Maintenance and Repair

Deep Clean Carpets

Deep Clean Carpets

It seems that there is no consensus in the proper way to deep clean carpets. What we do know is that a vacuum cleaner won’t do the trick. When you need to properly remove mold, allergens, dust mites, and light stains, you should use a steamer. Steamers don’t require the […]

Mixing Wood Stains or Dyes

Mixing Wood Stains or Dyes

If you are into woodworking or just want to refinish a favorite piece, this article regarding color theory when applied to stains and dyes is a must-read. Color Theory: For the Woodworker & Furniture Finisher and Mixing Stains or Dyes [Wood Finish Supply]

Fix a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

Here’s a DIY video from Expert Village that shows you how to adjust your ceiling fan so it no longer wobbles. An out of tune ceiling fan can loosen from it’s base so it’s important to keep these fans properly maintained.

Gutter Installation and Cleaning

Gutter Installation and Cleaning

Gutters require regular maintenance and upkeep and should be checked at the end of fall and the beginning of summer and sometimes more often depending on nearby foliage as well as the weather. We’ve gathered some sources that should help you maintain your gutters throughout the year as well as […]

Garden Hose Repair

Expert Village has a series of home do-it-yourself videos that are available on their website and also through Youtube.com. Here’s a simple fix for a leaking or broken garden hose using a coupler.

Replacing Roof Shingles

Replacing Roof Shingles

A recent storm blew some roof shingles off our friend’s house in Denver. To avoid water damage those shingles need to be replaced before the next storm. This isn’t an expensive or time-consuming project but it can be dangerous as he needs to balance at the edge of his two-story […]

Repaving a Driveway

Repaving a Driveway

If you’re tired of the dust and maintenance of a gravel driveway you may want to consider paving your driveway. Concrete can stain and leave unsightly tire tracks but it requires hardly any maintenance and rarely cracks if done correctly; Brick or stone is typically the most aesthetically pleasing option […]

Cooling an Attic with Soffit Vents

An attic that isn’t ventilated can act like a sauna and get extremely hot. An easy way to resolve this is by adding soffit vents. These vents should be installed underneath the eaves of your house and will cross-circulate the air in your attic by bringing in fresh air and […]

Cleaning Interior Walls of Smoke Stains

Cleaning Interior Walls of Smoke Stains

We love burning candles and settling into an evening at home. But now our walls are paying for it as they’ve gone from a bright white to a yellowish/gray hue. This is a problem as we love our white walls even more than our candles but we still want to […]

Strengthen Your Floor By Joist Sistering

Strengthen Your Floor By Joist Sistering

Floors in old homes can tend to sag or bounce as they get older. The only way to fix this is through “sistering” the joists located below the floor panels. This involves attaching joists of a similar size alongside the existing joists. This technique can also be used to make […]

Repairing a Wood Fence

Repairing a Wood Fence

A wood fence requires regular maintenance to prevent rot and discoloration. Proper paint or stain should be used regularly and rotting fence posts should be repaired or replaced immediately. If installing a fence for the first time you can go with a time-saving pre-made fence made of wood, metal, or […]

Power Washing a Pathway

Power Washing a Pathway

Damp surfaces on decks and pathways can remain slippery and dangerous even after they are dry because algae begins to form wherever water settles. Shaded pathways are particularly difficult to keep dry and they are often times the most heavily used. Your first step should be keeping your path or […]

Ant Control

Ant Control

An old friend recently brought to our attention an ant problem that she’s been having which brings to mind our own ant episodes from a few years back. Prevention is the best weapon and removing the source of Ant food should be your first step. We recommend going the non-pesticide […]

Unclogging a Sink

Unclogging a Sink

Bathroom and kitchen sinks will inevitably clog. Over time objects such as food, hair, and dirt will build-up and settle in the trap or somewhere else along the line and you’ll notice your sink draining much slower. Before your sink completely backs up, take this as a warning and clean […]

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Make the most of your time pushing the vacuum and maximize the vacuums pulling power by going over this vacuum checklist. We still love our Oreck XL Deluxe. It’s low on frills but it’s got mad skills. Vacuuming Tips [Mrs. Clean] Oreck XL Deluxe [Oreck]

Squeaky Wood Floors

Squeaky Wood Floors

Squeaky wood floors are charming at first in an old building but living with them can be irritating. Natural Handyman has some fixes that should muzzle your creaky floorboards. All Those Squeaks Just Floor Me! [Natural Handyman]

Removing Vinyl Tiles

Removing Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tile is easy to clean and maintain but you still yearn for a richer and more solid flooring. Here’s some tips to getting that vinyl tile up and there’s no easy way. Removing Vinyl Tiles and Lino Flooring [DIY Doctor] Removing Vinyl Floors [Hammerzone]

Ask Houseblogs

Ask Houseblogs

Houseblogs.net is just over a year old and has become the mothership for anyone who is chronicling the restoration or renovation of their home. Created by Aaron & Jeannie of HouseinProgress.net who own and restore their own 1914 Craftsman-style bungalow, Houseblogs is a community-driven site that allows members to share […]