What Projects a Handyman Can Help You With

  • When To Demolish And When To Renovate A Home

    26 February 2015

    When you purchase a home that is in very poor condition, you might be getting a steal if you get the right deal. But what should you do with the home if it is in such poor condition that it isn't even safe to live in? Your two choices are to either have your home renovated so that it is brought up to code or to tear your home down and rebuild one from scratch.

  • Getting To The Good Stuff: Why You Need Directional Drilling

    17 February 2015

    Drilling is the only way to get to the good stuff. Vertical wells are one way to go about it, but they're not always ideal. In fact, some vertical wells are wholly inadequate to the task at hand. Here's why you need non-vertical drilling techniques on your oilfield. The Payzone Location Sometimes, the payzone is just out of reach. Either it's underneath land where you are forbidden from drilling, or it's located in such a way that you cannot drill directly down to it.

  • Rock Siding: A (Mostly!) Canadian Product That Helps Create The Look Of Brick For Your Home Or Business

    10 February 2015

    If you love the look of brick, but you did not buy a brick home or business, you can achieve the brick look with siding. That is correct, you can have brick-looking siding made from cement! A mostly Canadian product that borrowed its creation from a Scandinavian product acts like siding, looks like brick, and costs about as much as vinyl or aluminum siding. If you want to change the exterior appearance of your home, but you do not want your standard, run-of-the-mill siding, then take a second look at the benefits of rock siding.

  • 4 Ways To Have A Safe Demolition At Home

    5 February 2015

    If you are planning on doing a DIY demolition, it is essential that you do so safely. Whether or not you have people living in your home while you pull down a wall or rip up the old hardwood flooring, you need to follow these simple safety instructions. Do Nothing But Demo Work It is important that when you plan to complete a demolition job, you schedule it on a day when you don't intend to do anything else.

  • How To Xeriscape Your Yard

    3 February 2015

    In areas that experience frequent droughts, maintaining a grassy lawn with beautiful flowerbeds may be a bit impractical. Many people are embracing another approach to landscaping which saves water, referred to a xeriscaping. Due to drought conditions experienced in many parts of the United States, especially the Southwest, this form of landscaping is quickly gaining popularly. There are numerous benefits provided by xeriscaping. These benefits include easy maintenance, saving water and an aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment.

  • Common Chimney Maintenance Myths Exposed

    2 February 2015

    A fireplace is one of the most effective ways of improving the comfort of a home, but many individuals may buy homes with chimneys without having ever owned one before. As a result, there is a chance that these individuals may make the critical mistake of assuming a couple of chimney myths are true.  Myth: It Is Extremely Inconvenient To Have A Chimney Professionally Cleaned Keeping the chimney clean is one of the most basic and effective steps for keeping your chimney trouble free.

  • Reduce Your Heating Costs This Winter With 5 Easy Tips

    31 January 2015

    When winter arrives, it can be tempting to crank up the heater to high so that you and your family can be as comfortable as possible. While this is one way to stay warm during the chilly season, it can quickly increase your heating bills to a point that you're not satisfied with. An easy way to keep your energy bill low and without sacrificing on being comfortable on the coldest days is through making some changes.

  • Should You Remove Your Tree Stumps?

    21 January 2015

    As a part of your landscaping efforts, you've cut down a few trees to improve the way your lawn looks. While you may have removed the tree itself, the stump is still there. It doesn't really make much sense to leave the stump there, does it? You should certainly consider removing the lawn to really make the change you intended to make by removing the tree. Below are a few reasons why you should invest the time and money into removing the stump.

  • How To Extend The Life Of Your Septic System

    16 January 2015

    A septic tank can last for an average of 25-40 years. If you want yours to last for closer to 40 years, there are some things you can do.  Here are some tips to extend the life of your septic tank, and to make it need to be cleaned out less frequently. Know your system: The first step in caring for your septic system isknowing what it needs. All systems are different and require different things.

  • How To Upcycle An Old Light Fixture To Something More Modern

    13 January 2015

    Don't throw out that old light fixture just yet, it may be able to be upcycled into a newer, more modern light fixture. All you need in a few mason jars, spray paint, a few tools and a little bit of elbow grease to create something new. See below for instructions on how to change an old vanity bulb light fixture into a modern barn wood and mason jar hanging pendant light for your kitchen.