Floating vanity in a small bathroom. Good choice.

Floating vanity in a small bathroom. Good choice.

This isn’t my usual DIY tip—it’s more of a home renovation project involving a floating vanity that turned out pretty cool.

When remodeling a small bathroom, we looked at floating vanities, also called wall-hung or wall-mounted, for a couple of reasons. They’re more modern-looking, and they make small spaces look bigger. And this space was pretty tight. (more…)

Choosing ladders:  think twice, buy once

Choosing ladders: think twice, buy once

Like most homeowners, I found out a long time ago I can’t get by with just one ladder. Especially not that rickety old aluminum stepladder I found in my garage—though I tried for awhile. You’re likely going to need at least two ladders to get your basic DIY stuff done (unless you go with a multipurpose ladder: more on that later). (more…)

1-piece toilet beats 2-piece, hands down.

1-piece toilet beats 2-piece, hands down.

Trying to choose between 1-piece toilet or the traditional 2-piece? We were, too, but after having lived with both, it’s not even close:

We favor the 1-piece by a wide margin. It’s sleeker and more modern-looking, it’s easier to clean and it’s less likely to leak or break. (more…)

Are expandable garden hoses worth it? Easy.

Are expandable garden hoses worth it? Easy.

Like lots of people, I wondered what’s up with these expandable garden hoses popping up everywhere. I remember first seeing them on TV a few years ago, but never checked them out.

It’s probably a good thing. Like most new technologies, it had some kinks to work out, and lots of cheap fly-by-night manufacturers to be found out. (more…)

Are keyless locks better than regular front door locks?

Are keyless locks better than regular front door locks?

When my front door’s regular mechanical deadbolt lock started seizing up, I wasn’t even considering keyless locks until I saw them at Home Depot.

You know, the electronic kind with a keypad like in office buildings. My first reaction was ‘oh hell no,’ … but I decided to at least read up on them. After all, I’m hoping I won’t have to do this again for at least another 10 years. (more…)