Tony Carrick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Name: Anthony Carrick

Title: Contributing Writer

Tony Carrick is a freelance writer who has been contributing to BobVila.com since 2020. He writes how-to articles and product reviews in the areas of lawn and garden, home maintenance, home improvement, auto maintenance, housewares, and technology. 

Expertise and Experience

As a contributing writer for a variety of home improvement, housewares, and technology publications, Tony has covered a broad range of topics. His hands-on experience ranges from fixing toilets to remodeling mudrooms to laying patio tile, all of which he’s written about in great detail. 

Tony’s writing credits also include hundreds of reviews for a variety of tools, household products, and home gadgets, including everything from blenders to exercise bikes to security cameras. In addition to writing for BobVila.com, Tony has also written for U.S. News and World Report, Field & Stream, Popular Science, Interesting Things, Domino, and Futurism. 

Tony began his writing career as a reporter for local newspapers in North Carolina before spending more than a decade in the classroom teaching English. He now works full-time as a freelance writer from his home in North Carolina. When he’s not typing away on his computer, he can be found hammering away at yet another renovation project in his home. 

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OCTOBER 28, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Get Rid of Bats—and Keep Them Away for Good

Bats aren’t much different from any other creature. “They’re looking for three things: food, shelter, and water,” says Kyle Morgan of Care Pest Pros, a pest control company in Spicewood, ...

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
How to Clean Pewter

Pewter is used in everything from jewelry to kitchen utensils to the classic tankard. This metal remains popular with artisans and craftspeople because its malleability makes it easy to w...

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Fix Cracks in Concrete

Small cracks in your concrete driveway, patio, or foundation may not seem like much to worry about, and you may be tempted to ignore them. But left to their own devices, they can eventual...

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 8, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Install a Window Air Conditioner

For homeowners and renters who don’t want the bother (or expense) of installing a central air conditioning system, window air conditioners are terrific options for keeping cool in warmer ...

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...

JUNE 24, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Start a Lawn Mower and Troubleshoot Common Problems

Unless you’re planning to hire a lawn care company to handle your yard maintenance, you’ll need to learn how to start a lawn mower if you want to maintain a well-kept lawn. In addition to...

MAY 28, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

You’re not alone in wanting to get rid of roaches. These creepy-crawly insects are a major problem around the country—around the world, even—particularly in dense urban areas. According t...

APRIL 22, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

From the 1950s through the ’80s, the ceilings in many new homes were finished with a rough, stippled texture that became known as a “popcorn” finish. Proponents touted the sound-dampening...