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Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

A strong indicator of a good paint job will be the quality of brush or roller used. You may have everything else in place (high quality paint, clean surface) but if your brushes are cheap the finished product will not have the desired result. When shopping for brushes do these […]

Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

In most situations a sharp nail tip is required but when driving larger nails (8d and higher) into 2×4’s or other wood panels, the force and size of nail can cause the board to split. Quick solution is to turn the nail upside down, place the head on a hard […]

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

Our interview with Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care was eye-opening and he left us with 3 invaluable lawn care tips that we wanted to highlight again. His primary mantra sounds like common sense but is more difficult to achieve than you realize and that is to, fight weeds […]

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

Fall Cleaning Tips: Vacuums and Paint Disposal

Check out these fall cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Our favorites include: Clean drapes, upholstery, carpeting, and floors. A canister vacuum is better equipped to clean drapes and upholstery, while an upright is better for deep-cleaning carpets. For your carpeting, use a carpet cleaner or schedule a professional cleaning. Dispose […]

Share Your Favorite Houseblogs

Share Your Favorite Houseblogs

We’ve always thought the best home improvement how-to’s and advice come from home improvement enthusiasts who are doing it themselves and passing along the knowledge and mistakes they’ve made that can help you fine tune your own project. Share your favorite houseblogs that contain a little or a lot of […]

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

You’ve just spent time and energy refinishing your floors or installing new hardwood and the last thing you want to do is carefully drag that heavy armoire or cabinet back in place for danger of scratching your beautiful new floors. Most people resort to stick-on felt guides which might work […]

10 Cheap Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

10 Cheap Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

So what does it take to make your place look great? Not big bucks or a lot of time. ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, shares 10 projects that can be done in a weekend for $150 or less: Punch up the numbers Cost $1 to $40 House numbers […]

House Plan Abbreviations

Are all builders, architects, and developers on board with these house plan abbreviations? It might make life much easier for them and their clients.

10 Cheap Home Fixes

10 Cheap Home Fixes

We have pulled together a list of our top 10 cheap home fixes that mean you don’t have put put off your dreams of remodels and additions that take time and money. Many folks are shelving extravagant plans in favor of more short term home improvement goals that stretch the […]

Secrets of Using a Tape Measure

Secrets of Using a Tape Measure

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to using your tape measure. We all can see the measurements of inches and feet but there are markings and peculiarities that all top-grade tape measures have that most of us tend to overlook or don’t know exist. Fortunately Remodeling […]

Ceiling Crawlspace Discoveries

Ceiling Crawlspace Discoveries

If you’ve never peeked into your ceilings crawlspace you don’t know what you’re missing. If you aren’t the original owner of the home and you never got a chance to look up there you might find old treasures from previous families or just junk, most likely the latter. Checking out […]

17 Uses for Sawdust

17 Uses for Sawdust

Go green by using every last bit of that piece of lumber including the sawdust. 1. Mix it with white paint to make fake snow. 2. Use it for traction on slippery roads. 3. Soak up spills in the shop or garage. 4. Feed your plants with it, except if […]

Gold Makes It Good

Gold Makes It Good

We really love the color palette that this homeowner chose for his Victorian beams. The gold really is a beautiful touch and a genius choice. This reminds us to choose our house colors carefully and if the palette feels right then don’t be afraid to go for it. You can […]

Greatest List of Home Improvement Tips

Greatest List of Home Improvement Tips

This is the best list of general home improvement tips we’ve seen in a long time and we’re almost certain that you’ve never seen any of these tips before so please bookmark this page and savor each and every one of these useful tips. * As they say, the three […]

Rainy Day Solutions

Rainy Day Solutions

It’s a rainy day here in NYC which reminds us of all the fun projects that rain and water bring to homeowners. Enjoy this eclectic selection from Charles & Hudson. + Flood Prevention for Your Home + Preventing Driveway and Landscape Erosion + Quick Fixes for Basement Flooding + Installing […]

Easy Home Plumbing Tips

Easy Home Plumbing Tips

Toilet clogged, won’t flush, constantly running, or you’ve got noisy banging pipes? Here are some easy home plumbing tips you should try before bringing in the pros. Most often they will usually work and if it doesn’t at least you’ll know a lot more about your plumbing than you did […]

Pet Hair Removal Basics

Pet Hair Removal Basics

If you have pets that shed then you definitely have a pet hair problem in your home. Maybe you’ve figured out the best solution–but I know for me it’s always been a frustrating issue. Apparently, though, the rest of the world already has pet hair removal figured out. If you’re […]

Dovetail Joints the Easy Way

Dovetail Joints the Easy Way

Cutting dovetail joints is one of the essential skills of any woodworker, but lining up the pins and tails can be challenging.

How to Countersink a Screw

How to Countersink a Screw

There is nothing more aggravating than screws that poke their heads out and expose the lips of their conical top. An easy method to hide those unsightly blemishes is to countersink. It is common knowledge that the best way to get a job done is to have the right tools, […]

10 Kitchen Design Tips from a Pro

10 Kitchen Design Tips from a Pro

Susan Serra of The Kitchen Designer has listed her Top 10 Secret Kitchen Design Tips. Many of which are easily overlooked when designing your ideal kitchen. We also hear she’s introducing some new products to the US market, more on that later.