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,...

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...

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...

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...

Filed under: Exteriors & Facades, Essential Skills, Know-How, Outdoors Photo: David Grudzinski of Advantage Home Inspections in Cranston, RI (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter. Here's a drainage design that stopped short of an actual downspout. Sure, water is being...

Filed under: Home, Family Money, Saving Money Along with summer temperatures, your utility bills are bound to start heating up unless you take steps to help your home create a more efficient cool. According to the EPA's Energy Star program, almost 20% of a typical household's utility bill goes...

Filed under: Home, Family Money, Saving Money Along with summer temperatures, your utility bills are bound to start heating up unless you take steps to help your home create a more efficient cool. According to the EPA's Energy Star program, almost 20% of a typical household's utility bill goes...

Filed under: Home, Family Money, Saving Money Along with summer temperatures, your utility bills are bound to start heating up unless you take steps to help your home create a more efficient cool. According to the EPA's Energy Star program, almost 20% of a typical household's utility bill goes...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Essential Skills, Know-How, Living Spaces

Kevin Hawes of Assured Home Inspections in Calgary, Alberta (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter.

This rudimentary labeling pretty much sums up the homeowner's knowledge of which circuit breaker...

Filed under: Kitchen & Bath, Small Projects, Essential Skills, Know-How

Chris W. McDougall of Apex Home Inspection in Santa Cruz, CA (via The Money Pit. Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter You've heard of the term "everything but the kitchen sink"? Well someone seems to have used...

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