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  • Give new life to your old carpet Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM
    Is your white carpet gray? Plain carpeting looks like it's patterned? Well, all is not lost and you may not have to replace it just yet. Try some of these fixes for common spots and stains and see if you can't get another year out of your old carpet.

     
  • Deconstructing Christmas made easy through organization Jan 16, 2015 12:01 AM
    My decorations still are up and probably will stay up for a few more days while I catch up on my sleep. But when it’s time to put it all away, I have learned a few tricks I’d like to share.

     
  • Speed-cleaning tips for quick pick-me ups Jan 9, 2015 12:01 AM
    Over the holidays, most of us expected guests for lots of reasons. But sometimes we get unexpected guests. That usually means you run around stuffing things here and there, and just generally hiding the debris that you usually have lying around.

     
  • Can maintenance help you keep your investment on the road? Dec 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most of us own a car — some of us own more than one — and all of them usually are fairly expensive and are required on a daily basis, so it makes a lot of sense to take good care of yours. While we are not mechanics, we do have some simple maintenance tips that you can use to keep your investment on the road.

     
  • Top 10 tips for picking the perfect christmas tree Dec 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    It’s that time of year again — the time for picking out and decorating the family Christmas tree! Here are our top 10 tips on that very subject.

     
  • Stay warm - and safe - during the winter months Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    This time of the year is the high-risk season for house fires. But there certainly are things you can do to make your home safer. Think about some of these areas in your home and make adjustments to ensure a safe winter this year.

     
  • Spruce up your shower with these super tips Dec 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Want to kick your shower up a notch? Change out the showerhead. It’s not a very hard thing to do, and it can make a huge difference. Here are the basic steps and a few super tips to make it quick and easy.

     
  • Breathe a little easier this winter with these tips Nov 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors during the winter. Staying warm and dry is a smart thing to do. But it’s a fact that the air inside your home can be worse for you than the great outdoors. Dust, pet dander and other pollutants can get trapped inside a tightly sealed-up home. Here are some ways to help you breathe a little easier this winter.

     
  • Keep your dishwasher working hard for you with these tips Nov 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    If I have a dishwasher and I am having to wash the dishes by hand either before or after I use the machine, there’s a problem. Here are a few things you can do to get your dishwasher working at its peak level.

     
  • Simple ways to update your decor Nov 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Although sreplacing a floor can give your room a new look, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or be an experienced DIY’er to give your home an upgrade or two. Here are some simple things you can do to your home or apartment that don’t involve lots of tools and/or money.

     
  • Update your kitchen with a painted countertop Nov 7, 2014 10:04 AM
    If you have a dated, boring laminate kitchen countertop but don’t have the budget for granite, consider painting a new look. Not only will it look good and fit your budget, but it also will eliminate the need for demolition and a crew of workers. Here is how to do it.

     
  • Top 10 tips for a super successful garage sale Oct 31, 2014 12:01 AM
    Here are some tips I’ve gathered over the years to organize a great yard or garage sale. Create a “holding area” for everything you want to sell weeks in advance, and start placing things in this spot.

     
  • Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to water leaks Oct 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    Ever come home to a water leak or found one in a closet or somewhere you don’t check regularly? Fun, isn’t it? Well, it might be impossible to prevent all leaks, but you can have some specific items on hand to at least plug and clean up the mess quickly.

     
  • Top 10 tips for a toasty winter home Oct 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    As the weather starts to turn cooler, you should start thinking about preparing your home for another winter. Here are our top 10 tips for a toasty winter home.

     
  • Tips for hanging your bicycle for the winter Oct 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Bicycling is more popular than ever — and they aren’t cheap. But bike storage can be tough, especially if you want safe and secure storage that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Here are a few ways to stow your bike. Hopefully, at least one of these will work for you.

     
  • A tribute to Al Carrell, a ‘super’ handyman and father Sep 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Al Carrell, whose column has appeared in the Daily Herald’s real estate sections for many years, passed away Aug. 27. The following column by his daughter, Kelly Carrell, as a tribute to his memory. Kelly Carrell will continue to write “The Super Handyman” columns.

     
  • Tabletop repairs can be done with the right knowledge Sep 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    Tablecloths not only protect tables, but they help hide ugly tabletops that have been abused through the years. Most scratches and other blemishes are easy to fix, so you won’t need a tablecloth if you don’t want to use one. Here are some common problems and easy fixes for them.

     
  • Interesting ways to use textured walls Sep 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Textured walls can add a lot of interest to a plain room. They can be accomplished in lots of different ways. Here are some standard ways, as well as some more interesting ideas you might want to try.

     
  • These tips for ceramic tile really make the cut Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Ceramic tile is a wonderful material for covering floors, walls, tables and lots of other surfaces. It’s not as hard to work with as you might think. The most challenging part of the job probably will be cutting the tiles to fit into specific spots. Here are our best tips for tackling this part of the project.

     
  • Tackling cleanup after a storm Aug 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most of us do-it-yourselfers will tackle their own, or a neighbor’s, cleanup after a storm. It’s easy to go around picking up debris, tree limbs and other stuff, but if a tree is lying on your car or roof or across your driveway, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are our best tips.

     
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