masking tape over a broken windowpane. Cover the glass with a heavy cloth, then tap with a […]

Steam Paint Removal

Steam Paint Removal

Removing paint from wood has traditionally been done with chemicals or sanding which can both adversely affect the underlying wood as well as the surrounding environment. Using heat has always been known to soften up paint so it can be easily scraped away but steam is making a resurgence as […]