After living in a home or apartment with motion-sensing switches, it’s a safety convenience you take for granted. Whether you’re finding your way on a dark walkway outside or entering a room at night, a light switch with a sensor that turns on when it detects motion is very helpful. These sensors anticipate movement and make it safe going ...Read more
A texture finish can call attention to a not-so-remarkable wall or ceiling, but if that rustic surface isn’t your style you can remove it. However, the job is a time-consuming and often messy project. The fact that it’s tedious is another issue. The project is ideal for a newbie DIYer, because it’s work that requires no skills and saves ...Read more
There’s something comforting about opening a closet door and inhaling the pleasant aroma of cedar consuming the air. That’s reason enough to install a cedar lining on the walls, not to mention its ability to repel insects from damaging clothes stored inside. The cedar wall cladding protects against moths because the oil in the material ...Read more
We’ve all seen how the proliferation of surveillance cameras help detectives identify suspects on TV police shows; today’s similar scaled down technology can help homeowners protect their home and family from the bad guys. With the ADT Blue Wireless Outdoor Camera, you can protect your home by mounting the device at an entry door and monitor...Read more
The railing around a deck can be a distinctive design detail or a practical addition that creates a secure enclosure and safe footing on the stairs. Before planning to replace a deck railing, check the local codes about its height and construction so that it meets local building code requirements.
To replace 40 feet of pressure-treated wood ...Read more
If you can’t open a door to enjoy a nice natural breeze because of unwanted bugs and insects from invading your home, install a screen door to allow a flow of air while protecting against unwanted pests. That free airflow will help lower your air conditioning bill, even if you open the house in the morning and late in the day. A screen door is...Read more
Make the entrance to your front door more than a serviceable path by creating a handsome walkway with brick pavers to enhance your property. Bricks are an enduring and attractive material and an investment you’ll enjoy for years to come, because brick is a natural choice for a dramatic garden path and a popular upgrade connecting walkways ...Read more
Do you have a faucet drainpipe and trap that seems to clog more than usual? It’s not an uncommon problem. Instead of using a PVC drainpipe and P-trap, consider replacing it with a new type of drain trap designed for easy installation using only a pair of scissors. It has fewer leak points and its rubber gasket seals ensures a dry base cabinet ...Read more
A ductless heat pump, also called a DHP and a mini-split heat pump, has two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit that controls the temperature. The unit is similar to a standard air-source heat pump that can add air conditioning to a house with electric baseboard or wall-mounted heaters. The system is...Read more
All it takes is one lightning strike and the damage it causes to realize the value of whole house surge protection. When a surge occurs, the device responds within nanoseconds, diverting the destructive energy to ground; and when it is wired into your circuit breaker system, it absorbs excess voltage and allows only normal voltage to pass ...Read more
Keep your mail and deliveries safe and dry by replacing an old, weather-worn mailbox with a new, double-wall resin box designed to withstand the rigors of weather and an altercation with a car or truck mirror. A new mailbox defining your property at the end of a driveway makes a positive impression about your home, and you’ll find an array of ...Read more
To reduce the damage from the sun and make a positive first impression of your house, consider installing an aluminum awning over a door or windows. Curb appeal is one thing, but blocking the glare from the sun and lowering summer energy costs is another. Why aluminum? It’s a well-tested material known for its durability.
If you’re a handy ...Read more
The thought of breaking apart an ugly old cement patio can be daunting, time-consuming and costly, but an alternative that’s easier is to cover it with composite prefinished deck tiles. The deck tiles are only a viable solution if the cement is a level surface; it’s OK if it is weathered with stains, cracks and scars, but it must be flat and...Read more