How Interior Home Evaluation Should Be

INTERIORS Interior spaces are a bit easier to evaluate than other areas because signs of damage are often apparent. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to gain access into the attic and crawlspace areas. But the effort is always worth the peace of mind of knowing what shape they’re in. ATTIC The attic area is crucial in assessing the …

DIY`ER HVAC Troubleshooting

Many homeowners are not comfortable tackling HVAC problems, and often the necessary equipment is prohibitively expensive. Even so, there are some simple tasks homeowners can perform to figure out why their HVAC unit isn’t working. At best these steps may eliminate the need to schedule a technician, and if not, at least you’ve narrowed down the problem. Check Your Air …

Learn the basics of building forms and casting concrete.

You don’t need a big space to build a water feature for your garden or patio. Large ponds and waterfalls are beautiful, but you can achieve similar appealing sights and sounds of water in your landscape by creating a small fountain. Small fountains are also easier to build and maintain and much less expensive than large water features. Making the forms …

Innovative Hand Tool Designs

Designed for use by professional electricians, maintenance mechanics and HVAC contractors, Milwaukee 6-in-1 Combination Pliers (model 48-22-3069; $30) are actually six tools in one. The needle-nose pliers are equipped with ultra-strong 2-1/2-in.-long jaws capable of tackling a wide range of gripping, twisting, bending and pulling chores. The wire stripper can remove insulation from both solid wire (10- to 18-gauge) and …

This $5 lamp is powered by gravity!

It may sound like an impossible dream, but two designers in London, Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves have built functioning prototypes of GravityLight, a cheap way for people indeveloping countries t0 light homes, recharge batteries, or power a radio.   And they just exceeded their Indiegogo fundraising goal by more than 500 percent with 21 days left in their campaign, so they’ll have the resources to mass-produce …