Bob Vila

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob Vila

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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FEBRUARY 26, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! What to Do About Sulfur Smell in the House

Q: Recently, I’ve noticed a vague sulfur smell in my house. It comes and goes, and I’m not sure where it’s coming from. Is there a way I can pinpoint the source? It’s rather unpleasant, a...

FEBRUARY 25, 2018 | SUNDAY
Bob Vila Radio: What's the Difference Between Drywall and Plaster?

Drywall and plaster both have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some points to keep in mind when deciding between the two. Listen to BOB VILA ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRYWALL ...

FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! What Cracks in the Basement Floor Really Mean

Q: We moved into a new house and I just noticed some cracks in the basement floor. They don’t look new, but I can’t be sure. Should I be concerned? Do I need to call a professional to tak...

FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Best-Bet Flooring Options for Pets and Their Owners

Pets may be great companions, but they're not always kind to their owners' homes, and that's especially true of flooring. Here are some tips and pointers to bear in mind. CM_BVNOTES-1737-...

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 | THURSDAY
All You Need to Know About PEX Pipe

Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), a type of flexible plastic, is currently replacing traditional copper and galvanized steel as water supply lines in both new construction and remodeling p...

FEBRUARY 13, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Right Plunger for Your Plumbing Repair

Stopped-up drain? Overflowing toilet? For these and many more plumbing repairs, homeowners reach for the plunger—a trusty, no-nonsense tool that often goes ignored. CM_BVNOTES-1812-2Liste...

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Drive Away Stains on Your Driveway

Nobody buys a house for its driveway. But there's no denying it—an attractive driveway adds curb appeal. If yours has been blemished by stains from oil or solvents, don't worry. You can f...

JANUARY 30, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Right Range Hood for Your Kitchen

If you’re thinking of upgrading your kitchen with new appliances, don’t forget the range hood. There are a dizzying array of models and options available these days. But probably the most...

JANUARY 30, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Top Tips for Patching Peeling Paint

If you painted an interior wall not too long ago but have noticed that it’s already peeling, cracking, or flaking, here's what to do. CM_BVNOTES-1736-52Listen to BOB VILA ON PEELING PAINT...

JANUARY 24, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Remove Epoxy

Epoxy is a heavy-duty bonding adhesive that comes in handy in many different repair projects, from fixing wobbly furniture to patching cracked floors. Depending on what you’re fixing up, ...