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Giving a family room or guest bedroom a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to “re-decorate” in time for the winter holidays.  A brand new color, plus some accessories to contrast or coordinate – a vase, a throw, some wall art – can give a space a completely new look in a snap.

So what’s...

Stairs are among the more precarious spots in the home, but they can be even more hazardous without the right hardware.  To keep everyone safe, follow these tips for pairing the right hardware with each set of stairs in your home:

-- Stairs with at least three steps should have a hand rail...

Filed under: Saving Money, Transportation, Fraud I did a good deed this week. I caught a shyster trying to sell a car that likely didn't exist and in the process learned a few things about how to protect yourself when buying a car online. It's been a while since I last bought a car. Back then,...

Filed under: Saving Money, Transportation, Fraud I did a good deed this week. I caught a shyster trying to sell a car that likely didn't exist and in the process learned a few things about how to protect yourself when buying a car online. It's been a while since I last bought a car. Back then,...

Filed under: Saving Money, Transportation, Fraud I did a good deed this week. I caught a shyster trying to sell a car that likely didn't exist and in the process learned a few things about how to protect yourself when buying a car online. It's been a while since I last bought a car. Back then,...

Ever wish you could create a light source where you have no window?  Well, you can!  Here is a great idea for anyone who wishes they could have a window over their kitchen sink or anywhere else, but can’t – for example, maybe it’s not an exterior wall.  Here’s a simple project that create a...

Now’s a good time to take a prowl around your own home and be a draft detective.  If you can locate the sources of drafts in your home, you can take prompt action to seal them up and save money on your energy bills year-round.  Here’s a super-simple method for locating those pesky drafts:

The...

Sure, you can buy fire starters for your fireplace or wood stove, but you don’t have to.  Dried pine cones are nature’s perfect fire starters. 

If you’re lucky enough to have pine trees on your property, you can easily gather up pine cones in your yard.  If not, take the kids out to a community...

Are you sure your guests can find you?  It’s not something we think about often, but if your house number isn’t clearly visible, you could get yourself into some unnecessary trouble.  Not only will you frustrate your party guests, but in an emergency, police or rescue vehicles may not find you...

Seeing rot anywhere in your home is one of those moments that creates a  gut wrenching feeling that something you care deeply for is about to disintegrate into ruin - leaving only an unpaid mortgage in it's wake!   You might not know it, but there are things happening outside of your home that...

Choosing paint colors for historical homes begins with knowing when your home was built.  There are five distinct time periods in American architecture, and if you can place your home into one of them, it’ll be easy for you to choose a historically accurate paint shade. Where does your American...

Now is a great time to take some simple steps to prevent frozen pipes.  Winterizing your exterior water faucets and water pipes in your home can help prevent major damage should a pipe freeze and break in cold weather. 

To give your home’s energy efficiency a boost and prevent faucets and pipes...

We get dozens of calls each year from listeners asking how to clean and protect natural stone countertops.  Most are surprised since they didn't expect that a natural, durable surface like stone would need much maintenance.

Truth be told, they do!  But if you learn to properly clean and protect...

Removing egg, toilet paper and spray string might sound scary if your home is a target for little devils on Halloween.  Here in the northeast, we have the added pleasure of cleaning up after “Mischief Night” – October 30th, just before Halloween – a night devoted to pranks like toilet-papering...

Lead poisoning affects millions of homeowners, particularly those with homes built prior to 1978.  Parents should take note that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 250,000 U.S. children have elevated blood-lead levels and often suffer devastating...

Tax credits offer homeowner valuable options for home improvement that can result in reduction of taxes owed the government, but time is running out as these energy saving improvements must be completed by the end of 2010.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has driven...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Living Spaces Photo credit: Brandon Dyles of Picture Perfect Inspections in Bartlett, TN (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter. When you can't fit into your attic hatch, you know it's either time to start that diet or to rethink the size of the...