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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AUGUST 15, 2013 | THURSDAY
9 Solar Gadgets That Have Us Aglow

Backyards and sunshine go together like hot dogs and mustard. So do these cool new solar gadgets designed to provide light, sound and added convenience to outdoor living.

AUGUST 13, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Repoint Brick Walls

Brick houses are hard to damage. Anyone familiar with The Three Little Pigs knows that. Inevitably, however, there comes a time when the mortar between bricks begins to degrade. The proce...

AUGUST 9, 2013 | FRIDAY
5 Home Improvement Apps for Your iPad

Big, clunky metal toolboxes are so 20th century. These days you can fit rulers, levels, manuals and even a whole squadron of experts into a box no larger than 7" x 9" and only h...

AUGUST 8, 2013 | THURSDAY
Decked Out: 5 Approaches to Designing Your Dream Deck

Personal style plays a major role in so many of our expenditures, but in the backyard, we often settle for a plain wooden platform with zero personality. Why? Deck styles vary as much as ...

JULY 30, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Build a Basic Backyard Fire Pit

Many homes have fireplaces or propane stoves inside, but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a fire pit under the stars in your own backyard. On a cool night in the summer, you can cook u...

JULY 25, 2013 | THURSDAY
5 Things to Do with... Old Dishes

We can all agree that vintage dishes are pretty, but in today's home, they’re not very practical: most can't be used in the microwave or cleaned in the dishwasher. That doesn't mean, howe...

JULY 24, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Entryway Blues? 5 Ways to Dress Up Your Front Door

Ostensibly, a home’s front door is there for one reason and one reason only: to let people come and go while keeping the inside environment secure and separate from the outside. But a fro...

JULY 23, 2013 | TUESDAY
How to Replace a Toilet

Does your toilet waste water with every flush? Perhaps it is aesthetically outdated (hello, pastel pink bathroom)? Maybe the crack or leak is beyond repair? Whatever the case, there comes...

JULY 12, 2013 | FRIDAY
Waterproof Gadgets to Revolutionize Your Shower Experience

Whether you want to watch TV, write a screenplay, or simply enhance your shower experience, these high-tech upgrades are sure to propel your bath into the 21st century.

JULY 10, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Planning Guide: Patios

Patio. The word itself calls to mind an image of splendid sun-drenched days spent sipping chilled drinks under the welcome shade of an umbrella. From simple concrete slabs to colorful til...