Place charcoal in a perforated plastic bag and stash the bag your fridge or drawers to banish odors.
Remove aggressive vines, which hold moisture against walls and wreak havoc on wood clapboards, slowing their ability to dry out after a rain and causing rot. — 12 Easy DIY Fall Fix-Ups
Elevate a hot-water tank on paver bricks to prevent the pilot light from going out and the tank from getting rust damage if the basement is flooded. — 10 Uses for Bricks
In the fall, when bird-breeding season ends, clean out birdhouses to attract newcomers. — Birdhouse Basics
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
Check your gutters: properly pitched gutters slope between 1/16 inch and ⅛ inch per foot, directing water to the leader and out the downspout. — Button Up Your House For Fall
At the nursery, look for the biggest bulbs of your chosen variety—they’ll give you the largest blooms. — Plant Bulbs Now for Future Blooms
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
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.