House & Home

This page contains links to all of our articles about getting things done around the house, both inside and out. This includes simple plumbing and electrical repairs, lawn care and gardening tips, fixing your power equipment, preventing bug infestations, random maintenance tips, and much more.

Gorilla Super Glue is the Real Deal

by Michael on January 3, 2011 · 0 comments

I recently needed some “Super Glue” (cyanoacrylate adhesive) to repair a couple of iPod/iPhone sync cables that cracked down near the plug. I’ve had terrible luck with tubes of Super Glue drying up in the past, so I decided to try something new.

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I’m a big fan of 3M’s Command adhesive strips. If you’ve never used them, they’re great. They stick like crazy, but release without damage when you stretch them out by pulling the little release tab on the end.

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One of my projects for holiday break has been to fix the under-cabinet lighting in our kitchen. We have a series of fluorescent fixtures that use the skinny little T5 bulbs. Some have started flickering and flashing, while others just won’t turn on.

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Not long ago, a burned out bulb was the bane of the Christmas decorator’s existence. While a single bad bulb can’t take out an entire string of modern Christmas lights, there are still things that can go wrong with your lights.

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Have you ever considered making your own laundry detergent? If so, then you’ve come to the right place… What follows is a quick rundown of how to make your own powdered or liquid laundry detergent and save a bunch of money.

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With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to share a quick tip that will keep your pumpkin from rotting. Truth be told, you can’t keep the mold at bay forever, but you can slow the process considerably.

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Guess what? Bedbugs (a.k.a., bed bugs) are making a major comeback here in the United States. These nasty little critters were largely eradicated in the developed world through the use of pesticides (e.g., DDT), but they’ve become increasingly prevalent over the past decade.

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Review: Fire Magic Aurora Gas Grill

by Michael on September 6, 2010 · 0 comments

Over the summer we did a bunch of landscape work, including a new patio with an outdoor fireplace and a Fire Magic built-in gas grill. The renovation wasn’t cheap, but we haven’t regretted it a bit, especially with the evenings cooling down.

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