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  • Streamlining: Stylish Trailer Storage

    If you need extra room, but can’t commit to a major remodel, consider parking a trailer in your yard. Oakland residents Zach Moser and Erica Gomes didn’t have adequate space in…

  • How Deep Should I Dig a Fence Post?

    A fence is a great project for a homeowner to tackle themselves. But like so many other construction related projects, the important stuff that makes for a solid job is hidden…

  • How to Decide on Outdoor Furniture

    One of the latest trends in outdoor decor is making the backyard feel like an extension of the home, complete with furniture. When choosing outdoor furniture, the biggest concern is making…

  • Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

    Falling icicles can be dangerous to you and heavy ice dams can be a detriment to your home. We came across the HOT EDGE at the 2010 Builders’ Show which looks…

  • 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…

  • Taking Down Christmas Lights Safely

    Usually we are in no rush to take down Christmas lights and will wait until the first weekend after the new year. As always its important to not forget these safety…

  • Prepping for the Blizzard of 2009

    It looks like 2009 will end with one of the biggest storms to hit the Eastern seaboard in years. Hard to imagine since it hit nearly 80 degrees today here in…

  • 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…

  • A Day with Habitat for Humanity – Recap

    I’ve enjoyed the rainy week here in Los Angeles but I was hoping it would hold off on Friday so I could join Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush With Kindness” program…

  • Spending the Day With Habitat for Humanity

    In an effort to give back a bit this year I’ll be spending today with Habitat for Humanity in Los Angeles. As part of their “A Brush with Kindness” program my…

  • Simple Safety Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

    If you’re decorating for Christmas this weekend we’ve got some simple light hanging tips that are great safety reminders. 1. Use the Proper Lights – If you hang lights outdoors make…

  • Check the Frost Line Before Digging Footings

    If you’re going to build your own deck one of the first considerations after you’ve laid out your posts is how deep your footings should be set. This is determined by…

  • Best Christmas House Decoration Ever

    A reader just sent over one of the greatest Christmas house decorations we’ve ever seen which gives new meaning to “hanging” Christmas lights. It also qualifies as an April fool’s joke!…

  • A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

    Helping others this time of year seems natural. Previously I’ve donated time to Americare’s but this year I’m volunteering with the Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I will be…

  • Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

    Ivy covered buildings and homes may be pleasant to look at but the damage they can cause by trapping moisture, harboring insects and averting exterior maintenance. Vines not only spread out…

  • How to Choose a Mailbox Style

    A mailbox is one of the first impressions a guest sees when they arrive at your home, so it is important to choose the perfect mailbox style that best reflects your…