Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Boyle Schwartz is a well-known home furnishings writer and editor, working with leading magazines and newspapers for more than 30 years. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects.

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APRIL 26, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Shop for PEX Tubing

For much of the latter 20th century, household plumbing systems depended on copper pipe—a difficult-to-master building material whose price only rose along with the ever-increasing demand...

APRIL 26, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
Cool Tools: No-Sacrifice Hearing Protection for Multitasking DIYers

It doesn’t matter what job I’m tackling. Whether I’m staining the deck, installing an appliance, or simply cleaning the bathroom, I always work faster and achieve better results—and enjoy...

APRIL 20, 2017 | THURSDAY
Mission Impossible? Setting Out to Save a Damp, Dingy Furnace Room

As homeowners, we all have our dirty little secrets, whether it be a carpet stain concealed by strategically placed furniture or in my case, a basement furnace room that resembles a horro...

APRIL 18, 2017 | TUESDAY
12 Ways You Never Thought to Use a Paper Clip

Most homeowners’ desk drawers conceal dozens of paper clips in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Fortunately, you can put these tiny metal fasteners to work doing a lot more than ju...

APRIL 4, 2017 | TUESDAY
11 Things to Do with Plastic Cups

Plastic cups are incredibly cheap and convenient, but most of them end their lives in landfills across the country. Rather than pitching the disposable beverage holders the minute you fin...

MARCH 23, 2017 | THURSDAY
Cool Tools: A "Smart" Add-On for Faster, More Affordable Hot Water

It's almost second nature: You turn on the shower and go off to do something else, knowing full well that it will take a while for the water to heat up. Only when you see steam rising...

MARCH 17, 2017 | FRIDAY
Buyer's Guide: Mini Fridges

A space-smart decision for dorm rooms and tiny spaces alike, the mini fridge keeps food and beverage close at hand without taking up much real estate. Some homeowners rely on these compac...

MARCH 15, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
10 Problems You Can Solve with Caulk

Caulk comes to the rescue in myriad projects around the house, from outdoor maintenance to indoor decorating. What makes this humble material so good at what it does? The rubbery substanc...

MARCH 10, 2017 | FRIDAY
Cool Tools: A Next-Generation Mower Cuts Above the Rest

Even as a kid, when my five-dollar allowance depended on it, I hated mowing the lawn. Decades later, things have changed—for instance, nobody pays me to do chores anymore. But I dread the...

FEBRUARY 27, 2017 | MONDAY
Your 3 Best Bets for Battling Indoor Air Pollution

Heating and cooling doesn't come cheap—especially if your HVAC system has to work harder to overcome heat loss due to drafts. That's why remodeling pros recommend minimizing ineff...