Margaret Foley

Contributing Writer & Editor

Highlights

  • Specialties: Cleaning best practices, household repairs, classic house styles
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in English from Bryn Mawr College; Master of Science in Education from Queens College
  • Other work: Home magazine (defunct); Discover magazine

About

Margaret Foley is an editor, educator, and writer based in New York City who has worked for a variety of magazines over her career. She has freelanced for BobVila.com for roughly a decade. When she isn’t sitting in front of a laptop, she spends her time keeping her family of humans, dogs, and one cat fed and healthy and trying to prevent a 100-year-old house from falling down.

Best DIY Advice

After almost 25 years of living in an old house, Margaret can say with certainty that whatever you’re DIY-ing—even if you’ve planned carefully, measured accurately, and bought everything you think you’ll need—it’s best to assume that it will take longer than you think. That fence that you were going to paint over a few weekends will take all summer; the escutcheon for that new light fixture won’t be large enough to cover the existing hole in the ceiling; the old doorbell wire won’t be long enough to reach the new bell…and then the washing machine will back up and there will be 4 inches of water in the basement.

More from Margaret Foley

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How to Dispose of Old Gasoline the Right Way

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How to Remove Rust From Tools

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9 Easy Ways to Remove Sticker Residue From Glass and Other Everyday Surfaces

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17 Pantry Foods That Never Expire

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How to Clean Battery Corrosion in 4 Steps

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Tax Credit vs. Tax Deduction: What All Homeowners Should Know

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How to Light a Pilot Light on Gas Appliances

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Sick of Shoveling? The Pros and Cons of Heated Driveways

Pros and Cons of Heating with a Wood Stove

So, You Want to… Heat Your House With a Wood Stove

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How to Get Rid of Flies in the House

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How to Wash Shoes in a Washing Machine

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How to Close a Pool for the Winter

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11 Real Haunted Houses to Visit—If You Dare!

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14 Places Asbestos May Still Be Lurking in Your Home

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How to Clean a Toilet Tank

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15 Things You Should Never Do During a Thunderstorm

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26 Inspiring Ways to Repurpose a Spare Bedroom

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How to Clean an Electric Oven

How Much Paint Do I Need

How Much Paint Do I Need?