Maintenance and Repair

Buying a Fixer-Upper

Buying a Fixer-Upper

1912 Bungalow is one of our favorite houseblogs and we just found this great list they pulled together that may be welcome advice for first-time fixer-upper house owners. If I could do it all over again. 1. I would spend more money upfront and purchase a house in the best […]

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Unless you live in the Southwest, winter has already hit you hard and this article may have arrived a bit late for you but MonkeySee has some informative home improvement videos and we found this video for winterizing your swimming pool particularly helpful.

Gutter Repair and Installation

Gutter Repair and Installation

Water runoff management is important to protecting your home. When water is allowed to settle bad things happen. Here are some links for installing, cleaning, and repairing your water gutters. Patch a Rain Gutter Gutter Maintenance Gutter Tongs – Cleaning Tool

14 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

14 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

Restoring old houses is an arduous but ultimately rewarding job. It’s difficult to make generalizations regarding how to go about your restoration but we’ve got 10 tips to help lead you down the right path. 1. Know your maintenance cycles. Most buildings need tuckpointing maintenance every 50 to 60 years. […]

Snake Your Sewer Line

Snake Your Sewer Line

Our house was built in 1936 and therefore retains a lot of character and quirkiness that new homes don’t have. By character and quirkiness I mean; bad wiring, busted heaters, leaking roofs, and clogged sewer lines. We’ve been dealing with that last unmentionable item recently and it hasn’t been pretty.

Removing Dents from Unfinished Wood

Removing Dents from Unfinished Wood

Many do-it-yourselfers are drawn to unfinished furniture, both because it’s generally less expensive than finished furniture, and because the finishing process provides a creative outlet. Unfortunately, unfinished furniture is basically unprotected furniture, and as such, it is prone to denting. Fortunately, aggressive sanding and filling aren’t your only options for […]

17 Uses for Sawdust

17 Uses for Sawdust

Go green by using every last bit of that piece of lumber including the sawdust. 1. Mix it with white paint to make fake snow. 2. Use it for traction on slippery roads. 3. Soak up spills in the shop or garage. 4. Feed your plants with it, except if […]

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

As hurricane Irene is approaching the Eastern seaboard, residents in low-laying areas must seek higher ground immediately and have little time to prepare their homes for the storm. But for those homeowners who are sticking it out through the hurricane or live in areas that aren’t under an evacuation order […]

Close Your Pool for the Winter

Close Your Pool for the Winter

Last weekend I visited my folks in Tucson to celebrate my sisters wedding. A good time was had by all and while out there I was able to enjoy our swimming pool. Tucson is still a balmy 100+ degrees so the pool is refreshing and if kept heated could be […]

Patch a Rain Gutter

Patch a Rain Gutter

Rain gutters should properly divert roof water run off into drains but these gutters can be damaged by wind, trees, and rot. Here’s a technique for patching your rain gutter in no time.

Remove White Caulk from Kitchen

Remove White Caulk from Kitchen

This homeowner just had a new granite countertop installed but unfortunately the contractors used white caulk instead of clear to seal the countertop to the back wall of the kitchen. The caulk has already cured so they’ve decided to take a razor blade to the white caulk to remove it […]

The Trouble with Cockroaches

The Trouble with Cockroaches

It’s too bad we all don’t have cockroach killing birds to keep these pests from entering our homes. No matter how clean you keep your place, cockroaches can still find a way in. But it’s not just the gross-factor that makes us what to get rid of them, the microscopic […]

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Winter after winter can wreak havoc on your driveway. Whether it’s potholes or just cracks, you can fill them in yourself with EZ Street. This site offers all the information you’ll need to prepare and then fill in your holes with their product.

Reader Question: Refrigerator Seal Leak

Reader Question: Refrigerator Seal Leak

A reader recently submitted the following question regarding their refrigerator seal not functioning properly. We’ve encountered this issue a lot and in times of saving energy, making sure our appliances are as efficient as possible is paramount. We’ve tackled this issue before in this post, Refrigerator Gasket Replacement, but hopefully […]

Clean Your Concrete

Clean Your Concrete

The concrete that makes up your driveway, sidewalk, garage floor, and pathways needs periodical cleaning to remove any excess oils, dirt, debris, and moss that can build up quickly over a short period of time.

Make Termites Skip Your Home

Make Termites Skip Your Home

Finding termites in your home can make you gasp. I’m sure that is how Mary over at Shelterrific felt after she found the little buggers underneath a damp section of her basement wall. According to Orkin, 95% of termite damage in North America is caused by the Subterranean Termite which […]

10 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen for an Open House

10 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen for an Open House

It takes more than just wiping down the counters and clearing the sink to stage your kitchen.

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

If your deck has seen better days and is starting to fade, get fuzzy, or even splinter then you should consider refinishing your deck which consists of chemical stripping, power washing, sanding, and finally staining your deck. Here are some great resources for approaching this project and take precautions when […]