How to Replace a Dead GFCI Outlet

GFCI Outlets, often referred to as GFI outlets or just GFIs, are used to reduce the risk of significant electrical shocks and injury. If you used a hair dryer this morning, you probably plugged it into a GFCI outlet. We’ve all seen GFIs in our homes – they’re the electrical receptacles with the ‘test’ and […]

Combat and Clean Mold from Your Wood Deck

This guest post is by Decking & Fencing Professional, Nick Marshall Fall: It brings to mind the brilliance of changing leaves, the glow of Jack-o-Lanterns, and the bounty of the harvest. But for a wood deck, fall also holds an insidious danger: moisture. Chilly mornings and cold nights bring more moisture to the air, and […]

Paving an Asphalt Driveway

Surface tree roots and water drainage problems had been slowly killing my asphalt driveway for a number of years, but it was a convoy of construction trucks en route to the backyard that really finished it off. None of the usual asphalt repair quick-fixes could possibly help. We tried to get creative and save the […]

Landscape Anchors To Save My Wind Damaged Spruce

This time it was a perfectly shaped and well-established blue spruce that took the hit. The wind knocked it to an awkward angle, and I could almost certainly pull it the rest of the way down by hand had I wanted. We had to secure this focal landscape tree to save it, and we were going […]

Tree Planting 101

Spring is upon us in New Jersey (the Garden State), and signs of life are already beginning to stir outside. I’ve planted many trees over the years, and while everyone has their own techniques, I find there are a few basic rules & principles that always seem to apply… The Best Season for Tree Planting […]

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 end-vision which you can morph into a […]

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 a year or so before I had a new problem: intermittent […]

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 […]