The Internet offers endless information for the homeowner, from step-by-step instructions to checklists for maintaining your home, to finding a contractor. Here are some resources for starters.
General Information Sites
Start with How Stuff Works if you want to know how items in and around your home work. Click on “Home & Garden” for home repair and improvement items. In this section you will find topics on home improvement, green living, lawn & garden, appliances and more.
Home Improvement Store Sites
The Home Depot DIY Projects and Ideas has videos for numerous projects. There are also articles, calculators, buying guides, project guides, and design tools. You can also get the schedule for weekly clinics, workshops, and kids workshops.
Lowe’s has a How-Tos, Buying Guides, and Project Calculators library filled with articles, buying guides, projects, interactive guides, quick tips and more. Articles, descriptions, step-by-step instructions and videos are available on many topics.
Ace Hardware has a Tips and Advice section containing Step-by-Step How-To’s, Interactive Project videos, Tips from ACE's Home Expert, Frequently Asked Questions, learning guides, and more.
TrueValue Hardware has a Project Library with many helpful articles and videos.
Home Improvement Sites
DoItYourself.com is a site that provides how-to guides and tips. Use the site map at the bottom of the page to quickly find information on a variety of home improvement and repair topics.
Handyman USA is a site full of tips and how-to’s in an easy to navigate format. The list of categories is accessible on the left side of most pages
Hometips.com is a site that provides buying guides, DIY instructions, and other information related to home improvement, remodeling houses, home repair, decorating, buying appliances and more.
The Popular Mechanics Home and How-To sections have step-by-step articles and videos.
The Old House Web offers a number of information and how-to articles targeted to owners of older homes. They also provide links to repair and restoration products.
Home Improvement Radio and TV Show Sites
Home improvement has become a popular source of home entertainment in recent years. Here are links to a few favorites that include informative articles and tips. Some may have annoying ads but you’re used to that, right?
The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show
This Old House (show and magazine)
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
HomeTime on PBS
Theplumber.com has a plumbing FAQ, articles on the history of plumbing, a Plumbing Care & Repair handbook, and links to other plumbing sites.
The Original Homeowners Painting Guide is a site provided by Calvert Painting in North Carolina. It covers paint failures and ways to make your paint last longer.
The Paint Quality Institute provides information for homeowners including paint advice and paint tools, blog and more.
The American Hardwood Information Center is provided by the Hardwood Manufacturers Association. It provides facts, tips, and other useful advice about hardwoods and the use of hardwoods in cabinets, flooring, furniture, and woodworking projects.
When it comes to roofing, you can find information on the sites of the different roofing trade associations:
- National Roofing Contractors Association, Homeowner’s Guide to Buying a New Roof
- Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
- Tile Roofing Institute Information
- Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association
- Cool Metal Roofing Coalition
- Greenroofs.com, a portal to information on green roofs