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Buy or DIY: 5 Ways to Fit More in Your Fridge & Freezer
Spice racks, knife holders, and towel bars—there's no shortage of organizational helpers aimed at bettering one's lif...
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Buyer's Guide: Best Dishwashers
When you're planning a dinner party, it's not long before you start picturing the pile of plates that will await you ...
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How To: Clean a Stovetop
On those busy nights when you're lucky to have found just 20 minutes to put toward preparing a one-pot meal, cleanup ...
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How To: Clean a Washing Machine
When you throw a load of laundry into the washing machine, your clothes emerge stain- and sweat-free, and that's a wo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with Finicky Fridge Doors
If your refrigerator door doesn't open and close as it should—or if it doesn’t seal as tightly as it's supposed to—th...
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How To: Defrost a Freezer
Have you got a freezer full of frost? That'll happen. Fortunately, defrosting a freezer isn't as big a deal as people...
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10 New Kitchen Products to Make Your Life Better
What if you could get boiling hot water with the flick of a switch or turn on your oven from outside the home? Conveniences that once seemed like science fiction ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Microwave Steam Cleaning
The best way to keep your microwave clean is to wipe it down after every use. But that doesn’t always happen—you’re i...
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How To: Clean a Dishwasher
The idea of cleaning a dishwasher may seem a bit strange at first, but think of it this way: You regularly maintain y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fixing Chipped Stove Enamel
There’s something so crisp and clean about a kitchen with a traditional, white porcelain enamel stove. But sometimes ...
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Memory Lane: 15 Household Items From Your Childhood That New Houses Will Never See
As technology continues to evolve all around us, household items that were once commonplace have slowly fallen out of favor to be replaced by the latest and great...
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How To: Clean a Microwave
You know it's time to clean your microwave when obnoxious smells fill the kitchen every time you open the appliance d...
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How To: Install a Dryer Vent
Developed in 19th-century England, the first mechanized clothes dryers were perforated barrels that rotated over flam...
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Bob Vila Radio: Humidifiers
We love the toasty warmth that our radiators and heating vents give off—but the dry indoor air that comes with all th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Save Your Appliance Manuals
When you buy a new appliance, it’s a good idea to hold onto your original documentation, including the owner’s manual...
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How To: Clean Oven Racks
Ugh, is there anything worse than a dirty oven? If you use the appliance at all, chances are that baked-on grease, st...
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Bob Vila Radio: Second Refrigerators
One out of four American homes has a second refrigerator in it, according to the Department of Energy—that’s 30 milli...
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DIY Tales: Painting an Appliance
My refrigerator and stove hood had started yellowing recently. I didn't understand why since the dishwasher and stove we...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patio Heaters
Fall is a lovely time of year to enjoy your outdoor spaces. With the worst of summer’s heat and insects behind you, y...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Appliance Care
Your kitchen contains more appliances than any other room in the house. When the units are in good condition, there's...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vent Pollutants
Today’s weather-tight homes are great for energy efficiency, but they’re not so good for indoor air quality. The grea...
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Enter Our GE Appliances "Big Summer Blowout"—TODAY!
Want a fresh look? Need better performance from your home appliances? Waste no time in entering our GE Appliances "Bi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dehumidifiers
Basements are notorious for being damp, just by virtue of being underground. If you have a damp basement, your first ...
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Keep Your Home Cool, Dry, and Energy-Efficient With a Dehumidifier
Hot and muggy summer weather outside can mean excess moisture inside. Mold and mildew, musty odors, condensation, war...
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Selecting Appliances
When researching and selecting appliances, keep a tally of a week’s usage to help you decide what capacity and featur...
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Disguise Your Appliances
Call it the great cover-up. In a trend fueled by manufacturer innovations and designer imagination, appliances are th...
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Choosing Major Kitchen Appliances
Choosing major kitchen appliances can be fun, but homeowners should think of family and lifestyle first. If hiring a ...
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Pick the Right Appliances
When it's time to purchase new appliances, go beyond colors and styles to consider features, capacity, energy efficie...
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Green Machines: Eco-Friendly Electronics
The green movement is in full swing: from organic foods to energy-efficient appliances to greener cleaning products, ...
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New Tech for Old Homes: 5 Easy Upgrades
There was a time when someone who loves old homes would have found it tough to satisfy his inner high-tech geek. But ...
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How To: Clean Your Microwave in Under 5 Minutes
Cleaning a microwave is just plain annoying. I mean, let’s be honest: it’s way easier to just shut the door ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Range Hoods
A range hood can blend quietly into your kitchen cabinetry or make a dramatic architectural statement. But whether it...
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Even Your Garbage Disposal Needs TLC
It's not so much that your under-sink workhorse needs strict maintenance, only sensible care. You probably already kn...
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10 Smokin' Hot Range Hoods
Range hoods needn't be ugly add-ons or boring stainless steel. Here are ten designs that definitely sizzle with style.
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Bob Vila Radio: Appliance Manuals
While your important household documents should always be backed up and kept in fireproof storage, some things, like ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gas Range
Cooking with gas costs half what it costs to cook on electric ranges. Keeping your range clean will keep it efficient...
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New Kenmore Refrigerator Packed with Innovative Features
On the surface the new Kenmore Elite Trio looks a lot like many other French Door models on the market today. But ins...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garbage Disposal Care
While they’ll grind and send most kitchen scraps down the drain in small batches with a good strong flow of cold wate...
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Bob Vila Radio: Washing Machine Hoses
The hoses that deliver hot and cold water to your clothes washer may not be something you think about very often, but...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dryer Vents
Your dryer removes about a gallon of water from every load of laundry. The longer that water stays inside your home, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Your Dryer Vents
Here’s a job you can do in the cool basement to beat the summer heat, and you should add it to your twice a year to-d...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dishwasher Care
Your dishwasher does a lot to make your life easier; here are a couple things you can do to make its life longer!CM_B...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal really keeps things flowing in the kitchen, and installing one isn’t a tough job for a do-it-yours...
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La Cornue's New Built-In Rotisserie
What’s more delicious than slow-roasted chicken on a summer day? Fans of fowl (and fish and other meats too) will be ...
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Bob Vila Radio: The New Fridge
After years of Thanksgiving dinners, superbowls and midnight snacks, it’s probably served you well, but that old frid...
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Bob Vila Radio: Induction Cooking
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Smart Appliances
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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5 Eye-Catching Range Hoods for All Kitchen Styles
There once was a time when homeowners tried to keep their range hoods concealed—attached to a microwave, tucked under...
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New Product: Outdoor Dishwasher
I know what you're thinking.   An outdoor dishwasher? Well, for people who have an outdoor kitchen—or are considering...
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Making an Armoire into an Entertainment Center
Bob works with carpenter Bob Ryley to construct an insert for an antique cherry armoire to house his bedroom TV and video collection.
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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Installing Whole-Home Audio and Appliances
A whole-home audio system is installed, along with new appliances, including laundry machines, a freezer and fridge, and an outdoor grill.
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Touring the Completed Basement Remodel
Bob meets with homeowner Sarah Monzon to recap the project, from the initial preparation to the renovations to the finishing touches.
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Installing the Dishwasher
Mike Goodrich show Bob how to install a dishwasher
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Reviewing the Penthouse Living Area & Kitchen
Bob surveys the interior decorating of the penthouse apartment, as well as the top-quality materials and appliances in the kitchen. Also, Bob learns about the dif...
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Kitchen Cabinet Design
Darcie Miller from Wellborn Cabinets is on the site of the modern Colonial project house to talk about the kitchen's design.
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Kitchen Internet Appliance
Brent Thompson (from IceBox) joins Bob in the kitchen to talk about a new Internet appliance.
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Moving Appliances Without Damaging Wood Floors
Bob meets with flooring specialist Howard Brickman, who has completed the home's beautiful wood floors. The next challenge is to move heavy appliances across the ...
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Convection Oven Installation
Bob joins electrician Larry Dana in the Vermont farmhouse kitchen, as he installs the Kenmore Elite 30 self-cleaning convection oven.
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Installing the Dishwasher, Sink, and Garbage Disposal
Plumbing and heating contractor Doug Buchanan is ready to install the Kenmore Elite dishwasher and the Kohler Dickinson sink (with garbage disposal).
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Installing Permex Shutters, Viewing the Open Floor Plan, and Meeting the Affordable Home Buyers
Bob meets general contractor Wes Lohr at the Colonial-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
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Reviewing the Kitchen and Layout of the Ranch-Style Home
Bob meets plumber Charlie Delvecchio of Cape Plumbing at the ranch-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
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Kitchen and Butler's Pantry, Venetian Blinds, and Luxury Kitchen Appliances, Finishes, and Cabinetry
The huge space that is the kitchen of the Manhattan Brownstone has received its finishing touches. Bob tours.
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Tour of the Home's Exterior, Lighting Design, and Completed Kitchen
Bob tours the exterior of the completed Victorian restoration project house, remarking on the color scheme, breezeway, and artist's studio. Inside the house, Bob ...
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Interlocking Beech Flooring, Anti-Static Carpeting, and the Media Room
Bob looks at the beech flooring in the key hall, before moving to the media room to discuss the carpeting with Gary Johnston (from DuPont) and the electronic comp...
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Cherry Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Bob observes, and assists with, the installation of Cherry cabinets, a Northland refrigerator, and a wine storage system.
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Installing the Entertainment Center Cabinets
Carpenter Bob Ryley works with general contractor Kevin Kalman to install entertainment center cabinets.
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Technology Systems in the Governor's Mansion
Bob inspects the remote device, controlling the PA system, HVAC, lighting, and entertainment systems. In the basement, Bob Ryley is exploring the wires and cables...
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Reviewing the Kitchen Appliances
Bob peeks into the "first kitchen", the kitchen in the first family's private living quarters. Todd Graves (from GE) shows Bob the Halogen oven.
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Kitchen Plumbing Installed
The final connections are made to the new kitchen appliances, including a garbage disposal and a gas stove.
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Oven Hood and Shelving Installation
A restaurant-quality oven hood vent is installed, in addition to Metrowire shelves.
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Installing a Stacked Energy-Efficient Washer-Dryer
Bob assists electrician Barry Driscoll and carpenter Bob Ryley with the installation of a stacked energy-efficient washer-dryer unit.
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Energy-Efficient Washer and Dryer Set Installed
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install a Maytag Neptune washer-dryer set. Jay Klosterman (from Maytag) describes the product's energy saving features.
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Touring the High-Efficiency Kitchen
Bob reviews the kitchen appliances, paying special attention to their energy saving features.
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Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Final Tour of the Completed Second Home in the Project
The second home in the Elmwood project, a Colonial Revival, is complete, after the second-floor bathroom gets a new vanity, new doors for the laundry closet, and ...
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Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Cabinetry and countertops are brought in for this attic conversion project, and fiber-optic lighting is installed.
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Tour of Yuca Restaurant
Bob tours the heavy-duty, no-nonsense kitchen of Yuca, a Cuban-American restaurant in Miami.
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Setting Up an Entertainment Center
Bob meets with Dan Drook to check out the new multimedia entertainment center.
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CBS Studio Center Tour
Bob takes a tour of the CBS Studio Center, the first of the big movie lots, which eventually gave Studio City, CA its name.
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TV Set Tour
Bob takes a private tour of the set of the television series Grace Under Fire, and meets some interesting characters along the way.
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Built-in-Place Kitchen Cabinets
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks to discuss the built-in-place kitchen cabinets. Richard explains the floor plan and appliance placement.
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Reviewing the Unfinished Kitchen
Bob reviews the new staircase in the entry hall before he and contractor Larry Landers tour the kitchen, pointing out where furniture, appliances, and fixtures wi...
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Hooking Up the Refrigerator Ice Maker
Bob has finished wiring the Colonial-style light fixture in the entryway and, back in the kitchen, the refrigerator ice maker is hooked up.
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Shopping for Appliances
Bob compares kitchen appliances at the Irv Wolfson Showroom, part of Chicago's Merchandise Mart.
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Chef-Quality Ovens and Cooktop
The Silestone island countertop arrives, with the cooktop cutout done on site. Matt Lihous (from DCS/Fisher & Paykel) explains the features of the Dynamic Cooking...
If you are interested in more about fans and air conditioning, consider: How To: Install a Ceiling Fan How To: Choos... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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