Fighting stinky, musty closets

Dear TIAH: The closets throughout our home are extremely musty-smelling, to the point that our clothes don’t stay fresh when hung up in them for over a day. I bought air fresheners for each of them but they don’t work. Any suggestions? – Jay P., White Plains, N.Y.

Replacing a screen door

Dear TIAH: On a visit to our friend’s house next door, my youngest son ran toward the sliding glass doors leading to the back yard and went right through the screen door. He’s fine, but I want to fix the damage. Can I do so without having to buy a …

Christmas DIY deals: 2014

Still shopping for your favorite do-it-yourselfers? (Or yourself?) Here’s a few last minute deals on home repair and improvement items online. Amazon.com is running a DIY daily deal today, Dec. 17. Check out deals on power tools, work tables and more at Amazon’s 2014 Daily Deals. Woman’s Day lists 5 …

Painting tips for beginners

Q. Hi, first-time painter here. My dad offered some advice to my roommate and me on painting our apartment, such as putting down drop cloths and stirring the paint really well. Is there any other key information we need so we do a good job? The landlord won’t be happy …

Welcome to the improved This Is A Hammer!

After several years as an old-fashioned static site, ThisIsAHammer.com is becoming a much more dynamic place! Welcome to the new and improved website, the online home of This Is A Hammer. This Is A Hammer is a weekly column published in community newspapers nationwide. But if you can’t wait a …