3M Command Strips – Use with Caution

3M Command Strips

I used 3M command strips after recently painting my guest room.  I decided that after all of the pre-painting prep work of spackling and sanding and getting rid of nail holes, I didn’t want to re-create the same problem. Although I had quite a few pictures to hang on the walls, I didn’t want to [...]

How to Maintain a Properly Functioning Pool Pump

Pool Filter

The beauty of having a pool is that it can provide hours of family fun and a refreshing respite to the hot summer’s heat. The downside to having a pool is that sometimes your filter and pump don’t function properly and you have to spend time troubleshooting it. The best way to determine if your [...]

Stop Dryer Vent Cold Air Drafts and Save on Heating Costs

Cold

When the outside temperature drops and the indoor thermostat gets cranked up, it’s time to plug all cracks, leaks and spaces to prevent cold air drafts. Its time to break out the door guards to stop drafts from creeping in beneath the front and back doors. Window sealants and heavy curtains do a nice job [...]

Work at Home and Save on Heating Costs

Selk Bag

There is no doubt that working from home is not only convenient, but it is a money saver. No more commutation costs, eating lunches out or having to buy the work clothes for making a presentable appearance. Working from home does have its financial drawbacks, however. It’s especially noticeable for folks who live in areas [...]

How to Remove Fireplace Soot: Cleaning the Surrounding Brick Wall

Fireplace Soot

If you’ve ever had smoke billow from your fireplace and deposit soot on your brick wall, there’s an easy, inexpensive way to remove it. If you have a functioning fireplace you understand that sometimes an overzealous blaze may, on very rare occasions, cause smoke to billow out of its confines (not opening the flue prior [...]

How to Kill Spiders Naturally with Diatomaceous Earth

No More Spiders

It is possible to kill of spiders, ants and other yucky bugs the natural way. All you need to do is buy a bag of diatomaceous earth. That’s pronounced – dahy-uh-tuh-mey-shuh s earth. It’s a mouthful, but it’s a great all natural, non chemical item to have around the house for killing all types of [...]

How to Make a Homemade Solar Oven

Solar Oven

Solar power has a wide array of uses, like using it in to power cars, small boats, and homes. You can also use solar power to cook food through the use of a homemade solar oven. You do not have to be a professional to take advantage of the sun’s energy since it is simple [...]

How to Replace a Lost American Kennel Club Registration

American Kennel Club

Owners of purebred dogs can register their dog with the American Kennel Club. As a proud dog owner you like to show off your purebred dog and the American Kennel Club registration papers to anyone willing to stick around long enough to read them. Imagine the shock when you run to get your AKC registration [...]

Add New Life to Old Metal Bar Stools

Bar Stool

One way to give your kitchen a new look on a tight budget is to get some cheap metal bar stools from a thrift store or yard sale. Or you could check out your local Freecycle network and you may be lucky enough to find someone giving away some old stools for free. The only [...]

How to Repair a Lawn Damaged by Dog Urine

If you own a home and a dog, you are familiar with the dreaded lawn burn patches caused from dog urine. It seems that Fido has an uncanny knack to never pee in the same place twice. If Fido urinates three or four times a day, you can bet your lawn will have three or [...]