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How To Buy A Good Composter

dirt from compost

NOTE: I’m testing backyard composting bin! Would love to hear your favorites and ones you think I should try. I’ll add my findings and the best composters to this post. If you’re the kind of person concerned about helping the Earth, you’re probably already recycling. Recycling is a great way to be kind to the environment without changing up your routine. ... Read More »

Guide for Easy Gutter Installation

Gutter on house

Gutter installation — as a cost-effective do-it-yourself project — can be completed within a day or two. Properly installed gutters protect your property investment. Without an applied drainage system, rain has the power to wear down a home’s surrounding soil, damage its foundation, flood the basement or crawl space and seep into siding. Once water is introduced into any of ... Read More »

Wind vs. Solar for Residential Homes

wind vs solar

Homeowners seeking a more sustainable energy source are often faced with two viable options: wind and solar. Both have their benefits and disadvantages, though much of the decision comes down to where you live. Local government regulations, wind patterns, land elevation and more all play a role in deciding whether to go in on wind or solar energy. Wind Energy ... Read More »

Flowering Shrubs You Should Add to Your Garden

Flower of the Hydrangea quercifolia

No matter how big your garden is — small and new, or full and overgrown — there’s always room for a good ol’ flowering shrub. There are an endless array of species, variations and blooms to choose from. Whether you’re looking for thick coverage, seasonally inspired flowers or year-round color, there is a shrub for you! Here’s a list of ... Read More »

How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Surface

man painting outside of house

It’s true that you can probably paint anything. But should you paint everything with the same brush? Or the same paint? Absolutely not. Update your metal door, your brick walls, your drywall and more — but do it the right way. And with the right tools. Give the surfaces in and around your home new life by choosing the right ... Read More »

How to Mix Paints (and Love the Color)

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Maybe you can’t find a color you absolutely love at the paint store. Maybe you have plenty of paints lying around after other projects in your house, and you want to use them again — but in a new way. Maybe you just like to create. There’s no wrong reason to mix paints, and doing so can be a lot ... Read More »

5 Cheap Family Vacation Destinations in Pennsylvania

Portrait of family of travelers on summer vacation

Summer is coming, which means it’s time to hit the road on a family vacation. Your vacation can be great without breaking the bank. And if you’re heading to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, well, there’s so much in store for you. Here is a list of the 5 best places to visit in PA for a family vacation that will ... Read More »

How to Restore Deck Paint

restore deck paint

I found out how to restore deck paint, and now I’m going to share the secret with you. I had just bought a house, and the previous owners had allowed the deck paint to become chipped. It looked awful, and I was beside myself. We had really wanted an outdoor deck, but not one that got splinters in our feet ... Read More »

How to Fix a Yard Full of Weeds

how to get rid of weeds in lawn

Are you inviting weeds to live on your lawn? If you’re not practicing good lawn care, you are! You can fix a weedy, thin or even patchy lawn just by providing good care and giving the lawn what it needs. While it takes some effort on your part, a beautiful lawn is well worth it. What Causes Weedy Lawns? Lawn ... Read More »

Basic Water Well Maintenance Guide

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We’ve asked SimpleWater to share their knowledge about well maintenance and their new product Tap Score. Enjoy, DIY Folks While we’ve come a long way since the hand-dug wells of Egypt and other ancient civilizations, modern wells are still susceptible to a range of issues that may affect the quality of your home’s drinking water. Thirty-eight percent of America’s population relies on ... Read More »

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