snow guards

The Purpose of Snow Guards

Question: Hey MyFixitUpLife, I have an old house question. I feel like I should know the answer to this, but I don’t. On the roofs of many old houses, along the eave, there are…best as I can describe it…bird-shaped thingies. I’ve seen others that look octagonal and yet others that are round. I’ve seen them [...]

Bellaforte Slate

DIY Roofing Project

            Question: Here’s my story: My house needs a new roof. I live in an historic district where there is a lot of slate. Even though I built houses summers in high school and through college, that was, well I won’t tell you how old I am but it was [...]


Color Design Program, A Personal Touch

I have a conundrum. On one hand I often feel the world offers too many choices: electric automobile seats with predetermined settings that default to a setting I don’t use, clothes washers with a million cycle options but if I forget to drop a sock in there it takes 45 seconds to open the door, [...]

Bellaforte slate

Roof: Done Right, Done Once

When you see a raging wildfire race by, that’s one of those events that changes the way you see the world. And that’s what happened to Dan Baer. Fifty homes in his area of Yorba Linda, CA were lost that day. Fifty. The only thing that kept his house from being 51 was luck. The [...]


MyFixitUpLife talk show: Fall For Your Garden

Yes, we know it’s still summer, but now is the perfect time to start planning your fall gardening. Margaret Roach, from the popular garden site A Way To Garden, joins us to talk must-have tips and time-savers that will help you get your lawn and garden growing the way you want. Margaret was garden editor [...]


Old House Roof Shingles: Repair or Replace?

In this video Mark Clement, the practical contractor for, takes a look at the shingles on an old house’s roof and shares some insight on how to determine if your roof needs to be replaced, or whether you may get by with a repair. Repair or Replace Your Old House Shingles? One of the [...]


Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

Mark Clement, practical contractor for The Old House Web and host of MyFixItUpLife radio show, warns consumers that under even the best conditions, a roofing project at the tear-off stage is a rough and tumble job. That means you must select a roofing contractor who raises the right concerns and solutions for the delivery of [...]


Roof Styles: A Focus on Composite Slate Polymer Tile

  Mark Clement, practical contractor for The Old House Web and host of MyFixItUpLife radio show, discusses the predominant roofing styles of homes across the country. If you have an old house and need new roofing, you may want to use materials common to your region. A Look at Roof Styles by Area Wooden roofing [...]


MyFixitUpLife Roof: One Year Later

What a Difference a Year Makes: Our roof one year later > White-out blizzards: Check. > Thunderous downpours: Never seen more rain fall out of the sky at one time. > Howling wind: Beeeeep…tornado warnings on the Weather Channel anyone? > Searing heat and frigid temps. Yup. Need both a Gatorade and a scarf (not [...]


Energy-Efficient Roofing Upgrade: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this video series on how to give your roof an energy-efficient upgrade, Mark demonstrated how to prep your roof for the improvement. In this video, Mark installs the new energy-efficient underlayment and begins installation of the composite slate shingles. Energy-Efficient Roof Upgrades Mark is using Grace’s Ice and Water [...]

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