Articles by Anne Burkley


Whole House Water Filtration Systems

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

Although a whole house water filter system sounds complicated, it's actually simple. It is a point-of-entry filtration system that filters water as it enters a house. This means that...


DIY Front Yard Design

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

Does your front lawn look like a postage stamp with a couple of overgrown shrubs around the foundation? If so, add some life to your yard and update your curb appeal by creating a...


Organic Pesticides and Herbicides

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

We have learned to think carefully about the chemicals we use to protect our property (and family!) from bugs and weeds. Americans are increasingly concerned about the effects of...


Home Intercom Systems

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

As a child, I never lived in house without a home intercom system. We weren't rich or lazy. It was just much easier for my mom to communicate with my racecar driver dad, who spent...


Compare Roofing Shingles

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

There are many kinds of roofing shingles available for your home. What's the difference between them? Usually, the main factor when you compare roofing shingles is budget. Cost varies...


Central Air Conditioning Units

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

Ah, summer. For those with AC, it’s a wonderful season full of outdoor (and indoor!) fun; for those without, it can be miserable and even dangerous. Homeowners in the market...


Is a Mini Air Conditioner Right for You?

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

Stay cool this summer, even if a conventional central air conditioning system or a window unit is out of the question. There are other options -- two distinct types of coolers, both...


Rain Gutter Cleaning Basics

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

Rain gutter cleaning is right behind washing the windows on most homeowners’ lists of favorite chores. It’s messy, time-consuming and not a fun way to spend a Saturday...


Setting Your Hot Water Heater Thermostat

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

When you have a tank hot water heater, it works by keeping a reserve of water heated at all times for your convenience. Most manufacturers adjust the thermostat to a default of 140...


Using and Choosing Plumbing Compression Fittings

Posted by Anne Burkley | Jan 01, 2011

If you are a homeowner, particularly the kind who doesn't shy away from simple do-it-yourself projects, chances are good that you are going to run into a situation where you need...