Articles filed under Carrell, Al & Kelly

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  • 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.

  • Spruce up your old deck this summer Aug 16, 2014 10:51 AM
    A nice outdoor deck can add a lot of value to your property, not to mention fun times for your family. But a deck can age over time, so let’s talk about how you can correct some common problems and head off some others.

  • Tips and tricks for cutting pipes Aug 8, 2014 12:01 AM
    Cutting wood can be done lots of different ways, but cutting pipe is a little trickier — especially plumbing pipe of any kind. There are a variety of methods you can use, but some are easier than others. Here are our best tips and tricks:

  • Unclog stubborn shower drains Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    A clogged shower drain is one way to cut down on water usage. But there are better ways to remedy this problem. Here are some super tips for clearing a clogged drain in the shower, tub or sink.

  • These bars may grab your attention Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    We’re all going to get older, and when we do, having grab bars in our homes surely will come in handy. They might even be helpful now if you have guests who have physical challenges. They are fairly inexpensive to add, and could even be a selling point if you decide to sell your home in the future.

  • Don’t overlook details when moving to a new home Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is the most popular time of the year to move. We’ve talked about some super tips for packing, but here are some of our favorite tips to help make moving into the new home a little easier.

  • It’s not hard to get creative with concrete Jul 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    Flooring choices include carpet, wood planks, tile, vinyl — but wait, there’s more! Concrete is underneath these covering materials, in some cases. You can get pretty creative with the concrete itself. You can stain it, paint it and stencil it, both indoors and out. Here are some basic instructions to prepare a plain concrete surface for your artistic creation.

  • Planning a move this summer? Here are our useful tips Jul 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    Summer is the most popular time to make a move to a new house. School is out, and we have more vacation time. You can save a lot of money if you do some of the moving yourself, so here are some of our favorite moving tips:

  • Repair your screens and enjoy fresh air this summer Jun 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Window screens let in fresh air and keep the bugs out. If you haven’t checked your screens yet for tears or holes, do so now before you need to use them. If you do find damage, here are some super tips for making quick repairs or easier replacements.

  • Bring an old piece of furniture back from the dead Jun 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    One of the most rewarding projects a DIY’er can do is bring an old piece of furniture back from the dead. Sometimes you can do this just by cleaning it. But other times it will require stripping and refinishing. Here are some of our super tips to make the latter a little easier to tackle.

  • Don’t find yourself in real hot water - maintain your water heater May 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    The most common type of water heater still is the tank, even though tankless water heaters are becoming more and more common, especially in new homes. The tank-type water heater is fairly inexpensive and easy to replace when it’s time. Regular maintenance is easy to do and worth the time and effort, as it will make your water heater run more efficiently and last longer.

  • Spring cleaning for your drain lines May 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    A slow-moving drain could mean a clogged drain line. But occasionally it is a clogged vent stack. In order for a typical drain line to work properly, it needs air. Your household drain lines have attached air vents to allow for the best drainage of toilets and sinks.

  • Easy plan for a catch basin to collect rain Apr 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Want free water for your garden? Make your own rain barrel, and harvest water for your garden. It’s easier than you might think.

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