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How To: Revive Old Wood w/ Boiled Linseed Oil

how to revive old wood with boiled linseed oil

Wood is an extraordinary building material that can last hundreds of years, especially old-growth wood, when given a little care. Just like any material when exposed to the elements it can slowly degrade. But you can bring old wood back to life by using boiled linseed oil and prepare it for a few more decades of service life. Don’t let grey, weathered wood convince you to replace it when all it needs is a little TLC. Other than […] Read on →

How To: Get Historic Tax Credits

how to get historic tax credits

Let’s face it, paying to repair a big old house can get expensive. A lot of us roll up our sleeves and end up doing a lot of the work ourselves to help make things more affordable. Doing it yourself can be fun, but for major projects it’s not always feasible because of the time and skills required. That’s when historic tax credits can help. There isn’t a free money window at the government, but if you know […] Read on →

Review: Wagner Flexio 890 Paint Sprayer

Flexio 890 paint sprayer

It’s Labor Day and it’s time to finish off those last projects before Fall. If you’re in the market or thinking about buying a handheld paint sprayer then this post is a great place to start with your research! I recently had the opportunity to test drive a brand new Wagner FLEXIO 890 paint sprayer. The folks at Wagner provided me a test model and I put it into action on a large barn door project we had […] Read on →

4 Hacks For Re-roping Windows

re-roping windows

I’ve discussed how to re-rope double-hung windows in a previous post, but folks are always looking for more ideas on how to make roping easier. So, here are four simple hacks I’ve developed to make re-roping windows a whole lot easier. Click here for more help on restoring your old windows, and if you need some top notch sash rope you can always buy some right here.   Hack #1 The Piggyback If you’ve still got a rope poking through the pulley […] Read on →

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)

wood-filler-test

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 →