The Carey Brothers' Home Care

Plumbing Tips for Beginners

Tapping into your existing water system to install a drip irrigation system, a sprinkler system or even a backyard water fountain is simple, inexpensive and can be fun. But, there is a danger. Most hardware stores and home centers stock an exotic array of wye and tee shaped adapters that can be added to the…

April Showers & Post-Winter Repairs

The old cliché “April Showers Bring May Flowers” may be true for your garden, but, for colder parts of the country, April is also the first post-snow opportunity to inspect the condition of roofing, metal flashings and rain gutters and downspouts. Unless you have experience working on the roof, we suggest you make your inspection…

Removing Stains From Cotton With Milk

Ever try to get lipstick out of a white cotton shirt? Ever have to explain to you wife where the lipstick came from!?! If the answer to either question is yes, then read on. We have a tip on cleaning stains off white cotton that you really are going to love. In a spray bottle,…

Different Types of Saws

When we became carpenters the first thing we had to learn was to work harder than we had ever worked before. Talk about burning fat off quickly…..wow! Next, we had to learn about safety in a construction area. Talk about bumpy foreheads….wow! And before we finally could be considered as apprentices, we had to learn…

Screws: Built to Last

There’s an old saying, “they don’t build ‘em like they used to,” which is used in the context of comparing modern day construction to that of yesteryear. We wholeheartedly agree. Today they build ‘em better. Before you old-timers get all worked up allow us to explain. Our grandfather began his career as a contractor around…

Show Notes: Spring Gardening, Sound Insulation and Water

Lots going on today for the start of Spring. Insulation, gardening, home well water technology, saving DIY dollars and getting rid of smells. A little bit of everything for the weekend warrior.  Thank you to our guests: David Smith: ROXUL – www.roxul.com Brian Broga: Pentair – www.mylink2O.com  Renae Farley: Keep The Peace Bedding –www.KeepThePeaceBedding.com  …

DIY Picture Frame

Except for Hawaii most of the rest of the country is either cold, wet, covered with snow or besieged by some combination thereof. On a scale of one to ten this reduces most folks interest in outdoor projects to somewhere around minus eighteen. So, turn up the furnace and clear off the kitchen table and…

On Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

Acoustic ceiling tiles are a simple and inexpensive element that can dress up virtually any room in the home. Acoustic tiles come in assorted sizes and styles and can be installed in various ways. Although acoustic tiles can reduce noise in a room, they are especially popular in disguising an unsightly ceiling.. Acoustic ceiling tiles are…

On Galvanized Pipes

If your home is more than thirty years old chances are that it contains some galvanized pipe. While this type of pipe was used primarily for residential water systems, it was also employed in the construction of many residential drain, waste and vent systems. Actually, galvanized pipe is iron pipe which has been coated with…

Seasonal Cleaning Can Help Create a Healthier Home

Seasonal cleaning means an all-out, deep-down attack on dust, dirt and clutter.  Most important, effective seasonal cleaning can help create a healthier home. Seasonal changes generate allergens and trap dirt and dust in closed-up homes.  The need to clean increases especially for those with allergies and asthma.  Outdoor allergens and dirt combine with indoor allergens,…

Building Deck Stairs

If you have plans for a deck that consists of more than one level or will be more than about 15 inches above the ground, it will need stairs. Stairs can be one of the most challenging aspects of a deck-building project. We can remember when, as young apprentice carpenters, the “stair layout and construction”…

Before Buying a House, Check the Drainage Situation

Four drainage issues to check before buying a house  The biggest investment most of us make is buying a house. Moreover, there are fewer things that will make a home buyer walk away from a potential purchase more quickly than a water issue. Most homeowners and, unfortunately, many builders do not fully understand proper drainage.…

On Water Gardening

Looking for a way to put some “sparkle” in your yard? Have you considered a water garden? Not familiar with the term “water garden?” You’re not alone. When we were kids we simply referred to these backyard oasis as ponds. As kids, we marveled at the fabulous pond our Uncle Al created in his backyard.Because…

Caulking Can be a “Mini” Project

Spring is home improvement time. Generally speaking, this falls into major categories such as: Spring Cleaning, Lawn and Garden Work, Maintenance and Repairs, Upgrades and the “Honey-do List” of accumulated small things. Deciding what to do (and in what order) is an annual survival technique for those emerging from a long winter hibernation – and…

How to Create a Workshop in Your Garage

Do-it-yourself projects can be an engaging hobby, a way to save money or a little of both. A garage workshop can streamline the process and make it easier to work on more complicated projects. The exact setup you need will depend on the tools you have available and the kind of work you expect to…

Being Your Own Contractor

A good contractor can make a lot of money.Why not put that money in your pocket instead! After job costs such as subcontractors, direct hire labor and materials, a remodeling contractor will earn somewhere between 33- and 45-percent of the project price. This amount is mostly used to pay overhead costs, with the left-over amount…

8 Tips for Organized Bedroom Closet

Twelve pairs of blue jeans, nineteen skirts and eleven white t-shirts. Your dresser drawers are full and will not close, and you’re running out of closet hangers! Your never-ending shelf of sweatshirts gets steeper by the day. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. On average, we wear 20 percent of our clothes, 80 percent of the time.…

Turfmutt Environmental Education Program Expands

With New Materials And $5,000 Grant Contest Developed With Scholastic Contest for Students at Schools with Grades K-5 Announced, Entry Deadline April 6, 2016 Learning how to take care of the planet and studying science just got more fun withTurfMutt, an environmental stewardship and education program for kids, teachers and families. TurfMutt announces today its…

Tips For Working In The Attic And Sealing Air Leaks

Have a Plan in Place The key to any successful home improvement project is adequate planning. Gather all your tools and supplies before you begin to minimize trips in and out of the attic. Be sure that the work area is well-lit by using a drop light, and keep a flashlight handy. Prepare to Get…

SHOW NOTES: Winter Home Check-up & Trends 2016

It’s time for a mid-winter check-up to get you safely through the rest of the cold wet weather. We have a great check list for you to follow to keep your home warm and dry. If you are planning a remodeling project for the spring or summer,  you will want to check the home trends for 2016.…

Installing & Cleaning Vinyl

Like it or not, vinyl siding has taken hold among the most popular choices for residential siding projects in North America. What makes vinyl siding so popular? Affordability, minimal maintenance and, if properly cared for, longevity. The demand for vinyl siding comes primarily from consumers seeking alternatives to maintenance-intense siding products such as wood and…

How to Make the Most of Your Entry (No Coat Closet Required)

A successful entry eases the transition from outdoors to the inside of our homes — and vice versa. A well-designed entry can provide a place to hang coats and store shoes; a designated spot for keys and other little necessities; a place to sit while taking off or slipping on shoes; hooks for hanging bags,…

Crawlspace Help!

Q. I built my home four years ago in accordance with strict county and state energy requirements. My problem is condensation in the crawlspace, along the foundation wall on the north side of the house during the winter months. The moisture iswetting my rim joist, floor joists, insulation, and mud sill. I installed more foundation…

Show Notes: Live from CES

Live from Las Vegas and the Consumers Electronics Show 2016. The word of the day was “The Internet of Things” or iot.  There were some many new innovations we just teased due to the fact they are not yet launched, and new products for just about every everyone, no matter the age. James was interested in…

Show Notes: Homeowners Insurance & Taxes

The new year is here and it is time to review your insurance policies and to get ready for taxes. When was the last time you reviewed you home owner’s insurance? Do you know where all your tax receipts are for 2016? The time to get started is now. It could save you time and…

New Products for Toilet Repair

Even just a few years ago, toilet repair was a job that was messy and complicated enough that most people called a plumber rather than trying to tackle the job alone. Now, thanks to a constantly expanding line of innovative toilet repair products, even replacing a toilet can be a one-person job that is fast…

What Is Green Renovation and Why Should You Care?

If you are looking into any type of renovation, green renovation has most likely come up in your research. You’re probably wondering exactly what green renovation entails and if it could work for you. In the simplest terms, green renovation refers to the process of making your home renovation as environmentally friendly as possible. The…

Top 10 Homeowner Tax Deductions

It’s Not To Soon To Start Planning For Tax Season are your eligible for any of these deductions? Here are the top ten on the homeowner tax deduction list: 1.Mortgage Interest You can find out more about these deductions by visiting IRS Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deductions. 2.Points 3.Equity Loan Interest You can read more…

Renovations are an Alternative to Relocating

With the prices of homes continuing to be on the rise, many homeowners are choosing to renovate rather than move. It’s less expensive than purchasing a new house and the updates can go a long way to modernize your home, provide a more functional and comfortable space, and to increase the value of your property.…

The Best Home Office Nooks

Here are some best home office nooks and spaces – utilizing different parts of the kitchen area for storage and organization that keeps life moving on in a family. The secret to great functioning space is “the combination of drawers, cabinets, and cubbies, offering the perfect place for every office essential.” Via the Container Store…