House and Components
A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.
12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately
A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...
8 Scary Ways Your Fireplace Could Be Toxic
A roaring fire can really make wintertime more bearable. But could it be dangerous to your health? Sadly, yes. Here's...
6 Home Problems Inspectors Hate to See
Reuben Saltzman, president of Structure Tech in Minnesota, identifies potential home problems and what to do about them.
Your Guide to Winterizing Everything
From cars, boats and lawn mowers to pools, gutters and grills. Here's how to winterize everything around your home.
Why You Need to Check Your Chimney Before You Cozy Up to the Fireplace
It's that time of year again! If you have a fireplace, here's a quick way to tell if your chimney...
How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers: Woodpecker Deterrents
While woodpeckers are easy on the eyes and favorites of birdwatchers, you really don't want them around your home. Woodpeckers...
How to Use a Charcoal Chimney
No need for chemicals such as lighter fluid, start your grill with a charcoal chimney instead. Here's how to use...
What is a Chimney Pot?
Although the top of the chimney isn't often on your mind as you sit in front of a fire, you...
Clay Chimney Flue Liners Make Great Planters
To make these terra-cotta planters, go to a brick supplier and buy 3-ft. lengths of clay chimney flue liner.
Installing Chimney Flashing
Leak-proof your chimney using this traditional, time-tested flashing method.
How Does Santa Get Into a House Without a Chimney? His Secret Key, of Course!
Just over 40 percent of the homes in America have fireplaces, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. So...
How to Handle Efflorescence on Brick Chimneys
Moisture moving through bricks causes white mineral deposits on the brick surface and in the case of a chimney, it...
How to Work with Scaffolding Safely
How to rent, setup and use scaffolding when you have to work on your roof, siding or chimney.