What I'm about to do may be something akin to pooping in my own pond, but I'll attempt to lay out a list of home improvement sites and a few comments on them. Because I try to do the same thing on my site as these sites--sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing--who am I to talk? So, let me emphasize the strong points. Counting down backwards:
Short, succinct, clear articles about almost every home improvement topic. Don is far more than just a web guy: he's written over 30 books on home improvement, too.
I've already blogged about how surprisingly good Family Handyman is for dispensing home remodeling advice. Emphasis on "surprise," because this site is owned by Reader's Digest. A very middle-of-the-road advice spot for home remodeling topics, that anyone can get into. Excellent graphics.
Bob Vila long ago gave up This Old House (you knew that, right?) and is now an industry called Bob Vila. He's also the front man for Sears, Lumber Liquidators, and other blue-chip companies.
As you might expect, The Bearded One really excels with videos--scads of videos on his site, and all quite good. Downside: his site tends to be very slow, due to the heavy graphics. Great information, but you'll need to wade through muck to get to the gold.
One of my favorites--in the print version, though. This is a stellar source of information, mainly geared to professionals (remodelers welcome, too) or for DIY'ers who want a more serious take on the issue. In recent years, Taunton's has dispensed with much off their hoity-toity airs and has come down (almost) to the level of real people.
The not-so-great thing about Taunton's online? The limited number of articles, and they keep trying to push you through a paywall (i.e., get you to pay for a membership). Worth a look, though.
Tim Carter--all hail the king. King of what, though?
Well, search for anything related to home remodeling (maybe how to mud your walls while hanging upside-down?), and you can bet Tim's got an article on it. Tim has always been a force in web remodeling advice--practically since the day they began laying the Internet tubes. About 2 years ago, Tim cranked into high gear with a full-scale remodel of his website and by cranking out search engine-friendly articles in unbelievable quantities.
Tim's an accessible guy, one of the few people I know who takes the time to respond to comments on his blog. Heck, he even keeps up with his YouTube comments. Goodness gracious, when does the guy sleep?
Don't let its pre-millennium graphics fool you, Hammerzone has got to be the most hands-on, "real" home improvement sites. Who knows, maybe the low graphics are part of the appeal. I kind of like the style.
For any undecided DIYers out there, Hammerzone will be intimidating. Hammerzone covers a lot of the heavy stuff like house siding and foundation work that other sites do not cover.