The stone wall in the basement of my 90-year-old house is constructed with an exposed wall of either cement or plaster that is crumbling and becoming very porous. What can I do to fix it?
I am having a problem with the coating over my concrete foundation where the outside wall meets the grass. It has been flaking off. Is there a product that I can use to repair this?
I plan to install a bathroom and wood flooring in my unfinished basement. The concrete floor that is there now is very uneven. What should I do to even the concrete floor before installing the hardwood floor?
We recently bought a house whose previous owners built a second-story addition. Unfortunately, they did not install a support wall. The result is that the ceiling above has sagged considerably in the middle. Is it possible to add support without having to install a support wall?
Just how much insulation is really required in a basement?
I live in a basement apartment with some rather noisy upstairs neighbors. Is there anything that I can do to better soundproof my apartment?
I am refinishing my basement. I have installed white polystyrene panels, but I am not sure whether or not I should install 2x4s directly over the polystyrene panels or if I should cut out strips of the panels to allow the 2x4s to be flush with the concrete wall behind the insulation. Which method is better?
Fresh-cut trees are longer lasting and are less likely to become fire traps. To test for freshness, bend a needle or two sharply between your thumb and forefinger.
Coffee grounds placed in the planting hole encourage acid-forming bacteria, boosting the growth of such acid-loving plants as blueberries and evergreens.
Add real wood-smoke flavor to foods cooked on your gas grill with a handful of green twigs from garden trees or herbs. Toss them onto the fire just before you start barbecuing.
Stratification is the name given to the process of inducing seeds to emerge from dormancy through cold treatment.
Repotting can be done at any time, especially if a plant is suffering. But the best time to perform the task is just before growth begins
Severe pruning of everblooming roses produces fewer but larger flowers. This method renews old and overgrown rose bushes and is appropriate for newly transplanted bushes.
To fashion unique napkin rings for special dinner parties, gather sections of deciduous vines in the fall. Good choices for this project are grapevine, honeysuckle, trumpet vine, and wisteria.
The poppy family (Papaver) includes 50 species of annuals and perennials with crinkled, cuplike blooms reminiscent of crepe paper.
Coordinating your porch furniture and plants will create a more inviting environment. Rattan or wicker pieces look best with exotic tropicals like palms, hibiscus, and oleanders; ferns are also a nice complement.
Apples naturally contain this setting agent. If your jellies aren’t setting up properly, place a cheesecloth sack filled with the apple parts that have the highest pectin content — peelings, cores, and seeds — into the pan.
These fragrant, topiary-like decorations last for years, and they aren't difficult to make. The ends of the rosemary sprigs stick right into the florist's foam — no glue necessary. Just work carefully, especially when trimming the sprigs to the same length.
Everyone needs a spoon rest beside the stove, and this one is as much fun to make as it to use. Sculpey clay is used here because it is more pliable and easier to roll out than other clays on the market.
Stunning yet simple, this lush arrangement looks great surrounded by groups of glowing candles. Use it on a mantel or as a fabulous centerpiece.