Category Archives: Home Updates / Repairs

Installing attic insulation

How do you install insulation in your attic? It is actually quite easy – and it will keep your home more comfortable all year round and will save you a lot of money. Last year’s winter here in New England was much colder than normal – enough to tack on an additional $1,000 to our heating bill. So I decided it was finally time to bite the bullet and add some more insulation to our attic. For my house, I figure it should pay for itself after two years (or sooner if we have terrible winters or summers ahead). There are a few things to consider when installing your own attic insulation. Continue reading Installing attic insulation

Remove honey bees from house

I recently went on a 1-week business trip followed by a 2-week vacation with my wife and kids. During the three weeks that we were away, some honey bees decided my home would be a good place to set up shop. I knew there was a problem because there were several hundred dead honey bees in my basement directly underneath the only window down there. They were coming in from a hive they had made in the floorboards in an extension from the house. Continue reading Remove honey bees from house

Remove a door knob that has no screws???

My wife and I just bought our first house. It is about 40 years old, but is in surprisingly good shape. One of the first things we did was replace all of the door knobs on the doors that go outside. However, once we got to the front door, we ran into a problem. That’s right, as the title of this post suggests, the front door knob did not have any screws on it for removal…

Old doorknob, outside   Old doorknob, inside - no screws!

I guess technically it does have screws for removing the latch, but those did not affect the rest of the doorknob. It turns out that doorknobs like this are pretty common in older houses, Continue reading Remove a door knob that has no screws???