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IBS 2010 Here We Come!

IBS 2010 Here We Come!

CES 2010 was awesome! Seeing the emergence of 3D technologies was breathtaking and checking out home security advancements and personal protection was also very interesting. But the show we’ve really been waiting for is the International Builders’ Show, better known as IBS. We’ve covered this show since 2006 and this […]

5 House Siding Options Explained

5 House Siding Options Explained

The siding you choose has a big impact on how your home looks. When you consider your siding options, also take into consideration your personal taste as well as lifestyle. When you choose a siding, consider the following: + Water-resistance + Ease of installation + Aesthetics + Versatility + Durability […]

Repointing Old Brick Using Lime Mortar

Mike Senese always brings it on his Do It blog. Here he’s shared this great video for repointing brick using lime mortar from preservationworks.us. Lime mortar has been used for over 3,000 years and was an adhesive for almost every old brick building in the United States. These buildings continue […]

Wood Kitchen Countertops – Surprise, It’s Concrete!

Wood Kitchen Countertops – Surprise, It’s Concrete!

Faux bois seems to be en vogue these days and we like it! Apartment Therapy found this builder that fabricates kitchen countertops made of concrete but look like wood.

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

As the Consumer Products Safety Commission probes deeper into the tainted Chinese drywall issue they’ve also discovered that a small number of homeowners are reporting American-made drywall is causing some of the same problems: a sickening, sulfurous stench and corroded pipes and wiring. “We are not limited in the scope […]

Wood Case For Your iPhone or iPod Touch

Wood Case For Your iPhone or iPod Touch

Wrap your iPhone in a beautiful wood case and let that layer of organic material provide a natural layer between you and your phone.

How IKEA Creates 10 Million Coffee Tables Per Year

Cool video from National Geographic showing behind the scenes in an IKEA factory.

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

Featured writer Deren S. Monday wants to pass along 4 DIY skills to his kids. The first was building a fence that rots before it falls. The second is laying a caulk bead properly. I never appreciated the wonders of caulk until adulthood. I thought caulking was as simple as […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Jetson Green has tipped us to BuildingGreen’s Top 10 list of green building products for 2009. They breakdown their choices with a brief description, why it’s green and what level of LEED credit relevance it’s been awarded. One of our favorites is the Pozzotive Plus CMUs and Concrete Brick from […]

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Replacing your homes windows is no small undertaking, either in time or money. The two major players in replacement windows are Pella and Andersen Windows. Both types of brands of windows are widely available so where do you start when comparing the differences between the two window giants? Calfinder has […]

Marie Know’s Home Improvement

Marie Know’s Home Improvement

How to Score Free Firewood

How to Score Free Firewood

Temperatures have fallen across the country and many of you have already cleaned up your fireplace and started using it on a daily basis. The quest to find decent wood to burn is easier for some than others. We’ve picked up a lot of free wood from Craigslist but the […]

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Why not take advantage of the available square footage in your basement and not just leave it as a storage room. By finishing out a basement or at least insulating it, you’ll be able to enjoy more of your home as well as save energy. One Project Closer went through […]

Interior Door Showdown: Solid Wood vs. Hollow Core

Interior Door Showdown: Solid Wood vs. Hollow Core

When building or remodeling a home the interior doors are often an afterthought but they shouldn’t be. Cheap doors on a quality built home suck! But investing a limited budget into solid wood doors isn’t always the smart choice. We’ve followed this debate on Home Construction Improvement regarding hollow-core vs. […]

Easiest Kitchen Backsplash Install Ever

If you’re short on time, money and effort but still need covet a new tile backsplash then it looks like SIMPLEMAT is for you. It literally adheres to your current backsplash of tile or wallpaper and your done! Without grout there’s no mortar, mixing, or mess. They also have kitchen […]

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Fall is always a great time to bring out the candles. The warm flicker softens any room or outdoor area. ShelterPop highlights some make your own candle projects and our favorite are these diy hanging lanterns from Craftynest.

An iPhone App You Wood Want

An iPhone App You Wood Want

iPhone apps for the remodeling and diy enthusiast are plentiful. There’s an app to pick a paint color and an app to level a shelf but we recently got a handy new app that is more educational than gimmick. This app from Double Dog Studios is a reference guide for […]