Knowing the language of rooftop design will help you through your next repair or remodel project

Know Your House: Learn the Lingo of Rooftops.

When it comes to a roof, knowing a few terms will help you talk to your roofer next time there’s a leak or you decide to reshingle. They’ll also help you discuss a remodel project that includes an addition, skylight or dormer. For the most part, these terms cover the principal parts of a roof and the openings we commonly find going through a roof — creating the possibility of leaks.

Where do you build or repair your household possessions?

Show Us Your Hardworking Workbench.

Handcrafted items such as jewelry, container gardens, sculptures and furniture begin their lives at a workbench. Like the items they help create, benches are unique: organized, stocked and designed to suit the needs of their owners.

Calling all Houzzers: Upload a picture of your workbench, or one that you recently designed, in the Comments and tell us why it works for you. If you use it for building or crafting, we’d love to see something you’ve made.

Learn how to hire and work with a painting contractor to get the best results

Great Home Project: How to Get Your Home’s Exterior Painted.

There’s nothing like a fresh paint job to punch up a house’s curb appeal. And hiring a professional to do it is the best way to get a superior result — and save you the headache of ladders, repairs and other hassles.

Leaky roof? Missing shingles? Here are the basics for tackling that roof repair

How to Get Your Roof Fixed.

Roof repairs are to homeownership what good nutrition is to overall health — a necessary component of keeping things in working order. They may not be the most glamorous projects, but they are definite musts. Here is a beginner’s guide to keeping your roof intact and your home dry.

Avoid costly repairs by learning to spot potential problem areas before water damage is done

Protect Your House From Winter Water Damage.

When cold weather approaches, it’s time to give your home’s exterior a once-over to make sure water won’t find its way indoors. There are ways to spot the problem areas on your home’s exterior before a drip from the ceiling or a flooded basement alerts you. You just need to learn to think like water.

Prevent injuries and tire damage while making a great first impression by replacing or repairing front paths

How to Give Your Driveway and Front Walk More Curb Appeal.

They’re the first thing visitors see when approaching your home (even before they get to the front door), which makes the driveway and front walk the keys to maximizing curb appeal. Here we’ll give you all the details on updating your front walk and driveway, from material choices to costs.

You’re in good company when you pair up with a pal to clean, organize, repair and replace

All Together Now: Tackle Home Projects With a DIY Co-op.

My sister Torey just moved. She and her husband are completely renovating their new house. They have accomplished so much in just a couple months, but the remaining to-do list is long. The underlying disorder is sending my Naturally Organized sister into a tailspin. My house is only a couple of years old, but I’m still working to make it home, so I have a list of things to do too.

Last week Torey mentioned she really needed to paint her front door. I intended to paint my back doors as soon as the weather cleared. “We should work together!” she said. And just like that, our DIY co-op was born. We’ve been in business a week, and both of us have crossed a task we were dreading off our list — and we’re looking forward to crossing off more.

Does this sound like a dream come true? Setting up your own DIY co-op may not be as simple as a quick phone call to your sister, but it may be easier than you think. When considering a possible DIY co-op partner, ask yourself a few things.

Is the candidate:

• Committed? You need someone who is going to show up when she says she will. Many of us have at least one of those friends — we love her to death — but our plans with her always have an imaginary asterisk beside them. If your friend isn’t reliable, no matter how wonderful and talented she is, forget about it. No flaky friends allowed.

• Fun to be with? When you are tackling arduous projects, it’s incredibly draining. Being able to laugh with another person can be a lifesaver. Lacking a sense of humor may not be a deal breaker for you, but it is for me.

Make quick work of minor repairs and replacements with this thorough, step-by-step approach

Don’t we all have a running mental list of “little” things to get done around the house? When those things remain undone, they can add up to make a big difference in how the home looks and feels. Here you’ll learn how to make a thorough list of minor home improvements and find the motivation you need to check everything off.

Learn how to decide whether a repair is worth making before you put your house on the market

Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale.

When you make the decision to sell your home, it can be tricky to know which changes would make your home sell more quickly or boost the sale price — and which would just be a waste of your time and resources. Each home (and each homeowner) is different; that’s why we’ve come up with 8 key questions to ask yourself before making any changes to prep your home for sale.