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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 […]

DIY Video Tips

DIY Video Tips

The DIY Network has launched a new video section called DIY Kits/DIY Basics. They are short video clips as well as printable instructions covering tips for home improvement, crafts, gardening, woodworking, and your automobile. They are still using the Windows Media player format as opposed to the new flash players […]

Retractable Awnings

Retractable Awnings

We invest a lot of time and money in our decks, patios, and outdoor furniture. By adding a retractable awning you’ll be able to take advantage of your outside space on those hot days as well as give your skin a break while enjoying the outdoors. The Sunsetter 900XT is […]

Outdoor Sheds

Outdoor Sheds

Sticking with the storage theme this week, why not build your own shed. Once again we’ve found some great content from Popular Mechanics which includes a comprehensive plan for building your own wood shed. If you aren’t sure what materials to use for construction use this guide from DoItYourself.com.

Make Use of Wasted Space

Make Use of Wasted Space

Popular Mechanics offers 7 Tips for Utilizing Wasted Space. You may think you have a storage problem but this article may offer some relief. We especially like the how-to article for building storage in a knee-wall.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

A new addition to our blogroll is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). They have a long-standing history and their core purpose is “to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.” As a homeowner you can use their site to search for remodelers […]

Gas Grill Buying Guide

Gas Grill Buying Guide

Consumer Reports breaks down the differences between the low and high-end gas grills and what to look for when shopping for your new grill.

Tips for Temporary Storage

Tips for Temporary Storage

When painting a room, replacing flooring, or cleaning out a garage, there isn’t always extra space in your home to store the furniture, appliances, or tools that usually occupy that space. Plus, bringing garage storage bins inside can be messy and storing furniture appliances outside is asking for trouble. PODS […]

Architectural Record

Architectural Record

We are honored to have been selected as an Editor’s Bookmark for June 2007 by the Architectural Record. The publication has been a leader in the industry for over 100 years and their new website is as content rich as you’ll find anywhere.

Victorian Restoration

Victorian Restoration

If you’ve got a Victorian-era home that needs restoration or you are just curious as to what defines a Victorian and what it takes to return them to their former glory, then the Old House Web has a great article for you. Renovate With Elaborate Details Of Victorian Style [Old […]

The Top 10 Home Improvement Movies

The Top 10 Home Improvement Movies

***UPDATE*** ServiceMagic has challenged this list with a Top 10 list of their own. We’ve matched up these lists and proven ours is still the best! Check out our reviews and vote for the winner. **************** After watching the Money Pit for the first time in about 10 years time […]

Remodeling Tips from the Fool

Remodeling Tips from the Fool

We’ve long been a fan of the Motley Fool and consider their financial advice to be sound and reasonable (and sometimes amusing). They even saved us a few thousand dollars on a new car purchase we made a few years ago. They’ve got a fairly active message board with topics […]

Repair Lawn Burn

Repair Lawn Burn

Lawn burn is characterized by unsightly brown patches of grass and is typically caused by dog urine and over-fertilization. Once your lawn is “burned” you’ll have to replace the grass but there are measures you can take to prevent this from happening again. You may have to confine your dogs […]

House Painting Tips & Techniques

House Painting Tips & Techniques

Improve your painting skills with these tips that will help you choose the right brush for the job and the correct brush stroke technique to use.

Home Equity Stripping

Home Equity Stripping

Please be aware of an increasingly common type of fraud called “equity stripping”. With foreclosures nearing record levels there are many homeowners willing to do anything to keep their homes. Under no circumstances should you transfer your deed to anyone or any organization especially if they promise to help solve […]

The Anti-DIY Duo

The Anti-DIY Duo

The backlash to the home decoration/renovation tv shows has begun and is being led by one of the leaders in this show category, HGTV. This network will launch two Canadian shows hosted by Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan called, How Not to Decorate and Home Heist. If these shows prove […]

NIBA Home

NIBA Home

We typically leave the reporting of great home decorating stores to Design*Sponge but after a quick trip to Miami we have to give a shout to NIBA Home. Although they’ve only been around a couple of years they have garnered much buzz that we agree is well-deserved. The choice pieces […]

Electric Lawn Mowers

Electric Lawn Mowers

Wired Magazine reviews some of the latest electric lawn mowers and their top choice is the Sunlawn. It’s manageable weight, easy storage, and simple battery replacement give it the top scores and we also think it wins in the looks category with it’s throwback green handles and red blade. But […]

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

We agree with Jason who states “Popcorn belongs in a movie theater bucket drenched in butter, not on a ceiling. Cottage Cheese? Well let’s just say it’s something I never want to see in large quantities when I look up.” Popcorn ceilings are widespread in homes built during the 60’s […]

Wood Floor Covering

Wood Floor Covering

This wood floor covering from Ruckstuhl is gorgeous but I’m not sure of it’s real world applications. Bamboo floor mats are great because they are durable and light but “oiled-oak” doesn’t sound too appealing. The polyurethane added may be the special ingredient that makes these floor coverings work. [via Materialicious]