General home improvement and maintenance advice, along with interesting thought pieces.

How to Manage My Remodels

Planing and tracking a remodel on computer

The fun part about home improvement projects is dreaming of what the finished project will look like. For some, even the process of doing the actual work stimulates the senses. But what most people don’t focus on is managing the whole financial process. The following is a series of steps to help “project manage” the process.

Basic Sheetrock Repair, Tape And Texture Made Easy: 101

Hole in sheetrock

We really do live our lives in homes that surround us with sheetrock. All walls are covered with it unless it's an older home with a plaster wall treatment. For the most part, if you live in a home in any Western country then you’re surrounded by sheetrock.

The Best Home Improvement Magazines

Reading about home improvement ideas on the web is always interesting, however sometimes a good old fashion paper magazine is the way to go.

Annual subscriptions are also the way to go - you save up to 88% off the cover price when subscribing as opposed to causally buying them at the news stand.

The following magazines are the top 5 sellers by subscription*:

Funny Home Improvement Jokes, Humor, and Oddities

Home improvement jokes - fuse toilet

The Electrician, The Dog, and The Parrot

An electrician went to a job at a house with a large dog and a parrot. The owner, sensing the electrician's nerves, said to the electrician that there was no need to worry about the dog, but whatever you do never say a word to the parrot. Relieved, the electrician got to work, the dog sitting there watching him the whole time. All of a sudden after the owner left, the parrot let loose with the meanest tirade of insults at the electrician who, after a few minutes of this, told the parrot to shut up. The parrot replied, “Sick ‘em, Rex!”

Folding Poker Table Top Roundup

folding poker table top

If you enjoy the occasional weekend home game like I do, and you'd like to play on something better than the kitchen table but don't have the space for a permanent poker table, then a folding poker table top is just the thing you need. You can pack them away in the garage or under a bed when you're not using them, making them ideal for homes with limited space.

Home Soundproofing Tips For Musicians

soundproofing a music room

Here are some handy DIY soundproofing tips that every musician should know about. Start by reading this article, then watch the videos below for demonstrations on how this is done.

If your neighbours have stopped speaking to you since you bought your new drum kit or trumpet and your family and friends are at their wit’s end then it may be time to think about soundproofing your music room.

DIY Musical Toys For Kids

DIY Musical Toys For Kids

Toys for children of all ages can be very expensive, and with all of the toys that kids need to keep themselves occupied and to keep learning as they grow, it can really take a toll on your wallet. But making your own toys is much easier than you probably imagine, and do-it-yourself projects are really fun, can be interactive with your children, and can teach both you and your children new skills while letting you all utilize your creative abilities and imaginations.

Can You Have Too Much Oak?

Oak cabinet

I am in the middle of a highly disruptive but nonetheless therapeutic remodelling of my house.

I say therapeutic because I am taking the long overdue opportunity of banishing all the elements of my home that I dislike from my life forever! Apart from the removing of unsightly fitted wardrobes and the demolition of an ugly fireplace the project has involved the pleasant task of selecting new flooring and furnishings for almost every room. As I stood back recently to admire my purchases (but not the hole in the bedroom wall) I realised that much of what I had chosen was oak and I wondered if I had over done it and should have gone for more variety?

Meteorite Explosion: Home Repair Bills Set to Skyrocket in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region [Videos]

Russia meteor

Just when you think your home is protected against everything nature can throw at it - think again!

Spare a thought for the unfortunate people in Russia's Chelyabinsk region who have had windows, doors, and more, blasted in by a Meteorite that came hurtling through the atmosphere today.

The Right Way To Use Color Swatches When Picking Paint Colors For Your Home

color swatches

When it comes to painting your home, finding the right colors can be a bit difficult, especially with the number of selections available. However, you can actually take the guesswork out of picking paint colors, by using color swatches or paint chip colors. Paint swatches are samples of paint colors printed on pieces of cardboard found at paint stores. They can be in the form of bound fans or loose square and rectangle chips in which colors are arranged in graduated forms.