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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DECEMBER 15, 2017 | FRIDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Top Tips for a Leaking Toilet

Got a leaky toilet? Believe it or not, it's a common problem. Continue reading to find out the likeliest causes and the easiest ways to remedy the situation. CM_BVNOTES-1743-1Listen to BO...

DECEMBER 6, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: One Key Painting Step You're Overlooking

If you’re taking on an interior painting project, you’ll want to ensure each coat is completely dry before adding another.  This essential—and often overlooked—step is key to preventing u...

DECEMBER 2, 2017 | SATURDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Freezer on the Fritz?

The average freezer lasts 10 to 15 years before you need to replace it. If yours is only a few years old and still not keeping food and drinks frozen solid, though, there may be a less ex...

DECEMBER 1, 2017 | FRIDAY
How To: Clean a Dishwasher

At first, the idea of cleaning a dishwasher—an appliance that fills with suds and water on an almost daily basis—may seem a bit strange. But think of it this way: You regularly maintain y...

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 | TUESDAY
Solved! What to Do About a Leaking Garbage Disposal

Q: Lately, the cabinet under my kitchen sink has been getting mysteriously soggy. Could this be a symptom of a leaking garbage disposal? If so, how can I repair it myself?A: A leaking gar...

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 | TUESDAY
How To: Remove Duct Tape Residue

A roll of duct tape can be found in almost every toolbox in the world, thanks to its versatility, accessibility, and the fact that it quite literally sticks like glue. That’s because duct...

NOVEMBER 26, 2017 | SUNDAY
Selecting the Right Sandpaper Grit and Type for Your DIY Job

If you’ve ever worked with wood, you’re likely familiar with instructions to sand all edges after cutting: before applying a finish, between coats of paint, and so on. Seeing sandpaper on...

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Quick Way to Clean a Cast Iron Pan

It's no wonder cast-iron cookware is popular: They are non-toxic, evenly heated, and durable enough to last for generations! Here’s how to properly maintain these skillets for you—and you...

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Baring It All—The Many Methods of Wallpaper Removal

If you’re thinking of removing wallpaper, first make sure you know what type of wallpaper you’re dealing with. CM_BVNOTES-1724-4Listen to BOB VILA ON WALLPAPER REMOVAL METHODS or read bel...

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 | FRIDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Fixes for Foul Trash Odor

If your trash can persists in emitting an unpleasant odor—even when you change bags and wash it regularly—here are some easy solutions that’ll deodorize the can and clear the air. CM_BVNO...