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Maintenance and Repair

  • How to Care for Terrazo Flooring

    There are many benefits to terrazo flooring but before you choose it as a surface make sure you know what it takes to install and care for it. Terrazo flooring is…

  • Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

    It’s bitter cold outside and you go to turn on your water or take a bath and, surprise! No water. There’s a good chance that the water in your pipes has…

  • Repointing Old Brick Using Lime Mortar

    Mike Senese always brings it on his Do It blog. Here he’s shared this great video for repointing brick using lime mortar from preservationworks.us. Lime mortar has been used for over…

  • 7 Deadly Sins that Lead to Hoarding

    We love our stuff. That might be one of the reasons we moved from NYC, there just wasn’t enough room for our stuff. Fortunately in New York we had a loft…

  • Spending the Day With Habitat for Humanity

    In an effort to give back a bit this year I’ll be spending today with Habitat for Humanity in Los Angeles. As part of their “A Brush with Kindness” program my…

  • A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

    Helping others this time of year seems natural. Previously I’ve donated time to Americare’s but this year I’m volunteering with the Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I will be…

  • Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

    Ivy covered buildings and homes may be pleasant to look at but the damage they can cause by trapping moisture, harboring insects and averting exterior maintenance. Vines not only spread out…

  • How to Care for Brick Flooring

    While brick flooring has been around for millenia as a building material, once it moves inside it does require more maintenance, despite its reputation for strong durability. Brick flooring for indoors…

  • How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

    Featured writer Deren S. Monday wants to pass along 4 DIY skills to his kids. The first was building a fence that rots before it falls. The second is laying a…

  • World Toilet Day – November 19th

    Somehow we missed the news that yesterday was World Toilet Day. We want to stop and reflect on the most underrated of home necessities. Sinks and refrigerators continue to get all…

  • How To Check for Drafts Around Doors

    Over time a door placed in a wood frame will begin to sag causing air leaks around the door and space between the weatherstripping and door frame. Checking the hinge attachments…

  • 7 Tips to DIY Carpet Pulling

    Pulling carpet yourself can save a few bucks and here are 7 tips to make the process go smoothly. 1. Pulling up carpet is a labor-intensive activity, so while you can…

  • How To Install a Secure Deadbolt Lock

    Not all dead bolt locks are equal, therefore not all dead bolts will protect you and your property to the same degree. Here are some tips to make sure your dead…

  • 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…