Glenda Taylor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Glenda Taylor is a freelance writer for the residential remodeling, homebuilding, and commercial roofing industries.

She and her husband have been general contractors for over 20 years, and Ms. Taylor has written for leading media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, SFGate, and the eHow Now Live Handyman Channel (a division of eHow.com) as well as National Association of Homebuilders. In addition to her construction experience, Ms. Taylor is a Master Gardener, a former real estate professional, a universal design enthusiast, and an advocate for green building practices. The recipient of Journalism and Marketing degrees from the University of Kansas and Bauder College respectively, she enjoys life on a farm in the Midwest with her husband and their "children"—five Saint Bernards! Connect with Glenda Taylor on LinkedIn.

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MAY 6, 2016 | FRIDAY
So, You Want to... Remove a Load-Bearing Wall

In the old days, homes were built with a warren of smaller, sharply delineated rooms, each devoted to its own distinct purpose. Homeowners today often prefer open, fluid floor plans, at l...

APRIL 29, 2016 | FRIDAY
9 Painless Ways to Keep Your Home Forever Clean

Cleaning—it’s a thankless task. All told, the average person spends approximately five years just repeating the same cleaning chores over and over. We know you have things you’d rather be...

APRIL 29, 2016 | FRIDAY
How To: Remove Wallpaper

No homeowner wants to be confronted with ripped-up wall coverings as a day-in, day-out reminder of a job not yet finished. For this reason, wallpaper removal is a project that should be d...

APRIL 22, 2016 | FRIDAY
10 Reasons Every DIYer Needs a Putty Knife

Even with all the new hand and power tools on the market, nothing can replace the dependability of the simple putty knife for everyday DIY tasks. Until now, you had to choose between carb...

APRIL 20, 2016 | WEDNESDAY
The Dos and Don'ts of Pruning a Bush

Shrubs play a vital role in the landscape, serving as decorative borders, living fences, and foundation plantings that add distinction and personality to a property. But if your private h...

APRIL 5, 2016 | TUESDAY
How to Get Rid of Fire Ants: 5 Tried-and-True Methods

Millions of people and animals are swarmed and stung every year by fire ants. Their burning (hence the name) bites are especially bad in the southern states, and bites typically occur whe...

MARCH 25, 2016 | FRIDAY
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 my water heater’s pilot light out. Should I try to relight it?A: That depends on w...

MARCH 11, 2016 | FRIDAY
The Right Glue for Every Repair Job

If you’re confused by the wide array of options in the adhesives aisle at your local hardware store, you’re not alone. Many find themselves flummoxed by the collection of glues, cements, ...

FEBRUARY 23, 2016 | TUESDAY
How To: Use a Multimeter

Once reserved for engineers and electronic technicians, multimeters—sometimes called “multitesters”—have come down in price and size, making them indispensable for homeowners who have bas...

MARCH 11, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Clean a Shower Head

If you’re looking forward to a hot shower with an invigorating blast of water spray, you’ll understandably be disappointed if water trickles out or spurts sideways from your high-pressure...