Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Flower pot, with gravel in the bottom

Garden Myth: Gravel in Pots and Containers

"I've always been told to put a layer of gravel in the bottom of a flower pot before planting. Is this really necessary?"

This common belief about gravel is actually a myth. In fact, putting gravel in pots can do more harm than good. Read on to find out more.

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!
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.
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How to Paint a Room Like a Pro

Painting a room is a common do-it-yourself project around the home. While it’s not that difficult to do, it’s important to know the tricks of the trade on how to go about it before you break out a roller or brush. Read on to find out more.
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.
Pouring boiling water on weeds in a gravel driveway.

Killing Weeds Naturally in a Gravel Walk or Driveway

Watch this video for tips on how to kill weeds in a gravel walk or driveway without herbicides using common household items.
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.
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.
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.