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Maintenance and Repair

  • What to Do with Rainwater Drainage and Runoff

    The much needed rain continues today in Southern California and it’s been a pleasant surprise as we know its only temporary. But the issue of rainwater runoff is pertinent in areas…

  • Keep Your Basement Floor Dry and Warm

    We’ve been following this house bloggers basement remodel and he’s found a great solution for his subfloor. I’m using a product called Delta-FL, which I picked up at Rona. It’s basically…

  • Remove Black Mold Forever

    Hewn and Hammered has posted a follow-up to their original article about common hiding places for black mold. They’ve now uncovered the task of removing and preventing black mold from gaining…

  • Garbage Disposal Maintenance

    It’s one of the least glamorous yet more hard-working parts of your kitchen–and when your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and even leave behind…

  • Secrets of Using a Tape Measure

    There is more than meets the eye when it comes to using your tape measure. We all can see the measurements of inches and feet but there are markings and peculiarities…

  • Outdoor Deck Materials

    It’s the middle of winter and you’re either freezing (if you’re in the Northeast or Midwest) or sweltering (here in Southern California). Either way it’s not to early to start considering…

  • Steps to Better Insulation

    One of the easiest ways to save money and energy is to insulate your home properly. You may have relied on your builder to determine if your home is properly sealed…

  • Ceiling Crawlspace Discoveries

    If you’ve never peeked into your ceilings crawlspace you don’t know what you’re missing. If you aren’t the original owner of the home and you never got a chance to look…

  • Buckled Wood Floor Solutions

    From the Brownstoner forums we came across this unsightly photo of wood floor panels that have buckled up. Hiding under our couch for has been a speed bump in the form…

  • Buying a Fixer-Upper

    1912 Bungalow is one of our favorite houseblogs and we just found this great list they pulled together that may be welcome advice for first-time fixer-upper house owners. If I could…

  • Winterize a Swimming Pool

    Unless you live in the Southwest, winter has already hit you hard and this article may have arrived a bit late for you but MonkeySee has some informative home improvement videos…

  • Gutter Repair and Installation

    Water runoff management is important to protecting your home. When water is allowed to settle bad things happen. Here are some links for installing, cleaning, and repairing your water gutters. Patch…

  • 14 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

    Restoring old houses is an arduous but ultimately rewarding job. It’s difficult to make generalizations regarding how to go about your restoration but we’ve got 10 tips to help lead you…

  • Time to Snake Your Sewer Line

    Our house was built in 1936 and therefore retains a lot of character and quirkiness that new homes don’t have. By character and quirkiness I mean; bad wiring, busted heaters, leaking…

  • Removing Dents from Unfinished Wood

    Many do-it-yourselfers are drawn to unfinished furniture, both because it’s generally less expensive than finished furniture, and because the finishing process provides a creative outlet. Unfortunately, unfinished furniture is basically unprotected…

  • 17 Uses for Sawdust

    Go green by using every last bit of that piece of lumber including the sawdust. 1. Mix it with white paint to make fake snow. 2. Use it for traction on…

  • How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

    As hurricane Irene is approaching the Eastern seaboard, residents in low-laying areas must seek higher ground immediately and have little time to prepare their homes for the storm. But for those…

  • Close Your Pool for the Winter

    Last weekend I visited my folks in Tucson to celebrate my sisters wedding. A good time was had by all and while out there I was able to enjoy our swimming…

  • Patch a Rain Gutter

    Rain gutters should properly divert roof water run off into drains but these gutters can be damaged by wind, trees, and rot. Here’s a technique for patching your rain gutter in…

  • Remove White Caulk from Kitchen

    This homeowner just had a new granite countertop installed but unfortunately the contractors used white caulk instead of clear to seal the countertop to the back wall of the kitchen. The…

  • The Trouble with Cockroaches

    It’s too bad we all don’t have cockroach killing birds to keep these pests from entering our homes. No matter how clean you keep your place, cockroaches can still find a…

  • Fix Those Potholes Yourself

    Winter after winter can wreak havoc on your driveway. Whether it’s potholes or just cracks, you can fill them in yourself with EZ Street. This site offers all the information you’ll…