Keeping crawlspace humidity down adds to a home's efficiency and comfort. Learn what options exist for keeping it dry. Plus, find out whether dehumidifiers are recommended for crawlspaces.
Power outages can wreak havoc on your home if you don't have a back-up generator. Learn how whole house generators run, what options exist, and Leslie and Tom's own experiences with long power losses during Hurricane Sandy.
Foundations are hydroscopic, which means they absorb water. Get the best options for finishing an exposed foundation, and for replacing a finish that is peeling and cracking.
Tightening floorboards can minimize squeaks and creaks. Learn which screws to use, where to place them, and other tips for reducing your floor’s movement – and noisiness.
Whether slippery, unsafe, or just bad on the eyes, deck surfaces can be covered with a wide range of tile options. Get tips on choosing and installing a tile that allows wood to breathe, and what types of deck tile to avoid.
Learn how to landscape over septic tank fields without damaging the system, and get tips on refilling small sink holes resulting from tank installation.
Get tips on warming up a stucco home with wood-frame walls, and learn which factors to consider when deciding whether to insulate from outside or inside.
Prevent basement flooding by diverting water away from foundational walls. Learn rules of thumb for downspout installation, and tips for grading your home's perimeter.
Moisture from showers and baths dictates the types of materials that should and shouldn’t be used in bathroom decorating. Find out the best choices for a wood look in a bathroom, an creative options for achieving it.
When a home settles, it can throw off doors, making them impossible to close and latch. Learn how to rehang an exterior door, and the correct hardware to use for the job.
When soil dries out and pulls away, find out whether gap around the perimeter of a house between the soil and the foundation should be filled – and with what.
An older duct system can limit a heater's effectiveness. Find out how to determine whether warming a chronically cold room requires replacing older ducts.
A dishwasher that fills with water when it runs is different than one that fills between cleanings. Find out which step to take to solve the problem of water mysteriously appearing between loads.
Noises can be tough to get to the bottom of, but when a homes rattling or buzzing, there's always a reason. Get tips for what to check first.
Learn which steps to take before painting exterior wood and trim, and get advice on which paint to use.
There are several options for filling cracks in wooden decks and porches – which is crucial to keeping water from penetrating and damaging the wood. The best solution for your porch is determined by whether or not you plan to paint. Learn how to decide which solution is best for your home.
A long distance from a hot water heater to a plumbing fixture means a long wait for hot water. Learn about a product that ensures hot showers faster.
Get tips for figuring out the cause of a recent interruption in radio signals.
Tips for choosing and installing new gutters for your home.
Learn which steps to take to identify and eliminate basement moisture and flooding – and the odors that come with it.
Choosing the best location in your yard to place your whole home gas generator.
Household noises, how to decide where they are coming from.
Learn how to determine whether a cracked fslab home is cause for concern, or an easy fix – and the first steps to take toward getting rid of it.
Get tips on assessing why an interior floor is sinking, and how to fix the damage. Plus, learn the three types of foundations that exist in traditional residential homes.