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Do Homemade Weed Killers Work?
Do Homemade Weed Killers Work?

Tom Lohr is an avid home DIY enthusiast. He prefers to spend the money he saves on new tools and gardening supplies. Not Everything That Grows Green is GoldLike every gardener, I hate weeds and I love the environment. For me it has always been a tough choice between using a chemical weed killer that is likely killing us as well, or pulling what I can and watch the weeds slowly take over as I struggle to keep up.

How Well Does a Roomba Actually Clean Your House?
How Well Does a Roomba Actually Clean Your House?

Tom Lohr is a futurist and hates cleaning. He is still waiting for his flying car. Part of the excitement of greeting the start of the 21stcentury two decades ago was the promise of technology that would make our lives easier. While I am still waiting on my flying car, we have come a long way. Although I would not exactly call them an improvement in our lives, smartphones are a clear example of how far we have come in a short period of time.

How to Turn an Extra  Bedroom Into a Guest Suite
How to Turn an Extra Bedroom Into a Guest Suite

Sadie Holloway enjoys discovering simple ways to stay organized and manage her time better at home, at work, and out in the community. 7 Tips for Setting Up an Inviting Guest RoomHave you got company coming for the holidays? Do family members like to drop in out of nowhere to stay the night? Here are some easy, affordable ways to turn your spare bedroom into a cozy home-away-from-home for your guests.

Review of the Black & Decker CM2043C Cordless Lawn Mower
Review of the Black & Decker CM2043C Cordless Lawn Mower

Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical timepieces. While he focuses mainly on watches, Walter also reviews household items. For years, I’ve been cutting my lawn with a Fiskars reel mower. It’s a great unit, but once you turn sixty, the Fiskar’s rustic charm is overridden by the hard work required to push it through the grass.

Does a Finished Basement Add Value to a Home?
Does a Finished Basement Add Value to a Home?

Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.Will Finishing a Basement Add Value?The short answer is yes, if it is done right. Adding more usable living space to a home will increase its value. And the cost of finishing a basement is cheaper than the cost of pouring a new concrete slab and adding onto the property.

My Review of the Purdy 18-Inch Roller Frame
My Review of the Purdy 18-Inch Roller Frame

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Painting With an 18-inch Roller FrameThe benefit of painting with an 18-inch roller frame is the time it saves when rolling out walls and ceilings. I used a 9-inch paint roller for many years, but I& 39;ve since switched to an 18-inch roller for a lot of the interior painting I do, especially big ceilings.

DIY Tongue-and-Groove Wood Ceiling
DIY Tongue-and-Groove Wood Ceiling

Samantha is a mom of four who loves crafting, DIY home improvements, and interior design. What to Do With an Ugly Ceiling?If you live in an older house, you probably have ugly patterns on your ceilings. You& 39;ve probably stared up at them countless times, wishing they would go away. I know your pain and I& 39;m here to tell you that there is a solution.

How to Repair Torn or Damaged Air Conditioning Duct
How to Repair Torn or Damaged Air Conditioning Duct

Bert spent 25 years working as a home-improvement and residential construction contractor in central Florida.A damaged duct system greatly reduces a heating and air conditioning system& 39;s energy efficiency. Ideally, every bit of conditioned air goes directly from the furnace to the living space. In extreme cases, the energy lost from torn or damaged duct costs more in a single season far exceeds the price of the repair materials.

Review: The New 12-Inch Sweetnight Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Review: The New 12-Inch Sweetnight Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Kate is a mother of two and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Sonoma State University. She& 39;s also a passionate researcher. Well, I did it again. I had to order yet another new mattress to try out the latest and greatest. This time I got my hands on the new Sweetnight 12-inch gel memory foam mattress.

DIY Home Project: Board and Batten Entryway Wall Update
DIY Home Project: Board and Batten Entryway Wall Update

My writing interests are general, with expertise in science, history, biographies, and “how-to” topics. I have written over sixty books. My wife and I decided to spruce up the entry way into our home. She deserves the bulk of the credit for the project and did much of the work. I helped when needed. We chose the board and batten style update for our entry way.

How to Get Rid of Garter Snakes Without Killing Them: 7 Tried-and-True Ways
How to Get Rid of Garter Snakes Without Killing Them: 7 Tried-and-True Ways

Jorge loves nature and the outdoors, but loves giving unsolicited advice about it much more. Yes, You Can Get Rid of Garter Snakes Without Killing ThemPart of having a yard is dealing with all of the critters that will wander over to visit you. Some of these will be cute and furry, and others will be more scaly.

My Review of the Shark Navigator Lift Away Deluxe Vacuum
My Review of the Shark Navigator Lift Away Deluxe Vacuum

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Is the Shark Navigator Deluxe a Good Vacuum?I bought the Shark Navigator about three years ago when my previous vacuum cleaner broke. I bought the lift-away deluxe model.I read several reviews on Dyson and other brands, but settled on the Shark bagless vacuum based on the positive reviews and cost.