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This Old House is New Again

This Old House is New Again

Congratulations to the web team at This Old House (most notably, Betsy, Eric, Kristen, and Christopher) for their successful launch of the new and improved ThisOldHouse.com. It’s been almost two years in the making and through countless hours of thoughtful planning, maintaining a dedicated focus, and nose to the grindstone […]

Get the Most Out of Your Pliers

Get the Most Out of Your Pliers

Even more than the screwdriver, we rely on a good set of pliers to complete jobs that we could not safely or easily do without them. As with most jobs, its all about having the right tool and all pliers are not created equal. Pliers 101 and Selecting the Right […]

Tips for Beginning Vegetable Gardeners

Tips for Beginning Vegetable Gardeners

There are a ton of gardening resources available online from YouGrowGirl to Better Homes and Gardens.We came across a great article from 1996 that profiles that successful gardening habits of a couple in Portland, Oregon. They offer 8 tips for beginning gardeners that we think everyone with a green thumb […]

Home Exercise and Resistance Pools

Home Exercise and Resistance Pools

These exercise pools from Swimex can add the finishing touch to your home cross-training regimen. They use a patented paddle wheel technology that ensures a consistent wave that can be set for variable resistance. Their small footprint (18 ft. by 7.5 ft.), above or below ground choices, and indoor/outdoor option, […]

Japanese Toilets

Japanese Toilets

The Japanese are seriously cramped for space and their bathrooms suffer for it. But they’ve overcome with some toilet styles that you won’t likely see anywhere else.

Power Tool Drag Racing

Take your ingenuity and power tools to the next level and get competitive.

House Painting Tips

House Painting Tips

It’s generally recommended to paint your house every 3-5 years to protect your siding, stucco, or shingles, as well as maintain a fresh looking exterior. To prevent uneven drying from painting in direct sunlight, paint the north and west side of your home in the morning hours and switch to […]

Haunted Library

Haunted Library

This addition to your library is sure to get some shrieks (or laughs). As unsuspecting folks walk by these “books” a motion sensor causes the center book to slide back and and forth while emitting “haunting” sounds. Possessed Books in action. [Geekologie]

Take Back the Kid’s Playroom

Take Back the Kid’s Playroom

Whether your kids are grown or not, it may be time to reign in their playroom, especially if it starts to look like this one. Here’s how.

Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

We’ve presented some techniques for building interior walls but overwhelmingly the material of choice is now metal/steel studs. Besides saving trees, metal studs have many advantages over traditional lumber. They don’t shrink or split and are always perfectly straight. They’re also light and easy to store; they resist fire, insects […]

House Flipping Goes Upscale

House Flipping Goes Upscale

If someone can flip $100k into $150k why not $8.3m to $30m. Only in NYC.

Lead Paint Removal

Lead Paint Removal

We’ve touched on the dangers of lead paint and now House in Progress has started their own lead paint stripping process after highlighting the history of lead paint use in this country and makes a distinction between lead paint that is intact (safe) as opposed to paint chips and dust […]

Transform Your Formica Countertops

Transform Your Formica Countertops

If you aren’t satisfied with your formica countertops you can give them a fresh look. With a little effort and creativity, who knew granite could be this easy and while you’re at it, upgrade your fixtures.

Outdoor Sink Station

Outdoor Sink Station

Make your own outdoor sink station is with a standard laundry room wash bin and an outdoor table.

Secure Your Home

Secure Your Home

Most thieves are looking for the easiest score possible so if you take just a few preventative measures to secure your home, a thief will most likely look elsewhere.

Bright and Bold Paint Jobs

Bright and Bold Paint Jobs

There is a battle brewing across American neighborhoods. Homeowners who “toe the line” and maintain a consistent home color amongst themselves vs. those who prefer a bolder palette when it comes to their abode. HOA’s limit this form of self-expression but many older neighborhoods, which often contain historical buildings, aren’t […]

Visit the Playboy Mansion

Visit the Playboy Mansion

You may never party with Hef in person but thanks to Zillow you can at least check out a birds-eye-view of the mansion. Tony Soprano may be gone but his house is still around and who knew the Cohen’s mansion from the O.C. is actually in Malibu (and available for […]

Apartment Therapy’s Green Home

Apartment Therapy’s Green Home

Apartment Therapy, the authority in organizing and decorating your small home, has just launched their Green Home. There’s some good stuff here that doesn’t require a small home or apartment to implement. Saving water, storing bicycles, and green cleaning products, are just a few of the interesting posts we’ve read […]

A Gateway to a Better Garden

A Gateway to a Better Garden

There are plenty of computer programs that can assist you in choosing the right plans for your home or even assist you in designing the home yourself but there are fewer to help you with the curb appeal of your home. That’s where the Better Homes and Gardens Landscape and […]

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Toolmonger turned us onto a great blog entry from the Wall Street Journal asking the question, “Are Dads Less Handy Around the House?” I’m not a Dad and even if I were I’m certainly not as handy around the house as my Pop is. I was raised by a very […]

How To Fix a Leaking Faucet

How To Fix a Leaking Faucet

One of the most common household problems is the leaking faucet. Fortunately it also happens to be one of the easiest to diagnose and repair and there are a ton of resources online that can help. Here are our favorites. Video Expert Village VideoJug Instructions Hammerzone DoItYourself.com On The House […]