Roseann Foley Henry

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseann Foley Henry is a writer, editor, and home improvement buff. She and her partner and their two children live in Bayside, where they are ever-so-slowly renovating a classic 1920 Dutch Colonial. Among her writing credits are The Life of a House, the story of a tiny gatekeeper’s lodge that was once home to her great-grandparents in County Clare, Ireland. Check her out on Google +!

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JANUARY 29, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Newspaper Fire Logs

There’s nothing quite like sitting by a cozy fireplace on a chilly night. Unless you own your own private forest, though, you need to factor the price of firewood into the equation—and th...

JANUARY 28, 2014 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Losing Heat to Drafts

In these energy-conscious times, many people are adding insulation, installing solar panels, or taking a number of expensive steps to keep their homes warmer in winter. But in many homes,...

JANUARY 27, 2014 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Humidifiers

We love the toasty warmth that our radiators and heating vents give off—but the dry indoor air that comes with all that heat can really be a drag. Not only does it cause dry skin, chapped...

JANUARY 24, 2014 | FRIDAY
Bob Vila Radio: DIY Headboards

The most important part of any bed is the mattress: The right mattress on a good frame is key to a good night’s sleep. But if you want just the right look for your bed, it’s the search fo...

JANUARY 23, 2014 | THURSDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Retrofitting Fireplaces

Did you know that only about ten percent of the heat from a fire in the fireplace makes it into the room? That’s right, about ninety percent of a fire’s heat goes right up the chimney. No...

JANUARY 22, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Wood Glue Types

There are several adhesives that can hold pieces of wood together without screws or nails. The cheapest and most commonly available is plain old white glue, similar to the Elmer’s we used...

JANUARY 21, 2014 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Save Your Appliance Manuals

When you buy a new appliance, it’s a good idea to hold onto your original documentation, including the owner’s manual, any warranties, and your purchase receipt. If you misplace the manua...

JANUARY 17, 2014 | FRIDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Smart Power Strips

You’ve probably heard about vampire electricity, the electrical power that can suck the life out of your home power usage. It’s what you’re wasting when you leave your phone charger plugg...

JANUARY 15, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Radiant Walls

You’re probably familiar with the comfort and effectiveness of radiant flooring, but did you know that radiant heat can also be installed in walls and ceilings?Listen to BOB VILA ON RADIA...

JANUARY 13, 2014 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Glass Block

Glass block has been used as a building material for more than a century, but it experienced a big surge of popularity in the 1930s and '40s. That was when technological advancements made...