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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MAY 5, 2013 | SUNDAY
Perk Up Your Pool: Resurfacing in Fiberglass or Plaster

Ah, pools. Whether humble aboveground 15-footers or elaborately designed in-ground beauties, swimming pools are refreshing oases in backyards everywhere.  They can be exercise-inducers, p...

APRIL 24, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Seeing the Light: New (and Improved) Skylights

There once was a saying among contractors that went, "It’s not if your skylight will leak, it’s when it will leak. " Fortunately, advances in skylight design and installation pr...

APRIL 17, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Creative Outlets: 5 "Energy Smart" Options

There are 10 billion electrical outlets in North America, and over the last few years, inventors have been hard at work making them easier, safer, and more energy efficient than ever befo...

APRIL 10, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Keep Off the Grass: 5 Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn

To avoid the hassle of ongoing upkeep or to conserve precious resources like water and gasoline—or for both reasons combined—many today are opting to plant drought-resistant grasses. Thes...

JULY 11, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
Mower Maintenance: 5 Ways to Keep Your Machine Up and Running

This summer, to ensure you’re spending more time enjoying your weekend and not struggling to get your mower to start, make sure you’re taking good care of your equipment. Here are a few t...