Tony Carrick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tony Carrick is a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, landscaping, and design. A recipient of a degree in journalism and a Master of Arts in English, he spent ten years writing for a variety of local newspapers and business publications before becoming an English teacher. Mr. Carrick now works as a freelance writer from his home in North Carolina. When he isn’t furiously typing away on his laptop or working on his latest home improvement project, he enjoys spending time with his family and cycling through the beautiful North Carolina countryside. Connect with Tony Carrick on LinkedIn.

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 | SUNDAY
French Drains 101: How Well-Placed Trenches and Pipes Can Keep Your Property Dry

Things with “French” in the title are usually fancy, right? Poodles, perfume, pastries. But a French drain is nothing more than a ditch in sloped ground, inset with a perforated drain pip...

MAY 22, 2018 | TUESDAY
How to Get Rid of June Bugs

If you’ve ever been out on a summer evening outdoors only to be startled by an inch-long, slow-flying beetle crashing into you, then you’ve encountered a June bug. The four most common of...

OCTOBER 26, 2017 | THURSDAY
What’s the Difference? Sanded vs. Unsanded Grout

Any homeowner undertaking a DIY tiling project will work with grout, a putty-like mixture that fills the space between tiles and keeps them securely in place. But while grout is commonly ...

JULY 11, 2017 | TUESDAY
How to Clean an Air Conditioner Filter in 4 Easy Steps

Though often overlooked, air conditioner filters are responsible for a mighty important job: keeping dust, dirt, and other debris out of the air we breathe indoors. As they improve your a...

DECEMBER 12, 2016 | MONDAY
Solved! This Is What to Do When Your Garbage Disposal Stops Working

Q. After dinner, I rinsed off the dishes in the sink like I always do, and then I flipped on the garbage disposal switch to grind the food scraps. Nothing happened. Should I start shoppin...

OCTOBER 27, 2016 | THURSDAY
How to Clean Bamboo Floors

Thanks to a harvest time of as little as 5 years, bamboo is an environmentally sustainable, increasingly popular flooring choice. Its durability varies, depending on species and manufactu...

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 | WEDNESDAY
How to Make a DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Everyone loves a clean home, but our obsession with sanitation may come at a cost to our health. Some people, especially those with allergies, can develop sensitivities to the harsh chemi...

AUGUST 1, 2016 | MONDAY
Solved! What to Do When the Toilet Won’t Flush

Q: Help! My toilet won’t flush. The handle moves freely, but nothing happens when I press down. Can I fix it without calling a plumber?A: For what it’s worth, you’re experiencing an issue...

APRIL 21, 2016 | THURSDAY
9 Fixes For When Your Lawn Mower Won’t Start

Lawn care can be tedious, but once the grass starts growing in the spring, mowing becomes a fact of life in most neighborhoods. When you finally muster the strength to tackle that first c...

MARCH 1, 2016 | TUESDAY
How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

When faced with the conundrum of how to unclog a garbage disposal, most people would say that the easiest solution is to call a plumber. The easiest choice, however, may not always be the...