Show Notes: Skylights to Fence Maintenance – On the House

Show Notes: Skylights to Fence Maintenance

By on April 14, 2018
Show Notes Skylight

Show Notes from the On The House with The Carey Brothers and Cameron recorded April 14th, 2018.

Have questions about skylights? Would you like to learn how to save some water in your garden? Or how to maintain your fence this spring? From natural pest control to garage locks, we’ve got all that and more!

Did you miss the live episode? Don’t worry, you can still check it out here!

Skylights: More Than Windows For the Roof


Are skylights a luxury items?  Many homeowners consider them the window equivalent hot tubs, heated bathroom tile, or outdoor kitchens.  But they are far more than just a “luxury”; they are almost a necessity for “day lighting” homes and energy saving.

 Skylights can be flat or domed, fixed or vented. The vented ones are like casement windows for your roof.  Some vented skylights operated by an electric motor, while others open and close manually.  Because skylights get so much sunlight, they are usually more tinted than regular windows equipped with Low-E coating.  Because roofs have things fall on them, skylights are made to withstand impact.

4 Basic Types

Barring any obstructions in the attic and roof, skylights can be positioned anywhere in the ceiling. But consider roof slope.  The closer to the center of the house that you position the skylight, the more vertical space in the attic you need to traverse with a skylight shaft. Conversely, the closer to an exterior wall that you position the skylight, the shorter the skylight shaft you need to build.

The skylight’s position on the roof can dramatically affect your interior light.  Trees, chimneys, and tall structures can wipe out much of the great sunlight you’re trying to get. You’ll want to have a nice, clear opening around your intended skylight position in order to pull in as much light as possible.



5 Simple Ways to Save Water in Your Garden 

There are a few simple rules to be considered a California resident; you have to be a fan of In-N-Out Burger, have a respect for surfing, and try, in every way possible, to save water.

We have battled our way out of a drought, but, in no way, have we fully recovered. With growing season upon us, we’re beginning to wonder how we can do our part and save water. Luckily, has a list of 5 ways to save water in your garden.

Learn more by visiting the full article here!



Spring Time Fence Maintenance 


When the sun comes out thoughts turn to the yard.  Top of your spring maintenance list should be to evaluate and take inventory of what it will take to bring your fence back to it’s original condition. Begin by making a list that will assist you in creating a game plan that to complete renovating that winter worn fence.

 Check out the full article at here!


carey bros pros

By now, most of you know that in addition to this national radio show … we do a weekly podcast called CareyBrosPros . . . but have you told your favorite contractor about it?

CareyBrosPros is geared to helping professionals in the construction industry … like your plumber, builder, architect, electrician, landscaper . . . with tips to improve their business!

This week we’re talking with Steve Means – a certified energy analyst – about making sure your plans meet the energy efficiency requirement for your area.   In California … that mandate is known as “Title 24.”

Hear the rest of our conversation with Steve Means on meeting energy efficient requirements  … online at!


Homemade Pest Control Remedies That Really Work

As you know, I am a brand-new father and as such, I am cautious about everything. I am sure this will change with time and additional children but as of right now, everything is organic, and Beethoven and Mozart are on repeat 24/7.

The other day I discovered squatters in my home. That’s right, pests that unwillingly to support the cause and pay their fair share in bills. What kind of pests you ask? Ants!

Immediately I thought to go out and buy the best of the best pest killer, you know, the stuff that is chemical warfare grade. Something that’ll scare those darn things into not coming back. But, I thought about my baby. I don’t want her inhaling all of that nonsense. So, I did a little research and found Hometalk’s list of homemade pest control remedies and here are a few:

Garlic and Mint

Apple Cider Vinegar Trap

Dust Mite Oil Repellent

Coffee Grounds Ant Trap


For more information head over to the full article.



Your Dream Bathroom


 child safe bath

Samantha asked “Are there any special safety considerations I should make when selecting plumbing fixtures or products for [my small children’s] bath?”


Learn more by listening to Your Dream Bathroom or visit the Your Dream Bathroom website!


Home Security Tip 

Add a lock to your garage door 

Lock the track

If your garage door doesn’t have a lockable latch, drill a hole in the track just above one of the rollers and slip in a padlock.



Home Improvement Projects by the Season

You can save money, time, and some sanity if you plan your “honey-do” projects by season.

Here are some suggestions of home improvement projects by season:

Spring – Clean up what got beat up during the winter. This may include gutters, screens, and fences.

Summer – Replace  your windows! Manufacturers have been known to slash their prices this season. Some other good projects include getting your chimney swept and repairing your fireplace or furnace.

Fall – Take advantage of  that last bit of good weather and finish up any last outdoor projects before winter hits. This is an especially good time to aerate or fertilize your lawn.

Winter – This has been known to be a slower time for contractors. This could mean lower costs for you! This is also a good time to tackle any indoor projects you’ve been putting off so you could stay outside.

If you take advantage of the seasons you’re going to save time and money!


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