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The Right Way to Load a Dishwasher
Of all kitchen appliances, the dishwasher must rank as one of the greatest, don't you think? It's a true time-saver. ...
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How To: Clean Pewter
Used in everything from caskets to kitchen utensils, pewter remains popular with artisans and crafters in part becaus...
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9 Potent Cleaners You Didn't Know You Had
More and more people are steering away from commercial cleaners with their harsh chemicals and opting for more natural choices to get their homes spotless. While ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flooded Basement Cleanup Tips
What a huge job it is to clean up a flooded basement! But the job can be a lot less of a headache if you keep some ke...
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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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11 Ways to Get Rid of Mice
Say goodbye to Stuart Little! A mouse infestation can be enough to make anyone skittish. Those pesky critters can carry a plethora of dangerous diseases and cause...
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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: Homemade Remedies for Driveway Oil Spots
Oil spots on asphalt driveways certainly don't add to a home's curb appeal. Ask ten people what remedies they recomme...
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Stinky Situations: What to Do If You’ve Been Skunked
The stench of a skunk attack—it's unmistakable, even when you're in the passenger seat of a car, with the windows clo...
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How To: Get Rid of Wasps
Springtime and summer are lovely times of year, but they do usher in a host of seasonal hazards, perhaps none more fe...
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How To: Clean Chrome
When it's clean, chrome glimmers—there's no other word for it. The downside? Chrome succumbs fairly easily to surface...
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How To: Remove Sticker Residue
These days, each and every time you buy something new, the product seems to come with a sticker on it. Usually, that ...
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How To: Kill Mold
For those who live in a damp climate—or in a poorly ventilated home—mold can be a cause for concern, not only because...
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What's Your Cleaning IQ?
True or false: Everyone loves to clean. False! But like so many other pursuits, practice makes perfect when it comes to cleaning. Test your knowledge of 12 lesser...
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How To: Clean Leather Furniture
With its rich color and supple feel, leather furniture invites an element of luxury into your room decor.  Fortunatel...
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How To: Remove Paint from Concrete
Concrete is porous, which means that it readily absorbs liquids like paint. With this ease of penetration, paint can ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters
Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also dis...
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How To: Cure a Smelly Garbage Disposal
There's no denying the convenience of the garbage disposal: It simplifies so many of the activities that take place i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Bathroom Vents
Bathroom ventilation fans whisk away odors, but their more important job is to draw moisture out of the room. Moistur...
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How To: Clean Baseboards
You can spend hours washing the floor, dusting the furniture, and vacuuming the nooks and crannies in any given room,...
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How To: Clean Granite Countertops
In many people's minds, granite means strength and resilience. But to clean granite countertops successfully, a homeo...
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How To: Clean Copper
Copper can be a finicky material; it tarnishes easily even when subject to normal wear. Fortunately, using only commo...
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10 "Sober" Alternative Uses for Alcohol at Home
It's the perfect accompaniment for an exquisite meal and close friends, but drink too much of it, and you may find yourself slipping and stumbling into a heap of ...
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How To: Clean Cast Iron
A durable material if there ever was one, cast iron occasionally requires cleaning, particularly where food preparati...
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How To: Clean Laminate Floors
Laminate floors are so beautiful when first installed, but over time they can start to look a little worse for wear. ...
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How To: Clean Marble
Unquestionably, marble ranks among the most luxurious and beautiful countertop and flooring materials. Equally beyond...
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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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The Dark, Dirty Truth About Household Mold (And How to Rid Yourself of It)
The bread has turned green and the cheese has grown what appears to be a face. There, there—no need to fear those molds. Ridding the kitchen of them is as simple ...
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How To: Clean Wood Furniture
Homeowners have long relished the beauty, versatility, and toughness of wood furniture—and above all, they've appreci...
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Floor Care Guide: 11 Ways to Care for Your Wood Floors
By design, our floors will see some of the most wear and tear of any of the fixtures in our home. Even if you’re normally careful with your floors, harsh cleanser...
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Spring Cleaning? 8 Helpful Tips from Merry Maids to Ease You Through
Second only to a new mother’s instinct to nest is the desire to clean house at the first signs of winter thaw. Debra ...
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How To: Remove Wax from Carpet
Candles enhance the atmosphere of any space. The gentle glow from their lit wicks fosters a feeling of calm and relax...
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How To: Clean Window Screens
Window screens really take a beating. They're constantly exposed to the sun, wind, rain and snow, and pollen and inse...
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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Places You Probably Never Clean But Definitely Should
So, you think your house is clean? Well… you might have to think again! If you’re like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unli...
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15 Remarkably Easy Ways to Create a Dust-Free Home
No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. Dust is a pervasive problem that everyone has to deal with every day. It's more than an ...
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How To: Clean a Shower Head
Is your shower head failing to perform as well as it once did? If so, then chances are good that it's time to clean t...
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What Would Bob Do? Cleaning Air Ducts
I am moving into a new home. The previous owners had a dog. I am wondering if cleaning the air ducts is worthwhile.  ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reducing Dust
For most people, dust is a housecleaning nuisance. But for those with respiratory ailments or allergies, dust can be ...
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21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House—Naturally
There's no better time than spring to give your home some serious deep cleaning. It's finally warm enough to wash your windows without freezing them shut, and now...
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How To: Remove Rust
Learning how to remove rust isn't rocket science, and in homeowners' ongoing fight to maintain outdoor tools and pati...
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New & Notable: 10 High-Tech Gadgets to Make Housework Less Work
Remember Rosie, the congenial (and often hysterical) robot that flitted around the Jetsons' apartment in the sky, keeping things neat and tidy? When the cartoon f...
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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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Steel Wool: 13 Uses That May Be News to You
Steel wool, now commonplace in the modern home, came about somewhat by accident. It is believed that 19th-century mechanics used to gather up the metal waste shav...
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Easy DIY: How to Remove Bathtub Rust Stains
Rust stains quickly make your bath an unsightly prospect. Image credit: Neil Smith on Flickr. If you’ve ever ...
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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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The Party's Over: 13 Lifesaving Cleanup Tips for When the Revelers Have Gone
Don't fear the cleanup! Once the last guest has left, make the most of your time with these helpful tips and cleaning tricks, all of which involve common househol...
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How To: Remove Exterior Paint with a Pressure Washer
Before you repaint your house, you have to remove all loose and peeling paint. A pressure washer makes the job go fas...
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How To: Clean Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile consistently ranks as a preferred flooring choice among homeowners, partly due to its beauty—the mater...
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How To: Clean a Microfiber Sofa
In recent years, microfiber furniture has risen in popularity with homeowners because the fabric is not only appealin...
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How To: Remove Crayon Stains
If you have kids, you know that crayons can cause some serious damage to any paint job. Here's how to tackle tough cr...
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Beyond Zesty: 10 DIY Home Uses for Lemons
Nature’s supreme source of sour is capable of far more than making tea tangy and pies tart. Slice up a few lemons and give these practical household solutions a go.
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To the Rescue: 10 Ingenious Home Uses for Baking Soda
Tired of spending hundreds of dollars on fancy cleaning products? The solution to many household cleaning and freshening problems is probably sitting in your cupb...
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What Would Bob Do? Eliminating Cigarette Odor
How do I get rid of a cigarette smoke smell in my house?The smell of cigarette smoke can affect virtually every part ...
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Top Tips for Cleaner Trash Cans
This post stinks... Well, our trash cans do anyway. Before we wrap up our garage improvement series, I felt I needed to ...
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10 Handy Household Uses for Vinegar
If you think vinegar is just for salads, think again. Here are 10 practical and easy ways to improve your household with vinegar—from cleaning tiles to repelling ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Central Vacuums
Consider this: In Canada, about 40% of homes are equipped with central vacuum systems. In the U. S. , the figure is l...
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Clearing the Air: 10 Natural Ways to Remedy Household Odors
Pull the clothespin off your nose and instead try these 10 common household items to deodorize every nook and cranny of your abode.
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Outdoor Edition
A walk down any big-box store’s cleaning products aisle will tell the story: It’s evident by the noticeable increase ...
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Indoor Edition
Searching for a cleaning product nowadays can be a complicated matter. All sorts of different specialized cleaners li...
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Cleaning the Grill That Couldn't Be Cleaned
Every year for Father’s Day I clean something of HH’s that he normally doesn’t clean and thus is quite...
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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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Top 10 Clutter Hot Spots—and Quick Tips for Tackling Them
With just 15 minutes a day, a smart plan, and some pro tips, you can start to control the clutter that, up until now, has been controlling you.
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Keep Ceiling Fans Clean to Ensure Smooth Operation
Ceiling fans are a wonderful addition to any room, offering a cool breeze and providing a pleasant decorative accent....
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Helpful Hints for Cleaning Bathtubs
There is nothing like a long, leisurely soak in a luxurious hot bath to soothe away the stresses of the day—that is, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Grout
There’s nothing like a freshly tiled floor or backsplash—but there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing those beaut...
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7 Surprising Pantry Items Naturally Clean and Freshen Your Home
Homemade recipes from Karyn Siegel-Maier’s "The Naturally Clean Home" empower you to freshen, clean, and disinfect without chemicals.
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Stainless Steel
The sleek look of stainless steel lends sophistication to any kitchen. But keeping those surfaces gleaming takes care...
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Saving the Life of Your Hardwoods
I know, I know....Hardwood floors. Boooorinnnngggg. Not a subject that we talk about frequently, but one that needs atte...
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Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows
It's spring, the season for cleaning. Washing windows is at the top of our list. Many commercial window-cleaning prod...
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How To: Clean Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is a durable, versatile, and resilient building material, but it does require some routine care and clea...
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How To: Clean EVERYTHING
From shower doors to stainless steel, concrete, and slate, we've collected our best scrub-and-polish advice to aid in your spring cleaning.
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Helpful Hints for Cleaning Window Blinds
Window blinds are an extremely popular decorating option. But for blinds to look their best, they require regular car...
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How To: Clean Brass
Brass brings a warm, burnished glow to household items, ranging from switch plates, door knockers, and lamps to bathr...
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The Easiest Way to Clean Shower Doors
It's always a challenge to clean shower doors, but that doesn’t mean you have to use powerful cleansers made with amm...
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How To: Clean Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl tile and laminate flooring is attractive, durable, and long-lasting, even under a home's highest-traffic condit...
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How To: Clean an Area Rug
For many of us, area rugs are a significant investment in decor. They warm up and add color to our rooms. They provid...
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How To: Clean Concrete
When it comes time to clean concrete, you don't need to be delicate; after all, it's a very hard material. In order t...
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Top Tips for Cleaning Grout Lines
Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That's a different story. Because of its...
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How To: Clean Slate
I have a slate fireplace surround that makes my living room feel really warm and earthy, even if the fire is not lit....
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Rx for Hardwood Floors
Special problems need special solutions—and that's particularly true of wood flooring.  When accidents happen, first ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Oven Cleaning
If your oven had a busy holiday season, January is a great time to do some oven cleaning before it makes a smoky mess...
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How To: Clean Stainless Steel
Gleaming and shiny, stainless steel brings a bright and polished air to any kitchen. Keeping that brilliant sheen, ho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Party Cleanup
Entertaining at home has become one of our favorite pastimes: houses are increasingly designed around our passion for...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vacuum Roundup
One of the wonders of the modern age, vacuum cleaners range in price from $60 to almost $2,000. What’s different abou...
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Cleaning Green: Eco-Friendly Products for Your Home
Cleaning green is becoming more important to many people, especially those with allergies, sensitive pets, or childre...
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How To: Clean Painted Walls
Cleaning your painted walls may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple (though somewhat time-consu...
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How To: Clean Your Toolbox and Workshop
While spring is generally considered the month for cleaning windows, airing out the house, reorganizing the cupboards...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pressure Washing
You can get several years’ worth of grime off your deck and siding in minutes with a pressure washer. Whether you buy...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Saves
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: Spring Cleaning
Even if you’re diligent about cleaning year-round, when winter’s over there’s always some spring cleaning in order. T...
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How To: Spring Clean Your Power Tools
Like everything with moving parts—your car, your computer, your body—your power tools will last longer and work bette...
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Why I Love My Central Vac
When we were weighing options for our home, a new construction, I was almost certain we wouldn’t elect to put in a ce...
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How To: Clean Paint Brushes
An investment in high-quality brushes is wasted if they are not properly cleaned and stored after use. So invest the ...
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Keeping Your Workshop Clean
Safety and convenience are certainly served by keeping the shop clean. You may even find that a broom-cleaned space i...
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Happy Birthday Bon Ami!
For 125 years, this hardworking household cleanser has been keeping America’s kitchens and baths sparkly clean—withou...
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Installing an On-Demand Hot Water System
Bob talks with the installer of a new on-demand tankless water heater that is more energy efficient than tank water heaters.
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Restoring the Vintage Bathtub With Synthetic Porcelain
Bob discusses the chemicals and process used to clean and restore the home's vintage bathtub. And a new finish of synthetic porcelain is applied to the pedestal s...
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Plastering the Swimming Pool
In the final step of the pool's contruction, the basin is washed and vacuumed before plastering begins. Bob discusses the materials and the mixing ratio used in t...
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Installing a Mulled Window
Bob meets with Bob Ryley and Al Worth to install a pair of Andersen mulled windows with a transom, as well as an interior window seat. Bob discusses the window it...
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Power-Washing the Exterior
Painter Kip Wanamaker power-washes the exterior of the Naples project house.
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Removing Old Paint
Brick worker Dan Webb explains how the brick façade is power-washed to remove several layers of ugly paint.
Rather than sitting concealed behind closed doors, this closet rod hangs out in the open like a ballet barre. Clothes face... 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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