Try growing basil, cilantro, mint and thyme in a window area. Avoid a hot west-facing exposure, though.
Travertine tile is a porous stone and can be etched by acidic substances. If it is used in a shower, it needs to be sealed after installation.
In a home with two air conditioners, you can replace one HVAC system at a time, as was done here. The new unit is smaller because it’s more efficient.
Palms can have invasive root systems that could spread into pipes if the stumps remain once these trees are cut down.
Walking on a clay tile roof can cause the tiles to crack.
Palo verdes may be native to the Arizona desert, but frost, mistletoe and other problems can sometimes damage them.
You can do the maintenance job of flushing the water out of a water heater yourself. Take care to get rid of all the sediment that is building up that could corrode the water heater.
Sesame caterpillars are thriving this year and may be munching bougainvilleas.
Water fountains need sealing to stop or prevent leaks.
A mini-split air conditioner is usually easy to install, and is perfect for cooling off a garage or one room.
If water leaks from a supply vent during a rainstorm, it’s probably not from a leak in the roof. Try an HVAC company.
Garage-door torsion springs are under tension. If not replaced properly, there is potential for serious injury.
Saltillo tiles can be harder to keep clean if they are finished with a heavy glaze.
Even if you don’t use an air conditioner every single year, it probably will run just fine after a period of dormancy.
Mistletoe, like this clump on a palo verde, is a common parasite that grows on desert trees. Remove it promptly if it seems to be spreading.
Kitchen fans built into a microwave unit have less power to pull exhaust fumes out of a room that can really need it.
Oleanders grow well in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, so it’s no wonder that they thrive here.
Many flat roofs in Tucson are covered with foam like this.
If draining water from a nearby laundry room backs up in the kitchen, your pipes may need cleaning out.
Bougainvilleas are hardy once they get started, but be gentle with their roots.
Call an electrician for complex repairs.
Replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan or a fan plus a light can be a difficult do-it-yourself job.
Don’t seal saltillo tile when it’s installed outside in direct sunlight. The sealer can make the surface slick when wet.
Even a small saguaro can be very heavy and difficult to move to a new location.
Small Agave “pups” like the one next to the adult plant in this photo can be transplanted into containers.
The pressure of the water in the walk-in tub will hold the door closed, so leaking shouldn’t be a problem.
A sturdy hopseed bush shades the wall of a house.
Foam insulation can be injected into walls to solve several problems.
Roof vents release plumbing gases outside your home.
Saguaros are a protected native plant in Arizona.
The desert willow’s leaves will turn brown and drop in the winter, so it’s a good time to trim it to the proper shape.
Old-style angle-stop valves are also known as multi-turn compression valves.
This is a new-style ball-joint valve that is a lot safer to use on a water line because it’s not susceptible to freezing because of calcium build up.
A rooftop installation of air conditioning equipment can save space and be less noisy than having the condenser standing just outside your house.
When a patio floods, try to reroute the path of the water with gutters and downspouts or a rock-lined trench drain.
This is the time of year when majestic agaves often fall prey to grubs that have eaten away the core of the plants
Make your box small enough to work on without walking inside.
When a garage door won’t close or open completely, it’s often because of a problem with sensor lights on the door tracks. Check them for dust and dirt first, and if cleaning them doesn’t work, call a professional.
One-inch pleated paper filters are the best to use with your air-conditioning intakes. Washable filters tend to restrict airflow.
Repairing or replacing air ducts can help bring down your energy bills. The age of the HVAC system might be a factor, as well.
Holding your nose when you open the spigot? If your water smells like sulfur, it could be a problem with the water heater or with a well.
Don't be surprised if mourning doves come calling. They are among the most abundant birds in Arizona.
If you use slate outdoors, as on this backyard bench, don't seal the tiles, as the sealer will deteriorate in intense sunshine.
The outdoor bib where you connect your garden hose is the place where you check your home's water pressure.