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Fire Blocking Basics: What Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Code requirements for adding fire blocking and draft stopping apply mainly to new construction. But if you’re finishing a basement, putting on an …

Home Improvement

Here’s Why Old Houses Have a Random Toilet in the Basement

Opinions vary, but one thing is for sure: toilets in the basement are an outdated concept.<p>It looks misplaced, even comical, but a seemingly …

Home Improvement

How to Deep Clean Your Gas Grill, According to an Expert

Plus, why and how often you should buff it up.<p>For many of us, summer is synonymous with grilling. What isn’t always inherent in that: cleaning said …

Cleaning

HOW THIS IS MONEY CAN HELP

The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, set up in 2011 to fit green boilers has failed homes and businesses, a group of MPs said this week.<p>Subsidies are …

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time<p>Even if a power outage stops your well pump or the city water supply, you can still flush the toilet. Dump a couple …

Budgets Kind of Suck. Here's What I Did Instead to Get My Finances in Order

Setting hard limits on what I can and can’t have just doesn’t vibe with how I live life.<p>If someone asked you how much money you currently have in your bank account, would you be able to answer? Do you know how much you spend in a week, or every couple of days, without relying on your inner Whoopi …

27 Instant Fixes for All Those Nagging Problems Around Your House

These are some super-simple solutions for common household headaches.<p>Water coming from the cold water tap can be pretty chilly during the winter (or …

Want to be a home flipper? Do the math first.

By Justin Pierce<p>In real estate, you make your money when you buy. It’s a common phrase in the business, and no truer words have been spoken. Let that sink in. You make your money when you buy the property. Not when you sell. If you don’t buy the property at the right price and/or terms, then there …

Real Estate

Wirecutter's Favorite Dehumidifiers

A good dehumidifier is one that effectively dries the air, levels out humidity, and is easy to operate. The Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 efficiently does all of the above which is why we chose it as our top pick. Testing it and competitors in stone basements, we spent weeks and 40 hours researching the …

6 easy ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>If you’re planning to sell a home in spring, prepare now for the crucial (and fun) job of …

Home Improvement

The 4 Most Common Living Room Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

<i>We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p>These days, the …

Living Rooms

How to Build a Home Bar

Every home bar has its own style. You can have a wet bar built for between $2,000 and $12,000, or you can build your bar and have features added for …

'Tis But a Scratch: Misadventures in Automotive Scratch Repair

The scratch was small, maybe half an inch long. Hard to even see unless you knew where to look. But once you knew, it was the only thing you could …

Proof That a $10 Grout Pen Is Capable of Transforming Your Entire Bathroom

In the long list of places we all dread cleaning, scrubbing dirty grout lines in the bathroom likely ranks near the top. Battling gross grout with an …

The Dreaded Black Mold: Is It Affecting Your Household?

The idea of black mold is alarming enough, let alone seeing something you suspect is black mold in your home. As is so often the case, however, …

Cleaning

How to Mount a TV

New TVs belong on the wall. Beyond a sleeker design, mounted TVs save space and let you hide ugly wires. Fortunately, mounting a TV to drywall is an …

Is Paint Primer Always Needed Before Painting?

Priming before painting can be a vexing question, because it is not always necessary, even though paint companies recommend that you <i>always</i> prime. …

How to Repair Gaps Between Floorboards

With older wood tongue-and-groove flooring, gaps will inevitably develop between the boards. The problems with this are numerous. First, it is …

Sash Replacement Kit: A Little-Known Fix-It for Bad or Broken Windows

Did you know that instead of investing in expensive replacement windows you can buy something called a sash replacement kit? Yes, you can bypass the …

How to Repair Scratched Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are one of the most commonly used flooring materials, and can be found in almost any home. More than likely, you will run into …

5 designer-approved ideas to create a beautiful bathroom

By Jamie Knodel<p>You may have rooms or corners of your home that are easy to forget about because you spend so little time there. But that’s rarely the …

10 Expert Tips to Care for Wood Floors

Whether you’re thinking about adding hardwood floors to your home or just need to take better care of the ones you have, now is the perfect time to …

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Imagine your surprise if you pull up old carpeting in your home and discover hardwood floors underneath. You can recondition hardwood floors and make them look like new again even if they haven’t been under carpet for years. Rental agencies offer floor and edging sanders to help you recondition …

This Paint Trick Makes Rooms Look Much More Expensive

I spend a lot of time looking at pictures of kitchens, and I see some really, really expensive designs. Not everyone can afford marble countertops or …

Kitchens

Kitchen Plumbing: A Comprehensive Maintenance Guide

Water pipes are the veins of your household and kitchen is its beating heart. Every technical aspect in the area in which you prepare food has to be …

How to Hide TV Wires (Honestly, They Ruin the View)

If you've figured out how to mount a TV on the wall, you're probably high-fiving yourself for accomplishing such a feat (particularly since hiring a …

DIY

10 Tips for Patching Drywall

Before you paint a wall you have to prepare the surface, which inevitably involves patching. It’s one of the most important steps. But sometimes it …

Mount a TV Like a Pro: Part 1

In my last blog I listed some essential tools for tackling various DIY custom install projects around the house. This time, we’ll put that toolkit to …

Best 6 (Secret) DIY Tips

As a DIY junkie, I’ve learned lots of tricks … most of them the hard way. Here’s a compilation of my favorite tips to take your project to the next …