Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season. May the new year bring you health, happiness, and prosperity!
The best way to keep your house toasty in the winter is to make sure that your weatherstripping for your doors and windows are in good shape, and your heating unit is in good working order. But sometimes, that’s not enough. Here are some easy tips for staying warm this winter:
Before you reach for the thermostat, reach for a sweater instead! Or what about that Snuggie your great-aunt gave you last Christmas? Adding clothing indoors is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to feel cozy. Don’t forget about a good pair of house shoes, too! Your energy bills will thank you.
Close off the vents in unused rooms and shut the door. No need to be heating the guest bedroom or game room when they’re not in use.
On sunny days, open up the curtains on the windows that receive direct sunlight. Just remember to close them again when the sun goes down to hold the heat in.
Reverse your ceiling fans so they rotate clockwise. There’s usually a switch on the fan that will reverse the motor. Since warm air rises, this will help push the warm air at the ceiling back down into the living space.
Switch your regular bed sheets with flannel or jersey knit sheets. These are warmer to the touch, so your bed won’t feel chilly when you get in. Speaking of which, remember in old cartoons, they would show people sleeping in night caps like this?:
It’s actually a really good idea! OK, maybe not an actual old-timey night cap, but a stocking hat works great!
Area rugs are your friend when it comes to keeping your house warm. The more surface area you can cover on your floor, the better insulated it is.
And lastly, if possible, move your furniture toward the middle of the room and away from windows.
If all else fails, just remember those blistering days of summer and know they’ll be back again before you know it!
Have you even had a door that is hard to open or close? This video has an easy solution!
Every good DIYer out there has a tape measure, but did you know that there are features on it that you may not know about? Take a look at this video for some handy tips:
Now if you want to advance to Expert Mode, see if you can master THESE tricks!
Halloween is steeped in superstition–like putting on costumes to trick evil spirits into thinking you’re someone else, or that black cats are Satan in disguise. But did you know that there are lots of superstitions about houses? Here are a few interesting ones:
If you paint your porch blue, it will deter wasps from building nests. This one is widely believed here in the southern states; in fact I have been told this by more than one person. There may have actually been some truth to this at one time, due to the fact that people used to use a product that was known as milk paint. Milk paint had lye in it, which is a insect repellent. It also faded pretty quickly, which means you have to keep re-applying– keeping a fresh coat of lye on the area. There isn’t any real proof that the color is significant, but still, some people swear by it. Also, people used to believe if you paint your porch blue, it keeps away evil spirits because 1.–it gives the illusion that it’s still daylight out and 2.–ghosts can’t cross water.
Grab the kids, it’s time for family game night — home inspection style!
With summer coming to an end (I know; it’s still hot outside but bear with me), now is a perfect time to get your home ready for the coming months.
Recently there was a news story about a Colleyville woman whose front-loading washing machine EXPLODED! Yup. Seriously. One minute it’s happily chugging along, then the next minute–BOOM; the machine looks like it’s been turned inside-out:
According to Whirlpool, it isn’t being reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission because it’s not part of a pattern. Well, after a quick Google search, I see that the UK has had a rash of similar incidents with front-loading washers:
Now granted, these are not all the same brand; some of them are brands that are not even sold in the US. But it still gives you pause to think “WHAT THE HECK?!”
And you thought the worst problem with front-loading washers was the mildew smell that sometimes develops in them. I’ll stick to my cheapo top-loader, thank you.
Sometimes, home improvement pioneers have to get creative when faced with tricky problems. Here is a tribute to these innovative DIY heros:
When you do home inspections, you get to see some uh…innovative… solutions to home repair problems. Who knew that the humble coffee can was such a versatile player in the DYI world? For example:
Have you ever wondered why they are called “can lights”?