Indoor Projects

Replacing a Bathroom Faucet and Drain

It's 6 AM. My daughter bursts into my bedroom shrieking, "The sink exploded and it's not my fault!!" I don't know exactly what's going on, but I'm … [Read More...]

Outdoor Projects

Troubleshooting and Repairing a Broken Doorbell

In just a few days, hundreds of kids will be coming to my house in costumes, and they'll all be ringing my doorbell. It's the week before Halloween. … [Read More...]

Recent Projects

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...]

Hardwood Floor Installation and Trim Work

Now that the dining room hardwood flooring preparation efforts are completed, it's time to get this floor in - and really bring the room, overall, to a whole new aesthetic plateau. For those of you who read the article or who watched some of the videos in the Part 1 portion of this hardwood flooring effort, you know that this … [Read More...]

Installing a Marble Threshold

Marble thresholds (sometimes called marble saddles) are very common in many homes, often found at bathroom entries. They look really nice, they're cool and smooth to the touch - and they're not terribly expensive. Having recently installed a marble threshold as part of a more comprehensive home rehab project, this summary … [Read More...]

Building a Removable Wood Fence Section and Gate

Updated — Originally Published October 6, 2012 When we enclosed my yard with a cedar fence 11 years ago, it seemed like a good idea to create a removable section using a single (but sturdy) post sleeve so we could get a truck inside. You never know when you might need to get back there, right? So I built one. And as it turned … [Read More...]