Tips

How To Use a Paint Sprayer

The invention of the modern day paint sprayer has allowed DIY homeowners to take control of paint projects that otherwise would have been timely and expensive. There are specific techniques when using paint sprayers that will maximize their effectiveness. Make sure that the paint you’ve chosen will work and is […]

Real Estate Comps

There are two new sites that give the consumer the power to view real estate comps without going through a broker and it’s free! Compare values between the two and you should have a good gauge of value for that area. From a web design standpoint Zillow is definitely more […]

Cleaning Tree Sap

Cleaning Tree Sap

Our family has a beautiful tree in their back yard that changes with the season and is strong enough for the kids to swing from and provides great shade in the summer. But the tree is constantly weeping with sap from a stump of a branch that they had cut […]

We Love the Shout Outs

We want to thank Shelterrific, DHome, and Sellsius for showing C&H some love this week. We’re in Tucson, Arizona this weekend so it’s appropriate that Shelterrific is recognizing Cinco de Mayo and the joys of a good Guacamole and we’re grateful to D Home for turning us onto Farrow & […]

House Hardware on eBay

House Hardware on eBay

With some time and persistence you can usually find exactly what you need on eBay. Over at the houseblog Devil Queen, the homeowner shares a success story when searching and bidding for matching grills. If only it worked out like this all the time. It Never Hurts to Ask [Devil […]

Yard and Lawn Tips

Yard and Lawn Tips

Here are some tips from Lou at Ace Hardware to keep your yard and lawn looking fresh and green year-round. Make Your Yard Thrive [Ace Hardware]

Seed Starting Chart

Seed Starting Chart

Here’s a seed starting chart for the laziest of gardeners from one of our favorite websites, You Grow Girl. Download the chart then enter the “Frost Free Date” for your region and the chart will automatically calculate the sowing and planting dates. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Seed […]

Cleaning Out Your Closet

Cleaning Out Your Closet

Moving coats and jackets to make way for your spring and summer clothes is a necessary chore if you have a small closet or storage space. The chance of losing clothes is increased the more you move them and just misplacing an item is as good as losing it when […]

Caring for Antique Furniture

Caring for Antique Furniture

After meeting Leigh Keno of Antique Roadshow he impressed upon us that antiques should be handled with care but we should also use them and present them as the centerpiece of a room, not treat them as museum pieces to sit in the corner. Here are some tips to keeping […]

The Most Wired Home

The most wired home we’ve come across has been created by Pluto. A Pluto Home system is operated by your cell phone or from a landline. Once you’re home has been outfitted with their system you can control everything from the temperature of your bedroom, lighting arrangements, view security webcams, […]

Cast-Iron Doorstops

Cast-Iron Doorstops

The ubiquitous brown rubbery doorstops may be effective but they remain unsightly with a distinctly utilitarian (corporate office) feel. Why not go with the more traditional cast-iron doorstops that can add a bit more flair to your floor. Shelterrific, a new home blog from the editors of Budget Living, show […]

Pet Resistant Carpets

Pet Resistant Carpets

New York Times explains new textiles and carpets that are resistant to pet stains.

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Make the most of your time pushing the vacuum and maximize the vacuums pulling power by going over this vacuum checklist. We still love our Oreck XL Deluxe. It’s low on frills but it’s got mad skills. Vacuuming Tips [Mrs. Clean] Oreck XL Deluxe [Oreck]

Multi-tool reviews

Before you buy your next multi-tool check out some reviews of the most popular tools around. Multi-tool reviews [Backpackergeartest.org]

Sawing Tips

Making accurate cuts in wood can be difficult but also vital when measurements leave no room for error. Here are some tips to cutting once and right. Tips for Sawing Wood [Sawtips]

Best Places to Live

Best Places to Live

We love lists and most lifestyle magazines now publish their “Best Places to Live” articles annually. We couldn’t agree more with the selections from Men’s Journal and we think Tucson could be the next Austin. Lifestyle Optimizer (chooses your best place) [Homefair]

How to Hold a Hammer

How to Hold a Hammer

According to Habitat for Humanity, the average beginner carpenter uses almost 30 strikes to pound a nail when it should take 3-4. Start by holding the hammer at the base and swing with your shoulder and use your forearm, but don’t use your wrist. If your wrist gets tired you’re […]

Watch Out for Home Improvement Scams

The burst in home construction and remodeling has also provided a sister industry of crooks that rely on the trustworthiness of homeowners to open up their homes for any “expert” that can help them create the house of their dreams. Prepare yourself by reading these tips. Tips to avoid home […]