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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Deck
Painted decks are nice to look at, but they can require a lot of maintenance. Constant exposure to sun, water, and fo...
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How To: Hang Picture Frames on a Brick Wall
Although exposed brick offers a warm, appealing aesthetic redolent of history, many homeowners are puzzled by the que...
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How To: Repot a Plant
Even if you've never before tried to repot a plant, you can do it today without much trouble, probably in under 15 mi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Hammer
Ever hear a banging noise when you shut off faucets in the house? The problem could be what plumbers call "water hamm...
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How To: Maintain the Metal in Your Yard
Enter the yard of most homes in America and somewhere among the trees, shrubs, and grass, you're bound to find metal....
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How To: Patch Drywall
Sooner or later, most of us need to patch drywall, whether for purely cosmetic reasons—filling nail holes, for exampl...
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What Would Bob Do? Filling Nail Holes
I’ve removed some carpet and want to refinish the hardwood floors below. What should I use to fill the holes left by ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Screen Repair Made Simple
Ever notice how pesky bugs manage to find their way through even the tiniest holes in your screens?Listen to BOB VILA...
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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Roof
Every homeowner knows that a sound roof is an absolute must to protect your investment. That's why routine roof maint...
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How To: Grow Potatoes
If you've never tasted homegrown potatoes, prepare to be amazed. A hundred days or so after planting—more or less, de...
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How To: Use Wood Filler
Scarred flooring, rotted window frames, chipped furniture—common problems like these can be time-consuming and expens...
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How To: Sharpen a Chain Saw
Like any other tool in your arsenal, a chain saw must be properly and consistently maintained in order to perform eff...
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How To: Install a Window Air Conditioner
Whereas putting in a central air conditioning system typically requires a professional crew, installing a window air ...
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What Would Bob Do? Leveling a Concrete Floor
I’d like some advice on how to level a concrete floor. We plan to finish the basement in my house, and there are goin...
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How To: Recover a Chair
It's only a matter of time: Sooner or later, your chairs with upholstered seats are going to get worn, dirty, or date...
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How To: Transform a Cabinet with Spray Paint
Is there a dated, shabby, worn-out cabinet hogging space somewhere in your home? If so, you may feel tempted to get r...
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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: Install a Medicine Cabinet
Add storage to your bathroom—and in the process, give the space a jolt of fresh style—by installing a medicine cabine...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for July
July ushers in the start of summer, which translates into outdoor living, grilling, and staying cool. But this month, like any other, there are things you can do ...
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How To: Hang a Hammock
Laying in a hammock is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Getting the hammock set up, on the other hand, can be a ...
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How To: Start a Lawn Mower (and Troubleshoot Common Problems)
Regular mowing is not only beneficial to the look of your lawn, but also to its health. Whether you've recently purch...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing a Screen Door
I'm going to install a new screen door. Any advice or time-saving suggestions on how to go about it?It's relatively e...
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How To: Create a Gravel Driveway
A gravel driveway can be very attractive in a characteristically unpretentious way, introducing casual curb appeal to...
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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wood Floor
Homeowners evaluating new flooring owe it to themselves to consider the benefits and beauty of wood. Wood floors are ...
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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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DIY Mason Jar Speaker Set
The humble mason jar can hold nearly anything—including tech gadgets! Designer Sarah Pease converted these canning ja...
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DIY Outdoor Chandelier
I just love candles in mason jars. A few summers ago I bought a package of half-pint jars and some light wire and mad...
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DIY Mason Jar Windchime
It was only a matter of time before I tried out my bottle cutter on a mason jar. Here's how I pulled off this mason-j...
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DIY Mason Jar Solar Lamp
When the words mason jar and solar lamp come together in the same sentence, I don’t care who you are—you get excited....
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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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Regain Your Footing: Top Tips for Common Wood Floor Repairs
Few things can add as much warmth, character, and charm to a room as hardwood floors. From the amber glow of heart pi...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Paint From Concrete
If you’ve ever dripped paint on your sidewalk or changed your mind about that coat of paint you put on a concrete pla...
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How To: Prune a Tree
Sometimes a homeowner prunes a tree for aesthetic reasons, trying to keep the landscaping neat and tidy. Other times,...
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How To: Paint Over Wallpaper
Any number of imperfections, from nail holes to degraded plaster, may lurk underneath wallpaper. Another ugly truth: ...
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What Would Bob Do? Unsticking a Double-Hung Window
My wife and I recently moved into a rental house, and we cannot seem to open the double-hung windows in the bedroom. ...
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How To: Keep Deer Out of Your Garden
Though deer look innocent, home gardeners know they can be a menace to plants and trees. Gardeners also know that bar...
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How To: Get Rid of Crabgrass
If you are one of the many homeowners who labor in pursuit of the perfect lawn, then you know what a menace crabgrass...
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How To: Clean a Grill
For some of us, summer doesn't mean sunbathing on the beach or hiking along a mountain trail—it means grilling burger...
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How To: Get Rid of Cockroaches
You're not alone in wanting to get rid of cockroaches. These creepy-crawly insects are a major problem around the cou...
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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: Test Soil pH
Soil matters. To the plants you wish to grow in your garden, nothing is as important as what's in or missing from the...
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Couch Surfing: Top 10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Sofa
A new sofa is an investment—not just of your hard-earned dollars, but of your time. You hope to spend many years with your sofa, so it's worth your while to seek ...
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11 Things to Know Before Visiting the Lumber Yard
Choosing the right wood for a home improvement project can be tricky for experienced woodworkers and novice DIYers alike. Luckily, knowing a few key lumber facts ...
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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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How To: Eliminate Fruit Flies
A terrific way to maintain good health is to stick to a diet chock-full of fruits and vegetables. But few things spoi...
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How To: Install a Sump Pump
In an ideal world, there'd be no basement flooding. But in reality, despite our best efforts to address the underlyin...
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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: Aerate Your Lawn
It's not easy maintaining a lush carpet of green grass. We only see the blades on the lawn surface, but the health of...
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How To: Paint a Door
Considering the low cost of the project and the relative ease with which it can be completed, painting a door is a te...
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How To: Plant Grass Seed
Do you want to establish a new lawn or rescue a worse-for-wear patch on your property? The solution is, of course, to...
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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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8 Tried-and-True Tricks to Stamp Out Ants
Usually found marching along a kitchen sink, the tile near a baseboard, or outside on the porch by your welcome mat (some welcome!), ants are tiny and persistent ...
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How To: Remove a Stripped Screw
It was supposed to be a quick and easy repair. But darn it, one of the screws wouldn't budge, and so by the time you ...
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How To: Paint Glass
Smooth and reflective, glass makes a lovely canvas for paint. If, however, you've never before tried to paint glass, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguisher Inspection
You know you should test your smoke alarm twice a year, but what about your fire extinguisher? If yours is at the bac...
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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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How To: Remove a Popcorn Ceiling
For a significant chunk of the 20th century, from the 1950s through the '80s, the ceilings in many new homes—particul...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing a Drop Ceiling
I'm interested in installing a drop ceiling in my basement rec room. Do you have any helpful hints for a do-it-yourse...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Unique and Easy DIY Pendant Lights for Any Room
Nobody wants to spend time in a room with bad lighting, but how do you avoid it? Well, there's strength in numbers: O...
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Bob Vila Radio: Preventing Moths
This is the time of year when we shed our winter wardrobes and slip into warm-weather fabrics. To be sure that your c...
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How To: Paint Concrete
To paint concrete successfully—so that it looks good and lasts a long time—proper preparation is of paramount importa...
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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: 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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Pro Tips: Basement Waterproofing
A clean, dry basement—there, doesn’t that sound nice? Yet the fact is, many of us live with basements that are damp, ...
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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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How To: Grow Moss
There are two main types of mosses—acrocarpous and pleurocarpous. The former grows vertically and resembles strands o...
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What Would Bob Do? Polishing a Concrete Floor
I am living in Spain and redoing an old house in the country. I'd like some of the floors to be polished concrete.  C...
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Top 10 Classic DIY Projects for the Outdoors
It's time to embrace the warmer weather by tackling a couple of outdoor DIY home improvements. There's so much to be done, where do you start? How about right her...
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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: Make Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard paint lets you transform any wall into an endlessly reusable writing surface. Although it's readily availa...
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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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How To: Remove Paint from Wood
It can be mighty labor-intensive and time-consuming to remove paint, which is why many do-it-yourselfers dread the ta...
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Repair Drywall with Less Hassle
Let’s be honest. Drywall repair is not something most people look forward to. Although it’s relatively straightforwar...
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How To: Decoupage
The fancy French word decoupage refers to the simple act of gluing paper or fabric cutouts onto an object. The result...
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How To: Build a Temporary Wall
If you can't live with the layout of your space, a temporary wall may be just the solution you need. For decades, ren...
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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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What Would Bob Do? Repairing Cracked Stucco
My house is 55 years old and still has the original stucco. On one exterior wall, there's a fine crack with paint pee...
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Find Your Re-Purpose: 15 Shipping Pallet Projects for the DIY Home
Shipping pallets are the DIYer’s standby building material for many good reasons. They aren’t hard to come by, and even damaged pallets can be salvaged for smalle...
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Homemade Fertilizer Makes the Grass Always Greener
Spring is near, and for many that means coaxing the lawn back into shape. Growing grass can be frustrating and reward...
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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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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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Shelf Life: 10 Great-Looking Bookcases You Can Make Yourself
Voracious readers love surrounding themselves with books—but as every bookworm knows, displaying those treasured tomes requires ample storage space, and it can be...
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The Right Way to Handle a Paintbrush
Painting seems like a pretty straightforward task, so homeowners frequently choose to do it themselves in order to sa...
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How To: Hang Shelves
At some point in life, everyone wants or needs to hang shelves. Whether simple 2x4s or part of a store-bought kit, sh...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Raw Wood
You probably know that bare, raw wood needs to be primed before it’s painted. For best results, though, there are a f...
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How To: Make a Clapboard Sunburst
Here's an ornamental way to use clapboard. Create a sunburst on a gable end. Draw out your design on a template. Cut ...
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When in Doubt, Revive Your Grout!
Tile has always been a popular choice for floors, walls, and other surfaces due to its durability and long life. In f...
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How To: Toenail Lumber
When framing a house, there are many applications in which you have to join two pieces of wood at a right angle, such...
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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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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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How To: Paint Stripes on a Wall
Painted stripes can be bold or subtle, identical or varied in size, horizontal or vertical. But no matter what design...
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How To: Inlay Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Here's how to inlay sheet vinyl flooring for a designer look.  Measure your design on the floor with chalk lines. Sec...
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How To: Install an Exposed Aggregate Concrete Finish
Here's a way to create a decorative textured finish for a cement surface. Once your cement is poured and flowed out, ...
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Whitewashing
In contrast to a regular paint job, whitewashing refreshes the look of wood surfaces while allowing their natural gra...
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How To: Make a Picture Frame
What is art? Critics and philosophers are free to debate the question endlessly, but we think it's pretty simple: If ...
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How To: Spackle Exterior Siding
When you're repainting your house, here's how to restore that smooth, original finish. After you've removed all loose...
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Quick Tip: Shingling a Roof
Here is a tip you can use to shingle your own roof. Make a starter course at the edge of the eave, laying the shingle...
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How To: Splatter-Paint Your Floor
Here's an inexpensive and creative way to decorate a floor. Roll on a coat of deck enamel (the color of your choice) ...
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Without a Stitch: 9 No-Sew Projects to Dress Up Any Room
The most subtle changes can sometimes have the biggest impact—just witness the effect of new blinds, updated throw pillows, or fresh upholstery. Unfortunately, ma...
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How To: Install a Sink Shut-Off Valve
Here's how to install a hot or cold water shut-off valve under your sink.  Apply plumbing sealant to the shut-off thr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Resetting a Circuit Breaker
The source of your home’s power is the breaker box, also known as the electrical panel or circuit breaker box. Whatev...
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How To: Install a Prehung Door
Doors come in countless different sizes and styles—from modern, flush interior doors with standard dimensions to mass...
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How To: Bevel a Fence Post
Here's how to dress up a fence post with a beveled cap. It's easy to do with a radial arm saw. Set the blade at a 45-...
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How To: Laminate Kitchen Countertops
I've got some tips for you on how to laminate countertops in your kitchen. Roll on contact cement and allow it to set...
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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: Make Concrete Countertops
The brute strength of concrete has made it the go-to building material for a variety of such outdoor installations as...
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How To: Cut Vinyl Flooring
It's easier to cut vinyl flooring to the exact shape and size of your room when you make a template first. Staple she...
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What Would Bob Do? Caulking a Bathtub
What can I use to remove caulk from around the bathtub? Also, what is the correct product to use when I caulk the tub...
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How To: Drill a Clean Hole
Here's how to drill a hole when you need to see both sides of your work. Drill on the front side of the board until t...
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Quick Tip: Door Hanging
Here's some tips for easier door hanging. For this type of door, measure five inches from the top of the door to the ...
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How To: Scribe Tile
Here's how to scribe a floor tile to fit around an uneven edge. Set the closest full tile in place, then use another ...
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Easy DIY: DIY Picture Frame
DIY Picture Frame Hi everyone! Today we are going to show you how to make DIY picture frame from your old scrap wood. Th...
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How To: Paint Over Stain
You can paint over existing interior wood finishes, if you take the proper steps first. Here's how. To paint over a s...
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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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How To: Stain Concrete
Homeowners used to think of concrete as being strictly utilitarian stuff, resorted to only when a better-looking mate...
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Pro Tips: Decorative Floor Painting
You can't deny the decorative appeal of painted floors, whether they're patterned in checkerboard, stripes, or some o...
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How To: Install a Sill Plate
Here's how to properly install a sill plate on top of a foundation wall. Sink anchor bolts into your foundation every...
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How To: Prevent Peeling Exterior Paint
Here's how to keep the exterior paint from peeling off your house, if you live in a damp climate. Using a breathable ...
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How To: Make a Wood Window Valance
A decorative wood valance adds charm to your house. You can make one yourself. Here's how. Copy a pattern, or create ...
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How To: Make Your Own Milk Paint
Everyone knows that milk does a body good. But were you aware that milk also works wonders for walls and furniture? Y...
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How To: Remove and Replace Grout
Several years after you complete a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it inevitably starts to show some wear. One culpri...
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How To: Use a Slotted Screwdriver
Make sure that when you're using a slotted screwdriver, you're not doing it the hard way. Here's how. Be sure you're ...
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What Would Bob Do? Removing a Tree Stump
I would like to remove a tree stump that is a couple of feet away from my house. It's starting to rot, and I'm afraid...
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How To: Install Vinyl Windows
It can be easy to install vinyl windows. First, make sure the window frame is plumb and level. Wrap the window frame ...
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Quick Tip: Taping Drywall Joints
Here's a helpful tip for getting really smooth drywall seam. After you've laid the tape in a four-inch bed of joint c...
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How To: Shim a Door
When installing a new door, use shim shingles as extra support between the jack studs and the door jamb. Use two ceda...
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How To: Snap a Chalk Line
Using a chalk line is a quick way to give yourself a straight line as a building guide. Here's how. Find the endpoint...
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How To: Paint Wood Paneling
In a room with wood-paneled walls—particularly if that wood is a veneer—your instinct may be to start fresh, either b...
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How To: Paint Home Exteriors with a Sprayer
Next time you tackle a big exterior paint job, try using a power sprayer. Start at the bottom and work your way up, s...
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How To: Use a Paintbrush Properly
Any painter will tell you, good brush technique is key to a neat job. Hold the brush with your thumb on one side and ...
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How To: Texture Walls
When you texture the walls of your house, you accomplish two things. First, you transform boring-to-look-at surfaces ...
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How To: Mount a Flat-Panel TV
Even if you have minimal experience in home improvement matters, you are probably thinking, "Hey, come on, of course ...
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What Would Bob Do? Dealing with Bulging Drywall Seams
Many of the drywall seams on my 40-year-old house are bulging. It doesn't appear as if the joint tape is pulling away...
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The Do's and Don'ts of Choosing a New House Color
When it comes to picking exterior paint colors, there are a number of things to consider before making a final decision. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to he...
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How To: Install a Tongue-and-Groove Ceiling
Here's a way to install a tongue-and-groove ceiling without damaging the wood. Set a board in place. Then with a scra...
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How To: Lay a Subfloor
Here's how to lay a no-squeak subfloor. Apply a generous bead of panel adhesive to the tops of your floor joists. Lay...
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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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How To: Install a Pre-Hung Door
Here's a tip on how to install a pre-hung door. First, lift the door into place, then be sure it's plumb. Always use ...
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How To: Make a Biscuit Joint
Here's a way to join two pieces of wood without visible hardware or nails by using oval wooden biscuits.  With a bisc...
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How To: Install a Toilet
If you're updating the bathroom, you'll need to know how to install a toilet. Apply a new wax seal over the waste fla...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for January
'Tis the season for resolutions—and have we got some good ones for you! Follow our lead, and come next December, your house will be more energy efficient, better ...
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How To: Use a Phillips-Head Screwdriver
When you're using a Phillips-head screwdriver, make sure that you're not doing it the hard way. Here's how. Be sure y...
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How To: Sponge Paint
A decorative paint finish is a good way to customize an interior in only a short time. Use a latex glaze mixed to the...
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What Would Bob Do? Fixing Scratches on Wood Floors
I have various scratches on my wood floors. Some add character, but some are just too big and need to go away. What i...
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How To: Hang Wallpaper
Here's how to get a professional look when you hanging wallpaper.  After you line up your pattern, overlap the top an...
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How To: Use a Plumb Bob
Professional builders use a plumb bob to make sure their walls are vertical. Here's how. Measure two inches away from...
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How To: Find Studs
Whether you're hanging shelves or breaking through a wall, you've got to know where to find the wall studs. There are...
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3 Simple Steps to a Backyard Ice Skating Rink
Over the snowy-white winter, adults and children make the most of the cold by taking part in a smorgasbord of seasona...
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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: Make a Fresh Holiday Garland
This year, as you dress up your house for the holidays, consider decking the halls with twinkling lights, festive rib...
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How To: Make a Story Pole
When marking off several measurements of the same size, it's best to make yourself a guide. We call this a story pole...
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How To: Stain Wood Shingle Siding
Here is a helpful tip if you are thinking of staining some cedar shingles.  To protect new shingles, apply a penetrat...
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Quick Tip: Using a Chisel
A chisel is one of the most useful tools in the workshop, but it's important to know how to use it. For example, afte...
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Top Tips for Troubleshooting Holiday Lights
If you want to avoid frustration and preserve your holiday spirit, I don't recommend that you spend time figuring out...
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How To: Repair Plaster Walls
If you have an old house with holes in the plaster, here's a quick way to patch them.  Apply your base coat (or brown...
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Quick Tip: Using a Level
Checking your work for level and plumb is crucial. Here's how to select and use the right tool for the job. I recomme...
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What Would Bob Do? Draining a Water Heater
I just drained my water heater for the first time since it was installed back in '89. . . 24 years ago! The water cam...
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How To: Make Cabinet Doors
Here's how to dress up an old kitchen with new cabinet doors. Use a fine-grade plywood, such as birch, for the new do...
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Quick Tip: Cold Weather Painting
Colder weather doesn't have to be an issue when doing exterior painting. While most conventional paints must be appli...
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How To: Make a Gingerbread House From Scratch
The holiday season comes with so many traditions—cooking and baking, house decorating, caroling, and cocoa making—but...
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How To: Measure Concrete
If you're pouring a concrete foundation, how do you figure out how much concrete you'll need? There's a pretty simple...
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The Tree-Free Christmas: 14 Unorthodox Alterna-Trees You Can Make Yourself
This year, whatever your motivation, have a go at making your own nontraditional Christmas tree. Here are 14 amazing examples, all created from items you can pick...
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25 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments
With some common tools, scrap supplies, and a little know-how, you can transform just about anything into a decorative accent for your holiday tree. Here's proof!
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Be Nice to Mice: How to Build a Humane Mousetrap
None of us loves the idea of little Mickeys and Minnies scurrying around our homes. Some people insist they're cute, ...
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How To: Use Wood Plugs
Give your carpentry work that professional look by concealing nails or screws with wooden plugs. Use a dowel bit to d...
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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: Choose the Best Christmas Tree (and Keep It Fresh)
There's more to choosing the perfect tree than just looking at it from every angle. Follow these tips, and you'll be enjoying your tannenbaum through the New Year.
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How To: Reclaim Wood Flooring
When you're renovating, save and recycle old hardwood floorboards for patching and repairing. Using a pry bar at each...
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How To: Rag Paint
Here's a way you can get a designer look for your painted walls. With a roller, apply an oil paint glaze over an alre...
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How To: Detect Termite Damage
Here's how you can tell if your house has termite damage. First, examine obvious areas of wood rot for termites. Some...
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Talking Toilets with Chip Wade (or, How to Choose a Toilet)
"With subtle style differences and various makes and models available, a toilet is a pretty simple machine designed t...
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How To: Paint Brick
There are a host of reasons that homeowners choose to paint brick:• If a brick fireplace is out of sync with the deco...
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How To: Bend Drywall
Here's a tip on how to throw a curve with drywall. The trick is to use two sheets of quarter-inch drywall instead of ...
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How To: Stencil a Wall
You can hand-paint your own stenciled border. Use painter's tape to mark off straight edges; you'll find the tape pre...
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Buyer's Guide: Tubs
Equal parts meditative and functional, today’s bathroom has been transformed into a spa, a place to unwind and refres...
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How To: Build a Winding Staircase
If space is a consideration in your remodeling project, you might want to consider building a winding staircase.  You...
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How To: Make Homemade Clamps
Here's an easy way to improvise when you're running out of clamps around the woodworking shop.  After spreading glue,...
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How To: Make Fire Logs from Newspaper
As winter approaches, many homeowners are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use their fireplaces and wood-burni...
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Don't Can Your Aluminum Siding!
Aluminum siding first became popular in the wake of World War II, when this metal, which had been so crucial to the w...
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How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
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How To: Re-Glaze a Single-Pane Window
Here's how to re-glaze those old, broken window panes. First, remove the old glazing compound with a propane torch an...
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How To: Join Copper Pipe
Here is the best way of joining copper pipe yourself. First, use fine sandpaper to clean the inside of the fittings a...
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How To: Paint Plywood Floors
For our newly renovated attic, we'd wanted solid wood flooring, but that idea, it turned out, wasn't practical: The a...
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How To: Choose a New Boiler
Feel that chill in the air? Winter is coming. Now is the time to assess your heating system and replace any aging or ...
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How To: Make a Stone Walkway
Here are some tips on how to make a stone walkway.  After marking the walkway with string, the first step is to lay a...
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What Would Bob Do? Cutting Drywall
I've got to remove some drywall in a room so I can nail studs behind the wall for anchoring purposes. What is the bes...
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5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
While many of us would be fearful of repairing a roof or installing an electrical outlet, there are plenty of things ...
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How To: Build a Cement Block Wall
Here's how to lay out a cement block wall yourself. Mix two parts masonry cement with one part sand, and add just eno...
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Quick Tip: Fixing Squeaky Floors
Here's how to stop squeaks in an old house with original floors you'd rather not replace. Preservationists use an acr...
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How To: Install European Hinges
To hang heavy cabinet doors and conceal the hardware, use mortise European-style hinges.  Use a 35-millimeter drill b...
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How To: Apply Stucco
Here are the steps professionals follow to apply a stucco finish. After installing a 15-pound felt moisture barrier o...
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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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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" November Projects
The Halloween decorations have been cleared out and there's a bracing chill in the air—time to get ready for winter! ...
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How To: Pour a Concrete Walkway
Keep these things in mind when pouring a DIY concrete walkway. Set a level frame with one-by-four lumber. Lay plastic...
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Quick Tip: Installing Crown Molding
You can dress up a room by installing crown molding along the ceiling. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Always pla...
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How To: Make New Wood Look Old
Here are some tips on how to distress wood, making new lumber look old. First, trim off machined edges with a hatchet...
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Quick Tip: Prepping Wood for Paint
Here are some steps to follow when preparing new wood for painting.  First, countersink any finish nails. Then fill a...
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How To: Snake Wire
Anyone can snake wire in a wall between floors. Here's how.  From a hole in the floor below, push a wire snake with a...
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Quick Tip: Laying a Basement Subfloor
Here's how to get a warm, dry basement floor over a concrete slab when converting your basement into living space. La...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hose Repair
If your garden hose has seen better days, don’t just send it to the landfill. There are some simple, inexpensive ways...
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How To: Drill Through Tile
Here's how to avoid cracking a tile surface when you need to drill a hole. Mark your point, then gently score the til...
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What Would Bob Do? Hanging a Heavy Mirror
What would be the best way to hang a 40-pound framed mirror? Should I find the studs in the wall or use a picture hoo...
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How To: Install Base Cabinets
One fundamental rule applies to the installation of just about anything: If you get the first piece right, the others...
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Quick Tip: Repairing Floorboards
Here's a way to save time and energy when repairing floorboards. Instead of drilling and chiseling damaged floorboard...
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How To: Paint Brick
Painting bricks requires some special considerations. Wet down the surface first to ensure better paint adhesion. Use...
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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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Quick Tip: Glass Block Walls
Glass block walls are a great design feature that let extra sunlight into any room in your home while still providing...
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How To: Remove Plaster
Here's how to remove old plaster when starting a remodeling project.  Have professionals remove any old electrical co...
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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: Wire a Light Switch
Although it's easy to wire a light switch, you need a basic understanding of home electricity in order to do the job ...
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Quick Tip: Mold Prevention
Because today's new houses are built to allow less air infiltration than older homes, mold growth has become a concer...
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How To: Choose the Right Rug
Nothing can draw the elements of a room together quite like a rug. It can make a cold room cozy and inviting, define ...
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How To: Pull Nails
This wooden-handled hammer may look strong enough to pull any nail but because the grain of the wood is actually weak...
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How To: Replace Storm Windows
It's easy to replace old storm windows. Here's how. Loosen all screws and pull the old storm window away from the win...
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Quick Tip: Felling a Small Tree
Here's a helpful tip you can use when you need to cut down a small tree. Make sure you wear proper safety gear and ma...
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How To: Install Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting fixtures have become very popular these days.  They have to be roughed in. Here's how to install on...
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Raking Leaves for Dummies
Fall brings football, hot apple cider, pumpkin carving, and other seasonal delights. But for homeowners with deciduou...
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Buyer's Guide to Replacement Windows
It's difficult to overstate the importance of windows in home design, not least because they have an impact on both t...
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Quick Tip: Sawdust Grout
It can be easy to patch cracks in an old wood floor or grout a new wood block floor. Here's how. First, make a mixtur...
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How To: Install Carpeting
Love it or hate it, there are at least a few good reasons that homeowners choose carpeting today. For one, it absorbs...
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How To: Install a Wood Block Floor
For a very unusual floor finish, you might want to try wood blocks.  Lay out your floor the way you would any ceramic...
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Basement Flooring 101
Surprise! It's all right to install virtually any type of flooring in your basement. Although hardwood should be avoi...
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How To: Paint a Wood Window Sash
After all the hard work is done restoring a wood window, there is one final step: painting your window sash. Painting...
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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: Wallpaper a Corner
If you've ever hung your own wallpaper, you'll know that no corner is ever perfect. Here's how to solve that problem....
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Keep Cozy in Cool Weather with an Outdoor Patio Heater
Now that it's fall, chilly weather chases you indoors after dinner al fresco, and low temperatures in the morning kee...
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How To: Work with Chemical Paint Stripper
Where stripping paint is concerned, there's just no easy way out.  Here are some tips. Cover the floor under your wor...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repainting Wrought Iron
Wrought iron railings, patio furniture, and gates are classics that look great with almost any home, but not when the...
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How To: Replace a Toilet Seat
Though certainly not cutting edge, toilet seat design has witnessed a tide of innovation in recent years. So if you a...
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Quick Tip: Drywall vs. Blueboard
When choosing wallboard, remember the difference between drywall and blueboard. Drywall panels are covered with paper...
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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 Spray Painting
Spray paint offers a quick and easy way to transform virtually any surface. Available in countless colors and an expa...
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How To: Apply Hot Mop Tar
Hot mop tar is a good way to waterproof projects like an indoor planter. Here's how it's applied. After it's heated i...
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Quick Tip: Woodgraining
Woodgraining is an artist's technique for creating the look of fine woods like mahogany. After two coats of a base co...
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How To: Use a Caulking Gun
Here's how to get professional results when using a caulking gun. Caulking guns aren't expensive, so don't skimp here...
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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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How To: Lay a Dry Stone Patio
You can lay a stone patio yourself. Here's how. Prepare a base of sand or stone dust to provide good drainage in a le...
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Coddle Your Car, Pamper Your Pickup: Designing a Garage Around Your Vehicle
This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at bein...
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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Unclogging a Drain
Stop—don't panic! You, too, can unclog that drain with these easy steps for banishing the backed-up sink and toilet.
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Varnishing Made Easy
A durable finish for woodworking pieces, furniture, and flooring, varnish beautifies wood and protects it from scratc...
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How To: Plant a Shrub
Here's how to properly plant a new shrub around your house. Mix one part peat moss with two parts top soil for high w...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing Beadboard
We are thinking about installing beadboard in our bathroom. How do I install it so that it looks at home in the room?...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Patio Furniture
Don't throw out that rusty garden furniture. Restoring it can be a great weekend project. Use a wire brush or sandpap...
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How To: Store Paint
Take the guesswork out of storing paint leftovers. Before you replace the lid, mark the level of the paint remaining ...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen makeovers are among the most popular of home improvements. They can be costly—a mid-range minor kitchen remod...
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How To: Protect and Beautify a Wood Deck
There are lots of ways to refinish a deck. If you want to showcase a fine wood species, such as mahogany, cedar, or r...
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How To: Build a Pallet Compost Bin
A compost bin is a great way to keep waste material out of landfills while at the same time creating wonderfully nutr...
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How To: Build Temporary Scaffolding
To safely work on your house, use scaffolding that you can build yourself. Nail a three-foot and a five-foot length o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planting Fruit Trees
Do you dream of picking a crisp apple or juicy peach from a tree right in your own backyard? Planting a fruit tree ca...
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Quick Tip: Using Metal Studs
If your home improvement project calls for new walls, you might want to consider metal studs.  They fit together like...
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How To: Lay Brick
Here are a few tips on laying your own bricks. Prepare a mortar mix that is neither too firm and nor too runny. Sprea...
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How To: Hang Exterior Shutters
When putting up shutters, the key is to have good, sturdy hardware.  Look for pressure-treated wood shutters for exte...
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How To: Replace Damaged Tile
Here's a way to replace damaged ceramic tile.  Remove the grout with a grout saw. Crack the tile with a hammer and co...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Roofing
Whether you are building a new house or renovating your current home, the roof will be one of the most important choi...
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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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How To: Restore Brass Hardware
Here's how to restore the missing brass hardware from an antique door.  The "ghost" image of original brass hardware ...
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How To: Replace an Electrical Outlet
If you have an old house with dated electrical outlets, you know they weren't designed to meet the demands of today's...
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How To: Build a Quick and Easy Trellis
Low-cost additions to any landscape, easy-to-make garden trellises can be used to introduce shade or privacy, or to s...
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How To: Identify a Bearing Wall
There are two kinds of walls: bearing walls and non-bearing walls.  You can do anything you like to a non-bearing wal...
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What Would Bob Do? Removing Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
I am moving to a new house where the living room and dining area have wall-to-wall carpeting. I asked the previous ow...
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How To: Reseed Your Lawn with a Power Rake
Here's an option for reseeding your lawn.  If you have a large lawn or yard area, consider renting or having your lan...
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How To: Weed Your Garden
Even late into the season, the summer can seem like one prolonged fight against garden weeds. The bad news? There's n...
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Top Tips for Troubleshooting Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can be a real annoyance—the shower subsides to a trickle, the washing machine takes eons to fill, ...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Lawn Care
Americans are not bashful when it comes to expressing their love of lawns—it has been estimated that there are more t...
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5 Common Painting Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them
In his role as the "Paint Doctor" for Purdy—longtime makers of handcrafted paint brushes and roller covers—Bruce Schn...
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The Importance of Deadheading
As your garden flourishes over the summer and your springtime planting efforts are rewarded with beautiful bursts of ...
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How To: Close Your Pool for the Winter
Of all homeowner responsibilities, few so clearly indicate the end of summer as closing the swimming pool. Properly d...
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INFOGRAPHIC: DIY Pest Prevention
Fighting pests at home? The best offense is a clean, dry, and air-tight defense. The importance of sanitation cannot ...
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How To: Install Pegboard in Your Workshop
Does it look like a bomb went off in your workshop? Even the best tools are useless if they are nowhere to be found w...
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Save Seeds, Save Money
Many veteran gardeners save seeds almost compulsively. Why? Because if you harvest the seeds from your own garden, yo...
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How To: Install a Programmable Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, installing a programmable thermostat can help you save between 5% and 15% on y...
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How To: Install Shower Valve Trim
A fast and easy way to freshen the look of your shower is to install new shower valve trim. If your trim resembles mi...
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How To: Install an Underground Sprinkler System
Lawn care can be especially demanding these days, with wacky weather throwing homeowners around the country for a loo...
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How To: Plant a Bush
Available in countless varieties, bushes add depth and diversity to the landscape, whether they are fruit- or flower-...
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Why Every Gardener Needs a Worm Bin
Anyone with a garden knows that fertilizer and enriched soil can be expensive. But did you know there is a source of ...
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8 Home Hazards—and How to Mitigate Them
More things trouble homeowners than what goes “bump in the night.” Here are eight dangerous problems you'll want to avoid—or swiftly remedy.
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Bob Vila's Guide to Exterior Siding
The exterior of your home faces a ceaseless barrage of threats from the hot sun, strong winds, precipitation in all i...
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How To: Repoint Brick Walls
Brick houses are hard to damage. Anyone familiar with The Three Little Pigs knows that. Inevitably, however, there co...
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Laying Sod: Shortcut to a Beautiful Lawn
Laying sod is a great way to have a lawn without the wait, but don’t kid yourself—it’s a big job. If your lawn is siz...
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How To: Stain Outdoor Wood Furniture and Equipment
Outdoors, stain helps wood furniture or backyard equipment look at home in the landscape. Whether you're working on a...
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How To: Install a Shower Head
Installing a new shower head is not quite as easy as changing a light bulb, but almost. MATERIALS AND TOOLS- New show...
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Shower Heads 101
Gone are the days of the utilitarian shower head. Today's spigots are anything but standard. From sleek handheld unit...
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How To: Build a Basic Backyard Fire Pit
Many homes have fireplaces or propane stoves inside, but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a fire pit under the sta...
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How To: Make Concrete Garden Edging
Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds,...
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The Perfect Paintbrush—and How to Choose It
Not all paintbrushes are created equal, nor are they all the right fit for every job. Use this guide to determine the best brush for your project.
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6 Common Houseplant Pests—and How to Get Rid of Them
You may have a certified green thumb, but that won't keep bugs away from your plants. Follow these guidelines to identify and eliminate the most common houseplant...
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How To: Make an Inexpensive Desk for Your Kids
It was a challenge to find a desk for my five-year-old daughter. I needed something size-appropriate that would provi...
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How To: Replace a Toilet
There are many reasons to replace a toilet. Maybe it’s old or avocado green. Or maybe it rocks more than the Red Hot ...
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Double Digging Boosts Soil Health in Your Garden
Quality, nutrient-rich aerated soil is the foundation of a good garden. Sure, the "no dig" gardening method has its a...
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The Benefits of Working with a Landscape Designer
Almost three years ago, we moved from a 700-square-foot New York City apartment with a couple of ailing houseplants t...
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Planning Guide: Patios
Patio. The word itself calls to mind an image of splendid sun-drenched days spent sipping chilled drinks under the we...
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How To: Stain Wood Furniture
The process of staining furniture is intimidating to many do-it-yourselfers, because special tools and chemicals are ...
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How To: Install Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring enables homeowners to get the look of wood for less, and it's easy to install. In fact, tongue-and-...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Cabinets with a Paint Sprayer
When it comes to painting cabinets, I know there are a lot of opinions and methods out there. But after I painted my ...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint a Staircase
As the times changed, so did my design style. When it became clear that my stairs needed an upgrade, and I was unable...
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Planning Guide: Basement Remodeling
[bobsays_inset]Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your ...
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Bathroom Floor Tile: Which Is Best for You?
Don't miss Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top OptionsBathroom floor tile is available in a surprising number of materials. C...
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How To: Paint a House
Painting your house yourself is a big commitment of time. Just think about it. It can take a professional crew of thr...
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How To: Tile a Backsplash
A tile backsplash adds color, personality, and function to a kitchen. Here’s how to install this relatively easy upgr...
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How To: Stencil a Floor
Add some color and pattern to a wood or concrete floor this summer by purchasing a couple cans of paint and a stencil...
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Counter Intelligence: Choosing the Right Countertop
Countertops pull double duty as a visual design element and a hardworking surface. Cost depends on materials, with pr...
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Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficie...
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How To: Care for Your Grill
Summertime! The living is easy and—more often than not—the food is grilled. From burgers, dogs, and steaks to chicken...
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How To: Install Ceramic Tile
Installing ceramic tile can be tricky. Successful tiling jobs are a direct result of good planning and a methodical a...
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How To: Choose a Paint Finish
In her new book, Black & White (and a Bit in Between), designer Celerie Kemble reviews the classic appeal of blac...
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How To: Make a Mortise-and-Tenon Joint
Mortise-and-tenon joints are the preferred style of joint for furniture and cabinetwork. It's strong, durable, and li...
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Operating a Drill Press
The controls vary from one drill press to the next, but there are a number of ele­ments that remain largely the same....
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Saw Blade Sharpening
A good handsaw, when properly treated, is a tool that can be passed with pride from one generation to the next. Essen...
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Using Your Router
Once you've grown accustomed to the router, the tool will fit naturally into your grasp. Initially, however, it may f...
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How To: Use a Portable Power Planer
Power planers are to jack planes as portable circular saws are to handsaws. Both the planer and the circular saw are ...
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How To: Use a Hand Plane
Very few workshop tasks can be as satisfying as putting a wood plane through its paces. There you are, just you and, ...
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Making Plane Adjustments
Using woodworking planes whose cutters are out of adjustment is like driving a car in the wrong gear: You may be able...
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Planning Guide: Bathroom Remodeling
Bathrooms continue to top homeowners' lists of popular rooms to remodel—and for good reason. As more Americans are ca...
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How To: Use a Rafter Square
The rafter square is designed to take advantage of the geometric laws of the right triangle. For example, the right t...
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How To: Choose the Right Saw for the Job
Muscles or electricity are required to power a saw, but the sawteeth really do the cutting, reducing the fibers of th...
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How To: Build a Sawhorse
The sawhorse is an indispensable piece of work-site furniture. It's part workbench, part scaffold, and now and again ...
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How To: Clamp a Glue Joint
A properly glued wood joint is very strong, but one that is glued improperly is likely to fracture given a minimum of...
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Skim Coat Plastering
Traditional plastering consists of three separate coats of plaster. The first two, called the brown and scratch coats...
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How To: Solder Copper Pipe Fittings
Connections are made between sections of iron pipe using threaded fittings. The walls of copper pipe, however, are to...
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How To: Finish Seamless Drywall
I won't attempt here to tell you in detail how to hang wallboard or to tape joints; there are a number of book-length...
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Quick Tip: Installing Drywall
You've probably hung some 'rock over the years, either at home or helping a friend refur­bish a room. So you probably...
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How To: Use a Hammer
At first, I felt a bit foolish explaining how to use a hammer. Most of us have seen children banging away with toy ma...
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How To: Cut Straight Lines with a Circular Saw
Despite its name, the portable circular saw (or any circular saw, for that matter) cuts only straight lines. The name...
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The Plumb Bob
What Is a Plumb Bob?The plumb bob or plumb line employs the law of gravity to establish what is “plumb” (that is, wha...
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How To: Rebuild a Wall with Three-Coat Plaster
On the Manhattan Brownstone project, Bob, Chris Vila, and architect Brian O’Keefe discovered an intact ceiling cornic...
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How To: Prevent Mold and Mildew
Mold is more prevalent today because the focus on improving energy efficiency resulted in more airtight homes that do...
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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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DIY Wall Stenciling
Artisans Polly and Ken Forcier of MB Historic Decor joined Bob Vila on the Season 13 "Modern Colonial" project house ...
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How To: Paint a Room
Preparing to PaintPaint preparation starts with clearing the room. Take down window treatments and remove as much fur...
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How To: Fight Off Termites
Preventing and treating termite infestations is a top priority for many homeowners. Termite control is not a do-it-yo...
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Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture
When choosing outdoor furniture for a garden room, outdoor kitchen, or multi-level deck, some consumers prefer qualit...
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How To: Avoid House Painting Problems
Start any exterior paint job by cleaning, scraping, and repairing the surface. Take notice of how the paint has weath...
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Growing a Bamboo Garden
Clumping and Running BambooBamboo is a member of the grass family, with more than 200 species available in the U. S. ...
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Improve Feng Shui in the Home
Successful design is measured by how well we live in our spaces. Feng shui focuses on chi, or the life force that flo...
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Pick the Right Grill
Whether you like charcoal or gas, a single grill or a cooking station, how and where you use a grill will help you de...
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How To: Select Storm Shutters
There are growing number of businesses in coastal areas selling and installing storm shutters. As all shutters are no...
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How To: Create a Pet-Friendly Home
If you're a pet lover, odds are that you care enough to add the few touches necessary to make your home your pet's ca...
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How To: Select a Paint Color
The most personal decision involved in any interior or exterior painting project is color choice. If green is your fa...
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How To: Rodent-Proof Your Home
While Ratatouille might have been a runaway blockbuster film, no one wants rats in the house — or mice or squirrels o...
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How To: Stage a Home
Much like detailing a used car prior to sale, staging a home allows it to put on its best face. Not to be confused wi...
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How To: Install a New Door
Most homeowners are installing a new door to replace a old door that’s been damaged or cut short to fit existing floo...
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How To: Find Affordable Housing
In most areas of the U. S. , housing costs are rising faster than wages. To meet the federal government’s definition ...
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Building a Basic Deck
Decks and other outdoor spaces are different from ordinary rooms. They serve as an intermezzo between home and nature...
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Adding Custom Moldings
Molding profiles tend to represent eras in building design. As architectural details, they often serve to pinpoint a ...
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How To: Devise a Lighting Plan
The spaces that people use for social purposes are defined in part by light. Too often, however, conventional lightin...
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Choosing Custom Windows
There is more to replacing windows than choosing the glass and the frame. Existing openings may need to be changed to...
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Choosing the Right Floor
Floors must withstand your lifestyle. They get nicked by high heels, crusted by muddy boots and crushed by furniture ...
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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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How To: Decorate a Loft
There’s no question that lofts are unique. But the qualities that make them appealing can also create significant cha...
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Creating the Ultimate Garage Workshop
To some, a garage is much more than a place to park the car and store junk. To the car enthusiast, it is a nerve cent...
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Selecting Handcrafted Furniture
A piece of handcrafted furniture is at once a practical and aesthetic purchase. It graces your home, reflects who you...
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DIY Tile Mosaic
Anyone can create a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top. The technique is much easier than it sounds. First yo...
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Top Tips for Using Glass Tile
Why Use Glass Tile?Glass tile brings depth, luminescence, and a liquid character to indoor, outdoor, or in-ground poo...
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How To: Install Tile
Find the CenterWhen you install tile, you want the finished surface to appear symmetrical, even if it isn't. To accom...
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Design a Home Gym
Many homes have a treadmill or dumbbell these days, but a home gym is more than just an accumulation of equipment — i...
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Creating Your Ideal Home Theater
Just a few years ago, a home theater was only for the lucky few who could spare an extra room and tens of thousands o...
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Choosing a Whole-Home Audio System
Whole-home audio, or distributed audio, is an increasingly popular way for homeowners in new and existing houses to e...
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Creating Your Ideal Outdoor Room
No matter what climate you live in, chances are outdoor rooms are hot in your area — and with good reason. Outdoor ro...
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Keep Garage Doors in Top Shape
The garage door is the single largest moving part in your home, and should be inspected and maintained every year. Wh...
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Design a Green Home Office
As a freelance writer and book author, Linda Mason Hunter spends many hours holed up in her home office. It has all t...
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Creating Your Home Office Plan
Evaluate Your Home Office NeedsThe first step in creating a home office plan that works is to evaluate what you plan ...
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How To: Store Your Things
Where you store depends largely on what you are storing. Clothes will smell musty if stored in a damp basement; antiq...
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Choosing an HVAC System
If you’re considering a new system for your home, talk first to your architect or designer. Conversations with HVAC c...
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Buying Home Building Materials
If your designer has specified all the fixtures, appliances, and home building materials needed for the job, you may ...
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How To: Choose a New Roof for Your House
Whether you are building from scratch or choosing a new roof for your existing home, a wide range of materials are re...
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Quick Tip: DIY Mold Removal
Can You Tackle Mold Removal on Your Own?Mold problems are present in about 4 out of 10 American homes. With the often...
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How To: Make a Concrete Walkway
A walkway or garden path enhances a home's landscape and complements its exterior features. While traditional materia...
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Care and Cleaning Keep Wicker Wonderful
Wicker furniture and accessories are very popular choices for living spaces both outdoors and in.  Comfortable, sturd...
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How To: Fix a Running Toilet
Nowadays, we don’t give much thought to our toilets, but there was a time when answering nature's call involved such ...
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All Garden Hoses Are Not Created Equal
Let's talk garden hoses. Every home needs at least one, whether to water the lawn, wash the car, or run the Slip 'n S...
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How To: Replace a Crusty Old Tub Spout
A tub spout does two things: It provides a decorative cover for the pipe stub delivering water to the bathtub, and it...
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How To: Build a Horseshoe Pit
When summer is on, it’s time to get outside and play. If you're looking for ways to make your backyard more fun, why ...
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Area Rugs Set Fashion Free in the Great Outdoors
Thanks to modern advances in fabrication, outdoor rugs have never featured more extensive design options. A favorite ...
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How To: Repair a Leaky Faucet
The faucet—whether it's in the kitchen, bathroom, or behind the bar—acts like a mini dam, holding back a pressurized ...
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How To: Make a Straw Bale Planter
Straw bale gardening is an old idea that, over the last several years, has witnessed a great deal of renewed attentio...
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Finally, a Sure-Fire Cure for the Sagging Closet Pole
My wife and I recently reorganized our bedroom closet and added several new accessories, including a double rod hange...
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Top Tips for Maintaining a Chainsaw
To safely and productively operate a chain saw, you must commit to maintaining it. Keep your chain saw in tip-top sha...
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How To: Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Let’s face it: Many homes today feature inadequate, poorly positioned, and sometimes plain-old ugly light fixtures. B...
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How To: Transplant Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials
With the sun shining, the birds chirping, the temperatures rising, and the days getting longer, this is the season to...
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How To: Choose a Programmable Thermostat
Looking for a small home improvement that yields big results? A programmable thermostat, properly installed and confi...
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Top Tips for Transplanting Sod
It’s been about 18 months since we moved into our house, but only recently have we begun to landscape beyond the basi...
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How To: Paint EVERYTHING
Make the most of your project, whether you're planning to paint wrought iron or wood flooring, concrete or curtains.
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How To: Sand Wood
Sanding is the unsung hero of any project with wood. It can take a long time, and the results are subtle: Sanding doe...
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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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How To: Make a Butterfly Garden
Butterflies are mesmerizing creatures with more to offer than beauty alone. Because they are nectar eaters, they are ...
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How To: Build a Brick Patio
Of the materials suitable for use in patio construction, brick stands out for its beauty and ease of installation. De...
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How To: Plant a Tree
The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972 with a mission toward conservation and education. It’s the largest nonpr...
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How To: Choose a Ceiling Fan
Choosing a ceiling fan is enough to make any homeowner’s head hurt. With so many variables and options, what should y...
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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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How To: Rewire a Lamp
You bought a beautiful antique lamp but upon closer inspection, you notice there is damage to the sheathing, the plas...
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How To: Install Baseboard
It should be easy, right? Just measure the boards, cut the miters, and nail the trim in place. Well, not exactly. If ...
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How To: Choose a New Bathroom Faucet
In the overall scheme of a bathroom, the sink faucet might seem like an incidental detail, but its design can set the...
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How To: Make a Mitered Corner
A mitered corner is formed by joining two pieces of wood, each cut to a 45° angle. One of the easier joints to cut, a...
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Top Tips for Watering Your Lawn
Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to think about lawn maintenance again. Go ahead and tune up your mower and sta...
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The Complete Natural Guide to Apartment Pest Control and Prevention
Living in the city has its perks. But it also has its pests. From mice to roaches to bed bugs, dreaded pests can and ...
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How To: Choose Carpeting
Whether you’re remodeling the whole house or freshening up only a few rooms, new floor coverings can revive spaces th...
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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: Dry Your Garden Herbs
If you want to keep a little bit of your summer garden with you all year long, you can do so by drying herbs and stor...
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How To: Use a Miter Box
A miter box is a wonderfully simple, affordable tool that allows any DIYer to make accurate crosscuts in wood. Since ...
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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: Make a Deck Rail Planter
Last year, I was dying to have some deck rail planters to grow spinach and lettuce in, but I couldn’t find any that w...
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Prefinished vs. Unfinished Wood Flooring
I’ve looked at flooring from both sides now. . . and it’s the horrors of applying polyurethane I recall. Apologies to...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Laminate
I recently gave my bookcases a much-needed makeover.  Ever since I had painted the room a deep blue, this faux-w...
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Laying a Walkway with Bluestone
There’s a lot to recommend a bluestone walkway. The natural colors and textures look great in almost any setting. Mai...
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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: Choose a Wheelbarrow
With planting season around the corner, it’s time to hit the garage and take inventory: what have you got, and what d...
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How To: Choose a Lawn Mower
If your current lawn mower was built to last, it's probably been a while since you've shopped for a new one! When you...
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How To: Add Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting can vastly improve the workability and appearance of your kitchen. For starters, under-cabinet...
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How To: Strip Wallpaper
How strong is your relationship with your spouse? Do you want to test it? Spend a weekend stripping wallpaper togethe...
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Top Tips for Installing Tongue-and-Groove Paneling
Install wood paneling in any room to inject architectural detail, warmth, and character into your home. Traditionally...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Your Curtains
It might sound weird, but regular old latex paint on curtains can add up to lots o’ drama (the good kind). 1. Wash an...
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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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Quick and Easy Vinyl Flooring
My son recently asked for help installing vinyl flooring in his bathroom. So we took a trip to the local home center ...
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Top Tips for Installing Window Treatments
When we moved out of the city and into our new home, we increased our window inventory more than three-fold. The wind...
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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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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wood Furniture
Most anything can be transformed with a can of paint and some step-by-step instructions. Here's an easy, four-step tu...
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How To: Remove Varnish and Other Wood Finishes
Varnish, lacquer, shellac and other clear coats are applied to protect wood furniture and flooring from scratches, sc...
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How To: Choose an Exhaust Fan
Indoor air quality can be problematic at any time of year, but it is especially a concern during the winter months wh...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wrought Iron
I’ve had some rusty-looking wrought iron patio furniture staring at me from my backyard for years now. It came with t...
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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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Open Up Your Closets with Bi-Fold Doors
Sliding closet doors are a common installation in American homes, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best ...
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Starting Tomatoes from Seed
During the cold, dark days of January and February, my mind turns to sunny, bright red tomatoes—for this is the time ...
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Top Tips for Better Kitchen Organization
Now that the new year is in full swing, it would be easy to lose the resolve with which we started 2013. But let's ke...
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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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How To: Bring the World's Most Romantic Color into the Home
As Valentine's Day approaches, the color red becomes more and more apparent in our homes. Red roses, red hearts on Va...
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Winter Care for Houseplants
Over the winter, when your outdoor garden has little to boast about, the greenery inside your home lifts spirits and ...
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Designing a Driveway with Long-Lasting Appeal
When we were building our new construction home, the driveway almost seemed like an afterthought. With everything els...
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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: Paint Masonry Walls
Hurricane Sandy proved to be a trial for many of us. My wife and I were fortunate, and our home suffered no major dam...
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How To: Restore Cabinet Finishes
Your kitchen gets a lot of use. So it doesn't take long to begin seeing signs of wear and tear on wood cabinets. Soon...
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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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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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Bit of Knowledge: Choosing the Right Drill Bit for the Job
Drill bits are designed to do one thing: make holes in stuff. That is, except when they are intended to drive hardwar...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rust Removal
Reviving rusty metal tools or furniture is a great indoor winter project, and there are three ways to remove rust. Li...
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Ordering Custom Window Treatments Online
One of the most exciting things about building a new house was seeing how much natural light we were going to get wit...
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How To: Restore an Antique Door
As anyone who’s ever owned or loved an antique home knows, their beauty and uniqueness are only exceeded by one ...
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How To: Avoid Frost on Windows
I remember waking up as a kid on wintry mornings to find frost on my bedroom window obscuring the trees and yard. Tho...
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How To: Paint a Wood Floor
The first time I heard about someone painting a wood floor I was skeptical. Would it last? Could you scrub it? And wh...
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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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How To: Make Tabletop Topiaries
The sculpture of plants, or topiary, has been a gardening practice for centuries. The precise designs achieved throug...
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Ergonomic Snow Shoveling Tips from the Experts
As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Old Man Winter gears up to blow squalling snow all over our decks ...
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The New Wave of Programmable Thermostats
Aside from the price of your own renewable energy, the cost of anything used to heat or cool the home is largely non-...
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How To: Maintain a Snow Blower for Peak Performance
There is a definite chill in the air, and the first snow flurries are flying… that means it’s time to get our snow bl...
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How To: Make an Evergreen Wreath
As soon as December hits, I’m ready to break out the Christmas cheer. When it comes to decorating for the holiday, I’...
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Shop for a Snow Blower Before First Flakes Fall
Winter’s chill is in the air, and that means it may be time to shop for a snow blower. There are a number of factors ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Picking a Christmas Tree
Did you know that each holiday season 2,600 people are injured in fires in the US?Listen to BOB VILA ON PICKING A CHR...
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Fireplace Maintenance Checklist
As days get shorter and weather gets colder, we retreat indoors to the warmth of our homes and hearths. If you have a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing Tile
Choosing your tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking a color or pattern. You have to consider how...
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Repairing a Retaining Wall
Walls, normally thought of as interior design elements, are useful in landscaping, too. A landscaping wall can be fre...
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Using a Pressure Washer Around the House and Yard
What a difference the right tool or appliance can make! For instance, we were late arrivals to the pressure washer pa...
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Easy DIY: How to Cut Glass Wine Bottles
The other day my roommate came home from IKEA with a pack of 100 tea lights. One hundred. To be fair, my roommate als...
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How To: Use a Leaf Blower
Fall is full of football, hot apple cider, and pumpkin pies. And leaves. For some, lots and lots of leaves. A leaf bl...
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Bob Vila Radio: Winterize Your Lawn
If you haven’t done it already, this is the time to winterize your yard!  Make a list of the things you need to do to...
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How and When to Plant Garlic
Now is the perfect time to get garlic into the ground. The cloves get a head start on the growing season so that by l...
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The Right Rake for the Job
Autumn leaves are falling, which means pumpkin donuts and lattes are available at your favorite morning pit stop. And...
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Everything You Need to Know About Winterizing Pipes
As you ready your house for the colder months ahead, don’t forget about your water system. When water freezes, it exp...
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How To: Turn Wine Bottles into Romantic Lanterns
Whenever I hesitate before throwing out something useless, like an expired coupon or an old magazine, I think to myse...
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How To: Dry Hydrangeas
The end of the summer is just days away but instead of celebrating the season, the last bright blooms are starting to...
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Selecting the Right Front Door
Almost no other part of your home gets as much exposure as the front door. It’s where you greet friends and family, s...
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How To: Plant an Apple Tree
Since moving to the 'burbs, I’ve been slowly trying to convert on this fantasy I have of backyard sustainability. I p...
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Composting 101: What You Should and Shouldn’t Compost
The best gardeners know that compost is better than fertilizer, when it comes to providing a nutrient-rich growing en...
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How To: Build a Porch
A porch is simply a deck with a roof on it, right? Not quite. While some porches may be as simple as that, many are m...
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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: Combat Garden Pests (Part 2)
Most people react to deer, groundhogs, and rabbits with a smile acknowledging their adorableness. But gardeners know ...
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How To: Refinish Cabinets
Having expensive cabinets hanging on your kitchen walls doesn’t mean much if you don’t like the color. That’s why man...
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How To: Drill Straight 90° Holes (Without a Drill Press)
Except in special cases—when you intentionally choose a specific angle or bias—it's important to keep all drill holes...
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How To: Paint Trim
Looking to learn how to paint trim? It's not so different from painting other surfaces in a home. Your method will va...
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How To: Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Recycling is more than sorting out plastic bottles and composting leftovers. Proper disposal of household objects is ...
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How To: Combat Garden Pests (Part 1)
It’s the time of year when garden pests become especially irritating. Your ripening harvest might be snacked on by ap...
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How To: Choose the Right Screw for the Right Job
Back in the day there were just two options, slotted or Phillips. You picked one, picked a length, and were good to g...
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So, You Want to... Build a Cabinet
Building a cabinet looks easy. After all, it’s just a box with a door. It only becomes difficult if you want it to lo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Windows
When you’re painting, windows are often the hardest things to get right. CM_BVILANOTES-3 Painting WindowsListen to BO...
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How To: Install Floating Shelves
Before hanging anything, it’s important to find out what your wall is made of. Ideally, you should attach floating sh...
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Top Tips for Adding Cabinets in the Bathroom
[bobsays_inset]Traditionally, bathroom cabinetry was limited to small medicine cabinets above the sink and sink vanit...
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Top Tips for Keeping Countertops Like New
Maintaining your countertops may require more than a simple cleaning. Here are top tips for maintaining every material.
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Shopping for a Swing Set
One thing we miss about living in New York is the awesome city playgrounds. You could walk to a different one every d...
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How To: Match End Grain with Side Grain
As you may recall from science class as a kid, wood is a collection of fibers that run in the same direction. Basical...
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Mower Maintenance: 5 Ways to Keep Your Machine Up and Running
This summer, to ensure you’re spending more time enjoying your weekend and not struggling to get your mower to start,...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Concrete
Even though the words are often used interchangeably, concrete and cement are not the same thing. Portland cement is ...
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How To: Install Landscape Edging
A tired planting bed can be refreshed with new landscape edging, available in a range of prices and a wide variety of...
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How To: Care for Garden Tools
A quality garden starts with quality care—and that doesn’t just mean keeping up with your weeding. Maintaining your g...
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Easy, Breezy Tips on Replacing a Patio Door Screen
I don’t mind the squirrels taking their turn at the bird feeder, but our dog seems to have developed a personal vende...
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The Right Time and Place for Pocket Doors
One of the reasons we chose the house plan we built was because there was a “flex” room off the breakfast nook. We th...
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Quick Tip: Hiring a General Contractor
The Bidding Process Is Telling By now, most homeowners know that you need to get quotes from several contractors befo...
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Quick Tip: Painting a Room
Interior painting is one of the all-time favorite do-it-yourself jobs, but like everything else, there is a right and...
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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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How To: Dye Concrete Floors
Dyeing floors is different from staining them. With dye, there is no chemical reaction with the concrete—it simply dy...
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How To: Avoid Ice Dams and Water Damage
What Are Ice Dams?Many homeowners in the northern United States are all too familiar with ice dams. These are thick a...
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Quick Tip: Unclog a Toilet
We all know that life would be very different without that wonder of modern science: the toilet. But when it acts up,...
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Quick Tip: Choosing Child Safety Gates
Important Safety Tool If you’re a parent, one of your many important jobs is making your home safe for your child. As...
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How To: Replace a Window Screen
The screens on your windows are there for a purpose. If they get a snag, a tear or a hole, they lose their effectiven...
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How To: Make a Kid's Teepee
A basic teepee is not hard to make, provided you keep it simple and fun, as I discovered when I created this project ...
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How To: Quiet Loud Pipes
What Causes the Clanging?Water hammer is a common cause of banging pipes. In plumbing where water pressure is high, s...
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How To: Make a Kite
There's nothing more fun for a child than learning to fly a kite. Who doesn't remember the thrill of watching their f...
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How To: Make a Window Box
A window box can add enormous curb appeal to a house and provide a garden opportunity for even city dwellers. And, th...
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How To: Make a Sandbox
With just some basic home improvement knowledge, you can build a simple backyard sandbox like this with colorful stri...
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How To: Make a Rain Barrel
Rainwater collection has an ancient history with archeological evidence dating back at least 4,000 years. Urban deman...
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How To: Decorate Garden Pots
Looking for something to do with all of those clay pots that have been collecting dust in your garage or garden shed?...
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How To: Build a Dry Stone Retaining Wall
Depending on the size and weight of the stones used to construct the retaining wall, the tools and materials for the ...
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How To: Plant a Vegetable Garden
One of the joys of summer dining is fresh, local produce. Nothing tastes better than a tomato or cucumber just off th...
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How To: Make a Tire Swing
Create some outdoor fun this summer—the old-fashioned way—with this "oh so easy" tire swing how-to.
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The Basics: Building a Raised Garden Bed
For the soil- and drainage-poor gardener, a raised garden bed offers the opportunity to perfect your environment and ...
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How To: Refinish a Wood Table
Let's face it, the easiest way to transform an old piece of furniture is to paint it. But if the piece is well-constr...
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How To: Make a Terrarium
Terrariums can be as basic or elaborate as you want. While those featuring sand and air plants (tillandsia) are popul...
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How To: Replace an Outdoor Wall Sconce
Updating the entrance to your home is a relatively easy thing to do. Add a pop of color by painting the front door in...
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How To: Mow Your Lawn Properly
When it comes to your landscape, one of the most time-consuming summer chores is mowing. At this time of year, under ...
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How To: Lay a Stone Path
A stepping stone path is easier to create than a full-blown walkway and lends charm and practicality to your yard. He...
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How To: Make Garden Luminaries
Luminaries create an enchanting glow at dusk along a garden path or atop a picnic table. Here’s how to turn an old sa...
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How To: Make a Campfire
Building a fire was once an essential survival skill. But even in these times of portable heaters and grills, a campf...
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How To: Care for Roses
Like most stars, roses are divas. When left to their own devices, they get tangled and produce only when they feel li...
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How To: Install a Ceiling Fan
Installing a ceiling fan is a fantastic way to cut energy costs all year round. It helps circulate cool air in the wa...
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How To: Make a Birdhouse
The homemade birdhouse is a DIY classic. And with good reason: It’s usually the first woodworking project for many; o...
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How To: Make an Outdoor Shower
Whether you’re cooling off, rinsing off, or actually bathing, an outdoor shower is a fun and relatively easy summer D...
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How To: Seal a Driveway
Sealing your driveway may seem like a bothersome chore, but its benefits are significant. First, a regular coat of se...
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How To: Stain a Wood Deck
A wood deck is certainly a thing of beauty, but only if it is well maintained from year to year. If your deck is show...
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Air Plants: Growing Tillandsia
Air plants—or tillandsias—are one of my favorite indoor plants. I bought my first little pup about a year ago and sin...
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Top Tips for Reorganizing Your Kitchen
We recently painted our kitchen cabinets, which involved clearing every cabinet, drawer, and countertop. In addition ...
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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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How To: Build Vertical Supports for Your Garden
I've gotten a late start on getting some of my veggies into the garden. I've already planted potatoes, lettuce, sugar sna...
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Top Tips for Choosing Kitchen Cabinets
The first things we chose during our eight-hour selections appointment for our new construction home were our kitchen...
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Top Tips for Growing Tomatoes
There’s really nothing better than a vine-ripened tomato plucked from the plant in your vegetable garden and still wa...
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How To: Get Clean, Chip-Free Cuts in Melamine and Veneer
Melamine-coated particleboard is a great material for storage, basement, garage, home office, and kid's room projects...
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How To: Keep a Christmas Tree Fresh
It’s the time of year when Christmas tree lots start appearing around your community, bringing with them a difficult ...
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Top 10 Ways to Deal with Bees
Bob Vila recently contacted me because he had a bee infestation in his attic. I've made several visits to his house s...
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How To: Use a Saw Properly
PreparationPreparation is the most important ingredient for making clean, accurate, safe cuts. To properly prepare fo...
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How To: Determine If Your Carpenter's Square Is True
To determine whether a carpenter's square is true, all you need is a straight line. Sound too simple? First you lay t...
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How To: Save Money and Electricity with Fluorescent Light
Give Fluorescent Lighting Another Chance We all know that switching to fluorescent lighting saves energy and money. B...
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Project Guide: Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Few do-it-yourself projects deliver the "wow" factor as potently as refinishing hardwood floors.
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Engineered vs. Solid: Selecting Wood Flooring
There are a lot of decisions to make when constructing a new home. Having a large production builder as our contracto...
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How To: Distress New Beams for an Century-Old Look
Creating hundred-year-old beams is an art form that Juan Santos of Emilios' Woodworking has perfected. In the Malibu ...
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How To: Protect Your Home from Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting. Unlike termites, wood damaged by carpenter ants does not ...
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How To: Dry a Wet Basement
A wet basement can be obvious—water trickling across the floor or standing several inches deep at the base of the sta...
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How To: Paint a Ceiling
Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particular...
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How To: Refinish Hardwood Floors
Floor sanding and refinishing is unforgiving work. Make a mistake and it will show. However, a refinished floor can b...
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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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How To: Install a New Kitchen Sink
So many elements in kitchen design have remained common over the decades. Cabinets still have raised panels. Countert...
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5 Ways to Get Perfect, Clean Cuts in Plywood
Plywood sheet goods are an essential in any home improvement project involving wood. But due to their layered structu...
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Paint Makeovers: An Expert Tells All
As a decorator and "junker," I've discovered plenty of beauty and utility in stuff others have kicked to the curb. An...
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The Best Floor Sander for Beginning DIYers
Unless you plan to sand many floors in your lifetime, the best choice for do-it-yourself floor refinishing is the ran...
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Quick Tip: Laying Bathroom Tile
While many people consider laying bathroom tile a do-it-yourself project for money-saving reasons, there are many fac...
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How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Click through our project guide to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets. There may be no easier or more affordable way to give your old kitchen a brand-new look!
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Quick Tip: Stripping Paint
Below the Surface It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detai...
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DIY Kitchen Countertop Transformation
At one time or another most of us have considered remodeling the kitchen. It’s the one room in the house that sees th...
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15 Spring Home Maintenance Musts
To do a thorough job of spring home maintenance and cleaning, follow these easy and smart routines.
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Laminate Countertop Renewal
Our laminate countertop looked fine, but the protective coating was pretty much gone. Coffee, tea, wine, juice, sauce...
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A Glassy-Smooth Enamel Finish for Old Kitchen Cabinets
Our 20-year-old cabinets were showing their age. The lacquer finish had gummed up around the handles and pulls, and t...
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Free Your Pots & Pans from Cupboard Captivity: Install a Pot Rack
Our kitchen needs more cabinets—and more counter space. Indeed, who has a kitchen with enough of these precious ameni...
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Backsplash Idea: Faux Stone Re-Finish
My wife, Mary Ann, hated the backsplash tiles in our kitchen, and I agreed they were slightly dated. Unfortunately, t...
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Quick Tip: Installing Crown Molding
The Merits of Crown Molding If your home doesn’t have the style you wish it had, adding crown molding can help. It ca...
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How To: Choose the Right Furnace Filter
As far as home improvement gear goes, furnace filters are admittedly among the least, um. . . exciting. There's none ...
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5 Easy Steps to a Successful Paint Makeover
Follow these easy paint makeover tips to transform an old piece of furniture into one that's fresh and new!
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Bob Vila's Top 12 Painting Tips
1. One trick to determine whether you have the right primer is to put a coat on and let it dry, then take a razor bla...
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Winter Preparation Checklist
Give your home a once-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first frost. “Gett...
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How To: Choose Tile
Evaluate Your Needs Choosing tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking the right color or pattern. F...
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Quick Tip: Choosing Sandpaper
Sandpaper isn't made of sand, of course, but of fine grains of the natural mineral garnet, or of synthetics like sili...
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Filing Techniques
The first time I saw my father cut a piece of stock with a handsaw, he made it look easy. When I tried it, I discover...
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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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Choosing a Paint Sprayer
It's estimated that a paint sprayer can apply a coating ten times faster than brushing and four times faster than rol...
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How To: Use a Paint Spray Gun
Are you tired of using a brush and messing with a tray whenever you paint? Consider investing in a paint spray gun. S...
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How To: Care for Winter Birds
Sure, the majority of birds head south for the winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop buying birdseed. Accor...
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Top Tips for Choosing a Rain Shower Head
I hate my shower! Well, actually, it’s my shower head that I don’t like. Granted, it's better than the standard fixtu...
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How To: Stack Firewood
Nothing celebrates the colder weather like the distinct scent and sound of a crackling log in the fireplace. A steady...
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How To: Preserve Your Jack-o'-Lantern for Halloween
No amount of candy corn can make up for the moment you realize that your carefully carved pumpkin’s smile has turned ...
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How To: Use a Block Plane
Follow these simple guidelines for working with a wood plane and you are sure to have superior results: Assume the Po...
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How To: Unclog a Sink Drain
Put the phone down! There's no need to call the plumber. In only six simple steps, you can unclog a drain that no longer flows as freely as it once did.
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How To: Patch Plaster Walls
Finishing a new wall or room with plaster or joint compound takes practice. If you have no experience with plaster or...
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How To: Create a Spa Bath at Home
Consider these 10 ways to add "spa style" to any bath—even yours.
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Quick Tip: Choosing Drywall
Drywall History Before drywall, builders nailed lengths of wood, called lath, to the studs and then applied several c...
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Quick Tip: Buy and Install a Room Air Conditioner
What to Look for Room air conditioners are rated by the number of BTUs, or British thermal units, of heat that they c...
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How To: Install a Drywall Anchor
So you bought a new towel rack—or some shelving brackets, or a paper towel holder—and you want to attach it to the wa...
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How To: Mulch Your Flower Beds
Laying mulch before the winter gives your soil a head start for the next growing season. It also protects delicate pl...
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Leaky Roof? Some Repair Tips
[bobsays_inset]Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for homes today, accounting for nearly 70% of d...
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10 Fall Home Maintenance Musts
Use these ten easy fall maintenance projects to keep your house in peak condition through the winter.
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It's Bulb-Planting Time!
For gardeners in areas where the weather has cooled, it’s time to plant bulbs for spring tulips and daffodils. Bulbs ...
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Winterize Your Home on a Budget
Securing your home against winter is always a prime consideration for homeowners, no matter where you live. Regardles...
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Three Ways to Find a Wall Stud (Without Fancy Equipment)
We've all been there, right? "Oh, I just need to find a stud to hang this picture. " And fifteen holes later, you're ...
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How To: Install a Dimmer Switch
I like mood lighting as much as anyone, particularly first thing in the morning when the full blast of light from a 1...
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How To: Install a Light Fixture
Since my current residence is only half finished, there are a lot of fixture-less light boxes in the ceilings—which m...
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Drilling with Care
Drilling isn't difficult and, at least in comparison to sawing, it isn't particularly dangerous. Still, skilled drill...
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How To: Install a Sink Disposal
Depending on what part of the world you're from you may have heard sink disposals referred to as "garbage disposals,"...
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How To: Install a Faucet
Changing or installing a new faucet is a fairly simple home improvement task, even if it does require contorting your...
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Quick Tip: Patching Damaged Drywall
The Virtues of Drywall Drywall has been the wall finishing material of choice for most of a century because it’s so e...
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How To: Finish Drywall Joints
Most of the time finishing drywall joints isn't one of those jobs that has people jumping up and down with excitement...
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Home Maintenance Checklist
1. Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary. 2. Attic: If there ...
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How To: Install Door Hardware
As a person who has recently upgraded from living in a garage to living in a half-constructed house, the novelty of h...
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How To: Grout Tile
Maybe I'm the only person (at least over the age of three) who gets a kick out of making a mess, but I would still ar...
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How To: Replace a Door Closer
The door closer on my front porch—that mechanical cylindrical device that keeps the door from flying open too far and...
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Painting the Guest Bedroom
Bob is in the guest bedroom across from the nursery reviewing the kind of paints being used and interior painting tips.
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Decorative Painting Techniques With B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith paint a lavender stripe pattern on a bedroom wall.
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Roof Sheathing
Bob discusses the advantages of hazard-resistant building techniques, specifically sheathing the roof, with Bryan Readling (from the APA).
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Tour of Colonial Williamsburg
In Colonial Williamsburg, Bob visits a cabinetmakers' shop, where traditional methods of building furniture are still in practice.
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Tour of The Barnacle
Bob tours of The Barnacle, one of the first homes built in Dade County, FL, to see how early settlers built in order to deal with the heat.
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Sheathing the Back Porch Roof
Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton, who explains the framing technique used to replicate the front porch, before he sheaths the new back porch roof.
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Tips on Exterior Painting
At the Plymouth project site, tips for exterior paint prep and application are shared.
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Installing New French Doors
Bob helps the contractors work on building and installing new French doors.
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Drywall Techniques
Plaster contractor Claude Daigle demonstrates his preferred drywall techniques.
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Painting the Exterior
Bob joins Ron Boyajian to talk over painting the exterior clapboards. The surface is power-washed, sanded, and primed. Then, acrylic paint is applied. The painter...
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Installing High-Performance French Doors
Cordell Burton (from Pella Windows) joins Bob to show off the in-swinging French doors to be installed. It's constructed of solid wood and double-pane, low-e glas...
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