Joe’s Blog

Trimming Trees? Do This to Extend Your Reach 5 Feet

Here’s how you can modify a pair of bypass loppers and trim high, hard-to-reach tree branches.

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Paint chips

My Dream Job: Naming Paint Colors

I’ve given up on many childhood aspirations, including certain dream jobs, such as astronaut (I’m prone to motion sickness) and swimsuit-model suntan applicator (I’m cocoa butter intolerant). But, there’s one dream job I still covet: I want to be the person who names paint colors. Read on to find out why.

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Putting foam cover over outdoor spigot.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Frozen water pipes are a real concern for homeowners. When uninsulated water-supply pipes are exposed to frigid air, the water inside can freeze, expand, and rip open the pipe. Read on to find out what you can do to reduce the chance of your pipes freezing.

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Joe Truini demonstrating how to insulate an attic on Today's Homeowner

Warming Up to Energy Savings

As the weather turns colder, homeowners search for ways to reduce energy consumption in an effort to lower their heating bills. And we’re talking about significant expense, with an average in 2009 of about $1,200 to heat a home, a 65% increase from five years before. Read on to find out more.

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City in the Philippines

One Absolutely Brilliant Idea

A program called, Isang Litrong Liwanag, which translates to “A Liter of Light,” has brought interior lighting to slums throughout Southeast Asia by using empty one-liter soda bottles to create roof-mounted solar skylights. This is DIY ingenuity at its very best! Read on to find out more.

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Hey Irene, Thanks for Nothing!

As Hurricane Irene roared up the eastern seaboard, it blew through western Connecticut and passed directly over our home. We received a month’s worth of rain in less than a day with sustained winds of over 75 miles per hour that raked the landscape for hours. Read on to find out more.

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Dream Designer: Your Guide to a New Vinyl Siding Home Exterior

Vinyl siding has been the number one choice in exterior siding for new single-family homes for the last 16 years. Thanks to the Dream Designer website visualizer from Exterior Portfolio, you can now see an image of the vinyl siding of your choice on your home. Read this video to find out more.

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DeWalt 12" sliding compound miter saw

Earning My DeWalt Degree

I just returned home from a two-day trip to Stanley Black & Decker University in Towson, Maryland. I was invited there by DeWalt to tour its research and design facilities and—best of all—test a bunch of new tools. For a tool fool like me, it was pure heaven! Read on to find out more.

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