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Mothballing a House

Mothballing a House

There are times when a historic building or home will need to sit for a few months because financing has fallen through or maybe the restoration plans have yet to be resolved. If this happens it is necessary to close up the home and prepare for it to be uninhabited […]

Project Estimators

Project Estimators

A good starting point for determining the budget of your kitchen or bath remodel should be at the project estimator from contractors.com. There are also project estimators for roofing, decks, and additions. These estimators take into account your geographic area as well as the size and scope of your project […]

Avoiding Mold in the Summer

Avoiding Mold in the Summer

There are conflicting theories on the dangers of mold but we do know that many prospective homebuyers are taking mold inspections into consideration before purchasing a home. HGTV recommends that an empty home should have the air conditioning left on in the summer to keep the humidity levels down and […]

Locating a Wall Stud

Locating a Wall Stud

Locating a wall stud shouldn’t be a guessing game and there’s no need for punching extraneous nail holes when you can get it right the first time. Studs are typically located 16″ OC (on center) but they can also be found at 24″ OC. Once you find one stud you […]

Identifying and Removing Bugs from Your Home

Bugs (even the good ones) are a nuisance. They can be dangerous to you and your pets and they can damage/destroy your home (termites). Although knowing spiders are eating the other bugs in your house it’s still unnverving to watch one scamper across your wall or ceiling and a few […]

Build a Darkroom

Build a Darkroom

Digital photography and the proliferation of image editing programs such as photoshop, have fed the creative desire of budding photographers around the world. But the art of capturing and printing your own photos is still alive and with a bit of ingenuity you can create a darkroom out of almost […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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]

Clean your BBQ Grill

Clean your BBQ Grill

Readymade’s blog has a quick and easy way to clean your BBQ. It only takes a couple minutes and you can and should do this everytime before you cook.

Deep Clean Carpets

Deep Clean Carpets

It seems that there is no consensus in the proper way to deep clean carpets. What we do know is that a vacuum cleaner won’t do the trick. When you need to properly remove mold, allergens, dust mites, and light stains, you should use a steamer. Steamers don’t require the […]

Nail Pulling Tip

Nail Pulling Tip

When pulling longer nails such as framing nails or spikes, a standard sized hammer won’t have the proper fulcrum length to pull the nail completely out and you may not have access to a cat’s paw. But you can still remove a nail in one motion by inserting a block […]

Kitchen and Bath Resources in the UK

Kitchen and Bath Resources in the UK

A tip for our British audience as well as you anglophiles – The UK version of House and Garden has compiled an online resource of kitchen and bath suppliers, manufacturers, appliances, and anything else you may need to remodel your kitchen or bath. Many of these companies also import to […]

Painting a Room

Painting a Room

We’ve compiled some more great resources for painting a room in your old or new house. Painting Historic Interiors [Technical Preservation Services] Painting Historic Interiors [Oldhouseweb] Color Made Simple [True Value]

Barbed Wire for Your Home

Barbed Wire for Your Home

Barbed wire tamed the West and it can also help you keep unwanted pests and people off your property. A stone wall or wood fence might be prettier but nothing says keep out like four rows of wrapped metal spikes. It may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Installing […]