Tackless strips are used to adhere carpet to hardwood floors, but their holes stay behind even after that carpet's been removed. Learn the best way to fill and mask them so they blend in with the newly-revealed hardwood.
Get tips for identifying a sawdust-like deposit under carpets. Also, debunking myths about dry rot.
When freezing temperatures hit, vacant homes must be carefully managed. Learn when to drain hot water heaters and plumbing to avoid freezing and broken pipes.
Get tips on determining whether a non-functioning ground fault circuit interrupter is broken, or is just doing its job. Also, hear advice on when and whether to call an electrician or handle the problem on your own.
Find out why only half of a dual power socket is working, and how to rewire so both outlets are active.
Noise from a bathroom lift pump might just be the result of pipes transmitting sound, or could be a sign of something worse. Find out why it's important to investigate the cause of a noisy lift pump.
Get options for reducing drafts from older windows, and well as factors to consider when deciding whether to replace them altogether.
Find out what you need to know before considering an electric tankless water heater. Also, a simple solution for cutting energy bills.
Learn about water-resistant drywall and how long it might last if installed behind something other than tile.
Find out how much separation is needed between block and frame, and other crucial advice for adding insulation and a thermal barrier to a preexisting bedrom wall.
Find out why some parts of your yard might grow grass better than others, and what you can do to even out growth.
When wood cabinets are sealed and finished, staining is not an option. Explore options including repaiting or refacing to achieve uniform color and look to cabinets with mismatched finish.
Get fresh, enduring ideas for replacing wood exterior columns with composite columns or decorative wraps, plus helpful hints for keep pollen, dirt, and other wind-blown deposits from landing on wet exterior paint.
If your walls and floor are made of concrete, installing plumbing for a new bathroom gets a LOT more complicated. Get tips to get the job done.
When heavy rains bring basement flooding, learn the easy way to make sure it never happens again.
Discover the most affordable product available for soundproofing an existing residential room or space.
Learn what to consider before swapping out your gas fireplace for a wood-burning fireplace. Plus, discover the device that distributes heat more effectively throughout your home.
Learn how to get rid of mold that forms indoors after a storm, and how to find and fix the rainwater leak that caused it.
Find out what could be causing a toilet bowl to fill when flushed – and how to fix the problem. Plus, learn how to replace a flush and fill valve, and how to plunge a clogged toilet the correct, effective way.
Lethal rodenticide iis the most surefire way to get rid of mice and other pests, but there are steps you can take to ward mice off without killing them.
If your basement's wet or flooding, take heart: This common home problem can often be prevented in a few DIY steps. Get the details.
Discover the wide variety of deck drainage systems on the market, all of which install under joists to keep your outdoor space free of rain and moisture.
When an addition roof is not properly attached to the original building, leaks happen. Find out how to add flashing to repair the bad installation.
Learn how to determine whether cracks in a hard plaster ceiling can be filled, or if the ceiling needs to be replastered – and whether you're up for the job.