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Rentometer

We stumbled across Rentometer which is a nifty tool that will give you comps on rents in whatever area you choose. It worked well here in New York city but I’m sure it’s all depends on how large and how current the sample rents are.

Island Home

Island Home

In Chongqing, central China, a land dispute has created an unusual island home. Apparently the homeowners have won the battle against the developers and are ‘well connected’ and will not be forced to accept the compensation offered. We’d love to see this same photo after work is completed. Update: The […]

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping your home should not be considered an afterthought if you are planning to upgrade the value of your home through remodeling or other renovation. A nicely appointed home landscape can also increase the speed and value at which your home sells. Before taking a run to your nearest nursery […]

Compost Bin

Compost Bin

We like thisbamboo composter we posted about on ReadyMade but if you need better aeration then check out this bin made of recycled black plastic that has plenty of holes to keep your compost growing.

Weekend Home Workout

Chris Wondra figures that working on your home could replace a few trips to the gym. Mowing Men–500 Women–395 Weeding Men–328 Women–296 Raking Men–361 Women–283 Planting flowers, shrubs and trees Men–340 Women–250 Sweeping outside (e.g., sidewalk) Men–336 Women–263 Bagging grass and leaves Men–336 Women–263 Wheelbarrow chores Men–420 Women–329 Cleaning out […]

Rubber Sidewalks

Rubber Sidewalks

What’s that bounce in your step? It may be the rubber sidewalks that can be found in 20 states across the country. Another eco-friendly and functional solution for walkways, the primary advantage of rubber sidewalks is their inherent flexibility and allowing for root growth while traditional concrete slabs will crack […]

Subway Tile

Subway Tile

Subway tile looks great in any home and here are the resources to find the best tile and the know-how to install it.

The $10K Kitchen Remodel

The $10K Kitchen Remodel

We just came across this great journal of a kitchen remodel that the homeowners are trying to achieve in under $10k. They are almost complete and it looks like they’ll be just a tad over the budget which is great considering a project of this scope can easily hit $40-$60k […]

Green Insulation Options

Green Insulation Options

Making your home more energy efficient is the single most eco-friendly improvement that you can do. Why not start with your insulation. Whether you already have standard fiberglass insulation or not, there are now “green” insulation options that are healthier for you, are little to no impact on the environment, […]

Drywall Repair

Drywall Repair

We listened to Bob Vila when it came to repairing drywall and now we’ve compiled our own list of how-to repair drywall, sheetrock, wallboard, or whatever you call it, as well as a couple how-to videos. Drywall Repair [Popular Mechanics] Fix a Drywall Hole [Howstuffworks] Rock-It Drywall Repair Clips Repair […]

Replace a P-Trap

Replace a P-Trap

That u-shaped piece of pipe under your sink is called a p-trap. They can get clogged which requires replacing or cleaning out the p-trap. Since you are already pulling it out, why not install a no-clog p-trap so you won’t ever have to worry about the replacing or fixing your […]

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution

The EPA has recognized that indoor air quality should be a understood by all homeowners. Chemical smells, headaches, frequent colds, can sometimes be attributed to your indoor air. Here are some solutions to help improve the air around you.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters

If you’ve been considering going tankless then the time to act is now. Through 2006 and 2007 you can receive a $300 tax credit if you purchase a tankless water heater. Here’s a rundown of how a tankless water heater works from the Department of Energy and the California Energy […]

Duct Tape

Duct Tape

The ubiquitous duct tape has roots in the trenches of World War II. The tape was government issued and used by soldiers to keep boots and ammo boxes dry. They called it “duck” tape for it’s water repellent properties. After the war soldiers brought it home and used it throughout […]

Blown-In Insulation

Blown-In Insulation

When insulating a new home or a room conversion such as an attic or garage, you have a choice between batt or blow-in insulation. There are advantages to both but if you are going to go with the batt fiberglass you need to make sure your installation is precise. Here’s […]

Weed Burner

Weed Burner

Forget leaning over and getting your hands all messy, from toolspotting comes a foolproof way to remove weeds instantly, by burning them! The Weed Burner is propane fueled and will burn weeds to the roots, it can also melt ice patches along pathways quickly and easily. We wish we could […]