Indoor Projects

Green Pest Control: Tips for Protecting your Home and Garden this Summer

This guest post is by Jen McCauley of Eden Advanced Pest Technologies. While insects and other pests are vital to our ecosystem, I’d rather not … [Read More...]

Outdoor Projects

7 Tips for Maintaining a Redwood Swing Set

Updated -- Originally Published April 19, 2011 It’s 1999. My wife and I just moved into our new home with our 3-year-old daughter and infant son – … [Read More...]

Recent Projects

Wireless Waterproof Doorbell Wake-Up Call

What I needed was a waterproof doorbell. All along. Repairing the classic mechanical door chime worked for me – carefully troubleshooting with each of the components: the transformer, the door chime unit and the doorbell push button. But after the repair, it was only a year or so before I had a new problem: intermittent … [Read More...]

Paver Walkway Burrowing Pest

A few days back, we noticed a small sliver of stone was missing from our front paver walkway. As I took a closer look at it, I realized there was a hole underneath where the stone had been - and it looked kind of deep. I didn’t want to reach down to see if the stone had somehow dropped, thinking maybe there was a chance … [Read More...]

Scratch Repair for Wood Chairs & Rails: 10-Minute Fix

My house has been called "lived-in." And what that phrase seems to really mean is that we're always breaking stuff. The kids, the dog, the ferret -- but probably the biggest breaker-of-things? That would be me.  (And my wife will surely attest to this!) Certain pieces of furniture tend to take a beating far more than … [Read More...]

Repairing a Backyard Trampoline

Some of the best money I've ever spent has been on our backyard trampoline - the kids love it, they get exercise, fresh air and sunshine, and we've all had a lot of laughs with it. I won't even pretend I don't jump on it myself, though I do try to make sure none of the neighbors can see when I do. There are always concerns … [Read More...]

To Rehab a Redwood Swing Set

Updated -- Originally Published August 26, 2012 Last year, I wrote about maintenance tips for redwood swing sets - and in that article I mentioned I would soon be rebuilding a good part of my set with fresh manufacturer's redwood along with some new replacement swings and accessories. I wanted to take my 11-year-old set and … [Read More...]

Replacing a Central Air Conditioner Return Vent Cover

Both central air conditioning return vent covers were smashed. Oddly smashed. I could almost picture a toddler on a Fisher Price trike having a blast slamming into them repeatedly… because nothing else really seemed to fit the damage I was seeing. But no matter what really happened, we were preparing the home for rental in a … [Read More...]

Switching from Mulch to Ground Cover

I love the look of black mulch and I've used it for years to enhance all of my landscaping beds, but it's frankly becoming a bit too much maintenance. And a bit too expensive. I've come to realize, I now have to try to find the perfect ground cover that can slowly take over certain well-contained large landscape areas on my … [Read More...]

Salt Water Pool Chlorinator Questions & Answers

We installed our swimming pool a little over two years ago, and going through the research alone was a tremendous effort. There are so many items to consider regarding the design and construction, and then all the potential pool accessories as well; it's frankly a little overwhelming. And if you're going through the same … [Read More...]

5 Easy Ways to Bring Your Landscape Back to Life

This guest post is by Landscape Designer, Joe Ciaglia. It’s your turn this season for hosting the annual family reunion! You’ve decided on planning your party as a “start of the summer kick off” barbecue. Your preparation checklist includes who will be invited, a list of foods and drinks that you will provide to your guests, … [Read More...]