Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 14, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
The Secret to a Warmer, Drier, Faster Finished Basement

This article has been brought to you by Amvic Building System, who provided BobVila. com with a complimentary product sample. In an effort to carve out more living space—without spending ...

JUNE 11, 2017 | SUNDAY
All You Need to Know About Types of Insulation

Insulation is a vital component in any home that aims to be energy-efficient. Typically placed in areas where air escapes, such as between the stud cavities inside the walls and in the at...

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!

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 feeling that you&...

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...

APRIL 26, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
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...

APRIL 26, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
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...