Walls that dry / Guides

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...that are available commercially are usually a small box with a triggered door that can hold one mouse. Getting the mouse out can sometimes be challenging, especially for the squeamish. My favourite is a homemade trap that can hold as many mice as are duped into using it – put a stiff wire or stick through something l...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...that is even close to happening. Like an Alberta Earthship owner, whose intentions I have no doubt are the purest, echoes much of that sentiment while stoking a wood stove in a house insulated with foam panels that has a propane-powered clothes dryer, cook stove and water heater. Here is how Mike Reynolds described t...

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

...that one day they will come in handy (and that you can remember where you put them and that age didn't make them go hard!). Nahhh, I've decided that wherever possible, I will leave it to my friendly local hardware store to stock my DIY spares inventory until I need it. Because Lilani is awesome and knows where everyt...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...that can be found at your local hardware store, you might notice that they still smell toxic and can still give you headaches. And for what reason? I’ve learned that that can mean they are reduced by as little as 25% in VOCs. Low VOC paints may have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds, meaning they don't off-...