How to Sell Your House in 2020

How to Sell Your House in 2020

So, you’ve evaluated your finances, thought about your lifestyle, and made the big decision to ...

Should You Fix Your House Up or Sell Now?

Should You Fix Your House Up or Sell Now?

With the fall season upon us, change is in the air. For many families, children ...

Restore Your Plastic Laminate Countertop

Restore Your Plastic Laminate Countertop

After twenty years of soft drinks, coffee and wear and tear, a plastic laminate kitchen ...

Candles, Yes…Soot, No

Candles, Yes…Soot, No

If you’ve noticed ghostly smudges and stains on your walls and ceilings, the culprit may ...

Clothes Washer Filling Slowly

Clothes Washer Filling Slowly

Your washer has always worked well. In fact, it still does, but the cycle time ...

Foundation Problems? Check Your Gutters

Foundation Problems? Check Your Gutters

In homes with basements and crawl spaces, we always need to be concerned with water ...

Remove Oil Stains from Your Driveway

Remove Oil Stains from Your Driveway

So you’ve got an unsightly oil stain on the driveway. Maybe it came from an ...

Squeaking Floor? Try This Fix Down Under

Squeaking Floor? Try This Fix Down Under

There it is again – a loud squeak every time someone walks down the hall. ...

That Leaky Garden Hose

That Leaky Garden Hose

Time to green up outside. Whether it’s cleaning the patio or watering the grass and ...

Knock Knock…It’s Your Plumbing

Knock Knock…It’s Your Plumbing

Every time the clothes washer fills, you hear knocking and thumping in the wall or ...

An Easy Fix for Rust Stains on Clothing

An Easy Fix for Rust Stains on Clothing

Every once in a while, the washer creates a rust stain on clothes. Maybe rust ...

How to Paint Over Dark Paneling

How to Paint Over Dark Paneling

It may be time to “green up” your gloomy family room with a fresh coat ...

Flood from the Washer Hose!

Flood from the Washer Hose!

What is the number one source of water damage inside a home? It’s not tornadoes, ...

Your Nose Knows It’s Time to Clean the Disposal

Your Nose Knows It’s Time to Clean the Disposal

Eeuuww – what’s that smell in the kitchen? Yuck, it’s from the sink. It smells ...

Polarity? What’s That?

Polarity? What’s That?

You just had your new home inspected, and the inspector found “reversed polarity” at several ...

Soot on the Walls

Soot on the Walls

What’s with those ghostly gray stains on the outside corners of the ceiling and walls? ...

What’s Your Outlet IQ?

What’s Your Outlet IQ?

Remember that home inspection you arranged before purchasing your home? The inspector tested electrical outlets ...

Can Lights? Make Them Green

Can Lights? Make Them Green

Can lights or recessed ceiling lights are a standard design feature in modern residential construction. ...

Tune Your Refrigerator for High Performance

Tune Your Refrigerator for High Performance

The refrigerator is among the most neglected of household appliances because usually, it runs forever ...

A Ton of Cooling

A Ton of Cooling

Ever hear of a two- or three-ton central air conditioner? Does that mean a two-ton ...

Fix That Wobbling Ceiling Fan

Fix That Wobbling Ceiling Fan

Wobbling ceiling fans are not safe to use. If a ceiling fan in your home ...

Squeak, Squeak in the Hardwood Floor

Squeak, Squeak in the Hardwood Floor

Flooring of all types has the potential for squeaks. Floor framing dries and shrinks, and ...

Water Heater Drip Needs Attention

Water Heater Drip Needs Attention

One fine day, you walk past the water heater, and your foot gets wet. Hmm, ...

Paint Over That Water Stain

Paint Over That Water Stain

Let’s say there was a leak in the drain for an upstairs bathroom that left ...

Clothes Dryer Venting – A Hidden Danger

Clothes Dryer Venting – A Hidden Danger

Each year many home fires are caused by improperly maintained clothes dryers. The dryer and ...

Patch the Hole Behind the Door

Patch the Hole Behind the Door

So the kids had a little shoving match, knocking against the bedroom door, and the ...

Stains Around a Toilet = Serious Problem

Stains Around a Toilet = Serious Problem

Always be on the lookout for water leaks in your home, including little clues that ...

Plumbing Vent? What Plumbing Vent?

Plumbing Vent? What Plumbing Vent?

All modern plumbing systems in residential construction have a plumbing vent. It doesn’t just vent ...

Paint That Metal Railing

Paint That Metal Railing

You love the metal wrought-iron railing at the front of your home. It adds character ...

Fix That Sticking Bifold Door

Fix That Sticking Bifold Door

Those lousy folding doors on the closet. You can’t get them open, you can’t get ...

A Quick “Bucket” Fix to Flush the Toilet

A Quick “Bucket” Fix to Flush the Toilet

You’ve turned off the water to the toilet because the tank or a plumbing fitting ...

Power Out? How To Free Your Car from the Garage

Power Out? How To Free Your Car from the Garage

An automatic garage door operator is great. But when the power goes out, and the ...

Clean Those Ugly Rust Stains on the Driveway

Clean Those Ugly Rust Stains on the Driveway

Your beautiful new cement driveway – what an investment, and what a welcoming element to ...

Take a Close Look at Your Chimney

Take a Close Look at Your Chimney

Brick and stone chimneys are certainly attractive and add value to your home, but they ...

Gather Free Water with a Rain Barrel

Gather Free Water with a Rain Barrel

Yes, you can be green, save money on your utility bills, and still water your ...

Why Should You Seal Exterior Concrete?

Why Should You Seal Exterior Concrete?

In most climates, you don’t ever need to seal exterior concrete drives and walks. But ...

Tricks for Replacing a Broken Light Bulb

Tricks for Replacing a Broken Light Bulb

Light bulbs in exterior fixtures and damp locations like bathrooms are notorious for sticking in ...

No Heat? Try This Before Calling for Service

No Heat? Try This Before Calling for Service

As autumn settles in, there’s no heat in your house, and it’s getting cold. The ...

What’s Your Home’s Largest Energy-Waster?

What’s Your Home’s Largest Energy-Waster?

We all work hard at tightening up our homes to save energy and money. In ...

When Your Kitchen Faucet Slows Down

When Your Kitchen Faucet Slows Down

Your plumbing system works fine everywhere in the house – except at the kitchen sink, ...

Use the Right Plug…or Else

Use the Right Plug…or Else

Electrical plugs and outlets are designed to keep you safe from electrical shock and to ...

Pop-Up Stopper Sticks

Pop-Up Stopper Sticks

Most bathroom sinks have a “pop-up” sink stopper that opens and closes when you operate ...

Turn That Gas Off

Turn That Gas Off

If your home has natural gas or propane appliances, you should know where the gas ...

Compact Fluorescents

Compact Fluorescents

OK, for many years compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) were a bit of a pain. They ...

Fixing a Drip at the Bathroom Fan

Fixing a Drip at the Bathroom Fan

So you run the bath exhaust fan to remove moisture – but then you get ...

The Rain May Drain, But It’s Not a Pain

The Rain May Drain, But It’s Not a Pain

When a rain gutter and downspout send their discharge below grade to a pipe, it ...

GFCI? What? Why?

GFCI? What? Why?

You may not know what a GFCI is, but chances are it’s making your home ...

Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cord Safety

You should view extension cords as a necessary evil. Avoid using them. If you must ...

Wash Siding – Work Up

Wash Siding – Work Up

All types of siding eventually accumulate dirt and grime, maybe even some mildew. It might ...

A Drip at the Darned Valve – Again

A Drip at the Darned Valve – Again

Let’s say that every time you turn the small globe valve for the outdoor hose ...

Caulking the Wide Open Spaces

Caulking the Wide Open Spaces

So you filled that wide gap in the exterior trim with the best caulk you ...

Three-Way, Two-Way or One-Way Switch?

Three-Way, Two-Way or One-Way Switch?

Home systems have some strange terminology. Why are the two light switches that control one ...

Garage Door Safety

Garage Door Safety

What is the largest, heaviest moving object in your home? You got it – the ...

Thump, It’s the Water Heater

Thump, It’s the Water Heater

It’s annoying when your water heater thumps, pops, and whomps whenever you use hot water. ...

An Easy Fix for a Nasty Water Problem

An Easy Fix for a Nasty Water Problem

Water, water, and water – the three most damaging elements to a home. Water at ...

The Crafty Way to Outwit Window Drafts

The Crafty Way to Outwit Window Drafts

On many cold, sunny days it would be great to air out your home without ...

My Concrete Has Cracked

My Concrete Has Cracked

You know the old saying: two things in life are certain – death and taxes. ...

Why Use Primer When Painting?

Why Use Primer When Painting?

Most of us do-it-yourselfers attempt to paint projects because painting is easy and gives a ...

Is It Plumb, Level, or Square?

Is It Plumb, Level, or Square?

We like to check to see if things are on the level – or should ...

Get Smart About Exterior Electrical Safety

Get Smart About Exterior Electrical Safety

You have heard about how dangerous high-voltage electrical wires can be: never touch a downed ...

Should You Insulate Your Attic?

Should You Insulate Your Attic?

Homeowners are always looking for ways to save energy while making our homes more comfortable. ...

Why Is the Toilet Flushing Itself?

Why Is the Toilet Flushing Itself?

OK, so you just heard the toilet flush in the middle of the night. No ...

A Better Way to Hang a Heavy Mirror

A Better Way to Hang a Heavy Mirror

I have done this, and I bet you have too: You work hard to hang ...

How To fix A Squeaky Door Hinge

How To fix A Squeaky Door Hinge

While a squeeky door may have a few advantages – you can tell when the ...

Protect Your Family from Scalding Hot Water

Protect Your Family from Scalding Hot Water

At one time or another, we all have turned on a hot water faucet and ...

5-in-1 Tool Makes Painting Easier

5-in-1 Tool Makes Painting Easier

While painting is a bit of a chore, the right tools can help you get ...

Repair A Whistling Shower Head

Repair A Whistling Shower Head

Singing in the shower takes on a new dimension when you’re accompanied by a whistling ...

Back flow Prevention at Your Hose Bib

Back flow Prevention at Your Hose Bib

Health officials believe that thousands of people become ill because of contaminated water every year. ...

The Patio Screen Door is Stuck

The Patio Screen Door is Stuck

Sticking, rubbing, cheap, nasty, impossible patio screen door! Well, the door takes a beating, and ...

Is Your Roof Worn Out?

Is Your Roof Worn Out?

Should you care about wear and tear to your roof? You betcha. A worn roof ...

Inside Info on an Outdoor Fixture

Inside Info on an Outdoor Fixture

Here’s a bit of fix-it trivia for you: the exterior faucet to which you connect ...

Reviving a “Dead” Garbage Disposal

Reviving a “Dead” Garbage Disposal

Dead garbage disposal? Usually, it’s easy to bring this gadget back to life. Take a ...

No “Ding-Dong” Sound at the Bell

No “Ding-Dong” Sound at the Bell

How annoyingthat front doorbell only works from time to time, and you never know whether ...

How to Fix a Sinking Sidewalk

How to Fix a Sinking Sidewalk

A sinking sidewalk is bad news for you and your guests. Where the pavement is ...

Tell Me More About GFCI Outlets in My Home

Tell Me More About GFCI Outlets in My Home

Ever noticed that some electrical outlets have a red and a black button in the ...

Finding Studs Using Construction Clues

Finding Studs Using Construction Clues

If you think “finding studs” is something gals do in a singles bar, you’ve come ...

Save Money with a Filter Change

Save Money with a Filter Change

Maintaining the filter on your air conditioning and heating equipment isn’t fun or glamorous. So ...

Do You Have One Cold Room?

Do You Have One Cold Room?

Does your home have one room that’s always cold? Is there very little air flow ...

Plugged Drain? Heres a Quick Fix

Plugged Drain? Heres a Quick Fix

Yuckyour tub or bathroom sink is draining slowly AGAIN. Every time you remove the trap ...

Quick Turn Off the Water!

Quick Turn Off the Water!

Oh, no! Water is running from somewhere beneath the cabinets and ruining your new kitchen ...

Sticking Closet Door

Sticking Closet Door

We have all experienced those sliding closet doors that stick and rub. Did you know there ...

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many ...

Residential Plumbing System Terms

Residential Plumbing System Terms

Plumbing may be defined as the practice, materials and fixtures used in the installation, maintenance ...

Electricity 101: Understanding the Service Panel

Electricity 101: Understanding the Service Panel

Many homeowners who are unfamiliar with construction and wiring are timid when it comes to ...

Radon Testing in Residential Homes

Radon Testing in Residential Homes

Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon and Radon Mitigation Systems in Residential Homes The EPA recommends: ...

Maintenance Checks for Your HVAC System

Maintenance Checks for Your HVAC System

Have you ever woken up in the middle of a winter night, shivering under the ...

Five Effective Fixes for Faulty Windows

Five Effective Fixes for Faulty Windows

There’s a common misconception that if your home has older windows that are in less-than-perfect ...

Central Air-Conditioning System Inspection

Central Air-Conditioning System Inspection

A building’s central air-conditioning system must be periodically inspected and maintained in order to function ...

Pre-Drywall Home Inspections

Pre-Drywall Home Inspections

One way to ensure that a house is built according to its specifications is by ...

Air Sampling for Mold Inspections

Air Sampling for Mold Inspections

Taking air samples during a mold inspection is important for several reasons.  Mold spores are ...

Ten Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Ten Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less ...

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

Is your fireplace safe? A fireplace is a comfortable place for the family to gather around ...

What Does The Crack In Your House  Mean?

What Does The Crack In Your House Mean?

  What harm could a thin crack possibly do to my home? This is the ...

Is Your Home Safe with Radon?

Is Your Home Safe with Radon?

On January 13, 2005 the Surgeon General of the United States issued a Health Advisory ...

What to Do In The Event Of Fire

What to Do In The Event Of Fire

What would you do in the event of fire? How would you react? These are ...

Five Most Concerning Window Problems

Five Most Concerning Window Problems

Window Problems: We all know what a pain a faulty windowcan be. They can be ...