Home Improvement

  • How To Remove Black Mold Due to Water Damage

    Almost everyone has at least some mold in their home. Even though not all types of it are dangerous or toxic, they still present a health risk. The people that are affected the most typically suffer from allergies or asthma. Most of the time, distinguishing between their types is impossible without the help of a lab. But, of all of them, black mold is the most toxic and dangerous, and it should be removed as fast as possible.

  • Advice For Maintaining Granite Countertops

    Granite countertops are popular for their natural beauty and durability. As a result, granite countertops are very common in homes built in the past ten years or so. However, as attractive as they can be, maintenance is required to keep them shiny and clean. Care for granite countertops is often thought of as being time-consuming and difficult, but that isn’t always the case if you are smart about things. If you want to keep your granite countertops looking glossy and brand new for decades, here's some tips to make things easier.

  • How to Find a Trustworthy Handyman or Home Repair Company

    If you’re inviting anyone into your home, no matter the purpose behind the invitation, you hope that this person will be trustworthy. Inviting someone into your home is an act of trust in itself, even if it’s as simple as having your internet modem installed. Many people consider that construction workers or perhaps repairmen are simply coming into fix something, but to have your cherished home worked on is quite an intimate activity. You trust the handyman to complete the job, to respect your space, and to do so in a manner that rectifies the issue instead of creating new ones.

  • Tips For Planning a Kitchen Remodel On a Budget

    Renovations can be tough, and kitchen renovations doubly, so, after all, you have all those built-in cabinets, plumbing, and power points to worry about. Luckily, there are a few tactics you can use to make doing up your kitchen space a little less stressful. Keep reading to find out what they are.

  • You Have A Man Cave - Is It Time To Build Her a She Shed?

    When I first presented this idea to some guy friends, they laughed. The response I got was, "why - she already has the whole house to be hers!" While that's true that generally your wife is in control of how things are organized, decorated, and even scented for most of your home - that doesn't mean it is truly a space for HER. Most women... especially those who work from home or are stay-at-home moms certainly don't look at the home as a place where she can relax and enjoy life. While she might organize the kitchen in a certain way... it's often simply so she can get her job done easier.

  • DIY Tips For Preparing Your Backyard For a Summer BBQ Party

    It’s that happy time of year again. The sun has reared its beautiful head, and it’s time to get friends and family together, fire up the barbecue and bask in the glory of long, hazy days. The trouble is that by the time summer comes, the effects of winter have become increasingly apparent in your back yard. If your yard is more shabby than a show home, and you’ve got a reputation to protect, you’ve come to the right place. 

  • Unexpected Things You Might Find When Renovating A Garage

    Garages are wonderful things. So much so that they’re a non-negotiable addition on many a home buyer’s list. Not only do they provide private protected parking, but they also give you the option to expand your living space or even just simply store "stuff". In an age where we’re growing out of our homes like there’s no tomorrow, that’s a sure plus. Unfortunately for those of you who might be looking at that space out back that hasn't been used in ages... watch out! There may be some unexpected surprises waiting for you in there...

  • Don't Rush Your DIY Home Improvement Projects!

    You know how it is; the list of DIY jobs never fades. Instead, there seems to be a new project every weekend. Whether it’s converting the garage or installing new lights; you can be sure there’s always something. So, it should come as no surprise that many of us rush into projects in attempts to get them over with. On the weekend, we might attempt to start and finish something on Saturday so we can unwind on Sunday. However, we should never forget the saying, "Measure Twice... Cut Once!" It's as true today as it was when your grandfather told it to your father, so don't forget it.

  • How To Clear Your Garage and Turn it Into a Mancave Party Pad

    It's spring and that means that it's time for "Spring Cleaning"... that's never fun for anyone, but now's a great time to clean up your garage. While you might have shoved stuff in your garage over the winter, chances are you could use some extra space this summer for everything from a mancave, party pad, workshop - or even parking a car. We like the idea of turning it into a mancave most though!

  • Tips to Keep Your AC Running Smoothly

    Air Conditioning is an essential part of life nowadays, and anything of real value needs utmost care and attention. Are there hot and cold spots in your air-conditioned room? Do you have pressure imbalance - strange whistling noises, doors closing by themselves, drafty areas - anywhere? Are you getting little to no air coming from your AC? Is your AC blowing warm air? Now that spring is here, it is the perfect time to take a look at your air conditioner and plan for any updates that might be needed - before the summer rush!

  • How to Build a Great Home Gym

    With the weather turning cold, I know that many of you are looking at your basement or garage and thinking how nice it would be to build a home gym - rather than trudge through the cold for your daily fitness routine. Let's take a look at how you can do things right!

  • Tips For Making Pool Cleaning Healthier and Easier

    When you first dreamed of owning a swimming pool, it seemed easy to maintain - just throw in some chlorine and skim out any floating debris. Quickly though pool owners begin to realize that owning a swimming pool requires constant maintenance. Luckily though there are solutions that make it easier and healthier so that you can focus on enjoying it more.

  • Craftsman MAKEcation 2015

    The act of "making stuff" is something that is often overlooked today and this is especially true when it comes to physically picking up a tool so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got invited to MAKEcation 2015, Craftsman's annual gathering of "tool guys" (and several tool women too!). This event was one part celebration of all the great things that the brand stands for and one part a reunion for some of the most active members of the Craftsman Club online community that the brand runs.

  • Arlo Smart Home Camera - Keeping an Eye on Home While Traveling

    I travel a lot! Regardless if it is a long vacation or short day trip, one thing that is constant - I am concerned about my loft when I'm not home. While I trust my neighbors and management company, the reality is that other people have keys to my home and I've always wondered if they came in and visited while we were away. Similarly, I think virtually every doggie daddy has wondered what our fur babies do while we are gone.

    So, for the past 3 weeks I've been testing Arlo out to answer some of those questions...

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