Michael Franco

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A creative director with Reader's Digest for ten years, also formerly serving as site editor for a division of About.com, Michael Franco has spent over a decade covering science, technology, hospitality and home improvement. His writing credits include Angie's List, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, and National Geographic. A graduate of Ithaca College and Manhattanville College, with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing, Mr. Franco once owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Amish country. Today, he lives and works in Asheville, NC. Michael Franco on LinkedIn | Google +

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NOVEMBER 26, 2019 | TUESDAY
The Right Way to Light a Fireplace

At first, it may seem like a foolproof undertaking: You put some wood in the fireplace, light a match, then sit back and watch it burn. Right? Well, yes and no. With seasoned firewood, a ...

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 | THURSDAY
3 Tips to Choosing Track Lighting

In the evolution of illumination—from torches to torchiers—track lighting is a relative newcomer. While originally used in galleries, museums, and commercial installations, track lighting...

OCTOBER 29, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Build a Temporary Wall

If you can't live with the layout of your space, a temporary wall may be just the solution you need. For decades, renters have relied on temporary walls to "make it work" under ...

AUGUST 21, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
15 Old House Features We Were Wrong to Abandon

We were probably right to leave behind many hallmarks of yesterday's home, but it's time to reconsider these 15 once-popular details, not for their novelty, but for their practicality.

MARCH 21, 2019 | THURSDAY
Instant Curb Appeal: 15 Fast Facade Fix-Ups

"You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." While this phrase usually refers to people, it also applies to houses. The exterior of your home offers visitors and passersby ...

FEBRUARY 22, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
9 Unexpected Household Uses for Table Salt

It's an integral part of every meal, but ordinary table salt can do a lot more than add flavor to your food. From cleaning to winter maintenance, salt can do a whole lot around the house....

DECEMBER 15, 2015 | TUESDAY
4 Reasons to Ditch Your Furnace for Radiant Heat

Visit any assortment of American homes built in recent years and, though you'll probably see a range of architectural styles, all are likely to have only one type of HVAC system—forced ai...

NOVEMBER 10, 2015 | TUESDAY
6 Steps to a Cozy Winter Home

When plummeting temperatures and cruel storms combine to make the outdoors forbidding, everyone takes refuge indoors. There's only one potential problem: If aggravations like drafts and c...

OCTOBER 14, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
So, You Want to... Install Radiant Heating

Thinking about installing radiant heat? Well, you're not alone. The technology has already gained wide acceptance with consumers internationally, and though radiant systems haven't yet be...

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
7 Myths About Radiant Heat, Debunked

For once, industry experts agree on something: To keep your home warm through the winter months, there's no method more comfortable than radiant heating. Although it earns praise for its ...