10 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know to Save Money AND Possibly a Life

by DIY Maven

10 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know to Save Money AND Possibly a Life

 

As you know, owning a home is a big responsibility. (Well, it is if you don't want to let it fall into disrepair.) And although most people understand that, I'm always a bit surprised at how much homeowners don't know about their homes. And it's not little stuff either. It's stuff that could save thousands of dollars in property damage or even somebody's life. (That's not hyperbole

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Week 9 Journal: Entering the Home Stretch

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly House: Week 9 Journal

Wooo! After almost of a month of trying to get our stupid bathroom plumbing approved, we finally passed our rough-in inspection! That was a huge deal, because it meant we had the green light to start closing up interior walls. And that's one big step closer to completing the project! Read on to watch my weekly video journal and see what other big steps we took this week.

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A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a DIY Modern Pillar Planter

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a DIY Modern Pillar Planter

Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

All week I have shown you how to host the...

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The Awesome/Gross Drain Claw

by DIY Maven

The Awesome/Gross Drain Claw

When the makers of The Draw Claw offered up a freebie for me to try out, I watched one of their videos and was simultaneously intrigued and seriously grossed out. Intrigued because my master bathroom's sink was experiencing slow-drain symptoms. Grossed out because I shed like a collie and KNEW the cause of the lazy drain. 

In the past, MWT has actually dismantled the trap underneath the sink to get at the hair ball clogs, which made me feel totally guilty because the ball was made up of 18" long brunette hair. NOW, the this Claw thingy, I could tackle my OWN clogs. Wonderful! (And gross.)

Okay, so the reusable and environmentally-friendly Drain Claw arrived in the mail last week. About five minutes after opening the little package I was fishin' for hair, feeling very empowered. I snaked the

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How To Fix A Dripping Showerhead

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Fix A Dripping Showerhead

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: Make a Mini-Snake for Your Bathroom Drain.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Mini-Snake for Your Bathroom Drain.
Tiny plumbing problems in the kitchen or bathroom sink may require the work of a professional, OR, you may be able to get them figured out with one of these: a handmade mini-snake for minor plumbing drama. This simple combo of some thin stainless steel wire and a pair of needlenose pliers might just de-gunk your drains, and then stores easily for future use. "Simply bend several individual wires (not strands) out in different directions from the...

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DIY: Plumbing Pipe Furntiture.

by Chris Gardner

DIY: Plumbing Pipe Furntiture.

The only thing cooler than a DIY project is a DIY project that exploits materials intended for an entirely different use.

Rory on Apartment Therapy Boston takes such an approach with pipes and fittings from the plumbing department. Going way beyond simply using straight lengths and end flanges for legs, this desk incorporates a fine design inspired by the limitations of the medium.

To create your own version, simply check out the pipe fitting...

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How To: Pipe Part Candlesticks.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Pipe Part Candlesticks.
So, there's this show on the DIY Network, "Creative Juice" and the hosts are probably totally cool in real life, but they try waaaaay too hard on camera. But yesterday, it came while performing the most unpleasant of household tasks -folding laundry- because my wife dumped the basket of clothes on top of the remote. (I'm sure there's a button on the box, but I have no idea where it is) So, I was preparing myself for double-irritation city...and I...

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