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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink Caulk

To protect your kitchen cabinets from water damage, the rim of your kitchen sink should always be sealed with a good bead of silicone caulk. Since it dries out and cracks over time, you’ll need to replace it now and then; here’s how.

How to Caulk a Kitchen Sink

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Bob Vila Radio: Hybrid Water Heater

If you’re paying through the nose for hot water in your house, you’ve probably already thought about replacing your conventional water heater with a new tankless, or on-demand, water heater. But tankless water heaters run on natural gas or propane. What if you don’t have gas service to your house?

Hybrid Water Heater

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Bob Vila Radio: Bird Feeders

Winter’s a great time to feed the birds, but if that means feeding the squirrels too, they can quickly wear out their welcome. Squirrels can find or make holes in your house and nest there, causing damage for years before you realize it. Here’s how to uninvite them from your yard.

Bird Feeder

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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip – Circular Saws

If those holiday gift cards are burning a hole in your pocket, a good circular saw is something you really shouldn’t be without.

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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing a Mattress

If getting more sleep is one of your New Year’s resolutions, it might be time for a new mattress. Shopping for a mattress is a little like shopping for a car or a truck: Do a little research before you shop and determine what options are important to you.

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What’s your normal sleeping position? If you’re a back sleeper, you need a firm mattress. Front sleepers need something a little softer and side sleepers need a mattress with plenty of give for full support.

Body type is also important: heavier folks need firmer support while skinny folks generally find softer ones easier on the pressure points. Consider thermal comfort—spring coil mattresses allow more air circulation for those who get hot at night while foam mattress will help insulate chilly sleepers.

The only way to tell whether a spring coil, foam, or latex mattress is right for you is to test them all out in the store for at least 15 minutes each. Make sure you have the option to exchange the mattress if it doesn’t work out once you’ve slept on it.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on furniture, consider:

Bob Vila Radio: Sofa Beds
Bob Vila Radio: Buying Furniture
How To: Paint Your Furniture


Bob Vila Radio: Mirror Placement

If the end of the year is a time for reflection, don’t underestimate the power of a well-placed mirror to enhance your home in the new year.

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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Waste Removal

One of the biggest challenges of any remodeling project or basement clean-out is figuring out how to get rid of construction waste, old appliances, and other big unwieldy stuff without paying through the nose.

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Bob Vila Radio: Laminate Floors

You can’t beat the low cost and easy installation of a laminate floor. It’s a great do-it-yourself project that can really transform a room. Here are some tips from the pros to help you get the best results.

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Bob Vila Radio: Mock Ups

It may seem like an exercise, but mocking up your cabinetry or furniture building project can save you a lot of wasted energy and coulda-shoulda-woulda down the line.

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Bob Vila Radio: Foam Core

It used to be that foam-core board was only useful to architects building models. Now that foam technology has taken off, foam-core boards have made it to the building site.

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