Icicles may be pretty but they can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up into your house. Here are prevention tips, fast fixes, and long-term repairs from the pros at TOH
To ensure that your planted tree thrives long past the holidays, choose a species suited to your climate and region. Your local nursery will give the best advice.
In the fall, when bird-breeding season ends, clean out birdhouses to attract newcomers. — Birdhouse Basics
Build yourself a wall-mount storage unit, or opt for a premade option
Leave the cut shapes wedged in place until you are finished cutting all the lines. This will provide added support until you’re done carving
Low-VOC paints dry faster than the older latex formulations, so it’s critical that you fix mistakes quickly. — Decoding the New Low-VOC Paints
Open shelves and exposed beams add a sense of loftiness in a smaller kitchen. — Inspiring Home Spruce-Ups on a Shoestring Budget
Use slim cans that require frequent emptying, to keep odors at bay and prevent back strain from hefting too-big bags. — The Right way to Handle Kitchen Waste
Stick adhesive felt pads to the front and sides of an upright vacuum so that it can glide against baseboards without scuffing the finish. — Reader Tips That Save Time and Money
Dry-scrub crud from grates, burners, and inside surfaces with a nonscratch sponge or a nylon brush, then wash surfaces with dish soap and water.