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 pretty sure this could be a bad start to the day. I run to the bathroom, and sure enough – water is literally shooting up from the bathroom faucet […]

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 and Guying 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]