Craig Allen

of Senior Editor, The Home Depot Blog


Craig Allen
Craig is a world traveler, life long learner, inveterate explainer of things and an intellectual nomad. He's worked in public radio, dubbed Godzilla movies into English, and written for CNN International. Craig readily admits that he's a bit of a tool klutz, and his thumb is only a pale shade of green-- which makes him a pretty typical home owner. But he knows how to get answers, and no matter how dead the grass is, or how crooked the shelves are, there's always next weekend...

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Spring Cleaning Tips: The 6 Spots You Might Be Missing

There’s something about emerging from winter hibernation that flips the Spring Cleaning switch in a lot of us. There’s almost a genetic desire to air out, wipe, scrub and scrape everything in sight. But we all miss something in this annual spring cleaning exercise. That’s why we came up with spring cleaning tips focused on […]
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5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas

Everything’s easier when you’re organized. And we’re here to help you. We have some clever, and oh so simple storage ideas here that make life just a little bit simpler. These five storage solutions are very affordable, too. Solution 1: Create Small-item Storage to Keep Counters Clear How much stuff do you have cluttering the […]
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Energy Saving Tips to Lower Your Bills

As the temperatures drop, you might be bracing for a spike in your energy bill. The average U.S. household spends half its utility bills on heating and cooling the home. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, you could actually be LOWERING your energy bills even while turning up the heat this winter […]
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How to Plant Strawberries

Strawberries are the quintessential summertime fruit. In this short video Jen and Maureen from The Home Depot How-To Community show you to plant strawberries in a container garden– in this case galvanized buckets. It is an easy planting project with yummy results. First they make drainage holes in the bottom of their bucket with a […]
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Top Grilling Recipes on Our Grilling Board on Pinterest

The grilling recipes are the most popular part of The Home Depot’s Grills & Outdoor Cooking board on Pinterest. It’s no wonder; one of the joys of grilling is dazzling your family and guests with amazing feats of outdoor cooking prowess. Always having a new, awesome recipe up your sleeve is one way to keep […]
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Home Improvement 101: Types of Seating

Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on the Apron blog. In this installment: types of seating. The scrollwork on the back of this chair is what […]
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Home Improvement 101: Prints and Patterns in Home Decor

Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on The Home Depot blog. In this installment: prints and patterns in home decor. Faux bois refers to a pattern […]
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From the Forums: How to Lay Pavers Over Existing Concrete

Using concrete pavers, or paving stones, is a cost-effective way to build a patio for your back yard. Pavers also have a little more visual appeal than your standard concrete patio, so a lot of homeowners decide they’ll use pavers to upgrade their old patio. And this leads them to a common question heard in […]
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From the Forums: Patio Ideas on a Budget

“I have a big, ugly patio. I need a few tips on how to remodel my patio without spending a lot of money.” Home Depot Community Forums reader diablita cut straight to the chase with that post on the Forums. You might feel the same way about your patio. And even if your patio isn’t […]
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How to Choose a Bathroom Faucet

“I need to replace the sink faucet in the bathroom. When I measure it, it looks like 6 inches, but stock all says 4 inches. How do I measure so I know I have the right replacement faucet?” That was the question that took MizViki to The Home Depot’s Community Forums for an answer. It turns […]
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Gift Ideas for Men and Women Who Love Tools

It’s sometimes hard to come up with good gift ideas for men and women who are handy with tools. This special person in your life may be a DIYer, a crafter, a hobbyist, or maybe a home owner who handles his or her own home repairs. You can be sure to score a big hit […]
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Overhead Garage Storage

When it comes to decluttering the home, the garage often becomes the last-ditch place for all the stuff we don’t want to throw out, but have no other place to store. And, let’s face it, it’s also usually the last space in the home that gets the attention it needs for some effective storage and […]
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3 Cleaning and Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Neglect

Owning a home means keeping up with regular cleaning and maintenance chores around the house. This keeps your appliances and heating and cooling systems running smoothly, which saves money and helps prevent breakdowns. Home Depot associate Chris Long has suggested a few of the most neglected household cleaning and maintenance tasks. His short list is based […]
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From the Forums: How to Organize a Shed

Home Depot associates face the same challenges keeping a storage shed or garage organized and tidy that you do at home. The associates who help run our online How-To Community Forums have a storage shed where they keep some of the tools and supplies they use to create various how-to projects you see here on […]
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Shared Bedroom Storage Solution

It’s hard to imagine a space that depends more on good storage solutions than a small bedroom shared by two siblings. Storage was indeed the centerpiece of the advice Home Depot associate Eileen Claar had for a couple whose two young sons had to share a room for a time after moving to a new […]
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How to Create an Antique Finish on Kitchen Cabinets

Giving your cabinets a makeover is a sure fire way to renew and refresh the look of your kitchen. The Home Depot associates who answer questions on our online How-To Community Forums have recommended the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit as a surprisingly easy and cost-effective way to make your cabinets look new again. We’ve even […]
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Gift Ideas for the DIYer: Cordless Power Tool Kit

Never underestimate the importance of collecting good gift ideas.
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Advice on Wood Carving Tools

One of the keys to starting a new hobby is getting set up with the right tools. You don’t necessarily need a comprehensive array of every tool or gadget you could ever need. Having a good starter kit of the basics will usually be enough. Reader Inellalexander seemed to be thinking of starting a woodworking hobby when […]
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Outdoor Christmas Lights Plug In Solution

If you live in an older house or condominium, you might have trouble with your outdoor electrical sockets. Namely, if you have enough of them, they’re not placed very conveniently. This problem crops up for a lot of people at Christmastime when turning on the outdoor Christmas lights means crawling in the dirt behind a […]
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The Easiest Gift Ever

The Home Depot is all about convenience and value, and that includes our many gift-giving options. Nothing is more convenient than our increasingly popular online eGift Cards. In fact, we’re mighty pleased that business research firm Retail Systems Research (RSR) has cited The Home Depot’s eGift card one of the best you can buy. 
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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas from BostonRoots

The focal point of Thanksgiving is the dinner table. First in importance comes cooking up a big spread of delicious food for the feast. But to make it festive, you need decorations for the Thanksgiving table. Home Depot associate BostonRoots is known for her terrific holiday decorations. Here’s a look at her Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas that […]
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More Cute Homemade Halloween Decorations

The how-to experts who answer questions on our online How-To Community Forums get positively giddy when Halloween comes around. These crafty tool slingers love creating homemade Halloween decorations. Some lean toward the spooky side, like a giant spider for your front yard, but here’s a look at a couple of projects that are more cute […]
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DIY Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Decorations for Your Yard You might not have known that The Home Depot sells authentic pink lawn flamingos, which is pretty cool. But  that’s not quite as cool as this easy DIY project that turns lawn flamingos into clever DIY Halloween decorations. It’s one of the many projects put together by our Home Depot How-To […]
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Ingenious Homemade Halloween Decorations

 It’s an amazing thing to behold — the ingenious homemade Halloween decorations that our Home Depot Community associates come up with. They are posting the how-to instructions for these Halloween projects on The Home Depot’s How-To Community Forums. Every Halloween yard display needs gravestones. The Home Depot’s ChrisFixit shows us how to create some surprisingly […]
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Fun Halloween Projects to Decorate Your Yard

The Home Depot’s How-To Community Forums are a great place to get expert answers to your home improvement and gardening questions. Our creative and talented Community associates also post instructions on how-to projects there. They don’t limit themselves to your ordinary home and garden projects, though. Our how-to wizards are also known to apply their skills […]
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From the Forums, Tailgating Edition: How to Build a Tailgate Game Table

Our How-To Community associate ChrisFixit has designed some very DIY clever projects that you can find on our online How-To Community Forums. But for this special tailgating edition of our From the Forums series, we’re showcasing this tailgating table he put together especially for The Home Depot’s College Gameday Facebook App. It’s suitable for serving food, and once the eating […]
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From the Forums, Tailgating Edition: How to Build a Cornhole Board

Tailgating is a terrific way to spend an afternoon before a football game. There’s hanging out with friends, consuming good food, talking football, and increasingly — playing a little cornhole. This bean bag toss game is perfect for tailgating. The rules are simple, it’s safe to play in a crowd, and the equipment is easy […]
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How Do I Prep My Lawn Mower for Winter Storage?

How do I prep my lawn mower for winter storage? A lot of homeowners aren’t sure how to prepare their mowers for winter storage, despite using their lawn mowers almost every week throughout the spring and summer. We have an idea that we need to do something special to prepare for winter storage, but aren’t […]
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Using Concrete Sealant to Protect Against Ice Melt Damage

In regions with icy, snowy winters, the use of rock salt or other ice melt is hard to avoid if you want to keep your driveway, sidewalks and steps safe. But these ice melting agents can take a toll on your concrete. This raises the question that’s good to ask while the weather is still […]
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Clumping Bamboo and Running Bamboo

Bamboo is a tricky thing for gardeners. If the wrong variety sets its roots in your yard, you may be in for a huge struggle to get rid of the bamboo. But it’s a beautiful plant, and it can make a great natural screen, while being a lovely part of a backyard landscape. That was what […]
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