Weeding a lawn is one of those dreaded homeowner tasks that should be done regularly but is rarely done well. A lot of homeowners, myself included, tend to rely on chemicals to indiscriminately do the weeding work for us, saving us time but definitely not money. It may take me 20 minutes to spread weed killer all over my lawn, but then I have to wait for days or even weeks to see the results. Conversely, I could spend a few hours manually pulling out the weeds from my yard and see the results of my work almost immediately.read more…
No matter how much you loved your original dining room set when you first bought it, chances are you’ll eventually want to update and recover the upholstery on the chairs at some point during its lifetime in your home. Fortunately reupolstering dining room chairs is a relatively quick and easy process, even for people who don’t attempt a lot of home improvements. By re-covering the fabric on your dining room chairs on your own you could potentially save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars that would normally be paid to a furniture expert.
Part of the challenge of owning a home is making mistakes that you need to fix. I’ve made lots of carpentry mistakes, electrical mistakes and even plumbing mistakes in my own home, but I haven’t made too many landscaping mistakes… until now. One of the first mistakes I made when moving into our current home was not remembering that my front yard had an underground sprinkler line when I went to dig a hole for a new sapling I wanted to plant. I pushed my shovel into the ground and almost immediately felt the unmistakable snap of plastic cracking beneath the soil. Ooops. I had dug through an underground sprinkler line and now I had to repair it.
Having Stainless Steel appliances is still one of the most popular ways to instantly upgrade the look and feel of your home’s kitchen, no matter how small or how big your room might be. Stainless steel as a classic, and professional, clean and sophisticated look that never goes out of style and looks good with almost any kitchen remodeling project. We love our LG stainless steel fridge, but with two growing kids we quickly realized the downside to stainless steel: greasy smudges and fingerprints all over our appliances almost every day. So I looked on the internet and found four cheap and easy suggestions for cleaning fingerprints off stainless steel. Unsure of the best solution, I decided to test all four at the same time to see what the best cleaner is for a stainless steel appliance.
My back yard once had a large empty pit of sand, stone and grass that was left over from a previous owner’s above ground pool. It was the perfect place for a swingset, but once my kids got older I had to find a way to remove all the stones from the 15 foot circle so that I could cover it with topsoil and grow some grass. The most difficult task of this project was removing the stone from the dirt. To do this I needed to have some way to collect the stone and leave the dirt. I essentially needed a quick and easy way to sift out the stones and leave the sand and soil. A commercial sifter was way too expensive, so I decided to make my own stone sifter using an old wheel barrow, some left over 2x4s and a roll of 1/4 inch garden screen I had picked up just for the job.
Mechanical fans have been around for centuries, but the modern electric ceiling fan was invented in the early 1880’s and eventually became one of the most common place appliances in any modern home. Ceiling fan popularity faded as air conditioning became more prevalent and affordable, but they’ve recently enjoyed a resurgence as a low-cost, energy-efficient cooling method that can also look great in the right room. Most of us think of ceiling fans as tools to cool a room, but depending on their setting and direction they can actually warm a room as well. Here are some tips and tricks for warming and cooling your home with a ceiling fan in the summer or winter months.
Years ago air-blown inflating yard decorations were a novelty you’d only see on a few front yards during the Christmas season. The last decade has brought an explosion of more elaborate holiday decorations, from giant air-blown Santas, to dinosaurs to dragons to Star Wars characters. And while Christmas is still the predominant time to see and buy these decorations, we’re now regularly seeing large Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Easter air blown decorations in the big box home improvement stores. These airblown inflatables are quickly and easily set up, don’t take up much storage space, and can transforming the look of a yard in minutes. But they all have one big weakness: strong winds can blow them down, or even send them flying right out of your yard.
A few summers ago I spent a lot of time working on exterior projects around my old home and I found myself constantly climbing up and down my aluminum ladder and not feeling very steady doing it, especially since I was almost always carrying tools or supplies with me while I was on the ladder. Falls of any kind are dangerous, but the CDC reports that 43% of all fall-related fatalities involve the use of a ladder. I realized I needed some sort of ladder stabilizer to not only prevent the ladder from sliding or falling, but also to help protect my gutters and siding from getting dinged and dented by my aluminum ladder. After a bit of searching around I purchased and decided to review the Ladder-Max standard stabilizer.
If you are a parent of a child between the ages of 4 through 10, then you’ve probably heard about the hottest toy of 2016: Hatchimals. They’re an unexpected hit by the SpinMaster toy company and they’ve become one of the most requested toys of the holiday season, selling out all over the world before the real shopping has even begun. Adding to the Hatchimal frenzy are different types and colors, limited and exclusive availability and some genuine confusion about what they even are. Don’t worry, poor, confused parent. We’re here to help! Here’s what you need to know…
Odd Squad Live bills itself as a theatrical production version of the popular PBS kids educational comedy show Odd Squad. The TV show version of Odd Squad is a comedic show aimed at kids aged 5 through 8 that hopes to teach kids how to use math to solve problems. The live stage version of Odd Squad just started touring in Fall 2016 and will be bouncing around the US for the next six months or eight months or so. My wife and my two kids (aged 6 and 10) were able to catch one of the shows early in the run. We were able to get tickets on Groupon for about $25 a person. So, is Odd Squad Live worth the price?