Donna Boyle Schwartz


Donna Boyle Schwartz is a well-known home furnishings writer and editor, working with leading magazines and newspapers for more than 30 years. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects.

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JUNE 9, 2017 | FRIDAY
Don't Let Leaky Batteries Spoil Your Fun

This article has been brought to you by Mirum. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila. com. Eating ice cream for breakfast on your birthday. Going to the movies on Christmas Day.  We...

MAY 31, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
What Tools Do You Need for PEX Plumbing Projects?

Homeowners rarely do their own plumbing, right? Wrong. Nowadays, intrepid do-it-yourselfers rely on their own skills and labor to get the job done. "This is a big shift," accord...

MAY 25, 2017 | THURSDAY
5 Things to Know About Adding Central Air

In most parts of the country, air conditioning is a necessity of modern life. Even so, many consumers hesitate to invest in a whole-house cooling system. Some are concerned that they'...

MAY 9, 2017 | TUESDAY
11 Weird Ways to Use Wine

“Leftover wine” may seem like a freak of nature, a mythical beast along the lines of fairies and unicorns. But sometimes, even the most dedicated oenophiles simply can’t polish off an ent...

MAY 8, 2017 | MONDAY
Flip Your Fridge to Save Money—and the World!

[bobsays_inset]The electricity bill comes at the end of the month. You open it (perhaps begrudgingly), pay the amount owed, and then move on with your life. But you can't shake the fe...

MAY 2, 2017 | TUESDAY
11 Unusual Uses for a Bungee Cord

Bungee cords aren’t just for securing luggage and equipment. Bungees—those stretchy elastic bands covered in a woven cotton or polypropylene sheath, with metal hooks on each end—are handy...

How To: Shop for PEX Tubing

For much of the latter 20th century, household plumbing systems depended on copper pipe—a difficult-to-master building material whose price only rose along with the ever-increasing demand...

Cool Tools: No-Sacrifice Hearing Protection for Multitasking DIYers

It doesn’t matter what job I’m tackling. Whether I’m staining the deck, installing an appliance, or simply cleaning the bathroom, I always work faster and achieve better results—and enjoy...

Mission Impossible? Setting Out to Save a Damp, Dingy Furnace Room

As homeowners, we all have our dirty little secrets, whether it be a carpet stain concealed by strategically placed furniture or in my case, a basement furnace room that resembles a horro...

APRIL 18, 2017 | TUESDAY
12 Ways You Never Thought to Use a Paper Clip

Most homeowners’ desk drawers conceal dozens of paper clips in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Fortunately, you can put these tiny metal fasteners to work doing a lot more than ju...