• Clean Up Your Home's Water Supply

    Updated: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    Drinking water is an absolute necessity of life, but how clean is the water you drink? Water straight from your faucet will quench your thirst, but it may come with a few unwanted "fringe benefits" in the form of minerals, microbes, nitrates, radiation, chloroform, and even arsenic. These contaminants can negatively both the flavor of your water and, more seriously, your physical wellbeing. You may be tempted to switch to bottled water, but that comes with its own set of drawbacks -- a high price tag, uncertain quality, and a major recycling problem due to all those empty plastic bottles. To ensure a steady supply of clean, healthy water for your family to drink, the most practical solution might be to install a water purification system

  • 6 Window Frame Repair Tips

    Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Besides their primary purpose -- holding the window glass in place -- your window frames help to insulate your home. Normally a long-life item which may last you 30 years or more, window frames can, however, deteriorate due to lack of care and exposure to severe weather conditions. To keep them in good shape and extend their useful life, inspect your frames periodically and fix any problems as soon as they come up. Wooden frames, especially, require regular maintenance. You’ll find that minor window frame repair jobs are often surprisingly easy to take care of yourself. 1. Peeling Paint. Scrape and sand the frame. Make sure the surface is clean, dust-free and dry. Then prime with a high quality acrylic primer.

  • DIY Wallpaper Hanging and Removal

    Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Wallpaper is back in style and is an impressive way to add character and class to any room of your home. While wallpaper hanging is not the simplest of DIY projects, you can achieve beautiful results. Just use our handy guide, a little patience, and preferably a partner to assist you. TIP: If this is your first experience applying wallpaper, start with a simple pattern to avoid complicated matching. Hang Wallpaper 1. Clean and smooth. Make sure the wall surface is clean and smooth before beginning your wallpaper hanging project. Scrape off old peeling paint, apply spackle or joint compound to any holes or cracks and let dry, and sand. Wash the walls to be covered with soapy water (or a bleach solution if mold is present).

  • 5 DIY Repairs for Damaged Doors

    Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Scratches, dents, or holes in your door are quite unsightly. And when you have to fight to open a door that refuses to swing freely or on the contrary, it shakes, rattles, and rolls in its frame, you'll probably feel justifiably annoyed. The good news is that it's often fairly simple for the home handyperson to repair door problems or breakage. Here are 5 DIY fixes for damaged doors. 1. The door is hard to open. When a door stops swinging freely, it's usually due to the wood rubbing against the frame. Your first move should be to check the hinges. It could well be that tightening the hinge screws will suffice to solve the problem. Otherwise, you may need to trim excess paint or wood from your door.

  • Bring a Spring Feeling to Your Home with Flowery Decor

    Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Isn't it ironic that just as the daylight hours start getting longer, the worst of the wintry weather begins to hit? In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice is December 21 or 22, but that doesn't signal that wintertime is done. Far from it. Depending on where you live, you may well be in for another three months or more of snow, ice, and temperatures that will nip at your nose. What can you do to keep your spirits up? Well, we are very fond of flowers of all colors, shapes, and sizes. And a touch of beautiful flowery decor is an easy, inexpensive way to bring a spring feeling into your home. Here are 7 different horticulture-inspired "home improvement" projects. 1.

  • Commercial Overhead Doors -- Built to Take a Beating

    Updated: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Looking to install or replace commercial overhead doors? Remember Job #1 -- these doors have got to be built for endurance and efficiency. They frequently are required to open and close hundreds of times a day, often for people who are in a heck of a hurry to get in or out of your building. What's more, they need to be lightweight yet able to stand up to every kind of weather your local climate may throw at them. On top of all that, your customers or other visitors expect your premises to look presentable and welcoming. But there's even more to selecting the right doors. Here is a list of what to look for in overhead doors that will stand the test of time. 1. Built with your end use in mind.