Projects & Tip Videos

Garden Calendar – Week of Jan. 19

From Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension horticulture educator: Trees and shrubs: For most woody plants, now is the time for major pruning to begin. Oaks and elms that should not be pruned from April to November (to avoid attracting insects that spread oak wilt and Dutch elm disease) can now be pruned safely. You can […]

Thinking of a Tankless Water Heater?

Caryl Owen, a loyal viewer of our TV show, is interested in installing a tankless water heater in her home. Her plumber advised her that a tankless water heater would not provide sufficient water pressure for a multi-head shower system. Caryl emailed asking  for our input on this issue. We checked with one of our […]

Green Ideas with McKay Nursery Company – Spiraea

We at the Home Remodeler Blog think that mid-January is the perfect time to rebel against the winter doldrums and start to Think Spring!! It’s also a good time to start to plan for spring planting. In this 2nd vignette from McKay Nursery Company, Keith Rudolph and Stuart Keith discuss how to incorporate colorful Spiraea […]

WRTP Big Step – Building Trades Recruitment at the Edgewater Hotel Project

WRTP Big Step – Building Trades Recruitment at the Edgewater Hotel Project with Stuart Keith from Building Wisconsin TV and Steve Breitlow from Plumbers 75 representing the Building Trades. We want to publicize and recommend the upcoming WRTP Big Step Building Trades Recruiting Event this Thursday, January 16th starting at 9:00 am at the Madison […]

Garden Calendar – Week of Jan. 12

From Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension horticulture educator: Trees and shrubs: Be careful about using deicing salts on your driveway or sidewalk if plants are nearby. Evergreens in particular can be damaged or killed by salt pellets tossed up by snowblowers or snow shovels. Excess sodium in the soil leads to reduced water infiltration and […]

Back By Popular Demand …

There is a downside to the warm-up we’re currently experiencing. Homeowners with pipes which froze during last week’s cold snap discovered the damage when the pipes eventually thawed out over the weekend. Also, those beautiful icicles hanging from roof eves are the beginning of a possible ice dam which could cause major damage to your […]

Is A Heat Pump A More Efficient Way To Heat Your Home?

When it’s cold like this, many homeowners think about more efficient ways to heat their home while saving money. In this video from the Carrier Consumer Education Series, Larry Hacker and Stuart Keith discuss how a heat pump works to both heat and cool your home. Check back often for home building, remodeling and maintenance […]

If You Have An Ice Dam Problem …

Because ice dams are such a timely topic in the news due to our recent bitterly cold weather, we’re re-posting a video we ran last month. In this episode of Today’s Home Remodeler, we show How to Remove Ice Dams with the professionals from Hustad Roofing. Check back often for home building, remodeling and maintenance […]