Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Boyle Schwartz is a well-known home furnishings writer and editor, who has worked with leading magazines and newspapers for more than 30 years. In addition to serving as Lifestyle Editor and News Editor for the Newburgh-Beacon Evening News, Ms. Schwartz also spent over a decade as Managing Editor of Home Furnishings News. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects. Donna Boyle Schwartz on LinkedIn | Google +

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OCTOBER 29, 2019 | TUESDAY
Change Filters Frequently to Optimize Furnace Efficiency

Dust bunnies are multiplying, dog hair is piling up, and allergies are worsening—oh my, it must be the furnace filter! To change a furnace filter is perhaps the quickest and easiest way t...

OCTOBER 17, 2019 | THURSDAY
14 House Problems That Don't Require a General Contractor

As most homeowners are well aware, problems can strike a house suddenly and without warning: a leaky roof or a fallen tree, a burst pipe in the basement or a boiler that conks out during ...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 | MONDAY
Your Dishwasher Can Do Better: 9 Tips to Boost Performance

Enhance the performance and lifespan of your dishwasher with these nine useful tips.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 | TUESDAY
Gas or Electric? Choose Your Next Stove Wisely

Traditionally, most homeowners have two choices for the stove: gas and electric. More often than not, the type of stove you prefer boils down to what you learned to cook on. However, conv...

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 | FRIDAY
The Worst Storms on Record Ever to Have Hit the United States

This year's hurricane season is forecasted to be a strong one, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—and for a country that has seen intense storms over ...

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 | THURSDAY
15 Things Never to Put in the Microwave

Rush, rush, rush—in today's 24/7 culture, a microwave can be a real boon to busy households and time-strapped cooks. But even though these ubiquitous appliances are fast and convenient, t...

AUGUST 26, 2019 | MONDAY
The 7 Deadly Sins of Home Remodeling

Every homeowner who has taken on a home remodeling project has a sad story about past mistakes. Some of these errors are merely embarrassing, some are costly, and others are downright dan...

AUGUST 9, 2019 | FRIDAY
12 Tips to Follow When a Heat Advisory Is in Effect

Summer is here, and in many parts of the country that can mean dangerous heat waves. As the National Weather Service notes, “Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the Unit...

JULY 22, 2019 | MONDAY
Chalk and 19 Other Things You Don't Keep in Your Toolbox—But Should

Every homeowner knows the importance of having a good toolbox stocked with all the basics—screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, and the like. But there are a few, more esoteric items that you s...

JULY 16, 2019 | TUESDAY
16 Problems a Power Outage Can Cause at Home

When the electricity goes out, a host of things can happen around your place ranging from mere inconveniences to life-threatening situations. These are the what-ifs you should prepare for...