Bob Vila

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

You probably know me from TV, where for nearly 30 years I hosted a variety of shows—This Old House, Bob Vila’s Home Again, Bob Vila, and Restore America with Bob Vila. (You can now watch my full TV episodes online!) But I’ve spent my career helping people upgrade their homes and improve their lives. Before my life in broadcasting, I launched my own residential remodeling and design business. Earlier still, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer, building houses and communities in Panama. I learned first-hand about home building from my father, who hand-built our family home. I’ve written 12 books about remodeling your home, buying your dream home, and visiting historic homes across America. It’s fair to say that buildings, especially homes, are my life’s work. Over the years I've also supported many causes dealing with housing and architectural preservation. I've been actively involved with Habitat for Humanity and helped them blitz build a house in Yonkers, NY, which we put on TV. I worked for years with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, supporting the work of many organizations throughout the country. In the last several years I've been helping out with the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s home and collections at Finca Vigía near Havana, Cuba. This place was his home from 1939 until his death and he left it to the Cuban people to be run as a museum. This project has allowed me to visit my parents' homeland several times. Now it's this website that I am passionate about and the chance to share my projects, discoveries, tips, advice, and experiences with all of you. I’ve always believed that a little sweat equity goes a long way toward making a house a home, and that's exactly what my website helps homeowners do. You can connect with me on my own site and on Twitter. I look forward to the conversation and to getting to know you.

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DECEMBER 3, 2019 | TUESDAY
5 Recipes for a Homemade Rust Remover

Few things are more unsightly than a sudden smattering of rust spots plaguing your smooth metal surfaces. Whether on a garden tool or the kitchen sink, that dreaded orange color tends to ...

NOVEMBER 18, 2019 | MONDAY
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 spot water stains on the ceiling or mold growth—sure signs of a leak. B...

NOVEMBER 12, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Dispose of Paint

No matter what you're painting—your home's exterior, the living room, or the furniture you recently bought secondhand—every project seems to leave you with a frustratingly minute quantity...

NOVEMBER 8, 2019 | FRIDAY
The Pros and Cons of Cleaning with TSP

It wasn't so long ago that trisodium phosphate (TSP) was a go-to choice for tough cleaning jobs, especially on exteriors. Diluted in water and applied often with a stiff scrub brush, it c...

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 | MONDAY
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, new and antique wood tables and chairs must be properly maintained. It's...

OCTOBER 15, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Use Wood Filler

Badly scratched hardwood flooring, rotted window frames, chipped furniture—common problems like these can be time-consuming and expensive to repair. Or they can be dealt with quickly and ...

OCTOBER 9, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
What Would Bob Do? Hanging a Heavy Mirror

Q: 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 hook without finding the stud?A: Your mirror is too heavy for picture ...

OCTOBER 8, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Whitewash Wood

In contrast to a regular paint job, whitewashing brightens the look of wood surfaces while allowing their natural grain to show through. The light color and pleasingly imperfect aesthetic...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 | MONDAY
4 Things to Know About the Iconic American Foursquare

Beginning in the 1890s, the Foursquare was a popular American house for its budget-friendliness and simple style. But there’s still a lot to appreciate about the buildings that have laste...

AUGUST 27, 2019 | TUESDAY
7 Keys for Shuttering Your Summer Home

By the beginning of fall, once the warm weather comes to end, second-homeowners around the country begin the process of closing up their summer abodes. When leaving your vacation home for...