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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JANUARY 16, 2020 | THURSDAY
What's the Difference? Prefinished vs. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

The to-do lists are long in a home renovation—and that's before you account for unexpected tasks like running to the store to pick up a new size of fasteners or redoing a splotchy paint j...

DECEMBER 17, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Install Base Cabinets

One fundamental rule applies to the installation of just about anything: If you get the first piece right, the others fall into position. Misplace the first piece, however, and you're lik...

NOVEMBER 12, 2019 | TUESDAY
The Complete Guide to Weatherstripping the House

Weatherstripping is a time-honored method of minimizing door and window drafts throughout the house. In the winter, weatherstripping prevents heated air from escaping the home and bars th...

OCTOBER 17, 2019 | THURSDAY
6 Reasons for Installing Recessed Lighting Throughout the Home

Since the technology arrived in the 1930s, installing recessed lighting has become de rigueur in new construction and home additions as well as in the renovation of existing rooms and bui...

OCTOBER 3, 2019 | THURSDAY
The Easiest Way to Clean Shower Doors

It's always a challenge to clean shower doors of the hard water stains and soap scum that lingers after a wash, but you don’t have to resort to harsh chemicals. After all, ammonia and ble...

JULY 25, 2019 | THURSDAY
Keep This in Mind When Choosing a New Garage Door

As cars have grown more important to our lives, they have gained equal prominence in residential floor plans. You’d probably be hard-pressed to find a single-family house built in the las...

APRIL 15, 2019 | MONDAY
The Best Options for Bathroom Floor Tile

Bathroom floor tile is available in a surprising number of materials. Ceramic, porcelain, and vinyl tiles are what come to mind first, and for good reason: They're perhaps the most practi...

DECEMBER 11, 2017 | MONDAY
10 Low-Cost Ways to Improve Your Home Security

If the cost of a high-tech security system is beyond your means, consider these low-cost options to keep your home safe.

NOVEMBER 19, 2017 | SUNDAY
How To: Paint Wood Wall Paneling

In a room with wood-paneled walls—particularly if that wood is a veneer—your instinct may be to start fresh, either by tearing out the paneling or by concealing it behind drywall. Both of...

JANUARY 19, 2016 | TUESDAY
How To: Stain Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring offers rich, warm, timeless beauty, and can even favorably affect the resale value of your home. Without question, wood costs more than other types of flooring, but many...