Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...When your roof is starting to fail it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. This page is about getting financial assistance for roof repairs.
Leaning a Ladder Against a Roof...This is a page about leaning a ladder against a roof without crushing gutters. When you need to make repairs or clean gutters, your ladder needs to lean on the house often against the gutters.
Removing Sulfur Smell from a Well Water SystemWell water can be the best water you have ever tasted, but sometimes it can have a strong, unpleasant sulfur odor. This is a page about removing sulfur smell from a well water system.
Making a Door SqueakThis page is about making a door squeak. There may be times when you want to hear a noise when a door opens.
Removing Moss from Asphalt Roof TilesAsphalt or composite roof tiles can easily get moss growing between them. This is a page about removing moss from asphalt roof tiles.
Making a Window More PrivateWhen you don't want to lose the daylight coming through your window, there are ways to retain your privacy. This page is about making a window more private.
Removing Rust from Well WaterWell water can contain rust. Not only does rust in your water make the water reddish, unappetizing, and possibly bad tasting it can also stain laundry and other items. This is a page about removing rust from well water.
Insulating WindowsTo make your home more comfortable, both cozy in winter and cooler in summer, seal for drafts and insulate. This is a page about insulating windows.
Making Steps with Cinder BlocksThis page is about making steps with cinder blocks. Whether making temporary or permanent steps, cinder block can be a useful building material.
Privacy Window Using Contact PaperYou can create a sense of privacy without adding shades or curtains to a window. Get a frosted glass look using contact paper. It is an inexpensive way to create a privacy window in a bathroom or any other window you would like some privacy but not loss of light.
Transforming Old Formica CountertopsThis is a page about transforming old Formica countertops. After years of use Formica countertops can become dull and worn.
Inexpensive Alternatives to Paving a DrivewayThis page is about inexpensive alternatives to paving a driveway. Paving a driveway can cost more than you can afford.
Is Vinegar Harmful to Septic Tanks?There are many household cleaners that are hard on septic tanks. In this page, discover if vinegar is harmful to septic tanks.
Curtain Color AdviceChoosing just the right color curtains can complete the overall color scheme of your room. This page contains curtain color advice.
Painting Walls in a Mobile HomeMobile homes, especially older ones, have walls that are not the traditional drywall construction found in stick built houses. This is a page about painting walls in a mobile home.
Keeping Animals From Going Under a Mobile HomeThis page is about keeping animals from going under a mobile home. Mobile home skirting sometimes isn't enough to keep critters from going underneath your home.
Remodeling A Mobile HomeThis is a page about remodeling a mobile home. Remodeling a mobile home is not the same as working on a stick built house, but still maybe the better alternative to buying a new home.
Clearing a Clogged Bathtub DrainIf your bathtub isn't draining well it can be a problem for taking baths and being able to use your bathroom properly. Getting the drain clear will make your bathtub, and bathroom in general, easier to use. This is a page about clearing a clogged bathtub drain.
Color Coordinating Towels and Rugs for Your BathThis page is about color coordinating towels and rugs for your bath. Selecting towels and rugs that coordinate with your bathroom color scheme help complete to look you desire.
Keeping Rugs From SlippingRoaming area or throw rugs can be annoying. Keeping them from slipping can be tricky depending on the surface they are on. This is a page about keeping rugs from slipping.
Carpet Color to Coordinate With a Grey CouchFrequently you decide to change your carpet after you have already purchased a couch. Finding just the right coordinating color is fun and occasionally frustrating. This is a page about carpet color to coordinate with a grey couch.
Toilet Paper Advice for Septic TanksSeptic tanks function better when you select a toilet paper that is safe for use in, or especially made for use with a septic system. This is a page containing toilet paper advice for septic tanks.
Name Ideas for a Home Decor ShopThis is a page about name ideas for a home decor shop. Finding the right name for your decorating business is essential to your business identity. The name should impart your sense of style and how you would like patrons to remember your home decor business.
Is formica the same as laminate?Is formica the same as laminate?
Pet Urine Stains on Sub-flooringThis page is about pet urine stains on sub-flooring. When replacing flooring you may find problems with the sub-floor.
Paint Color Advice for a Kitchen With Cherry...This is a page about kitchen paint advice with cherry cabinets. Choosing the right wall paint color with dark wood cabinets can make a big difference in the look of your kitchen.
Painting a Laminate Counter TopPainting your old laminate countertops gives your kitchen a brand new look without the expense of buying new countertops! Look below for first hand experience and step by step instructions for painting laminate countertops.
Fixing Cracks in Ceramic Floor TileThis page is about fixing cracks in ceramic floor tiles. Over time ceramic tiles can become damaged and you may not have matching replacement tiles.
Removing Paint Stains From Vinyl SidingThis is a page about removing paint stains from vinyl siding. Paint can drip on your vinyl siding when you are repainting the trim.
Paint Color Advice for a Kitchen With Oak CabinetsThe finish on your kitchen cabinets plays a role in the choice of wall paint colors. This is a page about paint color advice for a kitchen with oak cabinets.
Living Room Wall Paint Color AdviceChoosing the best wall paint color to coordinate with your living room furnishings can be difficult. This is a page about living room wall paint color advice.
Paint Color Advice for Kitchen With Maple...Cabinets often occupy a significant space in your kitchen. So choosing a paint color that coordinates with your cabinetry is important. This page contains paint color advice for kitchen with maple cabinets.
Painting Over VarnishPreparing a varnished wood surface properly before painting is important. This page is about painting over varnish.
Curtain Color Advice to Complement Beige WallsBeige walls allow for a wide variety of curtain color choices that will complement it. This is a page about curtain color advice to complement beige walls.
Building an AwningMaking an awning can help protect a deck, window or doorway from sun and weather. This page is about building an awning.
Painting Over Varnish Without SandingIt is often recommend that you sand any surface thoroughly prior to painting it. Painting over varnish without sanding is not a best practice but it can be done.
Paint Color to Coordinate with Red FurnitureThis is a page about paint color to coordinate with red furniture. Choosing a paint color that coordinates with your red furnishings can be a challenge.
Refacing Kitchen CabinetsThis is a page about refacing kitchen cabinets. A less expensive way to update your kitchen may be to reface your cabinets rather than replace them.
Troubleshooting Circuit Breaker ProblemsA tripped circuit breaker can be a sign of trouble with wiring, and may require a trained professional to get to the root of the problem. This page is about troubleshooting circuit breaker problems.
Venting Your Dryer InsideThis page is about venting your dryer inside. Additional heat and moisture will be added to your home if your dryer is not vented outside.
Adding Color To White PaintDoes anyone have a suggestion of what I can add to a white can of paint to add color to it. Preferably something from around the house? Any color but white, I would prefer yellow or blue.
Installing Self-Stick Tiles Over Ceramic TilesThis is a page about installing self-stick tiles over ceramic tiles. Self stick tiles are easy to install. Assessing and preparing the surface prior to installation is important for a successful outcome.
Can I Use Yeast in My Septic Tanks?The bacteria in yeast is considered a good additive for septic systems. This is a page about, "Can I use yeast in my septic tanks?.
Putting Shower Curtain and Liner on One RodDo you use 2 shower curtain rods (1 for the liner and the other for the curtain) or just 1 and put both the shower curtain and liner on the same rod. I have always used two but I wonder will 1 rod suffice?
Using Buttermilk in Septic TankCan buttermilk be a substitute for Ridex in septic tanks?
Refinishing Laminate CabinetsThis is a page about refinishing laminate cabinets. Some special preparation may be needed to refinish your laminate cabinets; but it can be done.
Choosing a Kitchen Sink ColorThis is a page about choosing a kitchen sink color. Choosing a sink color if you do not wish to use traditional white, will depend on the colors already chosen for your kitchen.
Homemade Humidifier TreatmentsThis page contains homemade humidifier treatments. It's good to keep the water in your humidifier smelling fresh.
Removing Wrinkles from Curtains and DrapesIt is disappointing to open the packaging containing your new curtains to find them creased and wrinkled. Not all drapes can be washed and dried to remove the wrinkles. This is a page about removing wrinkles from curtains and drapes.
Removing Moss from a RoofCleaning moss off your roof not only improves it's appearance but also increases the life span of your roof. It is important to not only remove moss but to prevent further growth. This is a page about removing moss from a roof.
Flooring a Screened PorchThis is a page about best flooring for a screen porch. When choosing flooring for a screened porch you will want to find the best option for this semi-enclosed outdoor space.
Painting Over WallpaperWallpaper can be very difficult to remove throughly, especially if there is more then one layer of it. Painting over old wallpaper is sometimes the best option. This is a page about painting over wallpaper.
Keeping Sheets on the BedThis page is about keeping sheets on the bed. Depending on the mattress and the kind of sheets, it can be a challenge to keep the bedding together.
Removing Furniture Dents from CarpetHeavy furniture leaves dents in the carpet that may be difficult to remove when you rearrange the furniture. This is a page about removing furniture dents from carpet.
Determining If a Popcorn Ceiling Has AsbestosThis page is about determining if a popcorn ceiling has asbestos. In the 50s and 60s popcorn ceilings were typical in many homes and often contained asbestos to help insulate, sound proof, and because it is resistant to fire.
Bar of Soap Stuck in ToiletThis page is about bar of soap stuck in toilet. A soap bar is an immediate obstruction to your plumbing when it accidentally is flushed in the toilet.
Removing Ice on Sidewalks and DrivewaysThis is a page about removing ice on sidewalks and driveways. Ice on sidewalks and driveways can be hazardous.
Discontinued Laura Ashley WallpaperThis is a page about discontinued Laura Ashley wallpaper. Trying to find wallpaper that is no longer in the stores can be a challenge. If you are a roll short or the wallpaper in your home has been damaged, sometimes it is necessary.
Maintaining Your Septic TankKeeping the bacteria in a septic tank working properly is essential for breaking down the sewage. This page is about maintaining your septic tank.
Painting Walls to Coordinate With...This is a page about painting walls to coordinate with burgundy carpet. Your carpet color plays an important role in choosing a wall paint color.
Finding Discontinued Brewster's WallpaperThis is a page about finding discontinued Brewster's wallpaper. Finding discontinued wallpaper to finish your project can be a challenge.
Finding Discontinued Graham & Brown WallpaperThis is a page about finding discontinued Graham and Brown wallpaper. Finding some additional wallpaper to complete a room or make repairs can be very difficult if the pattern has been discontinued.
Tracking Down a Continuous Beeping Sound in HouseIs something beeping in your house but you don't know what it is? The chirping could be coming from a watch, a fire detector or carbon monoxide alarm. This page helps you track down and stop the continuous beeping.
Keeping Couch Cushions From SlidingSometimes loose cushions can move when you don't want them to. This page is about keeping couch cushions from sliding.
Chemical Odor from New AC/Heat Pump Makes Me IllI have bug spray like smell coming out of a brand new AC heat pump system, through new ductwork. I never use any poisons in the house or attic. What is the culprit in my system? It causes my head to spin and my heart races as soon as heat, cool, or fan comes on.
Homemade Varnish RemoverThis is a page about homemade varnish remover. Varnish is used to protect wood furniture and make it shine. Making your own varnish remove allows you to use a product that is less toxic than store bought versions.
Soundproofing the Laundry ClosetWe have a small open closet in the kitchen where the clothes washing machine is located. I just replaced the old one with a Kenmore. This made a lot of noise. After speaking with the store clerk, she suggested we swap it out for another one of the same model to see if the original was a dud. At the price we paid, the clerk said it should not be making this much noise.
Painting Ceramic TileThis is a page about painting ceramic tile. When looking for ways to easily and more inexpensively update a tile surface, many homeowners consider painting the tile.
Cleaning Gutters and DownspoutsThis page is about cleaning gutters and downspouts. Dirty gutters can cause improper drainage that can flood basements and ultimately cost you a lot of time and money. Knowing how to safely clean out your gutters and downspouts is an important skill to have.
Removing WallpaperThis page is about removing wallpaper. Old wallpaper can be a stubborn material to remove.
Dresser Drawers Stuck ClosedThis page is about dresser drawers stuck closed. When a chest of drawers do not open, there are a few things you can try to get the drawers to move freely.
Finding Free Building MaterialsThis is a page about finding free building materials. One way to cut home repair or remodel costs is to find a source for free building materials.
Replacement Parts for George Foreman GrillsTo keep these popular appliances working properly you may need a new part. This page is about replacement parts for George Foreman grills.
Removing Wrinkles from Area RugI just bought an area rug and there are some wrinkles in it where it was rolled up. How can I get them out?
Painting Walls to Coordinate With Brown...This is a page about painting walls to coordinate with brown carpet. Brown carpet may not lend itself to certain wall paint choices.
Keeping a Trailer WarmThis is a page about keeping a trailer warm. Trailers aren't insulated as well as traditional homes and can be hard to heat during cold winter months. Here are some tips for keeping a trailer warm.
Inexpensive Bathroom Wall Covering IdeasI removed old bathroom tiles and plaster from my bathroom walls and now it's down to the drywall paper. I can't afford to have new drywall installed so I'm looking for ideas to cover it up. Some of the areas are uneven.
Ideas to Brighten a Home With Dark Slate FlooringI live in a split level loft style home and I have been trying to decorate it for 4 years, going on 5 with not much success. The entire home is over 90% slate flooring and the slate is dark, very dark.
Sealing Chipped Paint on Old WoodThis is a page about sealing chipped paint on old wood. Rather than stripping an old painted chair or floor, you may want to maintain the "old" appearance by sealing the chipped or pealing paint.
Old Engish Scratch Cover to Stain FurnitureInstead of using stain, I use Old English Scratch Cover for dark wood. It seals the wood and looks like it has been refinished. I did this on a set of dowel rods that I am using for curtain rods.
Using Baking Soda in a Swimming PoolThis is a page about using baking soda in a swimming pool. Some pool owners look for alternatives to chlorine for keeping their pool clean.
Removing Wood Preservative OdorThis is a page about removing wood preservative odor. The chemicals used to treat wood often emit lingering odors which can be irritating if not dangerous.
Finding Discontinued Waverly WallpaperThis is a page about finding discontinued Waverly wallpaper. It is so frustrating to finally get to a wallpapering project only to discover you don't have enough rolls. Similarly, finding discontinued wallpaper for repairs can be nearly impossible.
Ice Maker Arm is StuckThis is a page about fixing am ice maker arm that is stuck. Automatic ice makers in your freezer are a great convenience. However, if they get stuck releasing ice cubes it can be difficult to fix.
Something in My Home is Making Me ItchWhat could be causing me to itch? Sometimes it feels like something is biting me too, but I have no rash. It seems to only happen inside my home. We went on vacation and it went away.
Paint Color Advice for Kitchen and an Adjoining...This is a page about paint color advice for kitchen and an adjoining room. Choosing complementary paint colors for adjoining rooms can be difficult.
Discounted Paint at LowesWhenever I visit my local Lowes home improvement store, I check out the discounted paint rack. These are 1 gallon and 5 gallon pails of tinted paint that someone did not purchase.
Repairing Water Damaged Wood...This is a page about repairing water damaged wood furniture. Furniture that has been water damaged can be difficult to repair.
Septic Safe CleanersThis is a page about septic safe cleaners. Homeowners with septic systems need to take care with the types of household cleaners they use that might enter their septic system.
Painting Faux Tile Wall Paneling in BathroomI live in a rental house and hate my bathroom. It has the fake tile patten paneling in a dusty rose/pink marble. I cannot find anything to match it. The person that put it in did a horrible job with the seams and trim and caulking. The pattern is not even lined up right.
Removing Wallpaper Glue from WallsThis page is about removing wallpaper glue from walls. When preparing a wall for painting or new wall paper, it's important to have it clean and smooth.
Drawer and Shelf Liner IdeasThis is a page about drawer and shelf liner ideas. There are many products that can be used to line drawers and shelves, in addition to those sold for this purpose.
Using Olive Oil as Fuel for Oil LampsThis is a page about using olive oil as fuel for oil lamps. Olive oil has low volatility and generates less smoke and less soot than most other oils.
Painting Walls to Coordinate With Sage Green FurnitureThis is a page about painting walls to coordinate with sage green furniture. The color of the furniture in a room dictates what colors will work best when painting the walls.
How Do I Keep the Shower Curtain From Blowing in and Sticking to Me?We just installed a new large shower after having a small stand up shower with shower doors. We didn't want shower doors anymore. So now we have shower curtains.
Solution for Slippery ConcreteThis page is about solution for slippery concrete. Especially when wet, smooth concrete can be very slick. You need to find a way to make walking on it safe.
Painting Over Smoke Stained Walls This is a page about painting over smoke stained walls. Painting walls stained with nicotine from smoking can be frustrating because it tends to bleed through the paint.
Removing Wallpaper That Has Been PaintedThis is a page about removing wallpaper that has been painted. Whether you did the deed yourself or inherited wallpaper that has been painted over, you have a chore before you.
Best Sealant for Painted Laminate CountertopsThis is a page about best sealant for painted laminate countertops. Whether epoxy or poly urethane is going to be the best sealant for the countertop finish you want, may best be determined with a test.
Paint Color to Coordinate With Green CarpetThis is a page about paint color to coordinate with green carpet. Choosing a paint color that works well with your carpet can be tricky.
Preparing a Wall for Paint After Removing WallpaperOnce the wallpaper has been removed the wall will need cleaning, repair if necessary, and prep before painting. This is a page about preparing a wall for paint after removing wallpaper.
Changing the Color of Vertical BlindsIf you are tired of the color of your vertical blinds, but can't afford to replace them consider changing the color. This is a page about changing the color of vertical blinds.
Refinishing a DeckOur deck was built 11 years ago and was in desperate need of refinishing. It was covered in mold and mildew, which made it unsightly and very slippery in our rainy weather. We enlisted the help of our kids and were able to get it done fairly quickly. Now have a beautiful deck again!
Repairing Scratches on a Fiberglass TubThis is a page about repairing scratches on a fiberglass tub. Using something abrasive on your fiberglass tub can cause scratches. Here are some tips for repairing the surface of your tub.
Removing Self Stick TilesThis is a page about removing self stick tiles. Self stick tiles are easy to remove if you follow a couple of simple steps.
Make Your Own Storm WindowsThis is a page about making your own storm windows. Storm windows help prevent drafts and help to keep your home from losing heat. They can also be quite spendy, so here are some tips for making your own.
Frugal Tips for Keeping Warm in the WinterThis page contains frugal tips for keeping warm in the winter. When the cold weather comes there are ways to keep yourself warmer without raising the thermostat.
Using Natures Own For Decorations, While Going GreenI love creating decorations from items that are free! Not only is it free, it smells nice, adds earthy freshness, and can be changed out and composted, eaten, or dried for arrangements. With apples from the tree, pine cones, and my favorite magnolia leaves, all of earth's freshness, can go back to the earth.
Stopping Furniture from Sliding BackwardsThis video shows you a quick and easy way to prevent furniture from sliding backwards on hardwood floor. View
Cleaning Paint RollersA nice instructional video about removing paint from brushes and rollers from a professional painter. Includes ideas for removing paint from both brushes and rollers.
Plumbing Basics: Fixing a Leaky FaucetThis video explains how to fix a leaky faucet, in a simple step by step format.
Building Corner ShelvesDo you have a small corner space in your home that you have trouble making use of? Making some custom fit shelves for the area can be a great functional solution.
Pill Bottle Hide-a-KeyIf you are looking for a way to hide a key outside, a pill bottle makes a great weather-proof container.
Privacy Window Using Contact PaperThis video shows you an inexpensive way to make a window more private by using contact paper.
Breaker Keeps TrippingWe had this problem recently. A circuit breaker would trip as soon as we reset it. So, I set out to find the problem. I checked each outlet in turn through the dining room, down the stairs into the basement, and realized I was standing in six inches of water.
Identifying WallpaperWhether you no longer have the information on your wallpaper or have moved into a home with existing papered walls, you may need to identify the wallcovering to make repairs or to use it in other areas of your home. Here are some tips for identifying wallpaper.
Covering Terrazzo Flooring with CarpetInstalling carpet over terrazzo flooring has its challenges. This page contains some ideas for permanent solutions and area rug options.
Plastic Frosting Bag to Re-grout Floor TilesMy husband was dreading re-grouting some slate floor tiles where the old grout had broken into pieces. The area was in front of the wood stove so efficiency was needed. I came up with the idea to use a quality thick plastic frosting bag. He was hesitant to try it though afterwards agreed it was fast to apply and less mess to wipe off.
Hanging Un-level Wall ArtI recently bought two wooden cat pictures. They were the exact same size, but I wanted them to be glued together in a staggered manner. So I got out the wood glue and went to town.
Marking Light Bulb Wattage on SocketYou can add a bulb wattage notes on the sockets of enclosed light fixtures to make sure they are replaced with the proper bulb. The factory tags can shrivel overtime and be difficult to read.
Finding Anaglypta WallpaperDoes anyone know the name of this Anaglypta wallpaper and maybe where I can find it to buy? It may be a discontinued range.
Keeping Dirt From Washing onto a Screened PatioI have a screened patio, but when it rains, the water brings in dirt from around the bottom edge. So we put down rocks over the outside perimeter dirt to stop it, but it really isn't helping much. Suggestions?
Painting Mobile Home WallsI recently painted my walls with a semigloss sheen. Can I paint over that with an eggshell sheen?
Recovering a Vinyl Covered TrunkI have what looks like a homemade trunk covered in vinyl. It was a great job I would say, but it's white and been around for years. It needs an uplift. Do I or can I recover again with vinyl? I guess the current vinyl was glued onto the trunk. It looks dirty, but I cannot wash the marks off.
Painting the Top and Bottom Cabinets Different ColorsI did a grey paint wash on the kitchen floor, the walls are painted a grey, it's so hard to see it all, but the counter top is a natural wood slab, blue is my favorite color so I did the bottom cabinets using a few different techniques. Now I am doing the top ones in a grey lighter than the blue, but as dark as I can to set them apart some from the walls.
Discontinued Village WallpaperI am looking for a roll of Village wallpaper pattern # 592305.