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Yale Digital Door Lock

Cars are going keyless so why not houses?

If my 10 and 11 year old daughters love the Yale digital door lock you might too.

I installed one because our kids are getting older and need a reliable way to get into the house.

And let’s just say I’m not totally convinced they can keep track of keys.

I installed this lock in about 30 minutes on a Saturday morning and know  you could do the same thing.

Check out the tutorial to see how cool it is. Plus, there’s a tiny surprise at the end — don’t miss out!! KEEP READING

How to wire a dimmer switch

Instant home improvements are awesome!!!

So this week I wanted to share how you can wire a dimmer light switch in 15 minutes or less. Plus save at least $79 by DIYing it.

Cathy, one of our sensational fans, asked me a few weeks ago if I could do this tutorial.

She has a rotary dimmer that she’d like to upgrade.

Cathy, your wish is my command.

My mother-in-law is also a Cathy, lol. What a coincidence because the switch in this tutorial is her’s!!!

Good thing I did this project because I made a discovery that could have led to a house fire.

Okay, let me show you how to replace a dimmer switch, save some dinero, and safely upgrade your home. KEEP READING

Garden Hose Repair

Garden hoses don’t last forever.

Mine sprung a leak while I was trying to power wash our house.

Instead of throwing away the hose I decided to fix it. The repair parts cost less than $9.

Maybe you’re in the same predicament as me and have a hose that needs TLC.

Even if you don’t, I’m willing to bet this tutorial will totally come in handy down the road.

It’s the small fixes (like this one) that make me happy. But my first two attempts were complete duds.

Today I’ll share my failures and my glorious successes so that you can be a better DIYer than me. Let’s get started :) KEEP READING

Build a Big Outdoor Storage Bench

I hate soggy seat cushions.

Lately we’ve been getting biblical rainfalls in Pittsburgh.

Yes, we’re fortunate but we’ve also had flooding.

So I decided to do something about it, not the flooding (I’m not Al Roker).

This past weekend I built an awesome outdoor storage bench.

It’s HUGE  and could serve as an Ark for several guinea pig families or two grade school kids.

Yes I’ve got some funny video clips so don’t miss out on this project because it’s not hard to build and a fantastic storage solution. KEEP READING

How to insulate walls

Are you afraid your house might burn to the ground?

It scares the bejesus out of me, especially since we have kids.

Of course we take all the precautions: smoke detectors, GFCIs, fire extinguisher, trained guinea pigs….

Yah, did you know you can train guinea pigs to squeak when they smell smoke?

Just kidding but that would be really cool.

If you want an ironclad way to save energy and make your house more fire resistant check out Roxul insulation.

I’ve wanted to use it for years and finally got the opportunity this past weekend. And of course I’m going to share my experience with you.

Plus, there are not 1 but 3 videos you need to watch that prove how awesome Roxul is for DIYers like you and me :) KEEP READING