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...

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...

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...

“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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

If you are like most people, when you think of interior painting, you tend to think of having to paint an entire room. But just a small amount of paint color can inject creative accents into your home decor and spice up your home's interior. You can use paint color to give a room style and...

Call them “America’s Most Unwanted.” They’ve been known to hold entire households hostage, causing shortness of breath, nausea and panic in their victims. At the very least, they keep “home sweet home” from smelling so sweet. The culprits are household odors, and these are the worst of the...

April is National Safe Digging Month, just in time to remind motivated do-it-yourself homeowners to call 811 before picking up a shovel and breaking ground on that spring project. 

Don’t know about 811?  811 is a new federally-mandated phone number designated by the FCC to consolidate all local...

Selling your home can make you feel like you're living in a fishbowl, with potential buyers and real estate agents evaluating, judging and otherwise picking apart the place you've called home for years. Just before the actual sale comes the most intense scrutiny of all: the home inspection. A...

Filed under: News Transforming a home interior with a new coat of paint is perfect for homeowners on any budget. With a little DIY magic, you can have a major impact on the quality of your home space. But it's all about knowing where to start. Planning and preparation are the key ingredients to...

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