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Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green Mention wind power and you immediately think of giant wind farms, both on shore and off. But thanks to a new wind turbine design released at this month's National Hardware Show, getting wind power at home may become just as common as rooftop solar panels,...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green Mention wind power and you immediately think of giant wind farms, both on shore and off. But thanks to a new wind turbine design released at this month's National Hardware Show, getting wind power at home may become just as common as rooftop solar panels,...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green Mention wind power and you immediately think of giant wind farms, both on shore and off. But thanks to a new wind turbine design released at this month's National Hardware Show, getting wind power at home may become just as common as rooftop solar panels,...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Living Spaces

Charlie Rice of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspectors in Sykesville, Maryland (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

To the untrained eye, this is a typical tangle of HVAC system hardware. But in actuality, this setup is anything but....

Filed under: Kitchen & Bath, Big Projects, Products & Materials

Brodie Brown of Browntree Inspections in Marietta, Georgia (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

This photo might represent the ultimate in bathroom convenience for the multitasker -- or an attempt at European styling...

Filed under: Kitchen & Bath, Big Projects

Howard Maxfield of Plus One Inspection Services, Inc. in Mill Creek, Washington (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Someone has taken a whack at fixing this wobbly toilet using a tapered axe head and scrap of wood as shims. Not exactly my...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Living Spaces

Rick A. Harrington, Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC, Pickerington, Ohio (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter

This fold-down attic ladder is going nowhere except into a pretty important support column. If this column is...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Essential Skills, Know-How, Living Spaces

Rick A. Harrington of Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC in Pickerington, Ohio (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter.

Is this curious structure actually a staircase? Apparently, this DIYer didn't...

Filed under: Living Rooms, Small Spaces, Living Spaces

Alvin C. Miller of Hawkeye Home Inspections, LLC in Wellman, Iowa (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of the ASHI Reporter.

There's no getting comfortable in this room any time of year, since the temperature-controlled air from the HVAC system...

A low price doesn’t always mean a good deal, especially if the product doesn’t perform well. The experts at Consumer Reports have tested thousands of household items over the past year – from detergents to toilets – and have put together a list of some of the best and worst home products, based...

Filed under: Real Estate, Health, Fraud Chinese made drywall pose serious health and structural threats according to tests by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)l, and federal authorities are urging consumers to start...

Filed under: Real Estate, Health, Fraud Chinese made drywall pose serious health and structural threats according to tests by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)l, and federal authorities are urging consumers to start...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green, Consumer Ally What does a gas powered clock radio (that might put you to sleep permanently with carbon monoxide poisoning), and a room air cleaner that consists of a feather duster and fly strips taped to the front of a space heater, have in common? They...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green, Consumer Ally What does a gas powered clock radio (that might put you to sleep permanently with carbon monoxide poisoning), and a room air cleaner that consists of a feather duster and fly strips taped to the front of a space heater, have in common? They...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green, Consumer Ally What does a gas powered clock radio (that might put you to sleep permanently with carbon monoxide poisoning), and a room air cleaner that consists of a feather duster and fly strips taped to the front of a space heater, have in common? They...

Filed under: Exteriors & Facades, Outdoors

Richard Matore of Pillar to Post Home Inspection in Newington, Connecticut (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of ASHI Reporter

Remember the Chia Pet, that early '80s craze that revolutionized indoor gardening? Well, I'm pretty sure they never offered a Chia...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Living Spaces

Tom Krauetler

What's the fastest way to get to the front door from the second floor? Through the ceiling! While replacing the floor in an upstairs bathroom, this homeowner momentarily forgot the age-old carpenter's adage for strolls among exposed floor...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession Running out of space to expand and improve your home? Then look up. Attic space is the newest frontier in home improvement, and according to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, one in five respondents said they planned to finish...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession Running out of space to expand and improve your home? Then look up. Attic space is the newest frontier in home improvement, and according to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, one in five respondents said they planned to finish...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession Running out of space to expand and improve your home? Then look up. Attic space is the newest frontier in home improvement, and according to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, one in five respondents said they planned to finish...