Do-It-Yourself Projects

  • Vegetable Gardens: Anyone Can Do It!

    5/1/2014 8:41 PM

    Summer in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC brings to mind the abundance of produce from our region - fresh corn on the cob, ripe juicy tomatoes, summer squash, watermelon, and more.  With our proximity to Maryland's eastern shore, we have access to fresh, locally-grown produce.  And our weather is conducive to growing many heat-loving varieties in our own backyards.

  • Vegetable Gardens: Anyone Can Do It!

    5/1/2014 8:41 PM

    Summer in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC brings to mind the abundance of produce from our region - fresh corn on the cob, ripe juicy tomatoes, summer squash, watermelon, and more.  With our proximity to Maryland's eastern shore, we have access to fresh, locally-grown produce.  And our weather is conducive to growing many heat-loving varieties in our own backyards.

  • Gutter Maintenance: Play It Safe

    3/31/2014 8:40 PM

    The weather takes a toll on your gutters. Winter snow and ice put extra strain on your gutters and downspouts and can even cause your gutters to pull away from your home. Spring storms and wind blow debris from spring-blossoming trees, filling your gutters and potentially causing blockages and clogs. Heavy rain can cause your gutters to overflow, creating landscaping damage.

  • Easy Home Remodeling with a Can of Paint

    8/27/2013 1:41 PM

    With many homeowners staying in their homes rather than moving, home remodeling projects can improve the comfort and update the look of a home. While some projects can cost tens of thousands of dollars, such as a kitchen renovation, there are some simple ways to update the look of your home without pillaging your bank account.

  • Summer Backyard Fun

    7/5/2013 7:52 PM

    Summers in Virginia, DC and Maryland are the times when our backyard decks and patios get the most use. Whether you’re entertaining or just enjoying the great outdoors with your family, there are easy ways to get the most out of your deck this summer. Checking the operation of your sliding glass door....      

  • Common DIY Mistakes

    6/25/2013 5:31 PM

    With a difficult economy and tight budgets, many homeowners debate whether to hire a contractor for home improvement projects or try to tackle the job themselves. But there are many problems that a typical......  

  • Improving Air Quality in an Energy Efficient Home

    5/22/2013 12:14 AM

    There’s so much talk about energy efficiency and how to make your home air tight to improve your energy usage. But did you know that an airtight house can reduce your indoor air quality? It’s an unintended consequence of being so energy efficient. You’re on your way to reducing your energy consumption and utility bills, but you’ve ended up hurting the air quality inside your home.

  • Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

    5/8/2013 1:13 PM

    Your home’s envelope takes a beating every winter and into early spring. Snow, wind, and cold spring rains can all contribute to your siding looking dingy, dirty, and even moldy if a particular area doesn’t get enough sunlight. Spring is a great time to give your siding a good scrub down. While vinyl siding is a maintenance free option for your home, it can still benefit from periodic cleaning to keep it looking like new

  • Get Your Gutters Ready for Summer Storms - 'Cause They're Coming!

    4/21/2013 6:04 PM

    Summer is about to get into full swing.  Warm temperatures, long sunny days, and vacations to look forward to.  But if you live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington DC, you know all too well that summer also means higher humidity and the increased chance of severe storms popping up. To protect your home and yard from storm damage, look up – at your gutters. After weeks of tree blossoms dropping throughout the spring, chances are your gutters are full of leaves, twigs, flowers, and other debris, especially if you didn’t clean them out at the end of winter.  Inspect your gutters for any blockages and clean out all gutter runs. If dirt is caked-on, wet it first with a garden hose so you can scoop it out easily.  Once the gutters are cleared, run a garden hose down them to flush them out. This is also a good way to tell if you have any leaks in your gutters.  

  • This Earth Day, Commit to the Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

    4/19/2013 1:23 PM

    Reduce, Reuse and RecycleWith Earth Day right around the corner, many of us are thinking more about reducing our energy use and how we can live and work in our communities while still being kind to the environment. Remember the three Rs of environmental friendliness: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Concentrating on the Three Rs is easy to do, doesn’t cost a dime (actually usually SAVES you money), and is fun to get the kids involved with creative ways to live greener. 

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