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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip – Laser Level

No workshop should be without levels in various lengths, but for lines longer than 3′ or 4′, traditional bubble levels don’t work well. Enter the laser level.

Laser Level

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Bob Vila Radio: Vanity Lighting

Bathrooms are small rooms, but they require lots of attention to detail—and great lighting.

Vanity Lighting

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Bob Vila Radio: Firewood Types

While traditional open-hearth, wood-burning fireplaces are quickly going the way of the dinosaur, if you still want to burn wood, you have some very efficient options.

Firewood Options

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Bob Vila Radio: Carpet Wrinkles

Wrinkles in wall-to-wall carpet don’t just look bad, they can be a tripping hazard. They’ll also wear out first, so they’ll really never go away unless you fix them.

Carpet Wrinkles

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Bob Vila Radio: Left-Handed Tools

If there’s a leftie on your gift list this season, they might appreciate a tool or two that’s meant for them.

Left-Handed Tools

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Bob Vila Radio: Sofa Beds

Where would we be during the holidays without the sleeper sofa? Sofa beds of the past are notorious for being somewhat less than comfortable, but designs have improved.

Sofa Bed

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Bob Vila Radio: Mudrooms

Experts in feng shui—that ancient Chinese art of healthy interior design—say that the most important places in the home to keep clear and ordered are the entry and exit. If yours are not, a mudroom project might improve the situation.

Mudroom Organization

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Bob Vila Radio: Gardening Online

Nothing’s more heartening in the depths of winter than leafing through a bulb catalog or shopping for next season’s garden online.

Flowers in Snow

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Bob Vila Radio: New Furnace

When it’s time to replace your furnace, you might have to think faster than you’d like about this major purchase. Here are some pointers.

New Furnace Tips

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Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Neighborhoods

Savvy homebuyers these days know that a home is worth more based on its location than on its square footage.

Pocket Neighborhood

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