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How-to Resources

I've found these online and TV resources helpful in either design, decorating or home improvement

CornerHardware: Helpful Hints and How-To's of DIY

CornerHardware: How-To Books

Rockler Woodworking - Great woodworking tips on the site and their newsletter. Here's a recent article on "Finishing"

American Blind and Wallpaper Factory - Decorating & Design Books

RepairClinic: Free Appliance Repair Help- This site offers free tips on repairing appliances in addition to those hard to find parts. They also have tons of repair manuals for you!
Sample of their tips - Repair or replace that broken appliance
Sample of their tips - Icemaker Maintenance Tips
Sample of their tips - Window AirConditioner Tips

ReliableRemodeler.com: Find Local Remodelers Free Estimates - PreScreened, Local Kitchen, Bath, Additions, more.

SpecialtyStainless.com - Counter Top Design Tips

Sherwin-Williams - Great how-to section for do-it-yourselfers on faux finishes, Choosing Paints/Finishes, Picking Brushes/Rollers, Preparing Surfaces, Painting Techniques, Staining and Wallpapering and more. Oh, they're also the makers of my favorite paint.

Sheffield School of Interior Design - they have some great articles online in their Designer Monthly section

GE Lighting has some helpful online wizards available:
Click here to launch GE Energy Optimizer Wizard
Click here to launch Virtual House Wizard
Click here to launch Lamp Ballast Wizard
Click here to launch Product Optimizer Wizard
Click Here to Launch Virtual Lighting Designer Wizard

Changing Rooms Books and Merchandise - Changing Rooms is the TV show on which Trading Spaces was based. If you like Trading Space, I think you'll love Changing Rooms, I know I do. While there is humor, the show concentrates more on basics than Trading Spaces, and 90% of the time, the designers actually listen to the homeowners! (From BBC America - the collection offers both design and carpentry assistance)

Trading Spaces Videos & Gear - this sometimes wacky show on TLC provides some interesting, affordable design ideas. Interested in being on the show? You can sign up online.

Ground Force Merchandise - Need help in garden design? This team has it for you. (From BBC America)

Home Time - the online companion to the long running TV show. An excellent online source for home improvement, remodeling, and repair information. Here is where you’ll find project advice, information about current and past TV episodes, behind-the-scenes information and products to help you with your project.

Bob Vila.com - the online companion for Home Again with some extras. Project information, handy resource guide for all your home improvement projects, garden information, a Gallery of House Plans, a 3D room designer.

DotComDreamHome - also from Bob Vila - Experience the construction of the dotCOM dreamHOME through the eyes of the iShow.com website. Multi-media channels including audio, video and text will give you an evolving view of the project.

Home Savvy - Planning a home makeover? Learn the ropes from the reigning queen of residential rehab, JoAnne Liebeler.

How 2 Crew - When a homeowner's best-laid plans go wrong, when skylights leak, when decks tip and tiles slide ... The How2 Crew knows how to set it all right again.

This Old House - The PBS show's online companion, with tons of helpful hints

DoItYourself.com - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, Repair, and Remodeling



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