We have the strategies to help you save energy, save money, and stay comfortable during the cool fall and cold winter months. We promise those lower temperatures are coming! A typical American family spends nearly $2,000 per year on their home energy bills. Start with these fall and winter energy saving tips to bring that amount down. The savings from each individual tip might be small, but when you start putting them together they add up quickly!
Energy Saving Tips
Seal any exposed ...
It is never a bad idea or a bad time to invest in your home and capitalize on the benefits of home improvement. But sometimes DIYers have to ask themselves, "Is this really worth my time?" When is it smart to DIY and when is it time to outsource? We want to suggest a list of DIY projects that give you a great return on the investment of your time and your money.
It's DIY Time!
Painting - One of the easiest ...
Are you part of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement? The DIY movement is growing every year, with no signs of slowing down. We find that there are just about as many reasons to DIY as there are DIYers!
What is your motivation to DIY?
To save money
The freedom to add your own special touch or style
To learn and develop new skills
Feeling of satisfaction in completing a project on your own
True enjoyment of the process
To keep your mind and body ...
Kitchen remodels are more popular than ever. Why? Because the kitchen always has and always will be the "heart" of the home. And while kitchen updates boast high ROIs, you many not need to remodel your kitchen in its entirety. Be smart about the features you upgrade by making replacements that play up the best features of your kitchen. If you are planning on a full DIY kitchen remodel in the near future, take a look at these design tips:
Layout - ...
There are so many advantages to hardwood floors - easy cleanup, better air quality, durability and versatility. One of the biggest advantages is the ability to refinish instead of replace. Unfortunately, even the finest of hardwood flooring surfaces is not immune to wear and tear. Thankfully, you can refinish your hardwood floors yourself and get them looking like new again without a major demolition. Let's talk about the best practices for perfectly finished floors.
Prepare the Room
Take everything out - yes everything! ...
The holidays are fast approaching with Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away. It is all SO exciting, unless you are the host - then it becomes a little daunting. Don't sweat it! We are here to get you in the spirit and get your home holiday ready for guests.
Whether you are entertaining overnight guests, serving a meal, or greeting pop-in guests - the experience begins at the front door. Spend some extra time with the decorations and lighting in ...
I think we are still going to find a few warm days in the upcoming weeks to check off all the outstanding outdoor home maintenance items on the list. If you have a deck or patio, you can use one of those mild days to get all the remnants of summer grilling cleaned up and prepare your outdoor space for the colder months.
3 Step Plan:
Declutter - Clear away all planters, decorative items, summer leisure equipment, and barbecue accessories that won't be ...
Fall - do you feel it in the air yet? Pumpkins, caramel apples, bonfires, s'mores, colorful autumn leaves, chili, football, hot chocolate, hay rides and warm sweaters - the time has arrived! But first, use this time of transition to mark a few of these items off of your home checklist:
Put Away Summer Gear: Inspect your summer gear for damage and clean it before storing it away until next year. Make note of any items that need to be replaced ...
One of the easiest ways to freshen up your home for fall is with a can of paint! A fresh coat of paint can keep your home looking attractive and new. It is incredibly simple, yet produces a huge impact. Plus if you decide the color no longer fits your taste, it's easy to swap out for a new one. Of course you don’t have to take on the entire house at once, but make a plan and schedule some time ...
There is no doubt about it, smart home technology is rapidly growing in both popularity and accessibility. Has the thought of adding smart home upgrades crossed your mind? If so, you may be wondering what will give you the most bang for your buck. Let's explore.
What exactly is a smart home?
A smart home is usually considered any home with televisions, lights, computers, appliances, irrigation, or home security items that can be controlled over a central network.
What are the pros and cons?
Demolition is by far the messiest, most dangerous piece of any renovation project, but it can also be the most fun! Tearing out the old, ugly, and out of date can give such a feeling of satisfaction, especially when you can envision the "after" picture. Just as there is more than one way "to sling a sledgehammer", there is more than one way to go about demolition. Find out how having the right tools can make the job easier.
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Do you enjoy saving money? Do you want your home to feel unique and special? Do you value learning new skills? Do you crave the feeling of satisfaction from completing a project on your own? If you answered yes to some or all those questions, it is very likely that you are part of the growing number of home improvement DIYers. Now the question is, as a DIYer why should you choose Northside Tool Rental?
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People love their pets, and often go to great lengths to keep their furry companions happy and healthy.
With summer’s heat quickly approaching, it’s important to provide a shaded area for your dog to rest and keep cool. Building a dog house for man’s best friend is a surefire way to keep your dog happy and healthy this summer.
Building a Dog House for Man’s Best Friend
Dog houses come in many shapes and sizes, from a basic but sophisticated A-frame to miniature mansions ...
People paint rooms for many reasons, whether to match the walls with the new furniture, as a replacement for wallpaper, or just to change things up.
Painting a room is doable either solo or with a friend or family member.
Painting a Room
Painting a room can be as quick as a weekend afternoon project, depending on the size of your project. Clean the surface which will be painted at least day in advance so that it has time to dry thoroughly.
Paint brushes ...
In the South, few things say summer better than a backyard barbecue. Once the sun has gone down, your party may still be going strong. Many patios have lights so that you can keep socializing well into the night.
A fire pit is another way to provide light and a gathering place for your friends and family. Outdoor fires are always an attractive feature in any backyard retreat. Building a DIY stone fire pit can be as easy as stacking paving or ...
Wallpaper has been around for hundreds of years, keeping walls looking attractive. However, even the most loved wallpaper has its time. There are plenty of reasons people remove their wallpaper.
Styles change, and what’s popular one day is passé the next. Wallpaper which is across from a large window can become extremely faded. Nails and other hanging equipment can leave unsightly holes in the walls. The list could go on!
Learn how to remove wallpaper before you start for a smooth and easy ...
The new year is here, and that means a full year of DIY projects ahead. Whether you are a beginner or an expert DIY-er, home projects are available for every skill level.
DIY Home Projects for 2016
Looking for some inspiration? Or just curious to see what’s out there? Here are some ideas for DIY Home Projects for 2016!
Ideas for the Home
Bookshelf (Skill level: Beginner – Expert)
Even if you aren’t an avid reader, bookshelves are handy pieces of furniture to have around the ...
After years of regular use, even the most durable of carpets has its limit. Fraying ends, worn areas, damage, and stains are all great reasons to consider replacing a carpet. Or, perhaps it’s just time for a change, and you never liked the carpet that came with the house to begin with!
Professional carpet installation can be expensive depending on the size of space and amount of carpet which needs to be installed. While it may take patience and some work, you ...
Unless your house is made entirely of brick, wood, or stone, chances are that you’ve got drywall somewhere in your home.
Drywall is used in both ceilings and walls in most new construction. It’s inexpensive, not difficult to install, easy to paint, lasts for years, and is attractive when finished.
Even the best-installed drywall can need replacing for any number of reasons – water damage, picture hanging accidents, or tearing out old walls for renovation are just a few possibilities!
Learn how to install ...
Greenhouses are a great addition for any gardener’s arsenal. They keep tender plants safe from deer, rabbits, and other pests, and provide the perfect environment for plants to grow throughout the year.
There are many different types of DIY greenhouses ranging from plastic to glass, domed to lean-to, walk-in to tabletop, indoor or outdoor, and many more.
You can easily spend hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on a prefabricated greenhouse. Save money and build a custom-order greenhouse that’s perfect for ...
Beds are a part of everyone’s daily life, bookending everyone’s day in blanket-wrapped comfort. There are hundreds of possible styles of beds, and thousands of possibilities for surrounding room decor.
How To Build A Bed
Building a bed frame may seem like a thing of the past. Not so! Building a bed frame not only builds or exercises your woodworking skills, it allows you the creativity and freedom to create the bedroom masterpiece you’ve always wanted.
Before You Build a Bed...
Before you start sawing ...
Cabinets are wonderful to have in the house, and there are plenty of reasons to have some around! Kitchen cabinets keep your counter space clear for your cooking experiments. Their bathroom counterparts are great for storing towels, toilet paper, and more. Garage-based installations are essential for the home builder, mechanic, or gardener.
Homes and apartments usually come with cabinets already installed. However, they may need replacing due to age or aesthetics. Sometimes there simply aren’t cabinets in the space desired.
How To Install ...
The holidays are just around the corner, and many people are taking to the stores to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, then one great way to exercise your creativity and have fun is to build gifts for your friends and family! Few things show care and consideration like a handmade gift.
DIY Holiday Gift Ideas
There are thousands of DIY Holiday gift ideas, all available with just a few mouse clicks. Here are just a ...
One thing about tools is that they somehow manage to multiply. In January they fit nicely into your toolbox, but by July they’re overflowing out of the toolbox and into the rest of your storage space.
If you’re a weekend DIY warrior, and a cabinet of scattered, disorganized tools sounds like you, then you may want to consider a tool shed! Prefabricated tool sheds can be expensive. Fortunately, building a tool shed of your own isn’t difficult and can save you money. ...
As summer comes to a close, the colors and scents of fall are unmistakable. Leaves turn all types of vibrant hues as the weather cools, while apples, pumpkins, and corn appear at every store. When the summer decor goes back into the closet until next season, it’s time to look at some fall yard decorating ideas.
Fall Yard Decorating Ideas
There are so many possibilities when it comes to decorating your yard for fall. Just about every store will have a seasonal aisle ...
Tile is a beautiful flooring option for bathrooms, kitchens, foyers, and more. It comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors, and can be laid in any number of patterns and arrangements. However, whether for cosmetic reasons or for repairs, your tile may need to be replaced! You’ll first need to learn how to remove tile before installing your new flooring.
Stripping a Floor vs. Removing Tile Flooring
First, you may notice that a quick internet search shows different machines and methods when you ...
Fall is a great time for outdoor DIY projects. Autumn brings cool, crisp temperatures that will make working outdoors a real pleasure.
Are you stumped on what DIY project to build next? We are always happy to share DIY ideas! Here are a few of our favorite Fall DIY projects from Pinterest:
DIY Projects for a Spooktacular Home
DIY Fall Projects For Your Yard
While e-readers have become increasingly popular, bookcases are still high in demand. Bookshelves are versatile, and can store more than just books! They’re perfect for CDs, DVDs, knick-knacks, and even kitchen supplies. They’re also easy to build, and a great weekend project.
Bookshelves can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Our guide teaches how to build a simple bookcase measuring 31”x24”x13”. This plan can be easily scaled to the size and shape you want!
First Thing’s First: Supplies
1 – 12’ ...
Whether you’ve just moved into a new home and want to build your dream landscape, or you’ve lived in your home for years and want a change, hundreds of home landscaping ideas are available. Atlanta is an excellent climate for most plants to grow, so there is no shortage of choice on the type of plants you can feature! If you’re stumped on which direction to go, or looking for some inspiration, check out some of our landscaping ideas.
Wildlife-Friendly Home Landscaping ...
An easy home improvement project for homeowners is laying stepping stones to create a decorative walkway in your yard. With this brief tutorial, we can teach you how to lay stepping stones in your yard.
Why You Should Add Stepping Stones To Your Yard
Adding a stepping stone walkway to your yard will encourage and direct your guests and visitors to use a defined path through your yard or garden.
Stepping stones will define a path to encourage your guests to view your yard ...
Are you the type that is always on the lookout for the best home improvement projects to tackle? Finding home improvement projects that add value to your home can be fun and rewarding. Searching for fun and easy project ideas will give you the opportunity to show off your skill and increase the value of your home.
Home improvement project skill levels can vary from simple to demanding. Choose a project that you are confident that you can complete. It is better to ...
Trying to think of fun and rewarding DIY projects for summer? Here are six DIY projects for summer that will fit any skill level and budget.
Six DIY Projects For Summer That Sizzle
1. Build An Outdoor BBQ Grill
This DIY project may seem difficult however, with a good, flat location and a simple design, even a beginner can create a permanent outdoor BBQ grill. Look online or at your local library for easy to build outdoor BBQ plans. Build your BBQ with bricks or landscape ...
How To Cut Marble Like a Pro
Learning how to cut marble may seem like a difficult DIY task. In fact, it is easy to do when you are using the right equipment. Knowing what equipment to use and how to use it properly will help you cut marble like a pro.
Cutting marble yourself for your project will also save you money. Most stone yards will have leftover, scrap pieces of marble that you can get for a reduced price. If you ...
Knowing how to remove drywall, instead of hiring a professional, can save you lots of money. That being said, removing drywall can be a dusty, strenuous project. With proper preparation and tools, you can minimize the time and effort it can take to remove drywall.
Preparing To Remove Drywall
Always wear safety glasses and work gloves to protect yourself from harm while working on any project.
Remove all hazards. Make sure that all electricity, water, and gas lines are are shut off at their main ...
DIY (Do It Yourself) home projects can be small and finished in just a few hours or they can be large and take months or even years to complete. DIY projects are a great way to get the whole family involved in an planning and executing a project. DIY home projects can teach children project planning, math skills, and working together as a team in a fun way.
What is your DIY Skill level?
Basic considerations for any DIY project should include skill ...
How To Use A Wood Chipper
If you know how to use a wood chipper, sprucing up your yard in the spring and fall is an easy DIY project. Removing dead tree branches and pruning shrubbery can create tons of debris. Using a wood chipper will make yard debris a snap.
Types Of Wood Chippers To Use
A Chipper/Shredder machine can handle smaller size branches from shrubbery and leaves and will pulverize the wood into small shreds that can also be used as mulch. Renting ...
Do you know how to polish floors? The easiest way to polish floors is with a good-quality floor polishing machine. Floor polishing machines are electronically powered and simple to use. The bottom of the polisher is round in shape and is made to rotate in a circular motion while it glides across your floor. The polisher is guided by a handle that you can adjust for a comfortable height.
How To Polish Floors
Before you start polishing your floors, make sure that your floor ...
Approximately 43 million home vegetable gardens grace the landscape of the United States, and they increased a whopping 20% in just one year. In the Southeast, we enjoy gardening even more than the rest of the country, perhaps partly because of our comparatively milder climate. According to a National Gardening Association survey, people are flocking to gardening for a variety of reasons, but here are the most commonly cited:
Eat better tasting food: 58 %
Save money on food bills: 54%
Eat better quality ...
DIY Home Improvement Projects That are Super Fast and Easy
Spring is a great season for DIY home improvement projects. In particular, outdoor projects that will spruce up your home. The weather is getting warmer and it's enjoyable to work outside.
In addition, the daylight hours are getting longer. The longer days make is easy to complete your project in just one or two days. Projects can be complete in a weekend.
Here are 10 super fast DIY home improvement projects that are perfect for Spring:
1. Clean and ...
The backyard is one of the most social areas of the home. Whether you’re entertaining guests or enjoying summer fun with your family, it’s important that you yard be just as welcoming and relaxing as your home.
These fourteen cool backyard ideas will give your space a unique, friendly ambiance without breaking your budget. Try out these exciting DIY backyard projects for fun features for the whole family.
1. Outdoor Chandelier
Elegant and energy efficient; what more could you ask for? This rustic, repurposed ...
Whether you’re changing a broken shower head or simply updating your bathroom with more efficient fixtures, replacing a shower head can be a relatively easy process for both seasoned and beginner DIYers. This quick how-to guide will help you install your new fixed-mount, fixed-mount and handheld, or handheld only shower head quickly and effectively.
What you’ll need:
A new shower head
An adjustable wrench
The first step of changing your shower head is preparing your work area. Place an old towel at the bottom ...
Thinking of the proper way on how to tile on concrete? If you are planning to wrk on this project, then it is best to be aware of the right techniques beginning with the preparation process to the actual procedure on tiling concrete floor. So, read along to learn more about this task as you read along.
The best thing about concrete floors is that once these are free of abrasions or cracks, it is easy for you to lay ceramic tiles ...
Knocking down a wall in your home is often considered by homeowners as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project. Before you grab a hammer and start knocking down a wall, there are several factors to consider. Rushing into knocking down a wall in your home can result in increased costs and dangerous safety hazards.
It is not easy to determine whether a wall is load bearing or not. Removing a wall in a one-story house is much different than in a two-story house, ...
How To Build A Wood Fence
According to poet, Robert Frost, "Good fences make good neighbors." Whether you want to build a wood fence for privacy or for decoration -- it is true that by doing a little planning and effort, your wooden fence will certainly be admired by those living near you.
Fences can be the source of arguments between neighbors. Common disagreements include what kind of fence is being built, where it is being built, and how the fence will be ...
Anyone who wishes to start woodworking faces the daunting task of having to choose the type of wood, the correct tools and manage the expenses. Fortunately, woodworking has now become popular across the globe in many countries. This means that there are many more experts who are willing to guide you on your woodworking hobby to make the activities fun and safe.
In addition to the basic information provided about tool kits and carving tips, many websites on the Internet now provide ...
WHAT IS A RETAINING WALL?
A retaining wall is a structure that holds back soil or water. Retaining walls are built to reduce erosion or to correct an awkwardly sloped landscape retaining walls can be made of stone, concrete block, or wood timbers. Consideration should be given to the height, the type of soil behind the wall, and what will be on top of your retaining wall. Based on these considerations, the appropriate type of retaining wall can be constructed.
GRAVITY RETAINING WALL
The gravity ...
Halloween is just around the corner, and it's that time of the year once again to start thinking about amazing pumpkin carving designs to decorate your home. So, whether you are a newbie or a pro in carving pumpkins, these tips and design ideas can come in handy this season.
Choosing the Right Pumpkin
If you want to get that flawless and attractive design for your pumpkin, it's best to start by examining closely the shape, texture and quality of the pumpkin you ...
So, you were moving that beautiful new antique armoire into your house and you accidentally bumped the wall leaving a small hole. Don’t sweat it, patching the hole in your drywall is much easier than moving that heavy armoire!
Here’s what you need to patch your drywall:
Piece of drywall larger than the hole in the wall
1 x 3 wood strapping or salvaged wood to use for backing
Small piece of screen 2 inches larger than the patch piece
Fine Silicone-Carbide sandpaper
Utility knife or Drywall ...
Yuck! Are you are frustrated because your bathtub or shower looks dirty and you just cleaned it? Take these 8 simple steps to apply new caulk and improve the look of your bathtub or shower.
Caulking is an easy Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project that will freshen the look of your tub or shower. Old caulk can crack and cause water to leak behind tile causing water damage to your wall. A further problem with cracks in old caulk is mildew growing around your bathtub or ...
Look What We Dug UP!
Blogs are a great way to discover design ideas, learn about a DIY project; or even meet your neighbors and customers! We were "digging" around the internet and found the local blog, Westview Bungalow. The blog features first-time homeowners that write about their lives and DIY projects. According to the blog owners;
Originally the blog was only focused on the renovation of the house, but as time has passed it has morphed to also include a lot on gardening, cooking, ...
Hardwood floors have timeless appeal and truly enhance the beauty of any room in a home, but over the years, hardwood flooring can begin to look dingy and scratched. Even the finest of hardwood flooring surfaces is not immune to wear and tear, as heavy foot traffic and the weight of furniture gradually take their toll on floors. Fortunately, you don't have to invest in entirely new flooring to improve the appearance of your home. You can refinish your hardwood floors ...
While trees can add to the overall appeal and beauty of any landscape, there may be times when you will have to cut them down for a number of reasons. It may already be blocking a path for pedestrians and vehicles, or the tree may pose hazards to homes because of its enormous size. No matter what your reasons are for cutting a tree, be sure to apply the right techniques on how to cut down a tree to avoid injuries ...
Having a wobbly and unbalanced ceiling fan at home can make you feel terrified about the possibility of it falling on you. Moreover, this issue can cause serious damages to the bushings and bearing of the fan's motor, and it is likely for you to keep hearing an annoying loud noise each time the fan is switched on. Thus, it is important that you make sure the fan is properly installed on the ceiling to prevent these issues and keep you ...
If you are all set for a home improvement project such as framing your door, then you may find yourself wondering how to begin this task. Initially, you may think that it is somewhat complicated to start with this project, but you can achieve excellent results by having necessary tools ready and applying the right techniques on how to frame a door.
When building another partition wall in your home, which comes with an interior door, you will have to make ...
Wood decks will get dingy over time, and if not properly maintained, the color is going to fade, resulting in a finish that doesn't look great. The simple solution is to learn how to maintain a deck, in order to ensure it not only looks great as the years pass, but also to ensure your money doesn't go down the drain, because you will constantly have to be replacing wood planks and boards.
With the right tools, and supplies, not only is ...
Though starting a flower bed from scratch will require some planning and forethought, the process can be fun and exciting. Just the thought of seeing a bloom of beautiful flowers that you propagated into a lovely flower bed is worth all the effort.
There are many types of flowers available and you can plant your flower bed any way you like, large or small, raised or flat, curved, square, or straight, whatever you desire! Keep in mind, you can change your flower ...
For home owners, learning how to pressure wash a driveway is one of the many things you will have to do to maintain the look of the driveway, as well as the structural quality. Over time, your car, gravel, and other debris are going to tear away at the driveway. By properly washing it with the right tools, you are not only going to find it will look better and remain clean, but it will also last longer, so you do ...
Until homeowners get some experience with a pressure washing machine, they often think that these machines are some kind of a magic wand. To them, all that one needs to do is take the machine, wave it over the house, truck, car, tractor, or boat and it magically becomes clean. As usual though, it is not always as easy as it appears. A lot more is needed with regard to how to pressure wash your house.
But there can be no denying ...
Learning how to grade a yard with a Bobcat, is not as difficult as one might think. In fact, learning how to operate one of these machines is quite simple, and within a day, you should be able to learn the basics of grading your yard and lawn.
Most local city municipalities will require you put up a silk fencing barrier, when using a Bobcat to grade your yard. This not only provides a safety measure for those who are working ...
If you are looking for simple tips and steps on how to build a chain link fence, the process is not that complex. With the right tools, and with the right guide in place, you will find that the process is something that anyone can do, even if you are new to DIY projects.
It is important to have the right tools, in order to ensure the job is done right, and to ensure it is a sturdy, well built fence. With ...
Sitting and spending time around a fire is considered to be the oldest form of entertainment. There’s nothing better than ending a busy day, sitting around a fire, enjoying the company of your friends and family. This makes having a firepit in your backyard absolutely essential.
Many people are of the assumption that constructing a firepit is quite and daunting task and may require professional help. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
With the right set of tools and a little hard ...