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Maintenance and Repair

  • Reader Question: Refrigerator Seal Leak

    A reader recently submitted the following question regarding their refrigerator seal not functioning properly. We’ve encountered this issue a lot and in times of saving energy, making sure our appliances are…

  • Clean Your Concrete

    The concrete that makes up your driveway, sidewalk, garage floor, and pathways needs periodical cleaning to remove any excess oils, dirt, debris, and moss that can build up quickly over a…

  • Make Termites Skip Your Home

    Finding termites in your home can make you gasp. I’m sure that is how Mary over at Shelterrific felt after she found the little buggers underneath a damp section of her…

  • Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

    If your deck has seen better days and is starting to fade, get fuzzy, or even splinter then you should consider refinishing your deck which consists of chemical stripping, power washing,…

  • Rainy Day Solutions

    It’s a rainy day here in NYC which reminds us of all the fun projects that rain and water bring to homeowners. Enjoy this eclectic selection from Charles & Hudson. +…

  • 5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

    If you visit our website you are most likely a person inclined to tackle home improvement projects on your own. But this list of 5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects is a helpful…

  • Swamp Cooler Maintenance

    A horrific/gross story we recently heard about a homeowner living in Tucson, AZ will remind you to take care of your swamp cooler and shut it down when not in use.…

  • Easy Home Plumbing Tips

    Toilet clogged, won’t flush, constantly running, or you’ve got noisy banging pipes? Here are some easy home plumbing tips you should try before bringing in the pros. Most often they will…

  • Refrigerator Gasket Replacement

    With energy consumption up during the summer, of course it’s in our best interest to save it where we can. Some of the easiest ways, as you’ve seen here, are to…

  • Replacing Bathtub Sealant

    If the sealant in your bathtub has become moldy or is just old and not protecting as well as it should, it may be time to replace it. Even if the…

  • Common Roof Repairs

    To avoid prohibitively expensive roof replacements, maintain a working roof by examining it regularly and follow up with this list of common repair projects, including repairing slipped roof tiles, removing birds’…

  • Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

    The gals at housemade took a pressure washer to their front retaining wall which besides peeling paint is a necessary element for their plant beds. We’ve seen how well pressure washers…

  • Drywell Rebuild with the Help of Oakum

    The folks at Chicago 2-Flat tore up a concrete slab in their backyard to discover a 100-year old drywell located just next to the house. They considered setting up rain barrels…

  • Efflorescence: The Chalky Stuff on your Concrete

    Efflorescence is a very common and somewhat mysterious ailment effecting masonry construction including brick, concrete, and mortars. It occurs when water moving through a sidewalk or other structure brings salts to…

  • Fix a Sagging Wooden Swing Gate

    It’s time to fix that sagging wooden gate that scrapes along the ground. Until this is remedied it will continue to mark your pathway as well as damage the bottom of…

  • Fix a Hole in the Ceiling

    A reader sent in this photo of a hole in their kitchen ceiling which they recently patched with duct tape. Obviously the duct tape won’t due and it looks like there…

  • Tree Decision: Keep’em or Cut’em?

    We are big fans of trees being used as landscape elements to add detail or shelter to your home. But many times the tree begins to overstay it’s welcome and the…

  • Repairing Damaged Baseboards

    Crown, chair, and base Moldings add a touch of character and charm to any room no matter how old or new your home is. But these moldings are also not immune…

  • Get Your Closets Back on Track

    Chances are you have a closet somewhere in your apartment or house–more than one if you’re lucky. After years of wear and tear or just years without renovation, you’ve probably also…

  • Keep Your Appliances Running a Long Time

    In a follow up to finding an appliance repairman, here are some suggestions from OldHouseWeb.com for maximizing the effective life of your appliances as well as how best to work with…