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 27, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
Is Radiant Heat Right for Your Dream Home?

Are you designing a home from scratch or even building an addition onto an existing home? Either affords a rare opportunity. You get to decide not only how the living space will look, but...

MAY 11, 2015 | MONDAY
Never Lose ANYTHING with Tile Tracking Tags

A panicked frenzy over misplaced items as you're rushing out the door—we've all been there, and the stressful search has the potential to derail an entire day. Thanks to apps like Find My...

APRIL 20, 2015 | MONDAY
Get Instant Alerts Whenever Leaks Threaten Your Home

With the exception of fire, water poses the greatest threat to our homes, whether it's a slow-and-steady leak or a sudden flood. In fact, it's estimated that every year, moisture plays a ...

MARCH 24, 2015 | TUESDAY
7 Reasons Homeowners Switch to Radiant Heating

Radiant heat has been around, in one form or another, for thousands of years. In recent years, however, it has improved to the point of becoming a viable alternative to the more tradition...

MARCH 20, 2015 | FRIDAY
Scout: A Next-Generation Home Security System

Joining the ranks of smart-home gadgets and gizmos is Scout, a completely wireless, internet-connected home security system. Scout departs from tradition in several important ways, offeri...

MARCH 17, 2015 | TUESDAY
7 Countertop Materials You Can Actually Afford

When you're planning a kitchen remodel, a lot of thought and worry goes into the budget. And a hefty chunk of that budget will go to big-ticket items like the countertop. Materials like n...

MARCH 12, 2015 | THURSDAY
Built-In USB Ports Redefine the Wall Socket

In 2015, people are as likely to charge a digital device as they are to plug in a table lamp or a hair dryer. But while lighting and appliances plug right into the wall, today's tablets a...

MARCH 10, 2015 | TUESDAY
7 Things Every Great Garage Needs

Garages: indispensable for keeping your car out of the elements, doing messy projects without cleaning up after them, and for storing items out of sight and mind. But if you’re dissatisfi...

MARCH 5, 2015 | THURSDAY
9 Unusual Ways to Use WD-40

WD-40 is a utility shelf staple. You probably know it as your go-to solution for squeaky hinges and rust prevention, but it's so much more! Inside the familiar blue-and-yellow can is a se...

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
Be Ready for Anything with 10 Mighty Pocket Tools

When it's time to tackle a few home improvement projects, it's hard to beat having a nicely stocked toolbox by your side. But small fixes around the house shouldn't require you to haul ar...