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Maintenance and Repair

  • Vinegar, Nature’s Magic Cleanser

    Vinegar. Yes, it’s trendy to be “green” right now, but it’s also economical for your wallet if you use this common ingredient for some of your toughest clogs and stains. You’ve…

  • How to Solder Copper Pipe

    Fine Homebuilding provides some safety guidelines and detailed instructions for soldering copper pipe that will keep you safe and have you creating clean joints in no time. Don’t forget those goggles!…

  • Flood Prevention for Your Home

    The primary reason your yard, basement, and home can flood during a rain storm is because the drainage near your home is not setup correctly or is blocked. The number one…

  • Winterize Your Home

    imapix No matter how many space heaters you have or how hot your radiator is running, if your home isn’t properly insulated you are in for a long winter. The first…

  • Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

    The mid-west is seeing it’s first big freeze of the winter and there is no doubt this will set the foundation for ice dams on many homes. An ice dam is…

  • Steam Radiator Tips

    Steam Radiators require proper maintenance to keep them running efficiently and silently. There are a lot of opinions out there for what to do when the gurgling and clanging starts and…

  • The Hype on Heat Pumps

    Even with the mild fall (Thanksgiving in NYC was 67 degrees!), you’ve probably already fired up your heat this year. If you’re not as warm and cozy as you’d like it…

  • Lessons in Stripping

    Houseblogs.net has been packaging some great content from their community and they’ve recently pulled articles from 10 renovators who are going through the process of stripping paint, varnish, and wallpaper from…

  • Lessons in Leaf Blowing

    photo: TroyBilt Consumer Search doesn’t just provide reviews but they review the reviews and provide insight beyond the marketing spiel. We’ve recently found them useful for reviewing the top leaf blowers…

  • Fix a Leaky Bath Faucet Forever

    Well maybe not forever but this simple how-to from Danny Lipford will fix your bathtub leak in short order by simply replacing the washer and sealing the valve threads with Teflon…

  • Don’t Procrastinate, Insulate!

    The fastest way to save energy and money is to properly insulate your home. Seal all drafts around your doors and windows and to maximize your insulation efforts check along worn…

  • Environmental Home Improvement Tips

    We don’t know who these people are but they look like they could use some environmentally friendly home improvement tips and so can you.…

  • Home and Garden Answers from Yahoo!

    The increasingly popular Yahoo! Answers is a great reservoir of popular home and garden questions and answers. There are more specific categories that include DIY, Decorating & Remodeling, and Maintenance and…

  • Techniques for Cleaning Tile Grout

    We’ve found that oxygen bleach and water work great for cleaning tile grout but to thoroughly clean your tile you’ll need to take the time to remove the top layer of…

  • Appliance Repair Help

    We’ve come across the Repair Clinic, an online resource for repairing your home appliances. They state “Ask our RepairGuru® your repair question. Let our PartDetective® show the part photo, pricing and…

  • Slip into some Floor Dusters

    The Floor Genie is an example of function over fashion, similar to Crocs. Cleaning your floors doesn’t get any easier than this.…

  • New Home Nightmares…Shared Online

    The joy of owning and living in a new home has quickly turned to despair for some unfortunate buyers. These homeowners weren’t fooled into buying lemons from local builders but instead…

  • Why Houses Rot

    There is a reason why homes old and new rot. It starts from the inside and can usually be traced to faulty insulation/ventilation planning. “As we strive to make houses that…

  • Covet Thy Neighbors Remodel

    One of the better Houseblogs we’ve come across is the Constant Craftsman. They’ve got a great lesson of how you can learn from your neighbor but more specifically what you can…

  • Lead Paint Removal

    We’ve touched on the dangers of lead paint and now House in Progress has started their own lead paint stripping process after highlighting the history of lead paint use in this…

  • Transform Your Formica Countertops

    If you aren’t satisfied with your formica countertops you can give them a fresh look. With a little effort and creativity, who knew granite could be this easy and while you’re…

  • Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

    Toolmonger turned us onto a great blog entry from the Wall Street Journal asking the question, “Are Dads Less Handy Around the House?” I’m not a Dad and even if I…