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How To: Remove Rivets
Plenty of DIYers find themselves eager to start a project only to come to a full stop when confronting rivets. The fa...
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How To: Balance a Ceiling Fan
Even in the age of central air, ceiling fans still have their lofty place. The welcome breeze they provide evaporates...
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How To: Repair Concrete Steps
For construction professionals and homeowners alike, concrete offers many appealing qualities, but there may be none ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Quick Fixes for Furniture
When furniture fixes fall apart, it's usually because the tools and supplies weren't right for the job. Always rememb...
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6 Quick Mid-Summer Updates for Your Hardworking Hardscape
The lazy days of summer come with a catch. You want nothing more than to lounge around the yard. But having been drawn outdoors by sunny skies, you notice all the...
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How To: Stretch Carpet
Even the nicest wall-to-wall carpeting can start to buckle, ripple, or wrinkle over time when it loosens and lifts fr...
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Solved! What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water
Q: My central air conditioning system is leaking water. Any way I can DIY the repair and avoid an expensive repair bi...
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How To: Spackle a Wall
Maybe there was a mishap while moving a major appliance. Or perhaps someone hung some pictures the old-fashioned way ...
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How To: Prevent Drain Clogs
Here’s an unpleasant thought: Our household drains see all sorts of horrors on a daily basis—hair, dirt, grime, and f...
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The Cheapest, Fastest Fixes for 10 Everyday Home Headaches
When it comes to basic home improvement projects, the key concerns for many homeowners are time and budget. Well, here are 10 simple repairs that keep both effort...
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How To: Remove and Replace a Doorknob
We think of a doorknob as ubiquitous and mundane, yet a closer inspection can sometimes prove puzzling, leaving you t...
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15 Cheap Home Repairs That Could Save You Thousands
If your house could talk, it would tell you that spending a little money now on small repairs could save you big bucks down the road. We’ve put together 15 of the...
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How To: Plane a Door
It’s easy to take doors for granted. Until they start sticking or binding, that is—or you install a new floor and sud...
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Solved! What to Do When Your Freezer Isn’t Freezing
Q: I’ve noticed that my freezer isn’t working as well as it used to. Is there any possibility of a quick fix instead ...
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Dos and Don'ts of Repairing Drywall
Drywall is tough, but it’s not indestructible. Over time, gypsum-board walls can sustain ugly cracks or holes. Fortun...
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How To: Strip Wire
Whether you’re rewiring an old lamp, installing a new doorbell, or adding another outlet to a wall, the first step to...
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10 DIY Fixes That Do More Harm Than Good
Common knowledge, neighborly advice, old wives’ tales, and “the way my parents did it” all share one important characteristic: Sometimes they're just plain wrong....
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Solved! What to Do About a Leaking Toilet Tank
Q: Help! My toilet is leaking all over the bathroom floor, and I haven’t yet located the source. How can I find and f...
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3 Fixes for a Garage Door That Won't Close
Garage doors sometimes seem to have a mind of their own, often deciding when—and how far—they want to open or close. ...
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How To: Remove a Tub Drain
It’s unfortunate but true: Over time tub drains clog and sometimes even corrode. After all, your bathtub is put to th...
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3 Fixes for Cracked Concrete
Despite its reputation as one of the most rugged building materials ever conceived, even concrete has a sensitive sid...
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Solved! What to Do When Your Pilot Light Goes Out
Q: I jumped in my shower this morning and, holy cow, was it cold! After a quick inspection, I discovered that my wate...
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Cool Tools: A Barely-Lift-a-Finger Cure for Any Clog
Homeowners are accustomed to dealing with all types of uncertainties, but there are at least two things you can consi...
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21 Brilliant Hacks for Everyday Home Repairs
From clearing clogged drains to filling nail holes, maintaining your home can seem like a MacGyver-esque challenge—but it doesn't have to be this way. Make light ...
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3 Fixes for Scratched Glass
Whether in the form of a windowpane, shower wall, or tabletop, glass serves as a durable and glamorous surface almost...
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Bob Vila Radio: Quick Fixes for Drafty Windows
Here’s a cold-weather tidbit: Did you know that in many old homes, as much as a quarter of the heat generated by the ...
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How To: Sand Drywall
Drywall—commonly known as sheet rock—is one of the most popular construction materials used in finishing interior wal...
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12 Things You Didn't Know Duct Tape Can Do
Duct tape is an extremely durable and versatile product that can be used to mend, patch, hem, and more. Here are 12 ways that you can put a roll of this ubiquitou...
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Bob Vila's January "Must Do" Projects
The beginning of the new year is the perfect opportunity to start fresh. Here are 10 projects to keep your home in top condition, and kick off your year.
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The Right Way to Use a Plunger
If your toilet’s overflowing or your sink’s stopped up, it’s time to take the plunge! About 90 percent of the time, a...
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How To: Thaw a Frozen Pipe
Of all the challenges encountered in a severe winter, a frozen pipe may be the one that strikes the most fear into th...
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What to Do When Your Doorbell Stops Working
Ding, dong! Your guests have arrived for dinner and drinks. But if your doorbell stops working, you could leave your ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Damaged Gutter
Wind, rain, snow, hail and falling tree branches can wreak havoc on your rain gutters. After an especially severe sto...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Shower Diverter
You know that little knob on top of the bathtub spout? It's tiny but not insignificant, as it performs the vital role...
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10 Easy Hacks to Fix a Squeaky Bed
The sign of an old box spring is a bed that just won’t stop squeaking when all you’re trying to do is catch a bit of shut-eye. Instead of rushing out to buy a new...
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10 Things You Didn't Know Super Glue Can Do
Everyone has reached for the Krazy Glue at least once when fixing a broken object. Its sheer versatility makes this accidental invention one of the most ubiquitou...
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9 Home Repair Remedies to Borrow from Your Medicine Cabinet
Maybe you’re a new homeowner, still unsure about what tools and supplies you need to own. Perhaps you've just downsized to a tiny house or apartment, and you’re l...
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7 Signs Your House Needs New Siding
It's a cruel fact: Those factors that make home exterior siding so crucial are the same ones that undermine its performance over the long term. In other words, in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Be a Pro at Patching Stucco
Stucco is a wonderfully versatile wall treatment—durable, weather-resistant, and attractive. It's been used in countl...
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3 Fixes for a Hole in the Wall
While drywall is highly durable, it’s not indestructible.  Over the years, interior walls take a beating, speckled wi...
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Finish Strong: 7 Things to Do Before Summer Ends
All good things must come to an end, and that goes for summer too. On a blistering August afternoon, cold weather may seem like an almost inconceivably remote pro...
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10 Fast Fixes for Annoying House Noises
A house full of creaks, squeaks, buzzing, and bumps can keep you up at night and make you crazy all day. Check this list of quick fixes that will restore peace an...
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Bob Vila Radio: Use a Hairdryer to Fix Torn Vinyl Flooring
If your vinyl flooring (or linoleum) has developed a tear, don't despair! There's an easy—and yes, rather unexpected ...
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When the Clothes on Your Back Are a Tool for the Task
Look at any flat roof and, along the edges, you're likely to see a special type of flashing—the drip edge. Though not...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Is the Tap Water Brown?
Does the water coming out of your faucet look a bit like the Mississippi River after a rainstorm? There are at least ...
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So, You Want to... Level a Concrete Floor
There's no disagreement here: Concrete ranks among the most durable, longest-lasting of all building materials. That ...
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Give Your Worn-Out Concrete a Brand-New Look
Other than wood, concrete may be the most favored residential building material in the country, because builders and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Plugging Leaks in Concrete or Masonry
A special type of cement, similar to mortar and easy to use, hydraulic cement is handy for preventing water from seep...
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The Fastest, Easiest Fix for a Damaged Wall
Perhaps you swung the door open with a bit too much force. Or maybe the movers took a wrong turn with the dresser.  W...
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Bob Vila Radio: A Primer on Patching Concrete
Does your concrete walkway or driveway need patching? That’s an easy fix! Here’s how to do it. mp3 fileListen to BOB ...
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10 Easy Repairs Never to Pay Someone Else For
The joys of homeownership are many—as are the little everyday challenges. The occasional leak or break is bound to happen, but there's no reason why these minor ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patching Large Holes in Drywall
Need to patch a hole in drywall? While you can resolve smaller problems with spackling paste, larger jobs call for a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Raising Sunken Pavers
If a few of the pavers in your patio or driveway have begun to sag, don't fret—there’s an easy, DIY-friendly fix. Her...
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7 Ticking Time Bombs in Your House—and What to Do Next
Let's face it: There are some home maintenance and repair issues that, given a choice, most property owners are likely to procrastinate, whether because they take...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replace a Worn-Out Window Screen
Replacing a screen on a wooden window frame? It's a straightforward job. To get it done right, and with a minimum of ...
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How To: Remove Caulk
Though caulk often lasts for years, it doesn't stick around forever. If yours has become discolored, has developed cr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Rattan
Vintage rattan furniture is getting harder to come by, so if you happen to run across a nice piece at a garage sale, ...
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How To: Remove Paint from Brick
If you've ever tried to remove paint from brick, you know that it can be a painstaking process. Depending on the scop...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shush Your Slamming Doors
Is a slamming door driving you nuts? Have you had noise complaints from neighbors? Here are a few simple and inexpens...
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How To: Patch Carpet
Carpeting inevitably undergoes wear and tear, whether from foot traffic or the accidents of everyday life. If those f...
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9 Amazing Things You Can Do with Sugru
Do you Sugru? If you have not yet experimented with this endlessly versatile product, you may be missing out on one of the most useful and fun-to-use tools now av...
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Small Miracles: 9 Amazing Home Repair Products
Home maintenance is a constant reality for homeowners and renters alike, but it doesn’t have to be painful. If you keep the right products on hand, you can fix ju...
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Bob Vila Radio: Level Out a Wobbly Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are great—until they get wobbly. What causes that to happen, and how can you go about fixing a wobbly ce...
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Bob Vila Radio: It's a Snap to Patch Metal with Pop Rivets
Do you need a quick and easy way to fasten a patch onto sheet metal? Pop rivets make it pretty easy to do so. They co...
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Why Isn't the Dryer Drying?
Are you stumped by the fact that your dryer seems to take forever these days? If your clothes dryer needs more time t...
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Bob Vila Radio: 2 Quick Fixes for a Slow Kitchen Drain
Chances are that, somewhere along the line, you've had to deal with a clog in your kitchen drain. Even if you make a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fixing a Broken Window Pane
Has a pint-sized baseball player in your neighborhood recently hit a home run through your bedroom window? Here are s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Locating a Leak in the Roof
The toughest part of fixing a roof leak is often to figure out where the water is getting in. It's not uncommon for w...
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Beep, Beep, Beep: Silence Your Malfunctioning Smoke Detector
If there have been nationwide polls conducted to determine what drives homeowners the most crazy, I would bet that be...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Shingles the DIY Way
If you've got a broken shingle or two on your roof, it's easy to repair the problem yourself. Most home centers sell ...
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How To: Fix a Clogged Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are handy household tools, but if you're not careful, they can get jammed or clogged. To keep this ...
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10 Quick Fixes for a More Refreshing Shower
Nothing kills the mood of a refreshing bath after a long day (or for that matter, an energizing shower to start one) faster than the sight of mold. Or a delay in ...
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How To: Find a Roof Leak
The hardest part of fixing a roof leak? A lot of times, it's simply locating the problem. Sure, it's easy enough to s...
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Noisy Radiator? Here's How to Shush It
There's a simple reason why builders relied on steam radiators for decades and decades—they work! But every technolog...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Hush a Noisy Radiator
Steam-heat radiators may be good at keeping you warm, but their banging and clanking can also sometimes keep you up a...
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How To: Remove Vinyl Flooring
Let's be clear: It's no fun to remove vinyl flooring. Peeling up the material itself is no picnic, but the real trial...
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How To: Fix Cracks in Concrete
Installations of concrete can last hundreds of years, but sooner of later, most end up developing small cracks and ga...
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What Would Bob Do? Solving a Yard Drainage Crisis
Please help. My yard stays wet when it rains. I live in a subdivision with flat terrain. Is there a solution that doe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fast Fixes for Sticky Double-Hung Windows
Sure, you love your old wooden double-hung windows. But sometimes—after raising and lowering them—do you feel like yo...
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Easy DIY Fixes for 11 Annoying House Problems 
It can be a real chore to deal with all of your home's trouble spots and "quirks," especially after you've learned to live with them. Sometimes it's out of pure p...
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How To: Remove Water Stains from Wood
Wood furniture is beautiful, but it's not impervious to the wear and tear of everyday life. To retain their looks, ne...
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What Would Bob Do? Repairing a Door That Sticks
In my house, several of our wood doors keep sticking. I've tried candle wax and have made sure all the screws in the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with Finicky Fridge Doors
If your refrigerator door doesn't open and close as it should—or if it doesn’t seal as tightly as it's supposed to—th...
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The Right Way to Plunge a Toilet
People go weeks, months, and even years without giving the toilet a second thought. The instant it clogs, however, th...
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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: 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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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: 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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30 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
Not every home's a fixer-upper, but all houses need occasional repairs and maintenance. You'll be able to handle those jobs like a pro if you make sure you have t...
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5 Ticking Time Bombs Every Homeowner Should Know About
There are some maintenance and repair issues that homeowners just hate to deal with—either because they take time, or...
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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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Quick Tips: 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: 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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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Should You Replace or Repair Your Roof?
Making good decisions is the key to minimizing near- and long-term costs related to any home improvement. This is esp...
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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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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: 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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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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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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My House Contains Asbestos: Now What?
Many older houses incorporate construction materials that contain asbestos. Usually its presence is uncovered during ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Unclogging a Toilet
You’re in the middle of a party, enteraining a houseful of guests, and the toilet acts up. Are you ready to spring in...
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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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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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Bob Vila Radio: Patching Drywall
Drywall has been the wall finishing material of choice for most of a century, because it’s so easy to install and fin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Squeaky Floors
A squeaky floor is easier to fix if it’s a floor that you can access from below. Listen to BOB VILA ON SQUEAKY FLOORS...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Spots
Water spots on ceilings and walls aren’t just unsightly--they can be a symptom of a much bigger problem that needs at...
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Bob Vila Radio: Brick Repairs
Despite what the three little pigs might say, even the hardiest of brick buildings will require repair and restoratio...
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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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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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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Old Shingles
Of all the siding materials you could use on your home, cedar shingles are one of the most attractive and long lastin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fixing a Slow Drain
Grace tweets, “The bathroom sink in my 1890s Victorian is draining really slowly. What’s the best way to get things f...
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Quick Tip: Fixing a Clogged Drain
Be Gentle on Old Drains A partial clog can be cleared by cleaning out the drainpipe. Older plumbing can be damaged by...
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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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Quick Tip: Roof Repair or Replacement
The cost of re-roofing is something no one wants to think about, but every roof—at some point—will need to be repaire...
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Broken Roof Tiles: An Easy Fix?
It's a complete mystery to me how this could have happened to my roof in Florida. There are no palm trees around to d...
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How To: Unclog a Clogged Drain
Some friends of mine moved into a new house and had a couple of issues with their bathroom. The sink drain was a litt...
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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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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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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: 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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Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and ...
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Installing Wood Shingle Siding
Bob works with contractor Bob Ryley and carpenter Chris Clark installing new wood-shingle siding.
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Installing Copper-Lined Gutters
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Danny Ruffini and copper-work specialist Fred Mitchell install custom fabricated copper-lined wood gutters on Bob's home.
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Brick Chimney Repair
Bob meets with Ed and Lisa Zywusko, a husband-and-wife masonry team, and sees how they are going to refurbish the old brick chimney.
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Installing Tumbled Marble Tile in the Shower
Tile is installed in the master bathroom’s shower area. A flashback reviews the waterproofing work that was done to prevent leaks.
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Reworking the Existing Plumbing and Replacing Brass Water Pipes with PEX Tubing
Bob reviews the work done on the existing plumbing in the basement and the replacement of obsolete brass water pipes.
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Keep Water Out of the Basement
Basement drainage systems are installed to control moisture and humidity and to eliminate rot and mildew.
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Installing and Explaining a Basement HVAC System
Bob meets with the installer of the new HVAC system to discuss how it filters air and reduces energy costs.
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Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
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Fixing a Rotted Deck and Columns on the Porch
Carpenters replace a rotted deck, and a rotted porch column is reconstructed with concrete.
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Replacing Sill, Repelling Insects and Rot, and Installing Sliding Doors With Custom Trim Molding
Damaged sill is replaced, the house is protected against insects and rot, and sliding doors with custom trim molding are installed.
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Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Bob discusses the installation of a plastic subfloor to prevent water damage and the selection of a basement dehumidifier.
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Discussing Hurricane Resistant Building and Stem Wall Construction
Bob meets with FLASH—Federal Alliance for Safe Housing and FEMA—Federal Emergency Management Agency, to learn how homeowners can protect their homes from damaging...
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Minton Tile Repair in New York's Central Park
Bob visits the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park with Doug Blonsky of the Central Park Conservancy.
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Antique Brick Work at the Burtch-Udall House and Sumner Mansion
Bob and Professor Tom Visser (UVM) visit the Burtch-Udall house in Quechee, VT, and the nearby Sumner Mansion-- suitable locales for a running discussion on prope...
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Patching With Plaster
Chris Borovka (from US Gypsum) joins Bob to explain about patching with plaster.
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Hurricane-, Flood-, and Earthquake-Resistant Building
Bob meets with Beth Judge (of Clemson University) to review hazard-resistant building techniques at a demonstration house used to teach builders and architects in...
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Oak and Herringbone Floor Repair
Bob meets with preservationist Fred Ecker to go over the process of making repairs to the floors.
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Final Tour of the Restored "Bench" Porch House
Bob tours the finished house, the fifth in the Elmwood neighborhood project. Better grading and gutters have been added to prevent future water damage.
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Framing Begins on the Miami Home
As part of a Miami kitchen renovation, Bob frames a partition wall made to resemble a banana leaf. He also pours concrete to patch a floor.
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Exterior Paint Stripping and Priming
Bob examines the exterior of the home, where several layers of paint are removed, and contractor Cortney Lofton explains the techniques and tools used to restore ...
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Wood Floor Repair
Bob and homeowner Gavin repair and refinish a 75-year-old oak floor. Because the new patch floor panels have a different thickness from the original, a belt sande...
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Plaster Cornice Reconstruction
Bob surveys the plaster cornice in the project home. Water damage has ruined a large section and much of the remaining plaster needs repair. Bob and restoration c...
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Adding Detail to the Plaster Cornice
Bob observers the expert plasterer add detail to the cornice, which is under reconstruction due to water damage.
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Shower Stall Installation
Bob joins the plumber as he installs a shower stall in the kids' bathroom. After drilling the drain hole, the plumber demonstrates how to properly attach a metal ...
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Surveying the Deck Damage
Bob and the architect survey the problem areas of the home and eventually focus on the decaying deck.
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Hooking Up the Refrigerator Ice Maker
Bob has finished wiring the Colonial-style light fixture in the entryway and, back in the kitchen, the refrigerator ice maker is hooked up.
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Repairing a Broken Window Pane
Bob helps general contractor Ron Gan demonstrate how to repair a broken window pane the old-fashioned way.
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Attic and Basement
The tour of the project house continues up into the attic and down into the basement. Bob and general contractor Ron Gan discuss the necessary repairs and desired...
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Removing the Roof
The roofing crew strips several ancient layers of old roofing off the project house, leaving a section open for the installation of the new dormer.
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Restoring Old Windows
Ryan Pirro (from RestorationWindows.com) discusses refurbishing old windows with solid-bronze sash chains, new parting beads, and spring-bronze weather stripping ...
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