Places: The Living Roof

Posted by: on March 15th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Enric Ruiz Villa Bio living roof image

Image of Enric Ruiz Villa Bio living roof via The Coolist

 

You are probably familiar with container, raised bed and vertical gardening trends made popular over the last few years; and, you’ve likely heard about the growing number of community gardens sprouting up in cities all over as well. But, what about the idea of a living roof?

If this sounds like wild thinking, you’re on the right track. The living roof, also known as a green roof, is basically a rooftop partially or completely covered by native plants, wild flowers and other vegetation. While the idea has been around for centuries, adapted from the use of grass and sod roofs in Scandinavia, living roofs are now topping buildings, homes, garages, sheds and a wide variety of structures as the environmental and aesthetic benefits of green roofs are better understood.

Don’t think you need to have access to a tricked-out, split level roof like the one shown above that we spotted on The Coolist to start create a living roofs. All you really need is soil, seed, sunlight and little water.

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How To Replace A Bath Faucet

Posted by: on March 15th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Leaky bath faucets are a common problem that over time can waste huge amounts of water. Fortunately, there’s a very easy DIY solution that may also serve as a much needed bathroom resurfacing.

This easy-to-follow video breaks down everything you need to know to replace a bath faucet. You’ll learn about the two basic faucet types and how to select the right one for your bathroom.

The video will also walk you through how to remove your existing faucet, install a new one and reconnect the water supply with the help of a few simple tools, including an adjustable wrench, a basin wrench, a putty knife and a screw driver.

Visit homedepot.com for all of your plumbing and full bathroom remodeling needs. You can also get expert DIY advice from our associates on the How-To Community Forum.

Go ahead, pick out your new bathroom faucet now.

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

We Have 7 Out of the Top 10 Lawn Mowers

Posted by: on March 14th, 2012 | 17 Comments

Yard yahoos, unite: The Home Depot carries seven out of 10 top-rated walk-behind mowers on the market, as rated by an independent testing lab. And we are the exclusive carrier of three of the top brands among large retailers.

What’s so great about our lawn mowers? In addition to hitting the high notes in the ratings, our customers have rave reviews. Here are three of the top-rated lawn mowers, all exclusively at The Home Depot—and why they rock.

 

HONDA

This Home Depot-exclusive Honda lawn mower, which made the top 10, got high marks because of its blade technology, which results in better mulching, increased bag capacity and tiny grass clippings that add nutrients to the lawn, and for its Nexite Deck Design. And the mower mavens in the trenches are definitely impressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I bought a new mower because my previous one was not equipped with a mulching blade. This new model gives me all of the options of bagging, partially bagging or mulching. Also gives me more speed adjustments than my previous model. Fabulous.”

–bls1025 on homedepot.com

 

“After doing a lot of research, this is the best mower you can buy. It is very simple to operate and I even like the longer reach for getting under several juniper trees. The speed selection, ease of changing between bagging and mulching and excellent leaf removal make this mower a great value.”

–Frohicky on homedepot.com

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Fix A Leak: The True Cost Of A Leak

Posted by: on March 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment
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Designed by Laura Sullivan

 

The constant drip from a leaky faucet is not just annoying; it’s also a waste of a precious natural resource and drain on your wallet. Even the smallest leak wastes several gallons per day, which is a pretty good reason why it should not be ignored. When you fix a leak, even a seemingly small leak you’ll save money and you’ll help protect the environment. The fix is usually simple and inexpensive, too.

Explore our complete selection of Water Sense® faucets, toilets and showerheads to find water-efficient products that can also help your wallet and the environment.

Make a big difference in your home and learn more about energy efficiency, conservation and saving at Eco Options.

See how shrinking your “water footprint” can help reduce the increasing global pressure on fresh water resources at visual.ly.

And please feel free to download our Fix a Leak infographic and share it. PC users, right click the image, and click “save as”.

 

How To Fix A Leaky Toilet

Posted by: on March 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

The sound of running water in your toilet is more than just a little annoying. It’s also the sound of money going down the drain. If you do have a leaky toilet, chances are that it only requires a quick fix that you can easily take care of yourself without the need of a new toilet installation.

Watch this video and learn how to detect the location of a toilet leak and what to do once you find it. If an old flapper is the problem, it takes just a few seconds to replace this device that seals the bowl opening and allows the toilet to flush. If not, the video suggests the clever trick of using red dye to find the source of any leak along the supply line or the base of the tank. There are also handy instructions on how to fix any leaks around the fill valve tank bolt or the tank gasket. For all of your plumbing needs, including toilet installation instructions, be sure to visit homedepot.com where you can also get DIY help from our expert associates on the 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.

Inspired: Green Gems for Every Space

Posted by: on March 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

 

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve gathered some emerald items from homedepot.com for around the house.

Top: The bathroom (from left to right)

We’re smitten with the natural green hues in these Solistone Freeform Tavoos Mosaic Tiles, with their smooth, high-sheen finish. The tiles, which are mounted on a wire mesh, will add serene and calm to a bath or sink area.

Customers have raved about this Vigo Above Counter Round Tempered-Glass Vessel Sink, praising its design, size and deep green color, which changes as light fills the bathroom.

This Burpee Grow Some Luck Garden is the ultimate St. Paddy’s gift: The ceramic pot is shaped like a clover and you’ll find a clover seed packet inside along with growing instructions. It’s just over 5 inches, so it makes a nice tabletop piece.

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It’s Time To Prepare For Your Spring Garden

Posted by: on March 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments
A Beautiful spring garden layout. Image via Slideshow Bruce

 

Take advantage of the last few weeks before the change of seasons to start preparing your spring garden. It’s the perfect time to research gardening ideas and get things organized so that when the weather warms up you’ll be ahead of the game and the envy of all your neighbors!

Here’s what to do.

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Fix A Leak Week: Replace Or Repair?

Posted by: on March 12th, 2012 | One Comment

Each year, the average American home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. That amount of unnecessary water loss can also contribute to pocketbook pain. The EPA’s Fix A Leak Week, March 12–18, is a great time to step back and focus on how you can save water in your home.

Here’s what you can do.

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Grill It: Do I Need to Oil My Grill?

Posted by: on March 10th, 2012 | 3 Comments

meat and veggies cooking on a grill

 

Q: DO I NEED TO OIL MY GRILL?

A: That depends on type of food you are cooking and if has been marinated or brushed in oil, as well as the type of grate on your grill.  In general, the lower the fat content in the food, the higher the chances you’ll need to grease up the grates a little. Oiling a grill can also help with cleaning and give you those perfect grill marks.

Cast iron grates are a popular choice, but they can use a little seasoning, so you may have to oil them more in the beginning. Porcelain-coated iron grates are a solid choice if you don’t want the hassle of oiling or seasoning your grill.

When in doubt, give it a rub: Fold a paper towel and dip it in a little bit of vegetable oil, then rub it over the grates using tongs. Or, take this cue from Israeli grill masters and use half of an onion dipped in oil for some extra flavor.

Grill It is our series of expert tips on how to grill, what to grill, and grilling how-to. Whether you BBQ with charcoal, barbecue with propane, barbeque with gas, Grill It has all of your Bar-B-Q needs covered. 

Spring Forward This Weekend And Check Smoke Alarms, Thermostats And Security Lights

Posted by: on March 10th, 2012 | Make A Comment

This weekend signals the beginning of daylight saving time in much of the U.S. Here’s a friendly reminder about a few things you’ll want to do beyond just setting all the clocks forward one hour…

1. Check all batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Make sure all detectors in your home have sufficient battery power. Twice a year, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors need their batteries tested. So this weekend, push the test button on your detectors. If they respond with a loud siren or flashing light, they’re good to go. If not, replace with fresh batteries and retest. Or just go ahead and replace them to be extra sure.

2. Adjust the time forward one hour on your programmable thermostats, appliances and clocks

It’s important to adjust the time on these household products to ensure energy savings. If you don’t adjust the time on your thermostat, your heater will kick on one hour late. If you forget this step, you may wake up to a cold house. Likewise, adjust the timer on your kitchen appliances and clocks to make sure your alarms and programmable cooking timers are correct.

3. Adjust the time forward one hour on your sprinklers and security lights

Don’t forget your outdoor timers!  Make sure your security lights turn on at dusk, which arrives an hour later this Sunday. Also, adjust your irrigation sprinklers to ensure they turn on at the correct time of day.