There’s nothing like a crackling fire on a cold, winter evening. But building and stoking that fire can be frustrating if you’re not doing it right. There are a few things you can keep in mind for a perfect fire, every time. 

First, check the flue and make sure it's open.  Always use dry, or...

So you’ve survived Snowmageddon 2016 and are now enjoying a steady dose of Advil as you take a break from your shoveling operations?  While its natural to focus on walks and driveways, there are six key areas not to be ignored during the big digout!

Hydrants.  Although it’s not regulated,...

Winter storms can pop up suddenly and quickly.  Knowing a few quick  tips can help with everything from minor annoyances to major problems.

First, one of the most difficult situations to get out of is a car stuck in snow... the tire can spin endlessly, but with no traction you aren't going to...

If you think you can skip winterizing your house or apartment just because you rent, think again. Your rental can have just as many energy-wasting leaks as any other home, and sealing it up for winter just makes sense.

Caulk around windows. Windows typically need the most attention, so check...

With the holiday season just around the corner, home security should be a concern for anyone planning extended visits to family and friends. And just as many homeowners use their garage as the primary entrance to their home, burglars often target it for the exact same purpose. What’s more,...

Outdoor kitchens are a growing trend, and for good reason. If you’re big on summer barbecues but tired of running back and forth from your kitchen to your grill, an outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to put prep, cooking and cleanup all in one place while keeping you close to the party.

Sold on...

When it comes to summer lawn care, strategic watering, being careful about how much water you use and where that water is applied is really more important than ever, especially in areas of the country that are mired in drought. But even if you don’t live in a drought zone, a water-saving summer...

The outdoor room has become a big selling point for homes these days. It’s the center of family relaxation and enjoyment – the place we love to be whenever the weather permits. If you’d like to freshen up your outdoor space this summer to add beauty and value, these 5 upgrades are just the...

In this season of hiking and camping, it’s important to be on guard against ticks. Tick bites can be a very serious health threat. Over the last century, nationwide deer populations have grown from 500,000 to over 28 million. And as deer have moved in on populated areas, they've brought the risk...

Last week, Money Pit found and posted a very cool picture that was shared with us. It was actually a mind-blowing backyard idea: build an in-ground surround for a kiddie pool that can be removed in winter and used as a fire pit! We thought we’d inspire a few of you to take on a project like this...

The American garage is a multi-functional structure. Besides a shelter for cars, it can be a workshop, a place for exercise or hobbies, or converted into extra living space, among many other uses. Out of all the possibilities, no one sets out to make it a teeming, hazardous morass of clutter --...

Amid the fun of summer, there’s a sobering reality – the difference between life and death can be a matter of seconds when it comes to children and swimming pools. What’s more, drowning is usually silent, with no splash or cry for help to alert parents to the emergency.

There are about 300...

The Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun, and it’s expected to be less active than usual. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a below-normal season, with six to 11 named storms, three to six hurricanes and up to two major hurricanes (defined as Category 3...

This year’s allergy season has been one of the worst in recent memory due to what some have called a pollen tsunami. Tree and grass pollen hit extremely high levels at the same time, which is unusual – and a recipe for misery for allergy sufferers. But outdoor conditions may not be the only ......

I recently stopped by The Willis Report on Fox Business Network to discuss a frightening incident last month in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Delaware family on vacation there was seriously sickened by exposure to an allegedly improperly applied pesticide.

A federal investigation into the incident...

A recent investigative report by CBS news magazine 60 Minutes accused Lumber Liquidators of selling laminate flooring made in China that contains formaldehyde levels that surpass California health standards.  Lumber Liquidators has been a sponsor of The Money Pit in the past, and a company I was...

The best way to keeping cut flowers alive is a topic to which many "old wives tales" have been devoted.  Among the prevailing theories:

  • Vodka supposedly stops the production of the chemical that causes wilting.
  • Copper in a penny prevents bacteria.
  • Bleach prevents deadly mold.
  • Sugar...

Winter is coming soon but there’s still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start...

They’ve always been functional.  But for the first time in decades, awnings are regaining popularity as a sources of energy saving and stylishness and increased home value. 

Let’s start with the numbers: Awnings extending from windows, doors, and patios can cut a household’s summer energy bills...

At some point, every parent faces the decision of determining whether or not a child is able to stay home alone.  As a parent of three, I’ve found that every child is different and each child has a unique level of maturity, at every age and stage of his or her adolescence.  Leaving a child alone...

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