How to Build a Treehouse

December 3rd, 2012

Make no mistake - building a treehouse can be a massive undertaking if you're aiming for the best possible results, but the entire process can teach you and your kids a lot about construction. According to, there are a few basic skills you'll need to go forward with the project, but as long as you can cut wood to specific measurements, work on top of a...


How To Clean the Former Home of a Smoker

November 15th, 2012

Have you recently moved into a new home only to discover that its former occupants were smokers? Perhaps you've quit cigarettes for awhile and have just now realized how much your house really stinks. As it turns out, tobacco toxins can stay in dust and on surfaces long after smoking is eliminated from the area. This is also known as "thirdhand smoke," and, even the smell and...


How to Check Your Engine's Oil Level

July 17th, 2012

There are a number of basic maintenance techniques you can perform simply by raising up the hood of the car. Perhaps the most important thing you can do under the hood is checking the car's oil levels. In order to ensure that your engine isn't grinding itself to death, it's vital that you stay on top of changing your oil regularly (about every three months or 3,000 miles,...


Tips for Painting the Exterior of Your House

May 14th, 2012

Sometimes all a home needs to look as good as new is a fresh coat of paint! If part of your spring cleaning involves sprucing up your house's exterior, why not make a weekend project out of it? With a little bit of help from members of your family, you should have no problem getting it done quickly and easily. If you don't have much experience painting, here are some tips to...


How To Install Drywall

April 26th, 2012

Are you intimidated by the idea of hanging your own drywall? Although it may seem like a difficult task, it's not that bad! It does take a little bit of practice, but after a few attempts, you should have no problem getting the job done. If you're not sure how to do so, here are some tips on installing drywall, courtesy of the DIY Network. The first thing you'll want to do is...


How To Clean Hardwood Floors

April 2nd, 2012

Do you absolutely adore your hardwood flooring? There's definitely something to be said about the simple, regal appeal. Unfortunately, over time it can start to lose its luster - literally! After years of foot-dragging, spills and various household accidents, hardwood floors require a bit of maintenance in order to return to their former glory. Although you can call a...


How To Remove Wallpaper

March 29th, 2012

Is it time to change up the d├ęcor in one room of the house? Perhaps the wallpaper that was installed back in the 1970s has lost its luster. If you're thinking of taking care of the work yourself, it's understandable to dread having to remove wallpaper. After all, doing so can be a huge pain if you're not sure how. However, with a little bit of knowledge and a fair amount of...


How to Change Your Windshield Wipers

March 13th, 2012

How good are you at changing your windshield wipers whenever needed? If you're like many of us, you put off doing so until the first big snowstorm of the year or a particularly nasty rainfall makes you realize it simply has to be done. And while you may be content to have your mechanic do it the next time you take your car in for an oil change or inspection, doing it yourself...


How to Rotate Your Car's Tires

March 5th, 2012

Why rotate your tires? It all comes down to the fact that your front and rear tires wear down differently - those in the front carry more of your car's weight, which means they're going to degrade faster than those in the back. Your front tires are also used for turning, which puts friction between them and the rough asphalt. This may not matter very much in the short term,...


How to Cut Tile With a Wet Saw

March 2nd, 2012

If you're tiling your home and have a lot of tile cuts to make, you may want to consider renting a wet saw, which uses a water-cooled diamond blade to easily cut tile. The saws are safe and easy to use, as long as you practice a little first with a few scrap tiles. While snap cutters will work, wet saws are better for larger jobs that require complicated cuts, like beveled...