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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the International Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. It takes place every year in Las Vegas, and what happens at this show definitely does not stay in Vegas. Many groundbreaking gadgets that have gone...

Your artificial Christmas tree performed its duty beautifully this year, providing a lush backdrop for your treasured ornaments and lighting up your home with stately grace. When you decide it’s time to pack the tree away again until next year, follow these artificial Christmas tree storage tips...

It’s that time of year again--when neighbors wage war against each another in the battle to set up the most eye-popping holiday light display on the block. Whether you intend to go all-out or count yourself lucky if you can just get the darn things hung without breaking your neck, these five...

Decorative panels made with fabric or paper-wrapped hardboard make it simple and affordable to change the look of an outdated kitchen or tired piece of furniture. Just cut hardboard panels to cover a portion of a door or drawer front, and dress them up with your favorite fabric of patterned...

A room is just a room until you add some amazing trim details that completely change the look of your space.  Crown molding, baseboard, chair rail, decorative trimming panels, and wainscoting all fall into that icing on the cake that is your home category and can really make your home look...

Thinking about cleaning your oven in advance of a pre-holiday baking bonanza? Don’t! While self-cleaning ovens may be one of this century's finest advances in cooking technology, running the self-cleaning cycle just before a big baking day might end up with you running to the bakery to buy pies...

Once the holidays arrive, keeping your home looking beautiful can be a challenge when it’s added to the day-to-day duties of working and raising a family. There’s also the challenge of hosting large gatherings and figuring out how to fit 20 people around a table for 12 while having living and...

Your Money Pit could have the greatest and most efficient heating system in the world, but when it comes down to it, your heating system is only as good as how well your home is insulated and sealed up. If your home is properly insulated you can actually cut your heating and cooling costs by up...

Our outdoor spaces can be our one and only escape at home, but thanks to all of the modern conveniences we enjoy inside our home--air conditioning, generators, even garbage storage--we sometimes find the view outside not to be the most natural. Privacy panels crafted of lattice can provide the...

When it comes to ocean pollution, we all know some of the most notorious culprits, like six-pack soda rings and foam packing peanuts. Plastic odds and ends have been collecting over decades to form the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, a floating mass the size of Texas. But the latest...

Being a woman, there are many things I will never understand about men. I know, we are just two completely different species and we both have our likes and dislikes and things that just simply go along with the gender. The biggest one that I just don’t get is a man’s obsession with audio and...

Creating a beautifully designed room is all in the details. It’s the little thoughtful touches that truly create a memorable space. Those special moments that happen in the décor of a room don’t have to be budget busters. With a glue gun, all of your design dreams are possible; it is such an...

Autumn is truly my favorite time of year. Yes, of course the cooler temperatures and the beautiful foliage make it wonderful, but for me it is the official start of the holiday decorating season. Oh yes, you can cue up the “haul out the holly” music, but now is the beginning of the...

The bedroom should be the one place in your home where you can find peace and tranquility. A messy bedroom can quickly turn that relaxed feeling into stress. You should always keep your work out of the bedroom so this can truly be a place to rest. Having a well designed space can help you find...

“Cool” is probably not the first word that comes to mind when you think of a metal roof. So you might be surprised to hear about a new breed of metal roof that actually reflects solar heat instead of absorbing it. In fact, many residential roofs now utilize this reflective pigment technology,...

Wet basements are a problem all across the United States, in every climate, and in every type of home.  The secret to keeping your basement dry is keeping the moisture down along your home’s foundation.  First of all, you want to make sure that your home has gutters. Then you need to make sure...

Tuesday night started out as a quiet evening here at Money Pit’s home base.  That was, however, until shortly before 8pm when just about every electronic device I own started firing off messages faster than leaves can fill a gutter.

The news was big: The Money Pit RADIO SHOW was just used as an...

This week we officially welcome in autumn, the greatest time of year to tackle a host of home improvement projects in all areas of the country.  With cooler temperatures and low humidity, it is absolutely enjoyable to tackle projects out of doors. 

Painting and staining projects for both the...

Every home improver has a favorite go-to tool, one that’s reliable, handy and always there when you need it. For me, that tool has been a staple gun, because you can do so many things with it, from installing insulation to upholstering headboards. However, the whole system falls apart if you...

In the last month, three things have been in the news: water, water and more water. We’re being flooded here too with problems and questions about leaks, mostly below grade. This is a question that most people think has an expensive answer because they perceive it as an expensive problem. In...