Tree Planting Tips and Techniques

You wouldn’t think there’d be much to know about planting a tree, right? Dig a hole, drop in the tree (branches pointing up), shovel in...

Sump Pump: Q&A

I admit that discussing sump pumps incites only slightly more excitement than an evening with a life insurance agent. However, if you’ve...

Circular Saw Tips: Cutting Plywood

The venerable circular saw is one of the most indispensable woodcutting tool ever invented. Its combination of power, speed, depth-of-cut...

Clearing Common Sink Clogs

If you live in a home long enough, sooner or later you’ll have to deal with a clogged sink. There’s simply no way to avoid it. Most clogs...

Electronic Deadbolts: Superior Security

There’s no escaping the ever-expanding world of smart technology. From cellular phones and wireless speakers to interactive refrigerators...

Why You Might Need a Water Softener

When searching for a new home, most prospective buyers are willing to compromise—a little—except when it comes to water quality. Safe,...

Quick Fix for Leaky A/C Systems

The most common complaint homeowners have about their central air-conditioning system is water leaks. In fact, nearly 90% of all...

Landscape Lighting Basics

Landscape lighting is an effective way to enhance the nighttime curb appeal of your home, while also adding a measure of safety and...

Top 5 Decking Options

If you’re thinking about either building a new wood deck or remodeling an existing deck, then you may have noticed your choice in decking...

When NOT to Do-it-Yourself

I’ve spend more than 30 years writing about DIY projects with the goal of empowering people to become more self-reliant, and encouraging...

Brushless Motors Defined

If you’ve shopped for power tools lately you may have noticed that many manufacturers are now touting a feature known as, a brushless...

How to Remove a Cast-Iron Tub

My neighbor is remodeling his bathroom and he called recently to ask if I could help him remove an old cast-iron bathtub. The tub was too...

Septic Tank Surprise

I love being surprised as much as anyone, but I was recently reminded that not all surprises are good. In fact, sometimes they stink,...

Top 10 DIY Shed-Building Tips

If you’ve got clutter clogging up your garage—and who doesn’t—then perhaps it’s time to build an outdoor storage shed. A separate...

Why You Need a Hammer-Drill

If you’re an active do-it-yourselfer, you probably already own a cordless drill/driver. So, you might be wondering why in the world would...