Ah, September. Summer's officially over for school kids, although when it comes to cold, hard science, it's not over until the autumnal equinox on the 22nd. While you're enjoying the imminent onset of brisk weather, or trying to cram in some last-minute summer fun, it's a good time to look about your home and figure out what needs to be done to get you in ship shape for the coming colder months. What should you put on your September To Do List? We suggest caulking and weatherizing—you might want to check out your heating system, too!

  Morris and James Carey

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Don't Greet Fall Half-Caulked

Fall is in the air... and there's never a better time than now to go over the exterior of your home to examine and touch up. Caulking prevents unwanted visitors, like ants, as well as drafts. Don't know a caulk gun from a hole in the ground? No problem! Just check out this weekly project for the whole scoop. Read More...

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Improve Your Heating Efficiency

Falling leaves are usually accompanied by falling temperatures. Unfortunately, one thing that doesn't tend to fall is the gas and electric bill! Heating can be expensive, but if you act now to improve your home's heating efficiency, you can save big bucks in the months ahead. Read more...

Cool Stuff at On The House

We'd like to turn the spotlight on our web site for a moment. Regular readers will be familiar with our dramatic weight loss story, so we won't repeat it—but we would like to take a moment to announce that we've had all-new photographs taking featuring our success. You'll find these photos throughout the On The House web site. And, for the curious, you can even compare our Before and After shots!

And don't forget! The On The House Forums are a great way to interact with other listeners—whether you're wanting to pass on a suggestion to as, ask a question about anything from computers to siding, or simply chitchat with other home improvement devotees.


Pictures From On The Road

Some Before and After shots of the brothers. Wow! Click here to see a bigger image of this little collage we put together.


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In The Kitchen with Dom DeLuise

Here are some of Dom's best recipes for you and your family to enjoy over the next month!

BBQ Chicken Pizza — A fun alternative to the usual cheese pizza.

Italian Tuna Salad — This is a wonderful "make ahead" dish to bring to a pot luck or picnic.

Chicken Caesar Salad — Cooking chicken? Go ahead and do two, and then you'll have leftovers for this delicious dish.

Grilled Corn with Italian Herb Butter — A delicious and simple side dish to make on the barbeque all summer long!

September Calendar

September 4

All about furniture as we talk with Leonard Bruce Lewin,
the author of "Shopping for Furniture, A Consumer's Guide"

September 11

Live broadcast from the annual Pittsburg Seafood Festival
in Northern California and an interview the folks at Moen

September 18

All you need to know about vacation properties (rent,
buy, manage, furnish, etc) as James and Morris talk with Christine Hrib

September 25

Live from Columbus, OH on the First Alert Home Safety
Challenge Tour