Steven Fox

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven Fox is an often successful but always enthusiastic DIY buff. Taking after his master mechanic father, he loves nothing better than to amuse himself trying to figure out how things work and how to fix them when they won’t.

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APRIL 15, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
Small-Duct, "Invisible" AC Cools Any Home, New or Old

Whether you own an old house or would like to build a new one, you've likely asked yourself a hard-to-answer question: Is it more important to preserve architectural integrity or to stay ...

MARCH 26, 2015 | THURSDAY
Michelin Quite Literally Reinvents the Lawn Mower Wheel

Imagine the perfect riding lawn mower: Are its tires low-maintenance and highly durable, and do they make for an impeccably smooth ride? As if in direct response to the fantasies of outdo...

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
So, You Want to... Install Wainscoting

The term "wainscoting" refers to any type of paneling that covers the lower portion—usually the lower third—of an interior wall. Originally, wainscoting was meant to protect pla...

FEBRUARY 4, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
MDF 101

Medium-density fiberboard—most often known by its initials, MDF—rivals the affordability and versatility of plywood and similar engineered wood products. In certain situations, MDF even t...

JANUARY 28, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
So, You Want to... Install Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting has been around since the 1930s, and even though its popularity seems to have waned in recent years, manufacturers continue to innovate in the category. Homeowners in th...

JANUARY 14, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
The Little-Known Benefits of Pipe Insulation

If you know anything at all about pipe insulation, you know that it goes a long way toward preventing frozen pipes. That's true: Pipe insulation keeps the water in your plumbing system fr...

JANUARY 13, 2015 | TUESDAY
The Pros and Cons of Softwood Flooring

Trees are classified as either hardwood or softwood according to the structure of their seeds. And while almost all hardwoods are, in fact, hard, softwoods are not really soft; they're si...

DECEMBER 16, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean a Chimney

Some homeowners are so drawn to the fireplace that they ignore the mess and hassle that accompany its operation and maintenance, not to mention its notorious energy inefficiency. What can...

DECEMBER 10, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
So, You Want to... Heat Your House with a Wood Stove

Recently, you were visiting friends, and as the night grew colder outside, you were snug indoors, mesmerized by the warmth and glow of their wood stove. "Let's get one!" you exc...

NOVEMBER 6, 2014 | THURSDAY
So, You Want to... Insulate the Attic

Are you getting the sense that your heating and cooling costs are going through the roof? You might be absolutely right: An attic with poor insulation can cost you big bucks. Why wait any...