Home Improvement

5 Genius Paint Hacks

Painting a room (or a piece of furniture, or a staircase) is a messy job. And doing it right requires a serious time commitment. But if you’re still putting up with smelly paint fumes and lengthy cleanup sessions, there’s a better way. These brilliant painting tips will change the way you tackle your next painting chore, making it faster, easier, and cleaner than you probably thought possible.

10 Ways Paint Can Transform Just About Anything

Tired of your old furniture? There’s no need to throw it out and splurge on something new. Just purchase some paint for a striking update.

9 Gardening Tips for Beginners

Four experts tell you everything you need to know to get growing—even if you don’t have a green thumb.

9 Secrets Only Contractors Know

Before you even think of working with a renovation pro, consider this insider intel from our panel of expert contractors.

The Secret Life of Your Dishwasher 

How to load, run, and make the most out of your kitchen appliance.

10 Tips for Organizing the Refrigerator

Like real estate, cold storage is all about location. Shelf or drawer? High or low? Follow this expert fridge-packing plan to keep contents fresh.

10 Decorating Mistakes You May Be Making (and How to Fix Them)

Not sure why your room doesn’t look quite right? You may have committed one of these 10 decorating offenses.

How Does a Refrigerator Work?

In the refrigeration cycle, there are five basic components: fluid refrigerant; a compressor, which controls the flow of refrigerant; the condenser coils (on the outside of the fridge); the evaporator coils (on the inside of the fridge); and something called an expansion device. Here’s how they interact to cool your food.