Maintenance and Repair

Bathroom Caulk & Grout Repair

Bathroom Caulk & Grout Repair

Sealing the tiles and spaces around your bath and shower is vital to keeping moisture from seeping into the walls as well as protecting your home from mold and mildew. Here’s a how-to from the HGTV show “Help Around the House” that takes you through the steps of caulking and […]

Repair a Sidewalk Crack

Repair a Sidewalk Crack

Sidewalk cracks are unsightly and if you let them go they will continue to get worse over time. You can easily repair them which may help stop them from spreading but the best prevention is to make sure you’ve got “control joints” cut out of the concrete. This is best […]

Installing a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Installing a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Bathroom exhaust fans are a must in any modern bathroom, including those in your “old” home. Trapped moisture can do even more damage to an older home which also may not have a bathroom that is as well insulated. Installing a bathroom exhaust fan can prove difficult depending on the […]

Do-It-Herself Home Repair DVD

Do-It-Herself Home Repair DVD

PBS is now selling the DVD version of the popular do-it-herself book Dare to Repair. Subjects covered include home safety, plumbing, walls and doors, and major appliances. Filmed before a female studio audience this video is sure to cover all of the home repair issues important to them. Thanks Outblush

Choosing a Fuse

Choosing a Fuse

So you know you’ve blown a fuse but you aren’t sure exactly the type of fuse or what the base is called. Before asking your local hardware store check out this fuse guide from About.com and see if you can find your fuse.

Garage Storage Solutions

Garage Storage Solutions

Organizing your garage is like digging in the sand, once you clear stuff away new junk takes its place. Here are some tips for organizing your garage space, and try these products to help you organize even more. GarageTek is a thermoplastic storage system that lines your wall and allows […]

Removing Bees and Wasps Safely

Removing Bees and Wasps Safely

Photo: Andrea Simonato We’ve shown you some sites that can help you identify and remove ants and bugs from the inside of your home, but it’s also important to clear the outside vicinity of unwanted pests such as bees and wasps. Africanized bees are a real danger and prevention should […]

Preventing Driveway and Landscape Erosion

Preventing Driveway and Landscape Erosion

Water can take it’s toll to the outside of yourself as much as the inside. Your backyard, driveway, and landscaping are susceptible to damage from heavy rain and snow run-off. Proper drainage can prevent your driveway or landscaping from washing away. The number one thing to remember when planning for […]

Paint Buddy

Paint Buddy

We think every homeowner would have a use for this paint touch-up tool from Rubbermaid. It’s stores just enough paint to cover those instant touch-ups that arise and there’s no need to break out a brush and get messy. It doesn’t hurt that’s it’s super cool and fits perfectly in […]

Avoiding Mold in the Summer

Avoiding Mold in the Summer

There are conflicting theories on the dangers of mold but we do know that many prospective homebuyers are taking mold inspections into consideration before purchasing a home. HGTV recommends that an empty home should have the air conditioning left on in the summer to keep the humidity levels down and […]

Locating a Wall Stud

Locating a Wall Stud

Locating a wall stud shouldn’t be a guessing game and there’s no need for punching extraneous nail holes when you can get it right the first time. Studs are typically located 16″ OC (on center) but they can also be found at 24″ OC. Once you find one stud you […]

Identifying and Removing Bugs from Your Home

Bugs (even the good ones) are a nuisance. They can be dangerous to you and your pets and they can damage/destroy your home (termites). Although knowing spiders are eating the other bugs in your house it’s still unnverving to watch one scamper across your wall or ceiling and a few […]

Garage Door Dilemma

Garage Door Dilemma

The houseblog “Minor Adjustments” was faced with saving an old, worn-out, and dysfunctional garage door that did have some character, but how much is “character” worth when you can’t even use your garage as it’s intended. They went with a basic $950 white door that works and still looks nice. […]

Clean Tile Grout

Clean Tile Grout

The simple solution to cleaning out your tile grout is to use a mix of oxygen bleach and water. In a few seconds you’ll be able to scrub away all the dirt and grime and give your bathroom or kitchen an easy facelift. Cleaning Grout with Oxygen Bleach [Ask the […]

Fixing a Leaky Skylight

Fixing a Leaky Skylight

After the heavy rain and flooding in DC this weekend our friends were able to get to work this morning but they face bigger worries once they return home as they’ve discovered leaks around the skylight in their newly renovated DC home. The purpose of a skylight is to bring […]

Dishwasher Repair

Dishwasher Repair

Dishwashers are one of the most heavily used household items but also one of the most misunderstood. Apply your DIY skills and with a little patience and know-how you can repair your own dishwasher and save the time and expense of calling in a repairman. Also keep in mind these […]

Buildup Toilet Flange

When a floor or subfloor is built-up around a toilet, the toilet flange must also be raised to achieve a proper seal. Shortcuts such as using two wax rings are against code and you will probably have leaks. The topic of buildup flanges is discussed in more depth in the […]

Remove a Heavy Tub

Remove a Heavy Tub

The most difficult and potentially dangerous part of renovating a bathroom is removing the old tub. A built-in cast-iron tub can create the most problems. Ebuild.com recommends you leave a demo like this to the pros, but if you do decide to take a sledgehammer to the tub, hit the […]