How to Fund Your Next Home Renovation

How to Fund Your Next Home Renovation

Daria Kirpach With interest rates still low, here’s a look at the best ways to pay for big-ticket home improvements. This article appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. Has more time at home given you...
What to Know Before Upgrading Your Garage Door

What to Know Before Upgrading Your Garage Door

Nat Rea For many of us, the garage door is the primary way we come and go. While replacing one is a big decision, it’s also an opportunity for a major upgrade. Here’s how to pick the right one. Shown: Steel pulls and X-bracing simulate the look of swing-out carriage...
How to Load and Use a Grease Gun

How to Load and Use a Grease Gun

iStock While it may seem like a nuisance to add grease to the fittings of large equipment and deal with the potentially messy job of how to load a grease gun, grease is the cheapest—by far—wear part in whatever equipment you’re using. Read this guide to learn how to...
How To Pump Water Out Of Your Basement 

How To Pump Water Out Of Your Basement 

iStock Whether it’s caused by a hundred-year flood or a plumbing malfunction, no one wants a swimming pool in their basement. Here are some ways to get rid of that standing water in your basement.  At some point, it probably happens to everyone who has a basement. Too...
How to Clean Concrete

How to Clean Concrete

iStock From driveways to patios, and all the areas in between here are the best way to clean concrete floors. Durable, low-maintenance, and inexpensive, there’s a reason concrete is a homeowner’s go-to material when it comes to basement floors, patios, and driveways....
How to Remove Sticker Residue

How to Remove Sticker Residue

iStock Got some nasty, fuzzy residue stubbornly sticking around from an old label, price tag, or sticker? Removing it can be a hassle, especially if you don’t want to damage the surface it’s adhered to. For the quickest and most effective ways to remove sticker...