Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Lawn after applying layer of topsoil.

Top-Dressing to Improve the Soil in Your Lawn

A nice, thick lawn requires healthy soil as its base, but this can be difficult to do once grass is established. The process of adding a thin layer of soil on top of your lawn is a great way to improve it without disturbing existing grass. Learn this technique in five easy steps.

8 Home Smells That Could Be Signs of Danger

Does your home have these odors? They could indicate major health hazards — and problems that are expensive to repair.
Outdoor faucet, seen close up, in grayscale.

Outdoor Faucet Repair: How to Fix a Leaky Hose Bibb

Outdoor faucet repairs are important because even a small leak from a hose bibb wastes hundreds of gallons of water. Here's how to fix it.
Fresh Basil Cutting Board

How to Harvest Basil from Your Garden and Use it at Home

Mid-summer is the perfect time to reap the benefits of your herb garden. Read on to learn how to harvest basil, use it and preserve it.

Everything You Need to Know About Insulation’s R-Value

Insulation's R-value measures its resistance to heat flow — the higher the R-value, the better it insulates per inch of thickness. If you're still confused, here's a crash course on R-value!
Painting wood floor with a roller.

Painting Wood Floors

This summer, I committed what any self-respecting lover of natural building materials would call a cardinal sin. I walked into our old farmhouse with nearly 100-year-old pine floors, and when my husband asked what we should do with them, I replied, “Paint ’em!” Read on to see how to it turned out.
Man replaces weatherstripping in door frame

How to Replace Worn Weather Stripping Around Doors

Replacing worn or damaged weather stripping around exterior doors will save on your energy bills. Weather stripping either fits in a groove cut in the casing or is attached to the door jambs.
Tiled entrance to stone house.

Installing Tile Outside on a Concrete Porch or Patio

Watch this video for tips on how to lay tile outdoors on a concrete porch or patio, including the right kind of tile, waterproofer, mortar adhesive, and grout to use.
Dated wood paneling in a bedroom with unsightly carpeting

How to Fill Grooves Before Painting Wood Paneling

Wood paneling was popular in the 1970s; the trend has returned, but some folks want flat, timeless walls. Here's how to prep walls before painting paneling.