Why You Should Not Buy A House

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Curbly House sunroom
Above: Our sunroom, the day we closed on the house. Notice the crumbling ceiling.

If you live in the United States, there's a lot of cultural pressure to become a homeowner. It's an official part of the American Dream™, and most people consider it a natural progression in the steps to growing up and becoming a real 'adult'.

But the question is worth considering: Do you really want to be a homeowner?

For a lot of people, buying a house is a mistake. If your timing is wrong, owning a house can tie you down financially and physically in ways that might prevent you from fully exploring and shaping a career or life path.

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You Should Really Buy Some Houseplants (and a House, Too)

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Curbly House (2012)

If you currently don't have houseplants, then maybe you should think about buying a house (remember, last week I talked about why you shouldn't). Then you'll be able to buy some plants for it! But let me back up and explain what I'm getting at:

A houseplant is a pain in the ass. It's something that requires near-constant attention, and rewards that attention with nothing more than the simple act of not dying...

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How to: Paint like a Pro

by Rebekah Greiman

Hello! I'm Rebekah from Potholes and Pantyhose where I share and photograph detailed tutorials of my DIY projects, recipes, photography tips and remodeling endeavors. I am in the middle of remodeling both our living and dining rooms.

My husband an I own a few rental properties along with our own home, so I have learned a lot about painting - what works and what doesn't. Today, I'm excited to share a few tips on how to paint like a pro. Though, I'll warn you, once you learn how to paint properly, you will begin to notice shoddy painting and want to talk about it with husbands and friends....who usually aren't that interested in the subject. Unless they're freaks like me.      

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Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 12/15/2010

Making your home a better place doesn't take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don't need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be the...

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How To Fix A Dripping Showerhead

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 04/07/2010

Hearing the repetitive dripping of a leaky showerhead can nearly drive you nuts! No amount of bending, angling or tightening the faucet does any good at all. Here's the first and easiest things you can do to try to remedy the situation:

1. Remove the showerhead from the pipe coming out of the wall

2. There will be a small washer or O-ring made out of plastic or rubber just inside the showerhead nozzle. If the O-ring is dry or damaged, replace it.

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How to Set Up Your Air Compressor for Power Tools

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created at: 2009-05-20

If you're a bonafide Do-It-Yourselfer you can't go one more day without, at the very least, a mini air compressor. Once you experience the ease of pneumatic tools, life as you know it will never be the same.  It's too complicated, you say? Ha! Not after you see step by step how easy it is to rig up for interchangable pneumatic tools. I'm partial to the stapler for upholstery purposes.

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10 Most Common Mistakes of DIY'ers.

by Chris Gardner

Trying something the first time is gonna lead to a few fluff ups. Here's a well assembled list of ten to keep in mind as you embrace a new project.

1. Failing to make a budget. 2. Overestimating their abilities.

 

3. Not having the right tools. 4. Failing to take proper safety precautions.

 

5. Failing to recognize the scope of a project. 6. Not having enough help. 7. Failing to read directions...

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21 Environmentally Friendly Home Improvement Ideas.

by Chris Gardner

"Your Construction Connection" tool site Toolbarn.com has assembled a list of suggestions of (moderately) simple DIY tips to make your house a little more environmentally friendly. Some of them are pretty obvious, and a couple are repeats, but there's a few gems worth pursuing.

 

 

  • Install solar panels
  • Use compact flourescent bulbs
  • Roof improvements
  • Use motion detector lighting
  • Don't waste water
  • Use a low-flow shower head
  • Compost
  • Aluminum storm door
  • ...

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Five Easy DIY Home Projects Under $50 (Almost)

by Chris Gardner

"Wendy Bounds, author of The Wall Street Journal's home improvement column, Did It Myself, has five simple projects you can do yourself, most of which will cost less than $50. Bounds says if she can do these projects, anyone can. 'You can definitely do all of these by yourself, using the Internet if you get stuck, ' Bounds said."

 

 

 

  • Fix Wall Flaws                                             $3-10
  • Tidy Up...

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Plumbing of age: what every first-time homeowner should know about the sewer system, part two

by Bruno Bornsztein

Roots in the main line are not a pretty sight.
Our septic series continues. If you haven’t already, you may want to read the first part, well, first. Part 2: Snakes, worms, and severe burns.

In the morning I awoke with the sudden realization that I couldn’t do the one thing I wanted to do most: use the toilet.

I thought of going outside, but it was broad daylight, and my neighbors are not that friendly.

Bodily fluids are great motivators, though, so, at 7:30 in the morning, I lurched...

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How To Re-Shingle A Roof (and not die)

by Bruno Bornsztein

I had the 'opportunity' to re-roof my garage this summer, and I thought I'd try to save you from some of the trouble I went through. 

Laying down shingles isn't really very complicated, as long as you have the right tools and the slope of the roof isn't too insane. If you've got a small area to cover, it's a reasonable project to take on. But forewarned: it's hard work. For a smallish garage (about 450 square feet of roof) it took me two full...

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