Maintenance and Repair

Why Are Appliance Repairman So Expensive?

Why Are Appliance Repairman So Expensive?

Great article in the New York Times about why appliance repairman are so expensive. It still doesn’t lessen the blow when you get the final bill but at least this helps explain some of the charges that are passed along to you that you might not realize. 1. Travel and […]

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

A great weekend project is making sure your home is clear of overgrown tree limbs. It may not be a pressing issue but cutting back these limbs can prevent issues down the road such as the branches and limbs breaking through a window during a storm or even crashing down […]

5 Steps to Water Works in the Kitchen

5 Steps to Water Works in the Kitchen

Maybe it’s just me. But I often get the urge for heavy duty water pressure in the kitchen sink. You know, the kind that will blast off that stuck on food. Or give your husband a shocking shower while he sits unsuspectingly at the table. Is it just me? Say […]

An Introduction to Flood Insurance

An Introduction to Flood Insurance

As parts of Tennessee continue to clean up after massive flooding and spring severe weather causes deluges throughout the country, there’s no time like the present for a brief introduction to flood insurance. My fiance works as a flood insurance underwriter, so he was full of ideas on how to […]

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

No matter how strong your wooden gate is, its inevitable that gravity will win out and it will start to sag and drag along the ground. We met the inventor of the E-Z Brace, Mark Dwaileebe, at the National Hardware Show and he shared with us how he decided to […]

Bags are the New Dumpsters

Bags are the New Dumpsters

When it’s time for a renovation, renting dumpsters can be a pain. Plus they take up space in your driveway or lawn and can take far too long to get hauled away. Waste Management’s Bagster system – an 8x4x2.6 bag- is a super easy way to haul away waste from […]

Watch Out For These Wiring Mistakes

Can you change an outlet or move a light switch? Do you consider yourself an amateur electrician? You may feel up to most electrical tasks but here are some pitfalls to watch out for that could save your life and your circuits. 1. Three way switch wiring 3-way switches can […]

How To Replace A Broken Window Pane

How To Replace A Broken Window Pane

The only time I’ve ever inadvertently broken a glass window was when I locked my brother out of the house during dessert. He was so angry he tapped on the glass until I’d let him inside. Needless to say I didn’t let him back in and he knocked until he […]

Tending To Backyard Trees

Tending To Backyard Trees

Even if you’re not a tree hugger, there’s a lot to love about having trees in the yard. But hey, rot happens. And so do overgrown branches. And pests. When it’s time to look for a professional to tend to your tree needs, go through this check list from the […]

Repairing Wood Shingles

Repairing Wood Shingles

I live in Maine where the coast is littered with beautiful wood shingled homes. I’m a New England gal so I can’t help but dream of the day that I’ll get to own one. Though they’re a lot of upkeep, I don’t think there’s any siding that compares. As wood […]

Furniture Facelifts: All the benefits, none of the pain

Furniture Facelifts: All the benefits, none of the pain

My recent post about refurbishing an old family sofa got me thinking about the value of old furniture. Personally, I think it is a wonderful thing. When I look around my house, I can count at least a dozen pieces where I’ve extended life with new upholstery or refinishing. One […]

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Time to dust off your patio set and revel in spring weather. Here’s a few tips from the Washington Post to get iron, teak and plastic in shape. Wrought iron: If you see rust damage, scrub off as much as possible, ideally down to bare metal, with a wire brush. […]

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

I remember the first time I saw what is now our house in person. I walked into the living room, my eyes following the giant bay windows up, up, up to the ceiling and saw … gridlines. There was a drop ceiling. I remember saying to my then-fiance that the […]

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

My dad made this sofa when I was just a toddler. It sat in our living room for years, and at eight feet long, it was the centerpiece of everything from family photos to teenage sleepovers. I suspect my dad built it more out of necessity than desire. In the […]

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

What I love most about the blogosphere is how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While perusing one of my favorite fashion reads, Fashion Is Spinach, the delightful Ms. Spinach shared an ingenious solution to her sagging sofa cushions. She had bought a mid-century wood frame […]

Fix A Screen Window Tear

Fix A Screen Window Tear

In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole in my screen window by rushing to open it this afternoon. Whoops. I found out exactly how to fix […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh air. It’s also the time to get out on the patio and notice the toll that freezing temperatures have taken on your patio. Brick Patio Problems Maybe you left your heavy umbrella stand or BBQ out on your brick patio over […]