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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AUGUST 28, 2014 | THURSDAY
How to Install a Deadbolt Lock

Automated security systems are nice to have, but the easiest and least expensive way to improve the security of home is to install a deadbolt lock. Even a high-quality lockset isn’t enoug...

JULY 23, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
How To Prevent Rust on Your Outdoor Furniture and Railings

Enter the yard of many homes in America and somewhere among the trees, shrubs, and grass, you’re bound to find metal. Patio furniture, barbecue grills, handrails, fences, and gates—these ...

JULY 1, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Get Rid of Wasps: Say "Goodbye!" in 5 Easy Steps

Spring and summer are lovely times of the year, but they do usher in a host of seasonal hazards, perhaps none more fearsome than wasps. Not only are wasps annoying, buzzing in your ears a...

JANUARY 24, 2014 | FRIDAY
How to Shim a Door

Shimming a door frame is a skill anyone planning to install a new door into a rough opening should know. When carpenters build the rough framing for a doorway, they typically leave an ope...

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 | MONDAY
Which Type of Water Heater Is Best for Your Home?

The water heater is the home’s unsung hero, reliably operating behind the scenes to make possible many of the modern conveniences we take for granted—hot showers, washing machines, dishwa...

OCTOBER 8, 2013 | TUESDAY
How to Replace a Toilet Seat the Quick and Easy Way

Although a porcelain throne can last for at least 15 years, the seat attached to it typically does not. The average toilet seat lasts just 5 to 7 years before it cracks, begins to shift n...

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 | THURSDAY
How to Build Scaffolding (and When It's a Better Idea Than Using a Ladder)

Painting a home’s exterior, installing new siding, and putting up new gutters are just a few of the projects that require reaching elevated areas of a home’s exterior. While an extension ...

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 | MONDAY
How to Remove Carpet

Even with regular vacuuming, carpeting accumulates a great deal of dust, dirt, and debris. When you finally decide to rip it up, be sure to give the carpeting one last thorough vacuuming....

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Low-Flow Toilets 101: Here's Why a Toilet Upgrade is Worth the Upfront Expense

The Environmental Protection Agency says that an estimated 4. 8 billion gallons of water are flushed down the toilet every day. According to the American Water Works Association, the aver...

JUNE 27, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
Are Pocket Doors Right for Your Home?

When considering whether to install a pocket door versus a regular door, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. A pocket door differs from a standard hinged door th...