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Stainless steals hearts

My kitchen sink used to be nice and white, porcelain-coated cast iron. Now there's still some off-white, but there are also large black, rusting patches where the porcelain has been chipped away.

February 07, 2009 | By Jim Walker Signal Staff Writer | Your Home

’Tis the season to bare it all

It wasn't long ago these pages extolled the virtues of planting fruit trees and roses that were already rooted, as opposed to true bare root planting. All of that still applies.

January 31, 2009 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Your Home

Big game, big screen

Tick-tock brother - as you read this you only have eight days to get your widescreen television installed in time for your Super Bowl party. That's right. You know you're going to buy it.

January 24, 2009 | By Jim Walker Signal Escape Editor | Your Home

Robert Lamoureux: Broken snake needs to be pulled from plumbing

Hi Robert,

January 24, 2009 | Robert Lamoureux | Your Home

Robert Lamoureux: Don’t take shortcuts with contractor’s insurance

Hello Robert,

January 17, 2009 | By Robert Lamoureux | Your Home

Better than bareroot

Sure it's gonna get cold again, but this recent warm spell probably has you thinking about tuning up your landscaping. It's not such a bad idea, either. Planting now gives things like trees and shrubs plenty of time to get established before the crazy-hot days of summer arrive. And if this line of thinking has taken hold of you, you're probably eyeing those plants-in-a-bag that are popping up at your local nursery. "Bare roots" they are called, and you can probably get a great price on them. But, as Richard Green of Green Landscape Nursery in Saugus ...

January 17, 2009 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home

Paper management tips

Piles of paper are often the toughest type of clutter. Paper accumulates so quickly and there is a never-ending stream arriving on our doorsteps from every area in our lives. Here are some handy tips from Bob Farkas, the Clutter Wizard, about how to keep your paperwork from getting out of control. The tips shown are for maintaining records and papers manually, not electronically by computer.

January 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Your Home

Robert Lamoureux: Pass on this 'injection' for waterproofing

Hello Mr. Lamoureux,

January 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Your Home

Bust your clutter in 2009

Does your daughter make you close the garage door every time she is expecting company? Does she close all the bedroom doors before that company comes inside? Is your "filing" room or office both a fire and health hazard? Did you nearly sprain your ankle stepping on shoes overflowing from your closet? Has every horizontal space in your home become "temporary" storage for everything from old magazines to leftover screws?

January 10, 2009 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home

Sweeping the chimineas

Chiminea - it sounds like a new Latin dance (hey, maybe we can start something) - but the chiminea (chim-ih-ney-ah) has actually been around a long time.

January 03, 2009 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home

Home-buyer beware

"Don't let this happen to you," said the local man we'll call Mr. Broke.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home

Anything that got burned needs to go

Hello Mr. Lamoureux,

January 02, 2009 | By Robert Lamoureux | Your Home

Your Home Improvements: Noise from sink drives her crazy


December 27, 2008 | Robert Lamoureux Your Home Improvements | Your Home

A winter wonderland — of safety

I know. You shelled out good money for that fresh-cut Christmas tree only a week ago, and you'll be darned if you're going to take it down before Jan. 2.

December 27, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home

Protect yourself from paint poison

Ahhh, the smell of fresh paint! I always loved it, didn't you? Taking a snootful of air in a freshly-painted room always seemed new-life-affirming.

December 26, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Senior Writer | Your Home

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