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How To: Choose the Right Gutters
Gutters are a critical component of a home’s drainage system, and like many exterior features, they're subject to wea...
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Spring Home Maintenance? Don't Overlook Your Gutters
Spring has officially arrived, and that means a whole host of outdoor chores for homeowners. One of the most importan...
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Enter TODAY and every day through noon on Monday, March 31st to win a Brand New Riding Mower and Garage Storage from John Deere valued at $5,000!
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Bob Vila Radio: Gutter Cleaning
Cleaning the gutters tends to be a relatively inexpensive task to hand off to a professional, who has the equipment a...
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Clean Gutters Now to Avoid Big Problems Later
Of all the necessary evils that go into a diligent fall maintenance routine, cleaning the gutters may be the most dre...
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How To: Clean Gutters with a Wet/Dry Vac
A wet-dry vac is a great tool to have—and not just for cleaning up the workshop. They come in handy for those tedious...
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How To: Install Gutter Flashing
Here's a tip on how to increase the life of old wooden gutters. The first step is to lay a new rubber liner along the...
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French Drains 101
Things with "French" in the title are usually fancy, right? Poodles, perfume, pastries. But a French drain is nothing...
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Gutters 101
When shopping for a gutter system, a homeowner will have to choose among a variety of materials, including aluminum, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rain Barrels
Did you know that a good rainstorm can send hundreds of gallons of water cascading off your roof? That water could co...
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Bob Vila Radio: Unclogging Gutters
When clogged gutters overflow, they can get so heavy that they pull the gutters loose and rot your home's trim and si...
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Rain Barrels That Perform with Style
Using rainwater is an eco-friendly way to nourish your lawn and garden. Here are twelve rain containment products to help you do it in style.
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Quick Tip: Cleaning Your Gutters
Don’t Ignore Your GuttersWhile it’s a job many of us would love to ignore, gutter cleaning is an important twice-a-ye...
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The Importance of Pop-Up Drain Emitters
I’ve said many times that the most important decisions we made in the construction of our home were around the things...
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Planning for Soil Conditions and Setting the Footings
Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman. Steve Ivas, an environmental engineer, describes the area wetlands, which must be accommodated. Innovative building tech...
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Installing Copper-Lined Gutters
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Danny Ruffini and copper-work specialist Fred Mitchell install custom fabricated copper-lined wood gutters on Bob's home.
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Keep Water Out of the Basement
Basement drainage systems are installed to control moisture and humidity and to eliminate rot and mildew.
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Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
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Fixing the Home's Gutter System
Bob reviews how keeping water out of the basement is a central concern in any basement remodeling project.
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Replacing the Gutters, Trimming a Tree, and Creating a Low-Maintenance Front Yard
Old gutters are replaced and external landscaping continues with the trimming of a tree, installing a front garden, and creating steps from recycled granite.
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Installing a Toto One-Piece Toilet
Bob watches the installation of a low-flow Toto toilet with a sleek design. The installation is simple, thanks to a special flange that reconfigures the tradition...
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LeafGuard Gutters Installed
Bill Powers of GutterPro joins Bob at the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable home sites for the installation of their LeafGuard gutters.
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Installing Copper Gutters
Bob watches as gutters are installed along the copper-roofed breezeway.
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Final Tour of the Restored "Bench" Porch House
Bob tours the finished house, the fifth in the Elmwood neighborhood project. Better grading and gutters have been added to prevent future water damage.
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Installing Rain Gutters
Bob and roofer Paul Morris demonstrate gutter installation techniques, including the on-site assembly of special features, such as corners and trim.
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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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