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Maintenance and Repair

  • Home Repair Books: An Overlooked Resource

    If you were seeking information for a home improvement project pre-internet (which wasn’t that long ago), your options were: A. Ask a friend, family member or your local hardware store for…

  • Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

    We want to share one of our favorite new houseblogs, San Fran Vic. The homeowners have chronicled the ongoing restoration of their 1890’s Victorian home in San Francisco. They’ve done amazing…

  • Water Damage – Prevention & Drying

    In Parts I and II of this series, we learned how to safely approach water damage and identify and stop the source. Now we will discuss preventing the spread of water…

  • Water Damage – The Source

    Step 2: Identify the Source Water damage has three categories that identify the source of the damage. Category I is clean, potable (drinkable) water. This is water coming from an overflowing…

  • Fall Cleaning Tips: Vacuums and Paint Disposal

    Check out these fall cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Our favorites include: Clean drapes, upholstery, carpeting, and floors. A canister vacuum is better equipped to clean drapes and upholstery, while an…

  • Water Damage – Check for Danger

    My daughter loves throwing her pacifier around her room; not yet understanding that throwing her pacifier while in her crib makes said pacifier unavailable for the remainder of her nap. As…

  • Angie’s List: Is It Working for You?

    We’ve mentioned Angie’s List as a referral site for contractors, designers and tradespeople but we want to know from you if you’ve found success using this service and would recommend it…

  • Easy Wood Stair Railing Repair and Install

    Safety is a top concern when building stairs and it all starts with solid footing and a stable hand rail. We want to expand on our previous article for installing wood…

  • The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

    We love the smell of fresh cut grass like the next person and taking pride in a well manicured lawn is an accomplishment, but in the current age of water conservation…

  • Drywall Tutorials

    Remodeling for Geeks has some great how-to tutorials and one of our favorite series is all about drywall. From taping, patching, repairing, and creating smoothwalls.…

  • Modest Summer Backyard Makeover

    Sometimes simple projects are the most satisfying. This homeowner has blogged about refreshing her recent market finds that include outdoor chairs and a table and the easiest DIY firepit made of…

  • Protect Your Kids from Hidden Home Hazards

    The news last week that Mike Tyson’s daughter had been critically injured in an apparent home accident involving a treadmill was sad and any an unpleasant reminder that any child can…

  • What’s Behind the Cabinets?

    This question we sometimes ponder but in reality would not really want to know the answer if we suspect rodents or any other type of pest. Installing new cabinets allows us…

  • It’s Pool Party Time

    It broke 100 degrees in downtown LA a couple days ago and fortunately we live near the coast which was toasty but definitely cooler especially with a breeze. We have the…

  • How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

    We’ve had a leaking bathtub faucet for awhile and never realized just how much water we were wasting until we placed a canister underneath which filled up overnight. Our dog had…

  • Nothing Runs Like a John Deere Giveaway

    This week we’re giving away TWO baseball caps from John Deere! Modeled above by Laura Dahl, these caps are mean and green and look great on a boy or girl in…

  • Duct Tape Challenge: 4 Tapes, 1 Winner

    Our friend Harry Sawyers who was a long-time This Old House editor and Hardware Aisle blogger is now sharing his expertise with the readers of Popular Mechanics. His latest article reviews…