How To Choose A Ladder: Wood, Fiberglass & Aluminum Ladders Compared

Whether it's for changing a lightbulb in a fixture suspended high above your staircase or for the annual cleaning of the leaves from the gutters around your home, at some point everyone needs a ladder!Without a ladder, your efforts may be fruitless when attempting to gain access to a hard-to-reach household problem area. Odds are, you may keep one or two ladders around. But with so many different styles, what's the best ladder for your needs? How, exactly, do you go about choosing the … [Read more...]

How To Do A Home Energy Audit Yourself

An energy audit is where you (or a hired professional) go through your house and find areas where air is leaking, insulation is not working or more is needed, windows needing caulking, etc. An energy audit can save you 5% to 30% off the cost of your heating bills each year. That's a savings of up to $1,000 per winter! An energy audit entails a series of tests that tell you the efficiency of your heating ad cooling system and the overall efficiency of your home. On the basis of test results, the … [Read more...]

How To Drain A Water Heater (…And Fill It Too)

It's a good idea to drain your water heater once or twice a year because sediment -- which is comprised of sand, and other minerals -- can collect in your water heater.When this happens, you have less hot water available, and your water heater will be less efficient. Here is how to drain and fill your water heater... … [Read more...]

How To Insulate Your Water Heater

Did you know that many people are increasing their energy bills simply because they haven't insulated their water heater? Well, it's true. Your water heater keeps 20 to 60 gallons of water hot (depending on the make and model) -- whether you are there to use it or not. Then, when you do use some of it up, it takes even more power to heat the cold water up to the proper temperature in order to replace the hot water that you used. However, there is one thing you can do to help save on your energy … [Read more...]

Moisture Levels Inside Your Home: How To Tell If You Need A Humidifier Or A Dehumidifier

A humidifier is designed to put more moisture into the air.A dehumidifier takes moisture out of the air. Generally speaking, you shouldn't need a humidifier in the summer months; most people need them only during the winter months when the weather is dry and cold and heaters tend to make the air inside very dry.If you are experiencing dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, or you are getting shocked every time you walk across the carpet, then chances are you don't have enough moisture in the air … [Read more...]

When It Pays To Hire A Professional For Home Repairs & Home Projects And When It’s Better To Do It Yourself

What's on your to-do list these days?  Does it include one or more projects around the house that you might be able to hire a professional to do for you instead?I've already told you about my recent carpet cleaning experience (...where I wish we would have called a professional to clean the carpets for us instead of spending 2 days doing it ourselves!).We learned a valuable lesson there.  In addition to paying to rent the carpet cleaner machine (and the carpet cleaning solution), three … [Read more...]

My Old Dishwasher Runs Like New Again… After Cleaning Out All That Gunk!

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So here it is 2 years later from the first time our dishwasher backed up and I was forced to do a major de-gunking in order to get it running back up to speed. That was then, this is now... Today, when I glanced at that basket in the back of our dishwasher, I noticed lots of "black gunk" had built up underneath the basket itself. There was so much blackness in there, that you could actually tell from a distance that there was some serious build-up going on in there. No water backing … [Read more...]

Instead Of Patch Perfect, We Like Scotts PatchMaster Tall Fescue Seed Mix

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Four days ago, we seeded portions of our backyard with Scott's PatchMaster Seed Mix. This is the 2nd time we've used this brand. The first time, we had good results getting grass to grow in some bare spots, so we decided to use it again -- this time, to cover a much larger area.So far, so good.Here's why we chose Scott's Patch Master Tall Fescue Mix instead of that brand with the familiar name: Patch Perfect.Last May was the first time we went looking for a grass seed mix to repair a … [Read more...]

How To Fix A Dripping Toilet For Less Than $5 …No Tools Required!

This is all you need to repair a leaking toilet... if the leak is due to a bad seal on the flapper.Ours was.You'll recall that we had 2 toilets that were leaking profusely, even though we thought they were only small leaks at first. To give you some idea... our monthly water bill nearly quadrupled during this time!Here's how we fixed our leaky toilets... … [Read more...]