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Unexpected Ways To Lower Your Energy Costs

Unexpected Ways To Lower Your Energy Costs

You probably know all of the common ways to reduce your energy consumption: regularly check for water leaks, keep lights off when not in use, don’t leave unused appliances plugged in, keep your HVAC filters clean. But what about sneaky ways that you could be losing energy without even knowing […]

Installing A Heated Towel Rack

Installing A Heated Towel Rack

Grabbing a warm, toasty towel right after a shower or bath–it’s one of life’s little luxuries, isn’t it? But instead of relocating your dryer to close proximity of your bathroom, try installing a heated towel rack. Aside from making your daily bathroom routine more luxurious, heated towel racks help towels […]

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Theresa and Mark Clement of the popular Do-It-Yourself radio show and website, MyFixItUpLife, see a lot of each other. Partners as a married couple and in business they work with each other on many more levels and with many more projects than most couples do. They’ve also been through numerous […]

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Have you guys seen that commercial (for a headache medicine, maybe?) where the husband pressure washes the deck and obliterates all of the outdoor furniture? Too funny! All joking aside, however, pressure washers (also known as power washers) can be great tools, especially if you have exterior maintenance tasks. If […]

Use A Plastic Wardrobe For Indoor Spray Painting

Use A Plastic Wardrobe For Indoor Spray Painting

Spray paint can be a wonderful, convenient thing. But the downside? The fumes and residual splatter make it a material better suited for use outdoors. What if you get the urge to spray paint something when it’s windy, or cold, or raining? Here’s an ingenious solution: use a plastic wardrobe […]

How To Unclog Drains

How To Unclog Drains

A clogged drain–it’s gross, inconvenient and unsightly. Of course, when it comes to unclogging a drain, the process can be even more irritating than the drain itself. So we’ve compiled a few methods you might want to try before calling in a plumber. Note: Before you proceed, you’ll want to […]

How To Get Rid Of Ground Moles

How To Get Rid Of Ground Moles

Warmer temperatures mean that critters are on the move, both inside your home and outside. Yesterday, one of our Facebook friends posted a plea for mole removal techniques, so after a little research, we have a few options for you. To help decide how to get rid of the burrowing […]

How To Flush Your Water System

How To Flush Your Water System

Now that spring is officially here, spring cleaning is definitely in order. You’re probably tackling floors, countertops, bedding and other commonly cleaned areas and items, but what about your home’s water system? It’s a good idea to flush out your water system once or twice a year to ensure any […]

Ideas for Recycling Phone Books

Ideas for Recycling Phone Books

We haven’t used a phone book in years but obviously some people still do as we receive them on our doorstep every six months or so. It’s one of the largest wastes of paper if you don’t recycle them which hopefully your community offers recycling. You can also call your […]

How To DIY With Small Children

How To DIY With Small Children

It’s been a little over six months since we introduced the littlest renovator to our crew, and we’ve tackled a couple of pretty large projects with more than just our menagerie of animals underfoot. With two kids under two, we’re here to give you some tips on crossing those home […]

Stash Valuables In A Doortop

Stash Valuables In A Doortop

File this project under “ingenious.” Have some small valuables or cash that you want to conceal? If you have a hollow core interior door, you can use a few tools to create an inconspicuous hiding spot. Guys (and ladies)–this is an ideal time to smoke a cigar, because you’ll need […]

A Safety Checklist For Daylight Saving Time

A Safety Checklist For Daylight Saving Time

With Daylight Saving time approaching for most of the country this weekend, we thought we’d give you a few tips of things to check around your home while you’re switching your clocks and smoke alarm batteries. *Change the batteries in your flashlights. The last thing you want if the power […]

Refresh Your Walls With DIY Stencil Art

Refresh Your Walls With DIY Stencil Art

We previously mentioned stencils as a great way to add an innovative appearance to your wood stairs. The DIY tools are also a fun, creative way to add embellishments to your walls and furniture. Thanks to an increasing awareness of street art, stencils are becoming a more popular tool for […]

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Applying a coat of fresh paint, refinishing hardwood floors, installing built-in shelves–these sorts of DIY projects can be completed within the privacy of your own home. But what happens when a project moves outside, whether to your home’s exterior or your surrounding property? Take a cue from a Los Angeles […]

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

Watching home improvement or real estate shows with my boyfriend really irks me. He laughs when couples get excited over crown molding in a house. I finally had to ask him why it annoyed him so much – and he said that anyone can install crown molding in their home. […]

Make A Severe Weather Plan

Make A Severe Weather Plan

You may have noticed that we’ve got a case of spring fever here at C&H. In much of the country, however, warmer temperatures also bring a higher threat of severe weather. Although tornadoes tend to peak during the spring months, the truth is that they can happen any time of […]

Need A Weekend Project? Transform A Closet!

Need A Weekend Project? Transform A Closet!

Closets are magic places. They hold lots (and LOTS) of treasures, make great hiding places and are a necessary part of any shopping-obsessed person’s lifestyle. Because they tend to be overfull, a closet’s appearance is sometimes neglected. If you’ve decided it’s time to rescue your closet from a non-descript life, […]

Would You Self-Install Carpet?

Would You Self-Install Carpet?

Most flooring projects can be filed under the DIY category. But what about installing carpet? (And we’re not talking FLOR tiles, although they’re certainly an attractive flooring option–and can be quickly installed.) Over at the Your Fifth Wall blog (such a great way to think of the floor, isn’t it?), […]