Katelin Hill


Katelin Hill is a freelance writer who channels her passion for home and garden into educational and aspirational stories and how-to guides. Before writing for Bob Vila, Katelin spent almost four years working in editorial at This Old House magazine. She has also written for The Family Handyman, Endless Vacation, Time Out New York, and multiple local news outlets. Katelin recently relocated from Brooklyn to Virginia, mostly because she needed more room for her DIY supplies, but you can find her on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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6 Things to Know Before Installing Recessed Lighting

Unobtrusive illumination installed flush with the ceiling, recessed lighting can be found in virtually all types of homes, and for good reason. It beams light downwards, illuminating a wh...

What’s the Difference? Metal Roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles

If it’s time to install a new roof, the variety of options available can floor you. Asphalt shingles have long been known for their reliability, cost-effectiveness, and ease of maintenanc...

How To: Turn Off Your Home's Water

Chances are there’ll come a time when you’ll have to turn off the water supply in your home. You may need to do so for a scheduled plumbing repair or before leaving on a long trip. Then t...

AUGUST 20, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! The Best Time to Plant a Tree

Q: I’d like to plant some new trees to boost our home’s curb appeal. Will they survive if I plant in the fall, or should I wait till spring?A: You often see landscaping companies busily p...

The Dos and Don'ts of Gluing PVC Pipe

Pipe made of polyvinyl chloride, commonly called PVC, is used in a variety of residential applications, from plumbing systems to a host of cool craft projects (such as DIY racks, organize...

JULY 31, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Remove a Broken Light Bulb

Incandescent light bulbs are known to occasionally shatter in their fixtures—and when they do, it’s both difficult and dangerous to extract the bulb’s threaded base from the socket. Bits ...

JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY
11 Things Not to Do If You Ever Want to Sell Your House

If you’re planning on selling your property, don’t let your house sit on the market any longer than necessary. Take a page from our book and avoid these 11 common mistakes before listing.

JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Use a Portable Generator

During a power outage, a generator that runs on gasoline can provide enough juice to keep your lights on, your groceries from spoiling, and your fans spinning. Set up a portable unit outs...

JULY 9, 2018 | MONDAY
Just Moved In? 11 Things to Do Right Away

You just moved into a new home—congratulations! Now that the moving truck is unloaded, you probably have a million things to do before getting settled. Prioritize your list by focusing on...

JUNE 28, 2018 | THURSDAY
15 Photos That Prove You Need a Breakfast Nook

Got some spare space in the kitchen? Consider adding a breakfast nook! These 15 photogenic options suit a range of kitchen styles and sizes—and they’re practically begging to be added to ...