Joe Provey


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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JULY 19, 2012 | THURSDAY
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JULY 17, 2012 | TUESDAY
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Sump Pump

I’ve been lucky with basements. Having purchased five houses in my life, not one has had serious basement moisture issues. Some dampness in summer, yes, but nothing a dehumidifier couldn’...

JUNE 5, 2012 | TUESDAY
Top Tips for Reorganizing Your Kitchen

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MAY 23, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
Garage Door Openers 101

For decades, homeowners interested in automating their garage doors had three choices: chain-, belt- or screw-driven openers. That has changed with the introduction of residential jacksha...

MAY 21, 2012 | MONDAY
Patio Pavers 101

Pavers are a versatile, DIY-friendly, landscaping material that can be used for laying paths, steps, driveways, pool surrounds, and patios around your yard. Pavers have been used for thou...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
Project Guide: Refinishing Hardwood Floors

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MAY 10, 2012 | THURSDAY
What to Do with Old Paint

Not sure what to do with old paint cans cluttering up your basement or garage? Follow this action plan to either condense or dispose of your surplus—and win back some valuable floor and s...