Indoor 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...]

Outdoor Projects

Summer Snapshots from the Jersey Shore

Sometimes a single snapshot can convey a story almost completely on its own. Many of the images that follow were submitted by readers, friends and … [Read More...]

Recent Projects

Designing the Perfect Deck

My backyard deck is simple, but beautiful. And though it may seem deceiving, a huge amount of design consideration went into it. But how can I call it perfect, though? Well, as I see it, if you start out with some extremely careful thinking and develop a crisp/clear … [Read More...]

My Wireless Waterproof Doorbell Epiphany

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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read More...]