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Fix-It Friday: 4th Of July Safety And Awareness Checklist

As we get ready to celebrate our great nation’s birthday, let’s run down this 4th of July safety and awareness checklist I’ve created so we can all have a blast this weekend... but only the good kind! ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: 6 Non-Toxic Ways To Keep Bugs Out Of Your Garden

Somebody’s been eating in my rose bed…and I’m pissed! Being away for a couple of weeks and knowing how quickly things grow this time of year, I was excited to come home and see the progress of my garden. As I peeked out at my precious petunias, to my horror, I found pests had used my garden as a buffet station! Leaves ravaged, buds denuded, stems holding on to their shoots ... [Read More]

This Is Precisely Why Every Woman Should Know How To Unclog A Toilet

A Cautionary Tale: Why Every Woman Should Know How To Unclog A Toilet

June 19, 2015 by

Almost four years ago to the day, American Standard released this video, which they say is "Based on a true story." Fact or fiction, it is hilarious! You panic, cringe, and gag right along with this poor woman who has found herself in some seriously deep doo-doo. For the brand it's a clever sales piece, but for us it's a cautionary tale that captures precisely why every woman should know how to unclog ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Get Your Grill Ready For Summer

If you didn’t heed my "Bye Bye BBQ" advice about giving your grill a thorough, end-of-season cleaning as last summer turned into fall, you’re likely to find a mess under the lid when you go to fire it up now. As I warned back then, grease left on your grill from past summer fun can attract pests, and, left over months, can clog and even damage burners. ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: 10 Interesting Things You Should Know About Norma Vally… Our Toolbelt Diva

June 5, 2015 by

This Woman You Should Know is so many things... a seasoned veteran of home repair and improvement, the former host of Discovery Home Channel’s series "Toolbelt Diva" and a show on Sirius Satellite Radio by the same name, an acclaimed author, a proud aunt, a mom to rescue kitty Dexter, an accomplished cook, ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: 8 Surprising Household Uses For Lemons

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, add tequila, or make limoncello! Yes, make lemonade too (yawn) but did you know lemons and lemon juice can be used around the house as an all natural and inexpensive polish, cleanser, and deodorizer? Plus its citric acid is anti-bacterial. Put that in your margarita glass and drink it! Here’s my lovely list of 8 surprising household uses for ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Low Water Pressure Faucet? Here’s An Easy Fix To Get The Flow Going

Is the flow at your faucet so low it takes 10 minutes to rinse one dish? The lack of pressurized flow is almost always due to a clogged aerator. The aerator is a small device at the tip of your faucet. It contains a screen(s) in it that does two things—filters out particles and creates a smooth neat flow of water (so it doesn’t chugalug ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: To Flush or Not To Flush… Things You Should NEVER Put Down Your Toilet, Drain, Or Garbage Disposal

In a previous Fix-it Friday column, I wrote about how to unclog a toilet, which got me to thinking... an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or a quart of Liquid Plumr. Back when I did a lot of plumbing work with my cousin Sal in Brooklyn, I unclogged more toilets, clean-outs, shower ... [Read More]