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 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’...

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 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...

How to Install a Kitchen Sink in 10 Easy Steps

Installing a new kitchen sink is an excellent way to update the look of an outdated kitchen. While so many elements in kitchen design have remained common throughout the decades, others h...

Top Tips for Using a Floor Sander

Use a floor sander effectively in order to complete your hardwood refinishing project more quickly and easily.

The Best Floor Sander for Beginning DIYers

Unless you plan to sand many floors in your lifetime, the best choice for do-it-yourself floor refinishing is the random orbital sander. Sure, it may take longer to remove old finishes th...

How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets

There may be no easier or more affordable way to give your old kitchen a brand-new look!

Laminate Countertop Renewal

Our laminate countertop looked fine, but the protective coating was pretty much gone. Coffee, tea, wine, juice, sauces, and egg yolk caused stubborn stains that required almost daily scru...

MARCH 5, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Our 20-year-old cabinets were showing their age. The lacquer finish had gummed up around the handles and pulls, and the cabinet rails and drawer fronts were worn and dinged. In addition, ...