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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JANUARY 22, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Breathe Deep: 5 Ways to Improve Your Home's Air Quality for Better Health

Deep breathing has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and even improve digestion. But if the air you’re breathing in isn’t as clean as it should be, taking those breaths m...

JANUARY 15, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Electricians: 5 Reasons Why Home Depot Deserves Another Look

Ever since the first two stores opened in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979, The Home Depot has been a storehouse for the supplies do-it-yourselfers need to undertake home improvement projects—fro...

JANUARY 14, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Texture Walls

Learning how to texture walls does more than transform boring-to-look-at surfaces into pitted, peaked, and otherwise visually appealing objects of interest. With any of the numerous techn...

JANUARY 13, 2014 | MONDAY
How To: Mount a Flat-Panel TV

Even if you have minimal experience in home improvement matters, you are probably thinking, "Hey, come on, of course I can hang something on the wall. " But when that something ...

JANUARY 9, 2014 | THURSDAY
Planning Guide: Insulation

Insulation is the strong, silent type. Although it operates behind the scenes for the most part, it plays a vital role: keeping us comfortable indoors. Unlike fuel or electricity, insulat...

JANUARY 6, 2014 | MONDAY
Plywood 101

A manmade material prized for its great versatility, plywood appears in elements of the home as various as flooring, walls, doors, and furniture. Strong and lightweight—the product of sev...

DECEMBER 20, 2013 | FRIDAY
Which Is Better, Forced-Air or Radiant Heat?

In the radiant floor vs. forced-air heating debate, radiant floor always wins because it provides a quiet, even heat and eliminates the allergy problems often associated with heating duct...

DECEMBER 16, 2013 | MONDAY
Storm Windows 101

If your windows let in anything other than a view, you may be thinking it's time for replacement windows. But not so fast! You may want to consider storm windows instead, which offer the ...

DECEMBER 13, 2013 | FRIDAY
Planning Guide: Fireplaces

Is there anything better than sitting beside the fireplace on a chilly winter eve? Not only does a fireplace provide decorative charm and the practical benefit of warmth, but it can also ...

DECEMBER 2, 2013 | MONDAY
Chimneys 101

Why would Kris Kringle choose to squeeze his considerable girth through one of the narrowest and most soot-covered passageways in the home? The answer: Who the heck knows? One thing is ce...