Home Maintenance New Year’s Resolutions #3: Make Sure My Plumbing Doesn’t Break

Posted by: on December 28th, 2011 | Make A Comment

Plumbing Precautions

There is no part of our home that’s more of an afterthought than our plumbing system. But if you’ve ever been unlucky enough to be downstream from a water main break, you know firsthand how inconvenient life can be when you don’t have running water.

Just think of all the day-to-day tasks that require running water: cooking, bathing, showering, flushing, landscaping and hot-tubbing, just to name a few.

So for 2012, take the following seasonal steps to take care of your plumbing so you aren’t left high and dry.

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All About Oil-Filled Radiator Heaters

Posted by: on December 27th, 2011 | 3 Comments


Oil-filled radiator heaters are a great way to warm up any room in your home. Not only are they an efficient source of convection heat, but they are safe around children, pets and in any high activity space in the house.

Watch this video as Home Depot associate, Above Average Joe, explains how oil-filled heaters work and why he loves to recommend them to customers looking for the perfect way to get through these cold winter days and nights. Visit Above Average Joe and our other expert associates on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Home Maintenance New Year’s Resolutions #2: Prevent My House From Burning Down

Posted by: on December 27th, 2011 | Make A Comment

A fire extinguisher and smoke alarm, two essential items for home maintenance and safety

Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors & Fire Extinguishers

In part one, we reviewed Fireplace & Chimney Maintenance. Today, we’re focusing on a related topic, maintaining smoke detectors, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and fire extinguishers in your home.

To further illustrate the importance of having all three of these items in your home, see how you score on the following quiz:

1. By percentage, how many US homes have smoke alarms?

A. 88%

B. 92%

C. 96%

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Home Maintenance New Year’s Resolutions #1: Maintain My Fireplace in the Off Season

Posted by: on December 26th, 2011 | One Comment

Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance

Many of us have wood or gas burning fireplaces in our home. But does it ever cross your mind how to properly care for your fireplace and chimney?  One big reason you should: saving money.

Chimney sweepers stay busy in the winter months and the months leading up to winter, so it makes sense to schedule an appointment in the spring or even summer to take advantage of off-season discounts.

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Happy Holidays

Posted by: on December 25th, 2011 | 2 Comments

From all of us at The Home Depot, “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Christmas tree from Martha Stewart Living

How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets With a White Faux Finish

Posted by: on December 23rd, 2011 | 3 Comments
Refinishing Cabinets with a Faux White Finish

From Home Re-Design Kaleidoscope

White cabinets were among the hot kitchen design trends of 2011. This trend shows signs of continuing well into 2012 as more modern and simplistic kitchen décor becomes the norm. Forum community member NancyL18 is among those who’ve added refinishing cabinets to their project lists. Her project hit a snag and store associate PatInPaint stepped in with the solution.

NancyL18 wanted cabinets that looked almost white with a little of the wood grain showing through. She spent hours de-glossing and sanding, taking her time so she wouldn’t have to repeat the process. When she’d finished the glazing process, she was excited to see her cabinet doors and drawers turned out perfect. However, her excitement quickly turned to disappointment and frustration when her kitchen cabinets turned out a dirty gray … definitely not how she planned it!

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The True Meaning Of Festivus

Posted by: on December 23rd, 2011 | 3 Comments

Fetivus Poles


Tales of deal-crazed shoppers, descending on stores like marauding hordes of angry Goths, trampling small children for $2 waffle irons and pepper-spraying all who would stand between them and the last Xbox, have left many yearning for the simpler times – “many Christmases ago” – when it was first realized that “there had to be another way.”

Fortunately, on a fateful day in February of 1966, Festivus (For The Rest Of Us) came to be. The brainchild of writer Dan O’Keefe, what began as a quaint a family tradition in opposition over commercialization of Christmas, became a North Star of sorts to the holiday weary after it was immortalized in the 1997 episode of Seinfeld, “The Strike”, written by O’Keefe’s son Daniel [via Wikipedia].

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Winter Weather Checklist: 9 Things You Need To Prepare For

Posted by: on December 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments

Winter is right around the corner. While you’re busy looking forward to the fun stuff — like cold-weather camping, winter sports, snowball fights and snow angels — make sure you’re prepared for the not-so-fun stuff like icy roads, frosts, freezing rain and heavy snow. Here are 10 things you’ll need to be prepare for winter weather and whatever it throws your way.

1.  Snowblower. We live in a busy world. Who really has time to be shoveling snow? A snowblower makes clearing your sidewalk and street faster and easier. Learn how to choose a snowblower that meets your needs.

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Meet The Material: Corrugated Sheet Metal

Posted by: on December 21st, 2011 | 53 Comments

Corrugated Sheet Metal Ceiling

Corrugated metal is a material uniquely reminiscent of early twentieth century rural Americana. Even today, if you venture into the countryside, you might catch a glimpse of a chicken coop, barn or outhouse with an old corrugated tin roof. Shortly after corrugated galvanized iron was invented by British architect/engineer Henry Palmer in the 1820s, it quickly became a common building material used in many parts of the developing world. Its utility and durability continues to stand the test of time.

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Happy Hanukkah

Posted by: on December 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments

7 Shining Lights

The holidays are the time of year to commemorate seasonal traditions and celebrate with song, food and gifts.  It’s also a hectic time; things pop up at the last minute, and there are always a few folks you either forget, or have no idea what they’d like.  Don’t stress, at the Home Depot we have a ton of gift options for everyone on your Hanukkah list.

Home Depot Gift Cards and eGift Cards are not only perfect for all the doers on your list, but also make great gifts for last minute party invitations, office gift exchange and the person on your list who’s impossible to shop for. Gift Cards are available in amounts from $10 to $500, and can be purchased online or at any Home Depot store.

This year, consider trying our newest way to gift, the Home Depot eGift Card, voted the Best e-Card of 2011.  Just log onto our main gift card page, choose an image from our design templates or upload one of your own, record a video or attach one of your own, then send your eGift Card directly to the lucky recipient’s inbox or Facebook page.

You can even send an eGift Card on the fly using our new and improved iPhone app, and schedule it arrive at the holiday gathering just before you do.

What’s more, we also offer a complete selection of Hanukkah-themed holiday decorations online at homedepot.com to help you celebrate the Festival of Lights.