Manasa Reddigari


Manasa Reddigari is a freelance writer with a passion for the home and garden that she enjoys sharing with others. Her design philosophy is, if you can dream it, you can DIY it!

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14 Places You Never Knew You Could Camp

Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon are summertime standbys for camping enthusiasts. But nestled in mountains, tucked in trees, and dropped into deserts are a slew of seldom slept...

35 Strange But True Facts About America

Much of what our country has achieved and experienced has gone down in history. But not even dedicated historians have managed to document all the secrets the United States has amassed in...

JULY 31, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! How Well Wallpaper Works in a Bathroom

Q: My wife wants to hang wallpaper in our Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The walls could do with some eye candy, but how well will wallpaper hold up in the bath?A: Given the walloping that bathr...

JULY 31, 2018 | TUESDAY
5 Ways to Remove Rust Stains

You might recall from Chemistry 101 that only iron or iron alloys like steel can form rust when exposed to oxygen and moisture.  But that doesn't completely limit rust's reach. In...

11 Still-Standing Saloons of the Old West

Home to revelry, rivalry, and a bevy of brews, saloons were the nexus of social and political life in the Wild West. Fortunately for admirers of antiquity and ale, many of these taverns s...

JULY 17, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Drain a Toilet

Whether fixing a toilet that’s running or leaking from the base, cleaning the tank, or replacing a unit that’s beyond repair, your first step must be to drain the toilet in order to inspe...

JULY 12, 2018 | THURSDAY
35 Lake Towns for a Weekend Adventure

Water is a welcome sight during warm-weather weekends, but the ocean isn't the only place to get your fill of the wet stuff. America is overflowing with low-key lake towns featuring livel...

JULY 12, 2018 | THURSDAY
Dos and Don'ts of Building a Fire Pit

Fire pits are a hot commodity! These attractive additions can dress up a drab yard with mesmerizing flames while serving as a gathering place for afternoon barbecues, evening drinks, and ...

Buyer's Guide: Paint Strippers

Some paint prep is easier than others.  On a piece of furniture with only a few isolated peeling patches, you can simply scrape, sand, and prime before repainting. But if tackling a proje...

JULY 9, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! Figuring Out the Correct Countertop Height for Your Renovation

Q: I’m putting in a new kitchen. What’s the right height for the countertops?A: Well, depends if you want the short answer or the long one. There is an industry standard countertop height...