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Quick & Easy Wood Floor Repair

wood floor repair

I’ve written about how to replace damaged individual floor boards previously in Invisible Repairs For Hardwood Floors, but sometimes you just need a quick wood floor repair for little problem spots. This type of repair doesn’t require any carpentry skills and takes only about 10 minutes to fill in soft spots or missing chunks of wood. You don’t have to remove whole boards and make a big mess either. With the tutorial in this post you can repair […] Read on →

Protecting Your House From Your Landscaping

landscaping ivy on brick

Landscaping makes the outside of your house beautiful. It can add so much to the appearance and curb appeal, but it also comes with some potential hazards if you’re not careful. Here’s some good tips to keep your landscaping from taking over your house and ruining all your hard work.   Trim Back Trees Big shade trees are a great thing to keep your house cool in the summer. In first rung neighborhoods there are a ton of […] Read on →

9 Ways Houses Kept Cool Before AC

9 ways houses kept cool before AC

In the summertime most of us go from an air conditioned office to an air conditioned car to an air conditioned house. Sure we brave the heat for the brief moments we get out of the car, but our lives are mostly sparred from the heat by the cleverness of our own ingenuity and the invention of air conditioning. But what if you didn’t have air conditioning? Would you know how to stay cool? How did previous generations […] Read on →

Modern Plaster Techniques (Video)

modern plaster techniques

I posted a while back about my aversion to drywall and how I feel it has absolutely no place in an old house. I mentioned a technique that my company uses called ‘Modern Plaster’ to repair and re-coat old plaster walls and new sheetrock to make them look and perform like a brand new old plaster wall. Well, I’ve finally gotten around to making a video to show you some of the techniques that we use to attain […] Read on →

Understanding Single-Hung Windows

understanding single hung windows

Depending on the part of the country you live in and the style house you own you may have either double-hung windows or single-hung windows. Theses two types of windows can look very similar if you don’t know what to look for, but knowing which you have is important. The operation of the bottom sash is almost always guaranteed in sash windows, but in a single-hung window the top sash is stationary. It can be removed easily, but […] Read on →

How To: Tune Up Your AC

how to tune up your ac

It’s summer time and and the heat is here! We Americans are pushing our air conditioners to the max as our utility bills are pushing our wallets to the max. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Modern AC units are extremely long-lived and efficient, but just like anything they are not completely maintenance free. A little care each year will help your AC not only keep everyone cool but also keep us from busting our budgets. […] Read on →

The Wood Filler & Epoxy Test (Year 2)


It’s that time again! Time to check the results on my wood filler and epoxy test and see how five of the most popular wood repair products are doing after 2 full years of exposure to the harsh Florida weather. Every year I detail how these popular wood fillers and epoxies are doing to help you find better choices in what to use to patch and repair wood. The five products I tested here are Abatron WoodEpox, MH […] Read on →

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Independence Hall

independence hall

This 4th of July before you light off those fireworks, learn just a little bit about America’s birthday. Independence Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in America and has quite a history that most of us know little about. Many people will vaguely recognize the building as having something to do with the American Revolution, but not much more than that. Here are eight facts about Independence Hall that you probably didn’t know, but will give […] Read on →

10 Ways to Paint Better

10 ways to paint better

Painting is one of the easiest things a DIYer can do. Without much practice most people can do at least a halfway decent job of painting a room or some trim. But with a few tips you can turn that passable job into a job you can be proud of. I’ve written extensively about painting on this blog, but felt that putting some of the best tips I can think of in a single post would create a […] Read on →

5 Ways to NOT Electrocute Yourself

5 ways to not electrocute yourself

This week’s post is a guest post by Spencer Blohm about electrical safety. Since the National Safety Council, has designated the month of June as National Safety Month I thought it was a fitting post as we crank up the AC and start pushing hard on our home’s electrical service. Be safe this summer and follow these easy tips to NOT electrocute yourself! Summer is also prime time to get going on home renovation projects, and a significant percentage of […] Read on →

All About Wavy Glass

all about wavy glass

Lots of us appreciate the wavy glass we find in our old windows. Some don’t even know what they have, but for those of us who have taken note of the unique appearance of wavy glass the new stuff just won’t cut it. Old glass has bubbles, waves, inclusions, varying thickness…all kinds of beautiful imperfections and that’s exactly why we love it! I’m sure I’m not the only one, but to me modern float glass is too perfect. There’s […] Read on →

Practical Preservation

practical preservation

Historic preservation may seem to some like a high brow art form only suitable for the nation’s architectural treasures. The artisans and craftsmen working to restore George Washington’s Mt. Vernon or an immensely talented artist restoring some Renaissance age frescos. These things are all well and good and an important part of the preservation movement, but they are not the bulk of the work being done today. There is a huge part of the preservation world that is […] Read on →

Oil vs Latex: Which Paint is Best?

oil vs latex which paint is best

“Should I use oil or latex paint?” It’s a question I get asked a lot. Oil vs latex, the two paints are very different and each has their strengths and weaknesses. In this post I’ll try to help you figure out when and where each type of paint will excel so you can make the right decision for your project. The landscape of painting has been changing quickly since the introduction of latex paint by Sherwin Williams in 1941. […] Read on →

The Real Economics of Preservation

The Real Economics of Preservation

I get lots of questions about the economics of preservation. What’s real and what’s white noise. While I’m not an economist or even remotely math-centric a big reason why I do what I do is because of the economic reality that historic preservation is good for our communities. Historic preservation improves property values, helps with density, is beneficial to the environment, as well as a myriad of other benefits to both residents and local governments. I’m going to throw […] Read on →