Joe Provey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Provey is an expert on all things home and garden. His work has appeared in many national magazines, including Popular Mechanics, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, and Fine Homebuilding. Mr. Provey has also written more than dozen books, including Convert Your Home to Solar Energy and 1001 Ideas for Kitchen Organization. Other titles include Outdoor Kitchens, Easy Closets, Green-up Your Cleanup, and Design Ideas for Flooring. Currently, Mr. Provey serves as the president of Home & Garden Editorial Services (HGES), a company that produces books for publishers in the home and garden category. In the past, he has been chief editor to several national home improvement magazines, including The Family Handyman, Mechanix Illustrated, and Practical Homeowner. Joe lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with his wife MaryAnn, where they have seven children and four grandchildren between them. Joe Provey on LinkedIn | Google+

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MARCH 6, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
The Easiest Way to Clean Shower Doors

It's always a challenge to clean shower doors, but that doesn’t mean you have to use powerful cleansers made with ammonia, bleach, and other harsh chemicals. Without much trouble, you can...

MARCH 5, 2013 | TUESDAY
Quick and Easy Vinyl Flooring

My son recently asked for help installing vinyl flooring in his bathroom. So we took a trip to the local home center to pick up materials and supplies. What I found surprised me. I knew t...

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Weaving a Veneer Brick Wall

Brick has a timeless appearance and requires little maintenance, making it a popular material for a variety of applications. Once a structural component, brick nowadays is more commonly u...

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 | TUESDAY
Is Stripping Paint Really Necessary?

It's always amazed me to see workmen sanding all the paint off a home's exterior just because some of the paint is peeling.  All that work and expense, and rarely is it necessary. General...

FEBRUARY 12, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean Concrete

The first thing to know about cleaning concrete? You don't need to be delicate. After all, it's a very hard material. Basic CleaningThese approaches will enable you to get a long way towa...

FEBRUARY 5, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint Masonry Walls

Hurricane Sandy proved to be a trial for many of us. My wife and I were fortunate, and our home suffered no major damage. The storm did, however, test the paint job I'd recently completed...

JANUARY 17, 2013 | THURSDAY
Embrace Your Crawl Space

I grew up in a split-level, the house style that dominated suburbia in the decades immediately following World War II. The middle floor—the one that "split" the upper and lower ...

JANUARY 16, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Paint a Wood Floor

The first time I heard about someone painting a wood floor I was skeptical. Would it last? Could you scrub it? And why would you do it to begin with?Some years later, my wife and I moved ...

JANUARY 15, 2013 | TUESDAY
Adding a Closet Where There Is None

It's not difficult to add a closet, but doing so will probably be more costly than reorganizing an existing one. So exhaust all other storage options before taking the plunge. There are s...

JANUARY 8, 2013 | TUESDAY
Old Wood Flooring: Replace or Refinish?

Recently my wife and I moved into a co-op. It’s kind of like a condo but with a few additional restrictions about what you can and can’t do without approval from the co-op board. One thin...