Maintenance & Repair

  1. Outdoor Solar Lights: My Easy Installation in Less Than 10 Minutes

    Installing outdoor solar spotlights

    Hi Everyone! It's Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers, and today I'm talking about outdoor lighting. Now, I know what you are thinking, 'But, it's SO expensive' and 'But, I would have to hire someone

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  2. 6 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

    Indoor plants improving air quality

    Did you know the air inside your home could be more polluted than the air outside? A troubling thought, but don't panic. There are easy ways you can improve the quality of the air inside your home.

    • Step 1: Know What's

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  3. The Essential Guide to Home Fire Safety

    Home fire detector

    Home is where we feel safe, secure and comfortable. But even at home, accidents and unforeseen incidents can happen when we least expect them. Get some peace of mind by following these home safety tips and taking the necessary steps to decrease the chance

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  4. My Bathroom Renovation: Laying a Tile Floor

    Newly installed bathroom tile with grout and seal
    bathroom with tile floor

    We recently completed our boy’s bathroom renovation which included adding a tile floor. The tile floor almost didn’t happen because I was so afraid of the cleaning and maintenance aspect. While tile is very durable, I was coming from a pretty bad

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  5. How to Install a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

    Water condensation on steamy shower walls

    When you step out of the shower are the walls and other bathroom surfaces covered with condensation? Over time, this moisture and humidity can make paint begin to peel, cabinets and doors can warp and even mold can start to prosper in corners. You can

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  6. How to Regrout Bathroom Tile

    Regrouting bathroom tile on shower wall

    Whether you’re remodeling your entire bathroom or just painting, replacing fixtures and adding accents, when it comes to completing your bathroom’s new look, your attention to detail makes all the difference.

    Making sure the grout that binds you

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  7. How to Fix a Leaky Showerhead or Shower Faucet

    Testing repaired shower head

    A leaky, dripping showerhead is not only annoying, it wastes water. Before you call in a professional, this fairly common household problem may be relatively simple to fix by yourself (depending on the cause of the problem).

    Fix the Showerhead

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  8. How to Fix or Replace a Toilet

    Clean repaired toilet in luxury bathroom

    Is your toilet not functioning properly? Maybe it flushes poorly, runs continuously or leaks water? Fortunately, most problems are fixable. Best of all, you can repair them yourself.

    Easy Repairs for Quick Fixes

    Jiggling the handle might

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  9. Update Your Cabinet Hardware

    Kitchen updated with new sink and faucet

    If you want to refresh your kitchen or bath but don't have the time or money to spend on a complete overhaul, try replacing old, outdated cabinet hardware. These may seem like small changes, but the effect they can have on your kitchen and bath's appeal

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  10. Exterior Car Detailing in 6 Quick Steps

    Cleaning car tire with soapy sponge

    Outside of your home, your car is probably your most important investment. It takes a year-round beating from general wear and the elements. This wear and tear will show if you don’t regularly care for and maintain it. Whether it’s cleaning, waxing or

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  11. How to Remove Snow from Roofs and Trees

    Shoveling heavy snow on roof

    It looks beautiful when winter snow blankets your home and landscape. However, the snow’s weight builds up on your roof and trees and can cause damage over time if you don’t remove it. While you may be used to shoveling and blowing snow from your sid

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  12. 4 Halloween Safety Tips for Kids & Parents

    Kids trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes

    Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for kids and adults alike. But with great fun comes great responsibility to keep it safe. Whether you need tips on costumes and trick-or-treating safety or want to decorate your home with care, here are

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  13. 4 Ways to Keep Pets Safe from Holiday Hazards

    Cat pawing at ornament in Christmas tree

    There’s a lot going on during the holidays, with decorating, gifting and cooking. Don’t let pets get lost in the shuffle — keep pet-proofing top of mind while you prepare for the festivities. You can’t watch them every second of the season, but you can

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  14. How to Remove Mold from Walls

    Spraying mold behind wallpaper

    Mold on your interior walls doesn’t just look unpleasant; it can be a health hazard for your family. Depending on the amount and location, its presence also suggests a larger problem in your house—water infiltration.

    For this project, we will foc

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  15. 4 Rules to Boost Your Curb Appeal

    Curb appeal from home maintenance and landscaping

    There are simple, economical ways to add color and interest that will instantly boost curb appeal. You can clean your fence, mailbox, door and house numbers, hang window boxes packed with colorful flowers and plant ground cover under trees. But if you

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  16. How to Repair Cracks in Concrete

    Caulk fixing concrete crack

    The wear and tear from foot traffic and the elements takes its toll on walkways and driveways. Concrete can start to crack and crumble, looking unsightly and presenting a potential tripping hazard. Follow these steps to repair cracks in your concrete

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  17. How to Install a Clothesline

    Umbrella clothesline in yard

    Since the invention of the electric clothes dryer, the number of households that rely on clotheslines to dry clothes has steadily decreased over the years. Hanging your clothes up to dry is easier on the environment and your wallet because it saves you

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  18. Budget Friendly Style: Roll-Up Window Blinds

    Rollup window blinds

    I like to decorate with style, but most of the time “stylish” equals “cha-ching… cha-ching”. Instead of looking at that as an obstacle to decorating, I have found that keeping an open mind can lead to budget-friendly style where you least expect it.

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  19. How to Clean Leather Furniture

    Clean leather chair

    Leather furniture gives your space a luxurious and elegant feel, and the best part is that it only gets better-looking and more comfortable with age. To ensure the longevity of your leather furniture though, you need to take care of it by periodically

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  20. 3 Fire Pit Safety Rules for Every Backyard

    Fire logs burning in backyard firepit

    A growing number of people are installing backyard fire pits, but with great family get-togethers around the fire, comes great responsibility to follow all fire safety rules. Make sure your

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  21. How to Safely Clean Painted Walls

    Cleaning kid drawing from wall using sponge

    Even the most beautifully painted walls get grungy over time. Life is messy and walls eventually collect fingerprints, smudges, splashes and spills. Maybe your children decided to make a mural with crayons or you’ve simply let dust build up and need t

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  22. How to Install a Pet Door

    Cat entering pet door from outside

    If you have a pet that spends time both indoors and out, you play a constant game of letting him in and out by opening the door time after time. So who’s really in charge? By installing a pet door into an exterior door, you can give him the freedom t

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  23. How to Waterproof Your Basement

    Waterproofing concrete basement

    One of the most frustrating problems faced by homeowners is the constant battle against wet basement walls. Luckily, basement waterproofing is a DIY project you can finish with a little time and effort.

    Waterproofing protects basement walls and

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  24. How to Build a Wall-Mounted Coat Rack

    DIY coat rack

    Add more hooks to quickly and easily hang outerwear and free up some closet space by making a simple and functional wall-mounted coat rack this weekend. All you need to make your next creation is the right tools and know-how. Follow this DIY guide to

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