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Fixing a Leaky Skylight

Fixing a Leaky Skylight

After the heavy rain and flooding in DC this weekend our friends were able to get to work this morning but they face bigger worries once they return home as they’ve discovered leaks around the skylight in their newly renovated DC home. The purpose of a skylight is to bring […]

Grill-Top Pizza Stone

Grill-Top Pizza Stone

Add this to your outdoor kitchen must-haves. This grill-top pizza stone from Williams-Sonoma is the perfect alternative to oven baked pizza or spending a fortune on a brick pizza oven. Grill-Top Pizza Stone

Should I Finish my Remodel or Sell?

With the real estate market cooling, should you sell quickly and possibly lose money on a recent remodel? What are your other options? This question is being posed by thousands of homeowners across the country. You may not be interested in “flipping” a home but if you’ve spent good money […]

Build a Porch Glider

Build a Porch Glider

Similar to a porch swing, this glider provides a great place to relax on your deck or in your summer garden. Unlike a swing this porch glider doesn’t require a permanent location and can even be moved inside. To a seasoned woodworker this project shouldn’t take long, but if you’re […]

Aquarium Coffee Table

Aquarium Coffee Table

From a great interactive DIY site called instructables, we’ve found a build-it-yourself aquarium that also serves as a coffee table. No need to turn-on the tv, just let your Archers, Oscars, or Angels, entertain you. Aquarium Coffee Table

DIY Air Conditioner

DIY Air Conditioner

In keeping with the summer theme this week and the need to cool down – if you find yourself in desperate need of cool air but your AC is on the fritz then you can do what this guy did and create your own air conditioner from a fan, garbage […]

Tool Reviews

Tool Reviews

Epinions may be lacking for reviews of some products and many times we feel it’s more of a glorified shopping portal but when it comes to tools its hard to find a more comprehensive listing. You may not find the most up to date tools (check out toolspotting for the […]

Backyard Home Theater

Backyard Home Theater

Be the envy of your neighbors this summer by building your own high-definition outdoor home theater. Popular Science has a great step-by-step for creating a mobile home theater system that will allow you to take the movies outside. Build a Backyard Theater [Popular Science]

Energy Star

Energy Star

When starting your search for the most environmentally-friendly appliance, try Energy Star, a joint program between the EPA and the US Department of Energy that’s focused on identifying energy-efficient products. Their logo is affixed to any qualified product that uses less energy, saves money, and protects the environment. You can […]

Summer Moving Tips

Summer Moving Tips

In keeping with the first-day-of-summer theme, we know that many of you are planning to move so here are some tips to make your summer move as bearable as it can be. Please don’t forget to drink lots of water as you can dehydrate before you realize it.

LED Decklights

LED Decklights

Wow – these decklights from Phillips are sharp. For safety purposes alone they could serve as a nice border for a railless deck as well as assist in illuminating stairs. Philips Aurelle LED Decklight [Uncrate]

Installing a Window

Installing a Window

Window maintenance is important, especially in an older home. Drafts can raise your energy bills and windows that aren’t properly seated can also allow water to enter your home and cause damage. We’ve gathered some resources for buying and installing your own windows. Start here to select your window type. […]

Lumber Size

Lumber Size

When using lumber remember to be aware that the “nominal size” that is typically referred to is different from the “actual size”. For example a 2×4 is actually 1 1/2 x 3 1/2. You can also refer to different grades and types of lumber here.

Dishwasher Repair

Dishwasher Repair

Dishwashers are one of the most heavily used household items but also one of the most misunderstood. Apply your DIY skills and with a little patience and know-how you can repair your own dishwasher and save the time and expense of calling in a repairman. Also keep in mind these […]

Overloading Electrical Outlets

Overloading Electrical Outlets

Mike Cain over at dannylipford.com has written an expert article regarding the dangers of overloading electrical outlets. Along with your cabinets, countertops, and appliances, you should also make sure you consider your power needs during a kitchen remodel and if you will need to upgrade and rewire your new kitchen. […]

Sports Closet

If you or someone in your family plays sports or has an active lifestyle, you inevitably lose at least a closet or sometimes a room to sports equipment. Skis, snowboards, balls, hockey sticks, and bikes, all take up valuable space in your home and if thrown in a clothes closet […]

FLASH – Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

FLASH – Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

There is a not so new organization called FLASH that has partnered with Bob Vila to create an interactive home map that can help you identify the parts of your home that are susceptible to natural disasters. FLASH mission statement To partner with like-minded organizations from the public, private and […]

5 “P’s” of Home Remodeling

5 “P’s” of Home Remodeling

These lovely ladies seem to be enjoying the beginnings of their new addition and according to Homebasics you can be just as happy if you follow their recommended 5 “P’s” during your remodel. You’ll have a more peaceful experience and retain your sanity throughout. Surviving the Home Renovation [Homebasics]