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  • Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

    Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older…

  • Holiday Home Security: Be Discreet Online

    With so many online outlets to share our “status” we are often tempted to overshare especially when it comes to travel or vacation. Your “trusted” network on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter…

  • Tips to Childproof Your Home

    Childproofing your home may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be the most important step you take to keep your child safe during the important early formative years. The basic…

  • 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…

  • Ryobi Noise Suppression Headphones Giveaway

    Our sense of hearing takes a lot of abuse and over time will deteriorate. It’s not only the obvious times to protect your hearing such as at a rock concert, listening…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Los Angeles Wildfires Still Raging

    The wildfires burning in the Los Angeles National Forest just north of LA continue to rage and yesterday claimed the lives of two firefighters. Two firefighters were killed when they drove…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Keep Your Power Tools Running

    As we fire up our spring projects it’s clear that we need to wipe the dust off some of our power tools and give them a once over to make sure…

  • Chinese Made Drywall Leaving a Nasty Trail

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is an issue with some Chinese made drywall emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners. There have been…

  • Can You Really Use a Fire Extinguisher?

    Fire safety is never a laughing matter, especially during the winter months when a prevalence of candles, space heaters and other warming devices contribute to an increase in residential fires. Test…

  • Workshop Space Heaters

    If your workshop is in an unfinished garage or basement and not attached to your central heating system, your best option is to make use of space heaters. Cool Tools brings…

  • 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…

  • Hammer Testing on a Thumb Nail

    Popular Mechanics is taking it to the next level when it comes to testing hand tools. We’ve all seen the predictable results of hammer-on-nail but what does a real world situation…

  • Water Your Christmas Tree

    We love natural Christmas trees but everyone should remember that they need care to last as well as remain safe in your home. There is no greater danger than a tree…