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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...

Summer is over and the fall season is soon to be here. I look at this time of year as the start of the busy season for family and home. It is also a time to begin new projects at work. The Money Pit is so thrilled to be partnering with the Arrow Fastener Company during this exciting time of year...

After a storm is the time to be on high alert for unscrupulous contractors looking to exploit homeowners whose properties have been damaged. An LSU survey of those hit by Hurricane Katrina found that 61% percent of respondents were victims of contractor fraud, and the average loss was between...

If Hurricane Irene passed through your area, it would be wise to inspect your home for storm damage. Obvious storm damage, like a broken window, is easy to spot. But if you don't look closely, you might miss little problems that could develop into big repair bills later.

Check your foundation...

When your garbage disposal jams it often automatically shuts off, and may not restart when you flip the wall switch. Many homeowners don’t know there’s a reset button located on the bottom of the unit. It’s usually very small and often red or black. So get a flashlight and look under the unit....

BuildFax, a service that collects and organizes construction records on millions of properties from cities and counties across the United States, reports that in June 2011, remodeling activity in the U.S. reached the highest level since the index was introduced in 2004. This upward trend matches...

It’s summer, so everybody is cooking and grilling and eating outdoors. When I grill, I always want so many different choices and flavors that I end up with a ton of leftovers. If you’re like me, you’ll want to make sure your refrigerator is running correctly so that leftover burger or rib is...

With the expected phase out of incandescent bulbs beginning with the 100 watt bulb at the end of this year, competition is hot for a new wave of energy efficient light bulbs that delivers the shine without the ka-ching of high energy bills.  And a competition with a 10 million dollar prize is...

How will today’s social, economic and generational conditions impact kitchen design? That question is the focus of “GenShift 2011: Lifestages Redefining the Kitchen,” a study from Masco Cabinetry based on an online survey of 1,027 U.S. homeowners ages 18-65.

The study identifies changes in...

What can you add to your home to help make it seem more spacious, save you money and possibly help your health? A skylight! Skylights open rooms up to natural light, make small spaces seem larger and create energy efficient possibilities that may help lower your utility bills. Plus, it will take...

Need a new way to get and stay organized? A good place to start might be to get all that clutter off your desk and onto the wall where it’s easy to see and easily accessible. But there’s got to be a method to your madness. If you just start tacking everything up on the wall, then it’s a whole...

With near-record breaking temperatures across the country, smart homeowners can still stay cool and cut costs with these seven simple tips from the Edison Electric Institute:

  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when the house is occupied, and at 85 degrees when no one’s home (you’ll...

There's now one more good reason to "go green" when choosing your home improvement products.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule to protect consumers by requiring companies to report new uses of chemicals known as glymes in consumer products. Glymes are chemicals...