Fix-It Friday: Toxic Dump… Get Rid Of These 3 Common Household Products

Under the kitchen sink or on a shelf in the garage can literally house a death arsenal. It's my opinion that using safe and eco-friendly methods should always be our first approach for fixing, cleaning, etc. There are occasions, however, after all green fixes have failed, going after a serious problem with bigger chemical guns may be necessary--like ridding a house of an out of control ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday The 13th: 10 Clever Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide You’ll Feel Lucky To Know

With today's column falling on Friday the 13th, I was inspired to share a tale of misfortune that, thanks to a bubbly, oxidizing twist, has a killer happy "Fix-It" ending. Last weekend my nephew came home with a big fat blister on his foot that he had hiked on for hours resulting ... [Read More]

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

May 11, 2016 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]


Fix-It Friday: 9 Ways To Be Energy Efficient… Italian Style

May 6, 2016 by

I just spent 2 weeks in Italy on a pilgrimage to Bari, my Father's hometown. What an incredible trip! While eating and drinking my way through the Italian region of Puglia, I couldn't help but notice how effortlessly the Italians conserved energy and water. So, in addition to 5 pounds of "panza," I've brought back with me these red, white and green tips to share ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Basic Tips for Growing Healthy, Beautiful Roses

Safely after frosts (for most of us), and early enough to enjoy blooms all spring and summer, now is a perfect time of year to bring "May Flowers" into your yards! For this Fix-it Friday I’m focusing on the most illustrious flower of them all... the rose. There are literally dozens of rose types. Things to consider when choosing your rose: color, climber or not, size and type of bloom ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Hey, UP YOURS… Your Recyclables That Is!

With it being Earth Day, I'm devoting today's column to upcycling... a fun and creative way to repurpose and refurbish trash bound or found objects (objet trouvé). It’s a trendy phrase in the DIY realm these days, but in the garbage world, the term popped-up back in the 90’s to describe converting old product into something of better use, quality, or environmental value. It’s the opposite of downcycling ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Bonding Moment… Norma’s Go-To Epoxy For A Cracked Or Broken Whatever

There are certain products I come across that I just can't rave enough about. J-B Weld is one of them. I discovered it while researching an adhesive/epoxy that could withstand HEAT. I needed something to repair our cherished backyard clay chimenea that was beginning to crack in a few places. J-B Weld fixed it! We've been ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Say Hello To My Little Friend… The Bitchin’ Basin Wrench

At some point, most homes will experience a loose faucet, especially in the kitchen where handle grabbing and sprayer yanking are a given. Not only annoying, a loose faucet allows splashed water to drip through the sink deck and down into your cabinet, eventually warping wood, and causing mildew. Over at my girlfriend Deb’s house, I noticed her kitchen faucet ... [Read More]