Don’t Get Scammed

If you’re thinking about doing a home improvement project, beware of scam artists who are more than ready to take advantage of you. That is a scary number that calls for some added attention to who you hire. Remember to find and research your own licensed contractor....
Don’t Get Scammed

Don’t Get Scammed

If you’re thinking about doing a home improvement project, beware of scam artists who are more than ready to take advantage of you. That is a scary number that calls for some added attention to who you hire. Remember to find and research your own licensed contractor....
Charitable Causes

Charitable Causes

Tommy understands all too well that life is full of challenges, struggles and sometimes it’s just downright mean. As a teenager he learned first hand how drug and alcohol abuse can turn a life upside down. For him, it meant dropping out of high school, a couple of...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

Restoring Hardwood Floors

    Adrienne van Dooren’s living room before floor restoration. Photo credit: David Galen The old adage “what once was old is new again,” also applies to old wood floors that are in desperate need of attention. Don’t rip them out and start from scratch....
Wood Rot in Decks and Porches

Wood Rot in Decks and Porches

  Rotted structural members can go unnoticed. This ledger board was rotted up against the house but went undetected until the decking was removed. Exposure to the elements and proximity to the moist ground can leave wooden decks and porches susceptible to rot....
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Keep Pests Out of the Garden, Organically

The spring sun is ushering in brighter and greener days. You can practically smell those garden flowers blooming. Or taste the tomatoes. The problem is, so can the pests. You know the garden grazers I’m talking about: deer, rabbits and elk. Not to mention the...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

From Seed
or not from Seed?
Growing herbs indoors

There they are again. Those tall, colorful racks of Burpee seeds that emerge in the spring taunting me with the prospect of a fresh, homegrown bounty of herbs – all for just a few bucks. While I can remember these tantalizing little packets from the time that I...
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Fall Cleaning Checklist

The Home Know-It-All posted a great fall cleaning checklist. I guess now that it’s all spelled out for me, I can no longer make excuses to get moving! In the House • Clean carpets, doormats, and rugs. Replace sisal or other summer rugs with winter ones. • Clean...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

Preparing Your Deck for Winter

  Image courtesy of California Redwood Association As fall has begun, thoughts turn to seasonal tasks that every homeowner should take on before the weather turns colder and/or snowy. Now is the perfect time to think about deck maintenance and how to prepare your...
Storing Summer Gear for Winter

Storing Summer Gear for Winter

As most of us prepare to hibernate for the winter, so, too, should we prepare to put away our outdoor summer gear for the the cold days ahead. From furniture, to gardening tools to machinery, how we prep and store our seasonal items can make the difference between...
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Wine and Roses

June is the month of wine and roses. Look at their beauty. Inhale the fragrance. Watch the buds change from day to day. Cut some for the table. And open a nice bottle for you must have wine with roses. Roses are a very special hobby. There are old roses, new roses,...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

Selecting the Right Paint Sheen

Selecting the ideal sheen or gloss level for an interior or exterior paint job involves both aesthetic and practical considerations. From an aesthetic standpoint, sheen or gloss creates visual interest, particularly indoors. From a practical standpoint, the right...
Wood Rot in Decks and Porches

How to Trim a Tree

Difficulty: 1 of 5   Whether cutting storm-damaged branches and dead limbs, regulating growth or shaping a tree for aesthetic purposes, regular trimming is important to promoting a healthy, good-looking tree.   Always work from the ground when trimming or...
Wood Rot in Decks and Porches

How to Install Shutters

Difficulty: 2 of 5   Shutters add a rich detail and character to your home while protecting your windows from damaging winds and rain.   Be careful when setting up ladders to install the shutters. Make sure that the ladder is on solid, flat, even ground....