how to caulk your shower, bathroom ideas, home maintenance repairs, how to, Photos by Steve C Mitchell

Angie's List: How To Caulk Your Shower

There's no expiration date on caulk, but when it begins to peel and turn different colors around your bathtub or shower, you'll know it's time. Luckily, caulking requires just a few tools and materials, making it an easy DIY project for handy homeowners of every skill level.

how to replace a faulty gas stove igniter, appliances, diy, home maintenance repairs, how to

How to Replace a Faulty Gas Stove Igniter

For the past few months, my oven has been taken longer and longer to heat up and cook. I did not know anything about how a gas stove really works and I was afraid that I was going to have to either hire someone to come fix it or buy a new oven. Before I jumped into hiring someone or buying a new oven, I decided I would research the problem and attempt to fix it myself.After some research, I came to the conclusion that I had a faulty igniter. The information that I found seemed like it would be an easy fix. I located a replacement igniter for just under $25 from Sears. I figured that if I messed something up, that at least I would only be out $25 and my time.

how to season a brand new cast iron pan, cleaning tips

How to Season A Brand New Cast Iron Pan

The purpose of seasoning the pan is to create a non-stick surface. But without all the nasty chemicals that transfer into the food from other "non-stick" pans. And a bit of iron will seep into your cooked food through the cast iron skillet - which apparently is a really good thing!

household items to save or splurge on, home decor, organizing

Household Items: Save or Splurge?

Domestic CEO asks a panel of QDT experts about when should you save, and when should you spend, when it comes to buying household items.

getting a new ice maker for under 4 , appliance repair, appliances

How to Get A New "Ice Maker" for Under $4!

Oh those ice makers are a life saver if you love having ice in your cold beverages! But when they clog up or quit working, and if like us, you're tired of the "fixing", you start looking for other ways to have ice .... without buying a new appliance. (Average cost to have a new ice maker installed is about $200-$300 depending on model of frig and labor fees.) Yes, an automatic ice maker is essentially another appliance that works inside (or you could say is installed inside) your frig's freezing compartment. This is a photo of one that's similar to the one we have...or I should say "had". Now if you're looking for a rocket science approach to a 'fix', this isn't that post. ;-) But if you're looking for a very simple and inexpensive "fix", do read on. UPDATE: For those who are concerned about your plastic being food grade or not, you can line the container with Saran Wrap or other plastic wrap or line it with aluminum foil. Both options are food safe. Others comments have addressed this issue as well, if you're looking for more answers to this concern. SECONDARY UPDATE: We've been using this little ice "bucket" now for several years with happy success! No smelly ice cubes, no problems with ice cubes all sticking to each other, only a little 'frosting over' on the cubes occasionally. It may not be everyone's perfect solution, but it worked great for us. :-)

how to correct your oven s temperature

How to Correct Your Oven's Temperature

Have you ever noticed that food cooked in your oven comes out overcooked or undercooked, even though you followed the directions perfectly? It's quite possible that your oven isn't baking at the right temperature! Whether your oven is gas or electric, or has knobs or a digital display, calibrating it is easy!

replacing amp cool weather operation of heart a ceiling fan, electrical, hvac, Switch Up in Cold Weather Position

Replacing & Cool Weather Operation of *Heart* a Ceiling Fan

The Story :: Most folks are unaware that a ceiling fan may be set in the winter to optimize your home's heating potential. By simply flicking the motor switch into reverse (usually up & blades spinning to the right aka clockwise), stagnant warm air is moved off of the ceiling and back down into the room. (See the vid below for a demo of this.)

The BackStory :: Having a pair of apartments that we rent, I occasionally get called to perform landlord-like duties. And one item that *had* been on my to do list was replacing the ceiling fan in this tenant's kitchen.

make your washer clean itself, appliances, cleaning tips, Clean drum after running the vinegar through the hottest cycle

Make your washer clean itself!

It sounds funny that you have clean a machine designed for cleaning, but the washer does need some love. Detergent and grime build up on the drum over time.
Luckily, it's pretty easy to clean. Dump a couple cups of vinegar with a little bit of lemon juice (for smell) into the washing machine and set to the hottest cycle. While the washer is running, wipe down the exterior with a mixture of vinegar and water.
After the cycle is completed, clean the detergent, bleach, and fabric softener dispensers with the same mixture.

thrifty diy outdoor fan makeover, lighting, outdoor living, porches, repurposing upcycling

Thrifty, DIY Outdoor Fan Makeover

Our back porch outdoor fan/light fixture was badly in need of some TLC. So I took some paint and primer and updated it, making it look like new again. I encountered some pitfalls, though, which I explain how to avoid. Check out the post url for all the deets.

fridge organization tips and tricks, kitchen design, organizing, storage ideas

Fridge Organization Tips and Tricks

I have some easy tips and tricks to help keep your fridge organized, clean and bright.

clean and lube your tower fan to keep it running, appliances, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs

Clean and Lube Your Tower Fan to Keep It Running

Did you know that your tower fan needs regular maintenance to keep them running? Tower fans are upwards of $40 and more and are great for circulating air in the summer. I have 3 fans that run from June through October and boy do they get nasty with pet hair and dust!
I have one tower fan that is over 9 years old! and the one I used for this post is over 6 years old. Truth be told it stops working when the dust and hair gunk up the fan blade motor. It is not hard to take apart these fans and clean and lube them.

is your dryer taking too long to dry clothes, appliances, home maintenance repairs, how to

Is Your Dryer Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes?

Have you noticed recently that your dryer is just not drying your clothing as quickly as it used to? It may not mean that you need a brand new unit, but just need to give your current model a tune-up. You should inspect your dryer once a year to make sure everything is running efficiently! This could save you money over time.

Note: To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug the dryer from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

prepare your oven for thanksgiving with these cleaning and maintenance tips, appliances, home maintenance repairs, The Broil Element is located on the top of the oven

Prepare Your Oven for Thanksgiving With These Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of us are preparing for opening our home to friends and family. We are going are over our grocery lists, pulling out the table settings, and cleaning and decorating our home in preparation for this holiday. However, there’s one important thing we all may overlook… our oven. We put a lot of faith in our ovens that day, so it’s smart to get it prepared as well.
Here are a few Tips:
Clean you oven now. If you have a self cleaning oven do not use this feature the day before or day of a big holiday, as your oven could overheat and damage a key component such as a fuse or control board.Sometimes ovens can get stuck in self-clean mode. If this happens turn off the circuit breaker or unplug your oven for one minute to reset the power.

how to clean the washing machine without harsh chemicals, appliances, cleaning tips, how to

How to Clean the Washing Machine Without Harsh Chemicals

It’s quick and easy to clean your washing machine using natural products.
For this cleaning job we use soda crystals and white vinegar both of which are available cheaply at the supermarket.
I prefer to clean the washing machine using more natural products especially as I have young children at home – chemicals are best kept to a minimum especially around inquisitive types! You do have to make sure you store soda crystals out of sight and reach of children as they are an irritant.

unclog a toilet without a plunger

Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

This is the coolest trick to unclog a toilet. It's so much cleaner than using a plunger. I can’t promise it will work every time for you, but it worked every time I tried it. All you need is dish soap and hot water.

blow it out your roof a guide to replacing a bathroom fan , bathroom ideas, electrical, home improvement, home maintenance repairs, how to

Blow It Out Your Roof: a Guide to Replacing a Bathroom Fan!

They say nothing is certain but death and taxes, but I'd like to add a third: repairs! Last week alone, three things broke down on us that had to be repaired. When you're a do-it-your-selfer and a blogger, you have to look on the bright side of things and call that a good week: repairs alone can give you a ton of things to write about! This week, I'm sharing a DIY on how to replace a bathroom fan.

common apartment problems how to be your own handyman, home improvement, home maintenance repairs, how to, Darn the Garbage Disposal Just Cut Out

Common Apartment Problems - How to Be Your Own Handyman

One of the main benefits of renting rather than owning is the fact that when something needs fixin’, a call to the landlord is all that needs to be done! However, sometimes it is much quicker and easier to handle simple repairs on your own — especially if you deal with a very busy property manager who may not have the bandwidth to respond to your problem immediately.
Here’s a quick 101 on several basic home fixes even an amateur can handle without assistance.

is your bathroom properly ventilated, home maintenance repairs, how to, hvac, This preset bath fan timer is a great solution for ensuring the bath fan runs for an adequate amount of time The 30 minute preset is typically used for showering

Is Your Bathroom Properly Ventilated?

We've seen it probably more than 100 times. In an attic, the bath fan discharges directly into a pile of insulation. You would be surprised that it's more common than many people realize! If you don't know the condition of yours, it's worth a quick investigation. So, what are the indicators of a properly ventilated bathroom? Here are a few tips.

1. Select the correct size bath fan. Many have a square footage chart included at time of purchase, but there are tables available online as well, such as this one from HVI:

how to install a ceiling fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

This past summer we were introduced to a new type of ceiling fan by Stile. We thought it would be a perfect fit for the studio at Steph's house. This fan has blades that are enclosed so it doesn't look like the typical ceiling fan. The studio space is small and the existing fan overwhelms the area. Also, it doesn't provide much overall light at all.Because it doesn't have exposed blades it made the installation much easier. Before attempting any electrical work, TURN OFF the power. This can be done at your circuit/fuse box. Ours is in the garage, but yours may be located someplace else in your house.

10 ways technology has changed your house, electrical, fireplaces mantels, home maintenance repairs, hvac, Joe Lodge Flickr

10 Ways Technology Has Changed Your House

From Judith Flanders' The Making of Home (available at: here are ten ways technology has changed your home:

diy industrial ceiling fan with garden planter cage lights, home decor, lighting, repurposing upcycling

DIY Industrial Ceiling Fan [With Garden Planter Cage Lights]

See how we saved a ton of money by creating our own Industrial Ceiling Fan with Garden Planter Cage Lights. We'll show you exactly how we did it and even give you a price break-down of exactly what we spent! Come see us at

2 2 my diyer stash toolbox

2 of 2 -- My DIYer Stash (Toolbox)

Hi there!I would have loved to know some things about tools and supplies when I started crafting and woodworking but I had close to no one to help me. I thought I could share my secret tools and supplies with you fellows Hometalkers! Maybe you'd like to make a project, but you don't know what supplies or tool to use...?These 2 posts are for you (check link below for 1/2 My DIYer Stash (Supplies)). My Xmas gift for you! :)

new look for refrigerator

New Look for Refrigerator

When the door seal on my fridge decided it had had enough, I shopped around to see what it would cost to replace the refrigerator. What a shock to see how high the prices were for a similar fridge. Rather than have to spend a fortune I decided to look at replacing the seal and giving the fridge a makeover.

fix a leaky faucet in 10 minutes, bathroom ideas, home maintenance repairs, how to, plumbing

Fix a Leaky Faucet in 10 Minutes!

Drip, drip, drip! Is that leaky faucet keeping you up at night?

how to install a dishwasher, appliances, how to

How to Install a Dishwasher

Brent Holland and show you the step-by-step process on how to install a dishwasher in your home.