Spring is officially here, and that means many things. To me it means the end of free water from the sky and a return to paying for my green lawn out of my pocket every month. I've written about saving water and therefore money months ago--and eventually I will give you a blow-by-blow update on how well I did.
But since it's time to start watering the lawn again, I figure I'd give you a little primer on replacing busted sprinkler heads.
It's winter and the holidays are over. Now you're stuck inside because of the weather and broke from the shopping and going a little stir crazy from staring at the same four walls. This is the perfect time to do some simple home improvements that have big payoffs. I'm not going to suggest knocking out a wall or putting in another bathroom, but there are quite a few cheap and easy things you can do that will have a big impact and change the whole look of the place in a weekend.
If you are truly broke and snowed in, I even have a suggestion that doesn't cost a dime or involve leaving the house.
The first and simplest suggestion: Re-arrange the furniture. If you are going to do some of my other suggestions you are going to have to move it anyway, so this is a good first project.
Okay, so the last couple of giveaway prizes have been a bit "female-centric." But for day eleven of our Twelve Days of Giveaways we're tipping the scales over to the testosterone side of the equation with a $500 gift card courtesy of that mecca of maleness: Home Depot.
A while ago, Sears gave us a $200 gift card to give away to a deserving member of the military or veteran, police, fire fighter, hospital staffer or teacher as part of their "Salute to Heroes" promotion. We had many worthy entries and many touching stories.
Unfortunately, we could only pick one and that person was Audrey, who gave the gift card to her Vietnam veteran hubby, Clyde.
Have you ever flushed the toilet, only to go back to the bathroom an hour later and find it still running? Do you live alone, but wake to the sound of water running in the middle of the night? It's not ghosts, it's your toilet's flapper valve.
Toilets are fairly simple. They are far less complicated than your TV, for instance. Still they are more complicated than the kitchen sink. When it works normally, the flush handle opens the flapper flooding the bowl and sending your deceased goldfish down the drain. How Stuff Works has a great cutaway diagram of a toilet, with flush-able animation.