Home Repair and Renovating

September 21, 2011

How to repair damaged computer cables in 3 easy steps

via sugru.com

This really works. I've repaired two cables so far.  And I admire the woman who invented the plasticky repair-all compound you see in the photos (comes in orange, white, black, blue and green) because she says things like this:

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August 30, 2011

Toronto's Green Building Supply Showroom and Design Center

via www.ggreendesign.com

Toronto's got its own Green Design Center, so if you need cabinetry, flooring or carpeting that's eco-friendly and energy-efficient, start in their showroom. It's a great collection of 'what's out there' and it may give you ideas for what's possible.

If the pricing seems too high you can probably find similar products elsewhere, but watch out for wood and bamboo products; many suppliers claim that their wood products are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) but they're SO not. (Please, please, please be especially careful about the bamboo you buy.  Some bamboo suppliers are tearing out panda habitat to plant the kind of bamboo they can turn into flooring.  That sucks for the giant pandas, which are already on the endangered species list since they were driven out of their lowlands home years ago by farming and deforestation.  End of lecture.)

August 24, 2011

Stain Gang - Food safe solutions for icky stained cutting boards

August 17, 2011

Dryer Vents: Why the stretchy ones suck!

August 08, 2011

Sugru - How to seal your packets for re-use

via www.instructables.com

This is fantastic news for fans of Sugru, the hard-curing magical silicone repair-all product from England. You know how sometimes you put off making a repair because you only need a little bit of Sugru, and you don't want to open a packet until you can use the whole thing since it's hard to reseal in a way that keeps the Sugru safe from air and humidity?  Well, here's the solution for that!

June 14, 2011

Make your own 'shabby chic' crackle finish for antiquing picture frames and furniture

This is a really fast, easy project that allows you to be both sloppy and clever.  And making paint crack is way more fun than watching paint dry.  It's a great technique to use on old stuff or new stuff, bare wood or finished wood, even painted surfaces. 

 

May 17, 2011

Thirty Unusual Uses for Aluminum Foil

via www.instructables.com

Great writing AND groovy uses for foil. You'll be so glad to read this compendium on the foil-enhanced lifestyle.

Get rid of mold and mildew permanently for $9

We've all smelled 'em.  Musty, mouldy, throat-clenching odors, usually emanating from the basement.  There is a solution. 

 

May 11, 2011

Stop the heartbreak of drippy pipes

Humidity is the enemy of basements, and the cause of most mould and mildew. Reduce those musty smells in your home by insulating your plumbing pipes.  It doesn't take long and it'll make you feel smug.

 

April 07, 2011

Caulk-a-Doodle: How to execute a dazzling caulk job

Even in relatively new houses that have settled a bit, caulk failures produce butt-ugly cracks and gaps around trim.  Here's an easy way to tidy 'em up.

 

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