Resource Links for Home Improvement & Home Upgrades - Best Tools

Resource Links

We're designing this Resource Links page to provide you with links to tools and resources that can help you with your home improvements and home upgrades. We haven't necessarily had the chance to thoroughly check out each of the sites listed. But if we've listed a site, business, or organization, it's because we honestly believe it could be helpful to you. We can't make any guarantees, but we think you might want to check out the sites below. 

In the meantime, this page is a growing work in progress. So, whenever you're looking to do a home improvement or home upgrade, you should check back with us here to see if we've found something new that can be of help. You can also drop us a line right from this page. Just click here. Home Improvement Resources & Bonus Content

We keep adding to the bonus content here on As we do, we'll keep a list right here, so that you can find all of our own home improvement resources in one handy place:

Want other lists, resources, or guides? Let us know! To send us a message from this page right now, just click here.

How To Videos for fixing your own chainsaws, blowers, lawn mowers, and gas trimmers
Helpful videos to solve problems with chainsaws, lawn mowers, ride on mowers, blowers, grass trimmers and more.

Steve of Steve's Small Engine Saloon. Check out his awesome, short videos on how to fix your own yard equipment.

Steve is a small engine repair tech who has a large and growing set of HOW TO videos and other info designed to help you fix your own equipment, like 

  • chainsaws
  • lawn mowers
  • riding lawn mowers
  • leaf blowers and
  • grass trimmers.
"I want Steve’s Small Engine Saloon to SAVE YOU TIME, FRUSTRATION AND MOST IMPORTANT, MONEY!" - Steve

I found Steve when my STIHL leaf blower wouldn't rev up. I figured it was going to cost me about $100 to have it fixed. Then I found Steve's Small Engine Saloon video on this exact problem when I searched YouTube for "STIHL blower won't rev". His video got straight to the point. 

"I have five options for you on how to repair this. Some of them are the proper way to fix this. Some of them are not so proper." - Steve, explaining how to fix a STIHL blower that won't rev up.

I used option number 3 and was back in business in less than 5 minutes for FREE! (BTW, here's that video.)

So, I highly recommend you check out Steve's site: Also, you should Subscribe to his YouTube site and Hit the Bell to Turn On Notifications of his new videos.

Finally, if even one of his videos helps you, please buy him a beer. I did, and you can too. Just go to and click the link on the right, "CLICK HERE TO BUY ME A BEER!"


Is that up to code? Built to code? What's the code say?

Check You Local Ordinances with Municode

Often, when doing a home improvement project, basic questions come up about what your local law says about your project.

  •  Do I need a permit?
  • Is that to code?
  • Who do I have to notify?

To help answer these questions, one really helpful resource is the library of municipal codes that is maintained by Municode. Municode has grown into a set of resources and services revolving around local governments throughout the United States. But their library of local codes and local ordinances is still a favorite resource for finding out what the local law is.  It's organized by state and then city, and you can check it out here:

Home Improvement and landscaping or digging? Call 811 before you dig!

Call 811 before you dig!

Call 811 nationwide to have your utilities located before you dig in your own yard. Avoid dangerous gas lines and electricity lines. Cutting them can kill you. Also, don’t cut your own cable, satellite or internet by accident. You’ll feel foolish.

So, Call 811 before you start digging.

You can also do it online at

Looking for something specific? Please let us know...

As we mentioned above, this Resource Links page is a work in progress. If there is something you would like to add, please let us know. Likewise, if you don't see something you are looking for, drop us a line. We might be able to round up something to at least get you pointed in the right direction. To send us a message right from this page, just click here.