Find out what your best options are for affordable roofing to replace a cedar shake roof. Learn about DaVinci Roofscapes, which is a composite roofing tile that you can install without plywood underneath if you have spaced sheathing.
Learn about low-VOC rug and carpet options that are safer for the home environment. Get tips on having the carpet delivered a day or two before it's installed so it can air out outdoors.
Find out what your options are for cooling your home during the hot months. If you need to cool an entire floor, learn why your best bet is to install a traditional central air conditioning system.
Find out how to repair Formica countertops that are coming loose. Get tips on using contact cement to stick the laminate back down.
Find out why concrete is really the only recommended floor for a Yankee basement. Get tips on pouring it in sections and making it 4 inches thick instead of 6 inches to save a little bit on concrete.
Find out how to restore a weathered deck. Get tips on using a semi-transparent or solid color stain, depending on the condition of the wood.
Find out what to do when your cooling system is taking too long to air-condition your home. Get tips on finding a reputable HVAC contractor who can diagnose and solve the problem.
Bothered by a mark in your ceiling left by a leak that has been repaired? Find out some tips on how to cover stain in popcorn ceiling.
Find out how to repair a leaking kitchen faucet. Get tips on getting a rebuild kit from the manufacturer, and learn why you should never use a generic. Another option is to replace the faucet if it’s old and you’re due for a new one.
Find out how to cool down a hot attic with proper roof ventilation. Get tips on removing the wood soffit material under your vinyl soffit so that it's fully vented. In addition to opening up your soffits, you'll want to add a good-quality ridge vent.
Learn about going from a shingle roof to a metal roof. Find out why a metal roof is a good investment if you are planning on living in your home for a long time. Get tips on checking the Metal Roofing Alliance's website for information on tax incentives, as well.
Find out how to get started in your search for a specialist certified in universal design who can create an accessible bathroom in your home.
Find out why an 11-year-old tank water heater still has some life in it and doesn't need to be replaced immediately. If you're worried about leaks and water damage, it's a good practice to turn off your main water valve when you plan to leave home for a weekend or longer.
Find out how to repair a crack in the ceiling that is leaking water. Get tips on using drywall tape, spackle, primer and paint to make the repair.
Find out how to take the varnish off your kitchen cabinets. Get tips on using a product called Rock Miracle, which strips paint, finishes and varnish.
Find out how to extend the life of a rubber roof by coating it with roof paint. Fibrous aluminum paint reflects the sun's UV rays, keeping the roof cool and allowing it to stay in good shape longer.
Find out how to proceed when you have an old house with peeling lead paint. Get tips on hiring a certified professional who is an expert at lead-paint removal to take care of the issue.
Find out why you should consult a home architect when you are considering a project like converting your deck into closet space where you will also store your washer and dryer. Learn why the deck will most likely need to be torn down and replaced by an addition. A home architect will help you make sure it gets done properly and does not look slapped on to the house.
Find out why you should hire an architect to design your patio cover. Then you'll have a set of specifications you can take to different contractors and get their price to build it. Then you can compare apples to apples, so to speak.
Learn how to find out if installing solar panels will be worth the investment for you. The installer should be able to calculate how many years it will take for you to get a payback; ask yourself if you will stay in the house that long. If not, other green, money-saving improvements include adding insulation or getting a more efficient AC unit.
Find out how to repair cracks in stucco before you repaint your house. Get tips on using Quikrete Stucco Repair crack sealant.
Find out why you should hire an architect to come up with a design plan for a roof over your deck. That way, you can show the plan to contractors and have them bid on the project. You will then be comparing apples to apples, so to speak, instead of trying to decide among different solutions proposed by different contractors.
Find out how to ensure adequate ventilation in an attic without soffits. Get tips on using ridge vents and a drip-edge vent to ventilate the attic.
Find out how to keep the mortar from drying out when building a stone fire pit outdoors. Get tips on putting plastic over the areas you're working on to slow the evaporation, and checking out Quikrete for reputable products and how-tos.