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Bob Vila Radio: Fixes for Foul Trash Odor
If your trash can persists in emitting an unpleasant odor—even when you change bags and wash it regularly—here are so...
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Bob Vila Radio: What's Whetstone?
Keeping kitchen knives sharp makes food prep faster, easier, and practically painless—it actually lessens the chance ...
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Bob Vila Radio: LED Light Bulbs Explained—Finally
More and more homeowners these days are switching to LED lighting, and there are a bunch of reasons why. CM_BVNOTES-1...
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Bob Vila Radio: What the Heck Is Shiplap?
What is shiplap? For one thing, it's a trendy wood wall treatment. More specifically, the term "shiplap" refers to ro...
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Bob Vila Radio: Transform Your Home with Transom Windows
Transom windows rest on the horizontal support beam above a window- or doorframe, enhancing natural light while addin...
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Bob Vila Radio: 4 Top Options in Wood Fencing
There's no shortage of wood fence options. Which is the right type for your property? In the end, it really comes dow...
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Bob Vila Radio: 4 Landscaping Projects That Pay You Back
True—maintaining your landscape isn't necessarily cheap. Fortunately, there are plenty of clever little ways to save ...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3 Simple Solutions for Sagging Gutters
Sagging gutters: Sort of a good-news-bad-news situation. The bad news is that they're a common headache for homeowner...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3 Hidden Spots That It Pays to Keep Clean
We all want our homes to be comfortable and inviting. Unfortunately, if you don't clean often or comprehensively enou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Extinguishing Grease Fires
Grease fires are serious business. Would you believe they account for nearly a quarter of at-home fire-related deaths...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3-Step Deck Maintenance Anyone Can Do
Do you spend countless happy hours on your wood deck every summer? Then why not give it the same love and attention y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Say Goodbye to Fruit Flies with This 3-Step DIY
Fruit flies may be tiny, but they can be a huge pain. If your arms are tired from all that swatting, here's a homemad...
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Bob Vila Radio: Do Electric Lawn Mowers Cut It?
They've been around for years, but electric lawn mowers never quite caught on. That may be changing, though, as elect...
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Bob Vila Radio: Troubleshooting a Washing Machine
Clothes sopping wet at the end of a wash? That's not a good sign. The likeliest culprit? The spin cycle. Here are a f...
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Bob Vila Radio: Get a Taste of Lasagna Gardening
Also known as sheet mulching, lasagna gardening provides for richer soil and fewer weeds. The best part? You don't ha...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Hard Facts of Water Softening Systems
When you take glasses out of the dishwasher, do you notice hazy white polka dots? What about your faucets—are they co...
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Bob Vila Radio: Good Reasons to Get Your Hands Dirty
With the arrival of spring, homeowners return to the outdoors, setting sights on new ways to bring beauty, fragrance,...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Evolution of Energy Efficient Windows
For decades, window manufacturers have been coming up with incredible new ways to make glazing more like a wall—that ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cutting the Crud on Your Kitchen Cabinets
In any home, no matter its age or design, the kitchen always seem to serve as the hub of daily activity—a gathering s...
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Bob Vila Radio: The #1 Cause of Poisonings in America?
What’s the number one cause of poisoning deaths in America?  It’s carbon monoxide (CO). CM_BVNOTES-1714-2Listen to BO...
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Bob Vila Radio: Quick Tips on Preventing Chimney Fires
A wood-burning stove or fireplace provides warmth and ambiance, but it also poses some risks. The most serious? Chimn...
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Bob Vila Radio: What's the Deal with Duct Cleaning?
Is it really necessary to have the HVAC ductwork in your home professionally cleaned? Of course, people who provide t...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Lowdown on Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure: It's a real nuisance, not least because of regrettable situations like having to slow dance in yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Way to Store Gasoline
What’s the best way of storing gasoline so that it's not only safe, but ready for use the next time you need it? Here...
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Bob Vila Radio: Melt Driveway Ice the DIY Way
Winter storms sometimes have a way of sneaking up on us. If that happens, and you get another surprise—no ice melt on...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Easiest Way to Clear a Snowy Driveway
Some folks consider the winter to be their favorite season. But very few do not dread the task of shoveling the walk ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pinpointing Property Lines
If you’re thinking of building out toward the edges of your lot, you first need to determine the exact location of yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Winterizing Wooden Furniture
When your heating system is cranking, dry indoor air can do a number on your wood furniture and, for that matter, any...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is Old Wiring Putting Your Home at Risk?
How up to date is the electrical wiring in your home? If you’re not sure, it'd be a good idea to have a licensed cont...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why You Shouldn't Trash Leftover Tiles
When you take on a tiling project, it's always a good idea to buy about 10% more than you'll need for the job—just in...
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Bob Vila Radio: The DIY Drain That Will Save You Thousands
Runoff from rain or melted snow can cause serious damage to your foundation and basement. The best solution to lead a...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3 Bright Ideas for Beating the Winter Blues
You've probably already heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the illness triggered by a lack of light during t...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Cost-Cutting Secret Only Contractors Know
There's no reason to wait until spring to tackle that home improvement project. In most areas of the country, winter ...
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Bob Vila Radio: How Old Is Your House?
You might not think of yourself as much of a detective, but piecing together the history of your house is easier than...
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Bob Vila Radio: Concrete Needs TLC Too
Concrete is tough stuff but over time, environmental exposure and wear-and-tear almost inevitably lead to cracks and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Nailing Your Remodel with a Contractor
Already found a contractor for your next project? You might be happy with your hire, but planning ahead is the best w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recipe for a Retro Kitchen
If you love classic kitchens but can’t afford a renovation, there are still plenty of ways to add retro appeal. Start...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planning a Pet-Friendly Yard
Cats and dogs need just as much time outside as people do, but designing a safe space for pets and protecting your la...
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Bob Vila Radio: A Case for the Classic Wood Stove
Plenty of us recall nestling around the cozy warmth of wood stoves, whiling away the winter-evening hours among famil...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Key to Choosing a New Front Door
When shopping for a new front door, you'll want to keep a few things in mind. First, your choice should complement th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Where to Get Shipping Pallets
Shipping pallets have all sorts of uses for do-it-yourselfers, but versatility isn't their only virtue. Additionally,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stop Deer in Their Tracks
You might enjoy their pastoral presence, but there’s no doubt that deer wreak havoc on garden vegetables, plants, and...
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Bob Vila Radio: 4 Ways to Fix Scratched Wood Flooring
Hardwood flooring adds beauty to your home, and it's durable enough to last a lifetime (or more). But that's not to s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Speakers Hit a High Note
Audio speakers designed for the outdoors? They’ve been around for years—but recent innovations in weather-resistant c...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replace Your Roof Without Getting Ripped Off
Worried your roof won't make it through another season? If you spot sagging, raised shingles, and ceiling leaks, you ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Extinguishing Fire Ants
Although fire ants are more common in southern states, they can thrive nearly anywhere. Ranging from reddish brown to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Going Green in the Garden
Playing nice with the planet includes conserving resources, and good old H2O is at the top of the list. Every gardene...
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Bob Vila Radio: Quick Fixes for Furniture
When furniture fixes fall apart, it's usually because the tools and supplies weren't right for the job. Always rememb...
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Bob Vila Radio: Keeping Backyard Mosquitos at Bay
With Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses on the rise, it’s a good idea to take a close look at the mosquito contr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reviving Old Metal Furniture
Did your most recent trip to the thrift store pay off in a big way? Vintage furniture adds character to any builder-g...
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Bob Vila Radio: An "Old School" Storage Staple Comes Home
Remember twisting the dial of your combination lock to retrieve a textbook from your high school locker? Well, you're...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choose the Right Fuel for Your Fire Pit
A fire pit introduces a festive yet intimate feeling to any outdoor living area, and perhaps best of all, there are c...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solving a Ladybug Infestation
This winter, you may find yourself with uninvited guests—orange-red Asian ladybugs. Imported to combat garden pests, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Quick Fixes for Drafty Windows
Here’s a cold-weather tidbit: Did you know that in many old homes, as much as a quarter of the heat generated by the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3 Popular Paths to Radon Reduction
If radon tests have found unacceptably high readings in your home, there are at least a few effective ways to address...
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Bob Vila Radio: Look Again at Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting has always been a discreet choice that occupies next to no space in the room where it appears. Maki...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fending Off the Next Flood
With severe weather events becoming ever more common, it may be wise to prepare for the possibility of your home bein...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Clear Benefits of Insulated Windows
In an insulated window, the panes are comprised of multiple layers, each separated by an inert gas. Not only do they ...
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Bob Vila Radio: For a Warmer Winter, Run Your Ceiling Fans in Reverse
Everyone knows that ceiling fans provide low-cost cooling in summer. But did you know you can also use ceiling fans t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ultimate Protection Against the Most Severe Storms
Hurricane Sandy served as a stark reminder that in every part of the country, severe storms pose a grave threat. To g...
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Bob Vila Radio: Remove Old Paint with a Heat Gun
Looking for a quick way to remove old layers of paint? Your best bet might be a heat gun—and it's easy enough to use ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cabinets or Shelves in the Kitchen?
These days, a lot of homeowners are trading kitchen cabinets for open shelving, and there are some great reasons why!...
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Bob Vila Radio: Making the Most of Your Available Natural Light
If there's a room in your home that just doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, your low-cost option is to make the most of t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hosting Seniors for the Holidays
If you're lucky enough to be part of a large, multi-generational family, your holiday gatherings are likely to includ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Season Fire Safety
House fires take a devastating toll during the holidays. This year, be a cautious and make fire safety an integral pa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Outdoor Holiday Lighting
If you’re planning to add holiday lights, not only to the tree in your living room, but to the trees and bushes outdo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Damaged Gutter
Wind, rain, snow, hail and falling tree branches can wreak havoc on your rain gutters. After an especially severe sto...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with a Damp Basement
Though you don't live in the tropics, the most humid days might make you feel like you do. That dampness is not only ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Shower Diverter
You know that little knob on top of the bathtub spout? It's tiny but not insignificant, as it performs the vital role...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is It a Three-Way Lamp Socket?
How can you distinguish between a standard lamp socket and a three-way? It’s simple! Standard sockets have only two e...
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Bob Vila Radio: Power Strips vs. Surge Protectors
Not quite sure of the difference between power strips and surge protectors? You’re not alone. Home improvement center...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Electrical Shocks in Your Workshop
If you’re setting up a home workshop for your do-it-yourself projects, recognize that in a room with so many power to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Reclaimed Wood
Looking to add a sense of warmth and history to your home? For your next project, eschew stock lumber in favor of sal...
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Bob Vila Radio: Do's and Don'ts of Mold Removal
No doubt the best way to manage mold is to prevent it. But if your basement floods and mold gets a head start, there'...
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Bob Vila Radio: Every DIYer Needs a Random Orbital Sander
If you’re looking to create a really smooth finish on woodwork, your best bet is to use a random orbital sander—a pow...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dodge Disaster with a Wi-Fi Flood Alarm
Flood alarms have been around in one form or another for decades. At its most basic, the technology isn't new. But of...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is a Mossy Roof Cause for Concern?
You might like the look of moss on your roof, thinking the soft, green fuzz adds a bit of rustic charm to your curb a...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Cut PVC Pipe
If you’ve ever tried using nothing but a hacksaw to cut through PVC pipe, you know it can be challenging. Often, part...
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Bob Vila Radio: Be a Pro at Patching Stucco
Stucco is a wonderfully versatile wall treatment—durable, weather-resistant, and attractive. It's been used in countl...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sharpening Your Hedge Trimmer
Powered hedge trimmers are a tremendous time-saver for any homeowner who prefers to handle his own landscaping. But i...
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Bob Vila Radio: A Tidier Garden Hose
Is your green thumb confined to a small space? If you’re watering window boxes, a container garden on your deck, or a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Focus on Framing Fasteners
If you’re framing new construction—a simple backyard deck, for example, or even an entire house—framing fasteners all...
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Bob Vila Radio: TLC for Your Window AC
Window air conditioners: We turn to them in the dog days of summer, turn them off when the weather cools down, and fo...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Easy Way to Remove Stubborn Screws
Stymied by a stripped screw, or a screw without a head? No worries! There’s a brilliant little tool that can help you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Block Out Blazes with a Fire Door
All too often, it seems tragic house fires lead the evening newscast. If you’re looking for better ways to protect yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Be Good to Your Garage Door
No matter whether you use muscle or a motor to open and shut your garage door, it's going to need TLC every so often ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Your Quick Guide to the Contour Gauge
Cutting flooring or siding to fit around curved surfaces can be tricky, especially if you don’t have the right tool. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: What Is a Rain Garden?
Rain gardens are essentially natural or man-made depressions on the property, which the homeowner fills with a variet...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing the Knockouts in Electrical Boxes
Knockouts are partially stamped, quarter-size openings in the electrical boxes that service such things as outlets an...
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Bob Vila Radio: Use a Hairdryer to Fix Torn Vinyl Flooring
If your vinyl flooring (or linoleum) has developed a tear, don't despair! There's an easy—and yes, rather unexpected ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Controlling Carpenter Bees
Given enough time, carpenter bees can bring down an entire house. The good news: These bees prefer to nest in untreat...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Mower a Tune-Up
With the summer season nearing its peak, chances are that your lawn mower would benefit from a bit of mid-season TLC....
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Bob Vila Radio: Nails or Screws? Screws or Nails?
Nails or screws? Sometimes it’s difficult to decide which to use for a given do-it-yourself project. The next time yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: A Simple Tweak for Any Caulk Gun
Your good old caulk gun is a user-friendly tool—until you need to use it in a tight spot (say, the back side of a toi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Add Security with Tamper-Proof Screws
For years, companies have been trying to keep one step ahead of vandals and thieves by manufacturing so-called securi...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Best Screws for a Strong Hold
If you need to securely fasten boards together—for framing or other heavy-duty applications—you might want to check o...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Easiest Way to Fertilize Trees and Shrubs
Looking to give your trees and shrubs a nutritional boost? If so, consider fertilizer spikes. Filled with vital nutri...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Is the Tap Water Brown?
Does the water coming out of your faucet look a bit like the Mississippi River after a rainstorm? There are at least ...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Importance of Water Shutoff Valves
Protect your home with a little added insurance—insurance that doesn't cost a nickel—by making sure everyone in your ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stainless vs. Galvanized Steel
Have you ever wondered which holds up better against the elements, stainless or galvanized steel? Well, that depends ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Texture Ceilings to Hide Imperfections
Adding a little texture to drywall compound can go a long way toward hiding imperfections in ceilings. And it’s an ea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing a Wall Anchor
Wall anchors allow you to hang almost anything almost anywhere. But what does one do to remove a wall anchor?mp3 file...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Way to Hammer
There may be no tool more basic than the humble hammer. But however straightforward it may be in design and utility, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Separating Squirrels from Your Bird Feeder
What’s the best way to keep those persistent squirrels from pigging out at your bird feeder? Here's an assortment of ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Plugging Leaks in Concrete or Masonry
A special type of cement, similar to mortar and easy to use, hydraulic cement is handy for preventing water from seep...
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Bob Vila Radio: A Primer on Patching Concrete
Does your concrete walkway or driveway need patching? That’s an easy fix! Here’s how to do it. mp3 fileListen to BOB ...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Caulk for the Job
Few items in the toolbox can help you out more than a caulk gun. And one thing you may not know is that, even though ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Gas Grill a Tune-Up
Grilling season is back, and not a minute too soon! To avoid any unpleasant surprises on your inaugural cookout, give...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Setup for Extension Ladders
For committed do-it-yourselfers, extension ladders are a must-have. When you’re using them, though, it’s important to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Best Practices for Mounting Outdoor Speakers
If you often host outdoor get-togethers and seek a better method of providing music, installing outdoor speakers is t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning (or Concealing) Wall Stains
If you spy some ugly stains on your walls, don’t despair. Chances are there’s a way to either remove those walls stai...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Exterior Brick
Keeping exterior brick masonry walls looking their best requires time and effort. When you paint, proper preparation ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patching Large Holes in Drywall
Need to patch a hole in drywall? While you can resolve smaller problems with spackling paste, larger jobs call for a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Does Pressure Washing Ruin Your Landscape?
Want to remove years of dirt and grime from the exterior of your home? A power washer might be the right tool for the...
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Bob Vila Radio: Raising Sunken Pavers
If a few of the pavers in your patio or driveway have begun to sag, don't fret—there’s an easy, DIY-friendly fix. Her...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replace a Worn-Out Window Screen
Replacing a screen on a wooden window frame? It's a straightforward job. To get it done right, and with a minimum of ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replace Rot-Damaged Trim ASAP
Exterior trim performs a couple of roles. Besides adding a decorative touch, it seals up corners and edges to keep ou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Your Finished Basement Needs an Egress
Transforming a dark, dank basement into welcoming living space isn't a small job. But once complete, a finished basem...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pros and Cons of Metal Adhesives
When you want to join two pieces of metal, your first impulse may be to go for a rivet or even a soldering iron. But ...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Reason for Rafter Vents
Seasonal extremes in temperature put your attic insulation to the test. To get the best performance out of your insul...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Not a Wainscot?
If you’re looking to dress up the interior of your home but are working on a limited budget, why not consider adding ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repelling Raccoons
Different people have different opinions about raccoons. Some think they're terrible pests, while others consider the...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prep Your Snow Blower for the Off-Season
As winter begins to loosen its grip, start thinking about storing your snow blower for the off-season. But before you...
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Bob Vila Radio: For No-Hassle Decorative Painting, Use a Dual Roller
Want to add a designer touch to your next interior paint job? One option is to experiment with a dual roller, a tool ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Button Up Your Crawl Space
If you have a crawl space in your home that’s not adequately sealed and insulated, you’re probably wasting money on i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sump Pumps Need Maintenance, Too
With melting snow and spring rains just around the corner, now is the most important time of year for sump pump maint...
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Bob Vila Radio: Child-Safe Power Outlets, Reinvented
You can't possibly pick a more important job to do around your home than keeping your family safe. And of course many...
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Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Rattan
Vintage rattan furniture is getting harder to come by, so if you happen to run across a nice piece at a garage sale, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Return of Murphy Beds
If you need an extra bed in your abode but don't have the space for an additional bedroom, why not choose a Murphy be...
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Bob Vila Radio: Every DIYer Needs a Rotary Tool
If you're a do-it-yourselfer and you're not familiar with oscillating tools, such as the type made famous by Dremel, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shush Your Slamming Doors
Is a slamming door driving you nuts? Have you had noise complaints from neighbors? Here are a few simple and inexpens...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is Softwood Flooring Right for Your Remodel?
Think wood flooring has to strain your remodeling budget? Think again! Though hardwood flooring typically costs a pre...
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Bob Vila Radio: Master the Mighty Miter Box
If your next do-it-yourself woodworking project involves making angled cuts, then get to know the miter box, as this ...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Lowdown on Upflushing Toilets
Adding a toilet to your basement not only adds convenience, but it can also boost the value of your home. But before ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Keeping Concrete Floors Clean
Concrete floors are no longer found only in garages and basements. With elegant finishes now available—like stencilin...
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Bob Vila Radio: For a Quick Bathroom Refresh, Recaulk the Tub
If your bathroom is looking a bit dated but there’s no room in your budget for a full renovation, think in terms of s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flashlights Get a Little Flashy
If you're in the dark about some of the latest advancements in flashlight technology, here's a quick summary. mp3 fil...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is MDF Better Than Plywood?
Medium-density fiberboard, MDF for short, can be a cheaper, more stable alternative to plywood, if used in the right ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Get the Right Recessed Lighting
Whether you're building a new home or remodeling the interior of an existing residence, recessed lighting offers to a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Level Out a Wobbly Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are great—until they get wobbly. What causes that to happen, and how can you go about fixing a wobbly ce...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Risks and Allure of a Ventless Fireplace
It's not hard to understand the allure of ventless gas fireplaces. On the one hand, they offer heat and a cozy ambian...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pipe Insulation, and Why It Really Matters
If a plumbing pipe ruptures inside your home, it's likely going to be a disaster. But properly installed pipe insulat...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is This the End of Oil-Based Paint?
For decades, if you wanted a smooth, resilient finish for a project you were painting, you would turn to oil-based pa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Does Attic Ventilation Help or Hurt?
Does ventilating your attic make sense? To a large extent, the answer to that question depends on the climate where y...
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Bob Vila Radio: It's a Snap to Patch Metal with Pop Rivets
Do you need a quick and easy way to fasten a patch onto sheet metal? Pop rivets make it pretty easy to do so. They co...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Basics of Drilling Through Metal
Provided you have the right tools, it's not difficult to drill through metal. But for the job to go smoothly and the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fix Ice Dams—Fast!
If you live in an area of the country with cold winters, you are likely familiar with ice dams. These are the ridges ...
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Bob Vila Radio: 2 Quick Fixes for a Slow Kitchen Drain
Chances are that, somewhere along the line, you've had to deal with a clog in your kitchen drain. Even if you make a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Is the Smoke Alarm Chirping?
Why do you do when there's a smoke alarm chirping in your home, seemingly without provocation? How can you keep that ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Make Plywood More Portable
Though plywood is a versatile and affordable material, ideal or at least serviceable for hundreds of uses, it's not t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fixing a Broken Window Pane
Has a pint-sized baseball player in your neighborhood recently hit a home run through your bedroom window? Here are s...
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Bob Vila Radio: A Trick for Splinter-less Cuts in Plywood
If you're planning to cut plywood, here are a few points to keep in mind. Cutting plywood usually creates a splintere...
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Bob Vila Radio: Locating a Leak in the Roof
The toughest part of fixing a roof leak is often to figure out where the water is getting in. It's not uncommon for w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is It OK to Cut Protruding Tree Roots?
You love that tree in your backyard. But one of the roots is protruding above ground, creating a sure toe-stubber, an...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Roof Collapse with a Snow Rake
When it comes to snow on the roof, how much is too much? That depends a lot on the way your roof was constructed. mp3...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Height for Chair Rails
Chair rail molding adds a tasteful touch to rooms, especially when combined with wainscoting or crown molding. But if...
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Bob Vila Radio: An Easy DIY Way to Seal Your Garage Door
Though garage doors do a pretty good job of keeping bad guys away from your car, they're not so good at keeping out t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic
When I talk to homeowners about safety, the discussion often centers around using tools and ladders and so forth. But...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Shingles the DIY Way
If you've got a broken shingle or two on your roof, it's easy to repair the problem yourself. Most home centers sell ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is There a Leak in Your Gas Fireplace?
Gas fireplaces have been showing up in more and more homes the past few years. They're clean, easy to use, and add a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Venting a Fireplace Insert
With temperatures dropping, homeowners are resuming their seasonal quest to get the most heat for the least money. If...
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Bob Vila Radio: Troubleshooting Tips for Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are a must for any home security system, but sometimes they get out of whack, turning on and off...
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Bob Vila Radio: Measure Twice, Cut Once
You've heard the old saying, "Measure twice, cut once. " When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, there couldn't be ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Every 2 Years, Flush Your Water Heater
If you want to make sure you'll have hot water whenever you need it, it's a good idea to flush your water heater ever...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Tool-Free Way to Locate Wall Studs
If you've got a heavy mirror to hang on the wall, you'll need to find a stud that will support the weight. The easies...
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Bob Vila Radio: Avoid Common Mistakes to Minimize Heating Costs
Home heating bills are high enough already; don't push yours even higher by making these common mistakes. mp3 fileLis...
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Bob Vila Radio: Get the Fireplace Ready
When you're pulling your parkas and mittens from the back of the closet, it's also a good time to make sure your fire...
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Bob Vila Radio: Save Big Bucks with Attic Insulation
Looking to put a dent in your monthly heating and cooling bills? The answer may be right over your head. If your atti...
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Bob Vila Radio: Top Tips for Cutting Carpet
Installing wall-to-wall carpeting? It can be tricky to cut the floor covering so that it accurately fits the room. To...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Basement Window Leaks
Basement windows are great for letting natural light into subterranean space, but what if they also let in water? The...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prepare Your Garden Tools for the Off-Season
Once you've put your garden to bed for the winter, why not clean your garden tools before storing them away? TLC star...
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Bob Vila Radio: Set the Stage for Thanksgiving
At Thanksgiving, it’s easy to lavish so much attention on preparing the meal that you forget about preparing the dini...
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Bob Vila Radio: Know the Signs of a Dying Tree
It's not always easy to spot when a tree is in trouble, but it's important to keep your eyes open for problems. Here ...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Remove Paint Spots from Wood Floors
When's the best time to remove paint spots from wooden floors? Right after the paint hits the floor, of course! But w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Think Before You Install a Kitchen Island
Installing a kitchen island doesn't just enhance the look of your kitchen. It can also make meal prep a lot more enjo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Are You Making a Big Mistake with Your Storm Windows?
This winter, before you shut your storm windows, make sure that at the bottom of each one, the weep hole is clear.  A...
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Bob Vila Radio: What Exactly Are Architectural Shingles, Anyway?
Ever wonder exactly what the difference is between conventional asphalt shingles and architectural shingles? Here's t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choose the Right Saw Blade for the Task at Hand
When it comes to using reciprocating saws, choosing the right blade can make your jobs a lot easier. Among the many r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Save Time (and Water) with a Recirculating Pump
On chilly mornings, do you get impatient waiting for water from the faucet to get hot? If so, maybe you should think ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Adding a Fire Pit to Your Backyard
If you enjoy cozying up to the fireplace in your home, why not consider adding a fire pit in your backyard? Fire pits...
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Bob Vila Radio: This Winter, Remove Your Screen Door to Enjoy More Light
Maybe your cat has been using your sliding screen door for climbing practice. Or maybe, as we approach winter, you're...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safer Basement Stairs Prevent Mishaps
If you're aiming to reduce the risk of accidents in your home, one good place to start is your basement stairs. Here ...
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Bob Vila Radio: For Brighter Interiors, Clean Your Storm Windows
These days, a lot of folks are feeling the chill in the air and are beginning to button up their homes for the winter...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Laundry Chute
Tired of lugging laundry down the basement stairs? Maybe you should consider installing a laundry chute. Kits are ava...
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Bob Vila Radio: Quieter Leaf Blowers Are Here, Finally
This time of year, the intrusive sound of leaf blowers is a constant presence in nearly every neighborhood. But blowe...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Hush a Noisy Radiator
Steam-heat radiators may be good at keeping you warm, but their banging and clanking can also sometimes keep you up a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Protect Trees from Lightning
Beautiful trees enhance the look and value of residential properties, so no wonder people spend so much time trying t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dodge the Dangers of Demolition Work
Demolition is one part of the remodeling process that most homeowners can lend a hand with. But there are some import...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pros and Cons of Cathedral Ceilings
Vaulted ceilings, also called cathedral ceilings, have some great attributes, but others you may not be so fond of. O...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reciprocating Saw Safety
Reciprocating saws—the ones with a motor and a thin, straight blade that juts back and forth—are one of the most usef...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flooded Basement Cleanup Tips
What a huge job it is to clean up a flooded basement! But the job can be a lot less of a headache if you keep some ke...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Pressure-Treated Wood
Thinking of putting some paint on that deck you just built? If you used pressure-treated lumber, you'll need to appro...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Garage Floor a Makeover
Looking to make your garage a little snazzier? Dressing up the concrete floor with colorful epoxy paint may be just t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Emergency Generators
We used to think of late summer and early fall as the storm season, but with all the unpredictable weather lately, it...
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Bob Vila Radio: Homemade Remedies for Driveway Oil Spots
Oil spots on asphalt driveways certainly don't add to a home's curb appeal. Ask ten people what remedies they recomme...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mower Air Filters
With all the turf you've been trimming this summer, now's a good time to give your mower some well-deserved TLC. That...
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Bob Vila Radio: Drilling Through Tile
Planning to install a new towel rack or grab bar in your bathroom? That may mean drilling through ceramic tile.  It's...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fast Fixes for Sticky Double-Hung Windows
Sure, you love your old wooden double-hung windows. But sometimes—after raising and lowering them—do you feel like yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Condensate Pump
High-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems produce condensation, and that condensation needs to go somewher...
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Bob Vila Radio: Are There Plants That Repel Mosquitos?
Modern mosquito repellents generally do a pretty good job of keeping the bugs away, but toxic chemicals often top the...
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Bob Vila Radio: Help Your Lawn Thrive This Sweltering Summer
Summertime is great for beaches, boating, and barbecues. But it's not so great for turf grasses. They tend to take a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Relocate a Young Tree
Ever come to the frustrating conclusion that you've planted a young tree in exactly the wrong place? Here are some ti...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wisdom for Window Fans
After spending a warm summer day picnicking or at the beach, who doesn't love to come home to a comfortably cool home...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fend Off the Power Surge Scourge
These days, we're increasingly sharing our homes with electronic devices. Many of them are pretty pricey, and that in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planting Ground Cover
If you've grown a bit weary of spending your weekends wedded to your lawn mower, perhaps it's time to replace some of...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Fold-Down Ironing Board
If you're like a lot of people, space in your home is at a premium. In other words, figuring out where to stash your ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Circular Saw Safety
Although circular saws are one of the most useful tools you can have in your toolbox, they can also be one of the mos...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with Finicky Fridge Doors
If your refrigerator door doesn't open and close as it should—or if it doesn’t seal as tightly as it's supposed to—th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Toggle Bolts
Installing wall hooks or fasteners into plaster walls isn't difficult—that is, if you use the right approach. Probabl...
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Bob Vila Radio: Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers
With the cost of gasoline continuing to rise, battery-powered lawn mowers have been getting a lot of attention lately...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Deck
Painted decks are nice to look at, but they can require a lot of maintenance. Constant exposure to sun, water, and fo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Hammer
Ever hear a banging noise when you shut off faucets in the house? The problem could be what plumbers call "water hamm...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repointing Brick
Brick is very low maintenance, but age and weather still take their toll. As a result, brick requires occasional repo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dual-Flush Toilets
Back in the 1980s, a bright Australian fellow came up with the idea for dual-flush toilets. They've been around for a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Mower Blade Height
Whatever type of turf you have in your yard, if you want to keep it looking its best, make sure your mower is set to ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Screen Repair Made Simple
Ever notice how pesky bugs manage to find their way through even the tiniest holes in your screens?Listen to BOB VILA...
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Bob Vila Radio: Track Lighting Trends
If the mention of track lighting conjures up visions of bulky white cans jutting out awkwardly from a thick rail, you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Maintaining Brick
Stately and strong, brick has been a popular building material for centuries. Though it seems impervious, brick needs...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sites for Compost
Composting puts your yard and kitchen waste to work creating nutrient-rich soil for your garden. It’s a true win-win,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wallpaper Borders
A wallpapered room has a rich, distinctive look—but hanging wallpaper can be an intense, painstaking job.  You can ad...
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Bob Vila Radio: Small Yards
A well-designed outdoor space is like having an extra room in the house. Even a small yard is a great treasure, but i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tips on Cutting Plywood
Plywood is a versatile product great for lots of building projects. Cutting it can be a little tricky, however, as th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Farmhouse Sinks
Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, are a country kitchen staple. These distinctive vessels have an exp...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rain Gardens
In a heavy downpour, all of that water pouring through your downspouts can overwhelm your local sewer system, leading...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Over Wallpaper
Getting tired of the floral wallpaper in your dining room or the Stewart plaid in the den? If you’re daunted by the p...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lumber Grades
If you feel a bit confused when you walk down the lumber aisle in your local home store, you’re not alone. For a basi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Front Yard Landscaping
Every garden needs a focal point; for the front yard, that's usually the home’s entryway. When the front door is the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pot Fillers
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, one feature to consider adding is a pot filler. These handy fixtures are basica...
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Bob Vila Radio: Crabgrass
Crabgrass is a pesky interloper that can really ruin the look of your lawn. Left unchecked, it can spread quickly acr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Tree Stumps
At some point, you may need to remove a tree, whether because it’s too close to the house or because it’s dead or dyi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Day Lily Care
There are few flowering plants as satisfying as day lilies—they bloom in late spring and early summer, just as the sp...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Paint From Concrete
If you’ve ever dripped paint on your sidewalk or changed your mind about that coat of paint you put on a concrete pla...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Escape Ladders
Here’s a dismal statistic: According to the Home Safety Council, just 6 percent of U. S. homes have a fire escape lad...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lilac Pruning
If you didn’t prune your lilacs right after they bloomed, you still have a little time left, but don’t delay: Pruning...
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Bob Vila Radio: What Is the Cooperative Extension Service?
I’m sure you’ve read articles that suggested contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office for services like soi...
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Bob Vila Radio: New Designs for Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting has always been efficient, since it takes up no space at all in a room. Over the years, as a variet...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vinyl vs. Linoleum
Homeowners often refer to vinyl and linoleum interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. These resilient floor ...
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Bob Vila Radio: USDA Zone Maps
Farmers and gardeners alike are familiar with the USDA plant hardiness zone map, which divides the country into growi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stripped Screws
Inserting or removing a screw is one of the simplest jobs there is. But a stripped screw head can turn a simple job i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Popcorn Ceilings
So-called "popcorn ceilings" became popular back in the 1950s and 60s, because they hid imperfections in ceiling surf...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pivot Doors
With the season of outdoor living upon us, homeowners may be looking for new solutions to patio or backyard access. T...
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Bob Vila Radio: Long Life Smoke Alarms
It’s not news that every home needs multiple smoke detectors—one for every sleeping area and one for every floor of y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters
Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also dis...
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Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Bubbles
The sound of running water can be very soothing—that is, as long as it’s not coming from a broken pipe in the middle ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gutter Guards
Cleaning out gutters is nobody’s idea of fun—it’s dirty and awkward, and it’s dangerous if you’re working high on a l...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cork Flooring
Cork flooring has been in the news recently, but cork is anything but new. It’s been marketed as a flooring material ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Bathroom Vents
Bathroom ventilation fans whisk away odors, but their more important job is to draw moisture out of the room. Moistur...
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Bob Vila Radio: Banquettes
Banquette seating has a nostalgic charm that may remind you of your favorite diner or that cozy spot in your grandmot...
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Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Chickens
If you’re in the market for fresh, locally raised eggs, you can’t get more local than your own backyard. Here are a f...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pantry Storage
A well-stocked pantry is key to planning and preparing meals efficiently. But even if you keep loads of ingredients o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Moss Lawns
If you think of moss just as a nuisance in your lawn, or as something that doesn’t gather on a rolling stone, it’s ti...
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Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Ponds
The sense of serenity you get relaxing in your yard can be enhanced by the sound of a babbling brook or waterfall, bu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radical Hedge Pruning
Hedges make great privacy screens, and they’re certainly friendlier than stockade fences. At some point, though, you ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planting Bulbs in Spring
When we think about flowering bulbs, we often picture beautiful spring bloomers like daffodils and tulips, whose bulb...
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Bob Vila Radio: Building a Raised Garden Bed
There are lots of reasons why you might want to plant in a raised garden bed rather than directly in the soil. Raised...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguisher Inspection
You know you should test your smoke alarm twice a year, but what about your fire extinguisher? If yours is at the bac...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ferns
Leafy, green, and graceful, ferns bring drama and texture to the garden. They are attractive in rock gardens and make...
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Bob Vila Radio: Preventing Moths
This is the time of year when we shed our winter wardrobes and slip into warm-weather fabrics. To be sure that your c...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Insulation Perimeter
With energy costs ever on the rise, more homeowners are thinking of adding insulation to reduce energy use. Here’s wh...
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Bob Vila Radio: Indoor Herb Gardens
Fresh herbs add flavor, fragrance, and sophistication to your cooking—and they can’t get much fresher than those you ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Have a Raised Garden Bed?
Growing plants in raised beds is a tradition that goes back at least hundreds of years. Here are five reasons why a r...
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Bob Vila Radio: CFL Bulbs
With incandescent light bulbs on their way out, shoppers who had been reluctant to buy alternative bulbs are realizin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Blown-in Insulation
There are several different kinds of insulation—fiberglass batting, rigid boards, and spray-on foam to name a few. Fo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Using Fire Extinguishers
You probably wouldn’t think of living in a home without smoke detectors—they are proven lifesavers. But what about fi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Frameless Shower Doors
Glass shower doors have been popular alternatives to shower curtains for decades. Both serve the same simple purpose,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Microwave Steam Cleaning
The best way to keep your microwave clean is to wipe it down after every use. But that doesn’t always happen—you’re i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Linoleum Rugs
Linoleum rugs are a little-remembered footnote to floorcovering history. These days, unless you uncover one when you’...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Wood Paneling
Wood paneling certainly has a place in the home. It can make a space feel traditional and warm, but it can also look ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Starting Vegetables from Seeds Indoors
Now that spring is here, many people’s thoughts turn to gardening, and to the joys of leafy salads and delicate sprin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wallpaper Prep
Hanging wallpaper can be tricky, but it’s worth the effort for the beautiful effect it can have on a room. As with so...
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Bob Vila Radio: High Hats
Choosing the best lighting can be a bit of a challenge.   Some rooms need cozy, subdued lighting to create ambience; ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Freestanding vs. Built-In Tubs
Freestanding tubs are becoming increasingly popular in today’s luxury bathrooms. Is one right for your bath? Let’s we...
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Bob Vila Radio: First Day of Spring
Today is March 20, the vernal equinox, better known as the first day of spring. For most of us around the country, th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Squares
One tool that should definitely be in any do-it-yourselfer’s toolbox is a good carpenter's square. A square helps you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Thinking Green Year-Round
It’s easy to think green on Saint Patrick’s Day—in fact, it would be hard NOT to think green today! But with each pas...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Garage Floors
Your garage may be your workshop, your storeroom, your potting shed or the place where you showcase your automotive p...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reclaimed Brick
Brick is an extremely sturdy construction material. It’s attractive, fire resistant, and low maintenance—and it stand...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reducing Dust
For most people, dust is a housecleaning nuisance. But for those with respiratory ailments or allergies, dust can be ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Raw Wood
You probably know that bare, raw wood needs to be primed before it’s painted. For best results, though, there are a f...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fixing Chipped Stove Enamel
There’s something so crisp and clean about a kitchen with a traditional, white porcelain enamel stove. But sometimes ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Baseboard Covers
Baseboard heating has been a popular choice for homeowners since the 1950s. But over time, baseboard units can start ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Plaster Wall Cutouts
It’s pretty straightforward to cut a hole in drywall to add a light switch, electrical outlet, or even a recessed she...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pulling Nails
You may be pretty good at swinging a hammer to drive in a nail, but there are plenty of do-it-yourself jobs that will...
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Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Old Windows
If your home has old-style double-hung windows with heavy sash weights on pulleys, you probably know that they’re not...
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Bob Vila Radio: Resetting a Circuit Breaker
The source of your home’s power is the breaker box, also known as the electrical panel or circuit breaker box. Whatev...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planning After President's Day
I know it’s still winter here in the Northeast, but I start thinking about spring the minute Presidents’ Day weekend ...
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Bob Vila Radio: President's Day Inventory
For those of you in the tristate area who aren’t hitting the ski slopes or escaping to the Bahamas this weekend, Pres...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Versatile Pegboard
Perforated hardboard, more commonly known as pegboard, has been a staple of workshops and retail stores for decades. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Plaster
It’s tough to think of a dirtier job than tearing down old plaster. The dust gets everywhere!Listen to BOB VILA ON RE...
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Bob Vila Radio: Types of Chisels
Chisels are sharp-edged metal tools used to cut stone, wood, or metal, and they have a spectacularly long lineage. In...
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Bob Vila Radio: Natural Paint
The harmful effects of VOCs on indoor air quality have received a lot of attention in recent years. In response, pain...
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Bob Vila Radio: VOCs
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals that evaporate easily, releasing potentially harmful compounds int...
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Bob Vila Radio: Newspaper Fire Logs
There’s nothing quite like sitting by a cozy fireplace on a chilly night. Unless you own your own private forest, tho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Losing Heat to Drafts
In these energy-conscious times, many people are adding insulation, installing solar panels, or taking a number of ex...
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Bob Vila Radio: Humidifiers
We love the toasty warmth that our radiators and heating vents give off—but the dry indoor air that comes with all th...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Headboards
The most important part of any bed is the mattress: The right mattress on a good frame is key to a good night’s sleep...
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Bob Vila Radio: Retrofitting Fireplaces
Did you know that only about ten percent of the heat from a fire in the fireplace makes it into the room? That’s righ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Save Your Appliance Manuals
When you buy a new appliance, it’s a good idea to hold onto your original documentation, including the owner’s manual...
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Bob Vila Radio: Smart Power Strips
You’ve probably heard about vampire electricity, the electrical power that can suck the life out of your home power u...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radiant Walls
You’re probably familiar with the comfort and effectiveness of radiant flooring, but did you know that radiant heat c...
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Bob Vila Radio: Glass Block
Glass block has been used as a building material for more than a century, but it experienced a big surge of popularit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pruning Young Trees
A good way to help your young tree stay healthy is to prune it wisely. The best time to prune a tree is late winter, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Christmas Tree Crafts
Right now, there may be more than 25 million cut Christmas trees adorning rooms throughout the United States. Within ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Holiday Lights
The holiday season is rolling to an end, and you’ll soon be taking down your indoor and outdoor lights. Why not take ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Clutter Control for New Stuff
It’s great to get holiday gifts from family and friends, but it’s not so great figuring out what to do with all that ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lights on Timers
You may think that putting a timer on your lights is a waste of time—what burglar worth his salt would be fooled by a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Upcycled Designs
It’s always better to find a way to recycle or reuse an item than to send it to a landfill. Some creative designers o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Doormats
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, it can feel like the whole world is beating a path to your door, bearing gifts, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Heaters
Most hot water tanks last about ten years, so if yours is getting close to that age, you might want to start thinking...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bay and Bow Windows
If you’re looking to bring more light and air into a room, consider a bay or bow window. Both are angled to project o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Closet Lighting
If you’re lucky enough to have large walk-in closets in your home, you probably already know the importance of good l...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repurposing Gourds
Gourds come in many beautiful patterns, shapes, and textures. They can be striped or speckled, knobby or curvy, and t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Replacement
Garage doors may not seem like great decorating opportunities—most people treat them as functional afterthoughts that...
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Bob Vila Radio: Metal Roofs
Thinking about putting a new roof over your head? Maybe a metal roof is right for you. Today’s metal roofing—whether ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Venting
The bathroom is the most humid room in your home. Tubs, showers, and sinks all produce moisture, which can lead to pe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Whirlpool Tub Considerations
Do you dream of reclining in a whirlpool tub as the warm water bubbles around you, washing away your cares? If so, ma...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Shingles
When you think about solar power, do you picture bulky panels protruding from rooftops? If so, think again. With the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Second Refrigerators
One out of four American homes has a second refrigerator in it, according to the Department of Energy—that’s 30 milli...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window Treatments
Choosing window treatments can be one of the most difficult design decisions you’ll have to make. There are so many o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hose Repair
If your garden hose has seen better days, don’t just send it to the landfill. There are some simple, inexpensive ways...
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Bob Vila Radio: Small Bath Sinks
Choosing a sink for a small bath can be challenging. Choices are limited, and even if you find a sink that physically...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finding the Right Insulation R-Value
Autumn’s falling temperatures get many of us thinking about apple cider, trick-or-treating, and… R-values. If your ho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gutter Cleaning
Cleaning the gutters tends to be a relatively inexpensive task to hand off to a professional, who has the equipment a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Raking Tips
This time of year, those of us who are lucky enough to have trees that provide summer shade have to pay for that priv...
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Bob Vila Radio: Small Closet Solutions
A big walk-in closet is a luxury that some people can only dream of, especially if they live in an older home. Homes ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ripping Up Carpet
Pulling up old wall-to-wall carpeting can be a tough, dirty job. Start by getting all the furniture out of the room a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patio Heaters
Fall is a lovely time of year to enjoy your outdoor spaces. With the worst of summer’s heat and insects behind you, y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spray Painting
You don’t have to invest in a power sprayer to try your hand at spray painting—start with a spray can and a small pro...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repainting Wrought Iron
Wrought iron railings, patio furniture, and gates are classics that look great with almost any home, but not when the...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removable Wallpaper
Wallpaper brings color, pattern, and texture to a room. A papered room can achieve a sophistication that eludes even ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planning Birdhouses
It’s one of life’s true pleasures to watch birds as they nest in the spring. If you’d like to encourage birds to buil...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Decathlon 2013
For anyone interested in the developing field of solar power, today’s a big day. Starting today, the U. S. Department...
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Bob Vila Radio: Siding Alternatives
If you’re old enough to remember the aluminum siding that was all the rage in the 1960s, you may have an understandab...
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Bob Vila Radio: Redoing the Front Door
Your front door is the face your home presents to the world. It sets your house’s style and tone. So if your entry is...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vintage Wallpaper
Maybe you’re just itching to find a Space Age, geometric wallpaper pattern to complement your green Formica table. Or...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planting Fruit Trees
Do you dream of picking a crisp apple or juicy peach from a tree right in your own backyard? Planting a fruit tree ca...
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Bob Vila Radio: Decorating with Mirrors
Small restaurants have known this trick for years—covering one entire wall with a mirror instantly doubles the size o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Handrails
Unless your home is at exactly ground level, you probably have a step or two up to your door. High ranches and coloni...
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Bob Vila Radio: Upcycling Cribs
In 2011, federal safety standards for baby cribs changed significantly, making it illegal to sell older models that n...
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Bob Vila Radio: Using Less Furniture
Many of us don’t have the luxury of really "decorating" a room—we move into a home and place our furniture as best we...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vent Pollutants
Today’s weather-tight homes are great for energy efficiency, but they’re not so good for indoor air quality. The grea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wood-Eating Bugs
There are more than 2,000 species of termites, and chances are some of them live in your neighborhood. The most commo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wallpaper Remnants DIY
If you’ve ever wallpapered a room, you probably have some leftover pieces lying around. Don’t just throw them out! Wa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ceiling Fan Care
The soothing whir of a ceiling fan is one of the sweet sounds of summer. But summer’s not over yet. To keep your fan ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Central Vacuums
Consider this: In Canada, about 40% of homes are equipped with central vacuum systems. In the U. S. , the figure is l...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tickscaping
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance reports that as many as three-quarters of all Lyme Disease cases are caused by tick b...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reface or Replace?
Are your kitchen cabinets dated and worn? Or maybe they’re just too dark for your taste. New cabinets can be a costly...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mini-Split Air Conditioners
Heat gettin’ you down? If you’re in a house where installing central air would also mean installing ductwork, maybe y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garden Hoses
A hose is a hose is a hose, right? Not so fast—not all garden hoses are created equal, so before you spring for a new...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hot Weather Tree Care
Hot weather can really take a lot out of a person. . . and out of a tree as well. That’s why it’s important to take s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Storage Plans
I bet you’ve never heard anyone complain that his bathroom has too much storage space. If you’re about to renovate, h...
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Bob Vila Radio: Awnings
If you’re looking for a little more shade this summer, maybe an awning is the way to go. Let’s review the basics and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Storm Doors
Storm doors are the unsung heroes of our entryways. They protect our exterior doors from the weather and add a layer ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Mistakes
Before you plan a bathroom renovation, listen up to a few suggestions that will help you avoid some all-too-common re...
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Bob Vila Radio: Humidity Gauges
An exhaust fan is a must in a bathroom, because it whisks away the humidity that can allow mold and mildew to grow. N...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dehumidifiers
Basements are notorious for being damp, just by virtue of being underground. If you have a damp basement, your first ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shower Seats
Making a bathroom safe for everyone doesn’t mean making your home look like a hospital. Listen to BOB VILA ON SHOWER ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Basic Saw Cuts
One way to dress up a room is by installing new woodwork around doors or windows, or putting in new crown molding or ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Screw Starter
Many small home improvement projects start with drilling a pilot hole. (That’s a small hole that prepares a material ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Square Footage
If you’re planning a remodel and are hoping to squeeze an extra bathroom into your home, there are a few things you n...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stacking Cabinets
No matter how big your kitchen is, you never seem to have enough cabinet space. In a small kitchen where space is at ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Square Footage
Interior painting is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project, but to do it right you’re going to need to do some math. L...
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Bob Vila Radio: Clover
If you want to spark a raging debate among gardeners, ask them how they feel about clover. Some homeowners will give ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Medicine Cabinet Options
Medicine cabinets provide efficient storage in a room where space tends to be at a premium. If you’re in the market f...
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Bob Vila Radio: Butterfly Gardens
Watching a butterfly flit low above a garden is one of summer’s great delights. You can attract these delicate creatu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Clean Garden Tools
After a hot day’s work in your garden, you may be tempted to just toss the shovels and tools back into the garage, ev...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cabinet Knobs
Replacing cabinet hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a little facelift. But even a quick fi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pallet Recycling
Everything from grocery store shipments to construction deliveries involves using a forklift to pick up and move a he...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Medicine Cabinet
When you stumble into the bathroom in the morning, does your medicine cabinet look as tired as you feel? Maybe it’s t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flag Poles
Today is Flag Day, the day we honor the Stars and Stripes. Whatever your politics, this is a good day to fly the flag...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dandelions
Kids love them, but landscapers hate them. I’m talking about dandelions, whose cheerful yellow flowers can make you w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Potting Benches
A potting bench can be a handy addition to any yard or patio—even if you’re not much of a gardener! Here’s why. Liste...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Floors
If you’ve ever spent any time or money sanding and refinishing a wood floor, you may wonder why anyone would ever pai...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rafter Storage
If you’re just moving into a tiny starter home, making room for growing children, or downsizing into smaller quarters...
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Bob Vila Radio: Burglaries
Here’s something you probably don’t want to think about this summer: Most burglaries happen in warm weather, during b...
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Bob Vila Radio: Built-In Mistakes
One of the joys of homeownership is having the freedom to do exactly what you want with your house or apartment—as lo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Toilet Flappers
Are you tired of jiggling the handle to stop your toilet from running? The noise and inconvenience drives you crazy, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Watering the Lawn
A beautiful green lawn requires regular watering to keep it looking great. The trick is to use enough water to keep y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pruning Azaleas
Late spring is the time to sit back and admire those azaleas as they bloom; azaleas add a veritable explosion of colo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Nail Sets
If you have stubborn nails that pop out of your floorboards, or you need a way to get a finishing nail flush against ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Paint Color
Choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior can be intimidating: This is a big, expensive job, and whatever color...
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Bob Vila Radio: Unclogging a Toilet
You’re in the middle of a party, enteraining a houseful of guests, and the toilet acts up. Are you ready to spring in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vampire Appliances
That faint sucking sound you hear may be vampire appliances draining electricity from your walls. Vampires are electr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Grout
Long before your tiles wear out, the grout between them can start to look tired, dirty, or stained. A good scrubbing ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window Boxes
Window boxes can really amp up a home’s curb appeal by adding color and a sense of welcome. Here are some tips for cr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wrench Roundup
When you have to tighten a nut, bolt, or other standard fastener, you need a wrench. But what kind?Listen to BOB VILA...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sale-Ready Homes
Spring is a great time to sell your home. Houses tend to look their best this time of year, with fresh green lawns an...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Plant Containers
If you’re like a lot of people, you have a stack of old pots in your garage or shed just waiting for the next time yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Whole-House Fans
Warm weather is just around the corner, with its humming air conditioners and skyrocketing electric bills. You may be...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wheelbarrows
This is a busy time of year in the garden, what with planting and mulching, weeding and feeding. All that heavy lifti...
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Bob Vila Radio: Chalkboard Paint
Kids and chalk go together like peanut butter and jelly—and parents love the easy cleanup of chalk, whether it’s on t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Levels
Do you want to make sure that shelf you’re putting up is really on the level? Then you need. . . well, a level. Level...
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Bob Vila Radio: Conserve Water
The demand for fresh water continues to grow, and the easiest way to meet that demand is simply to waste less of it. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Garden Lights
Outdoor lighting looks great along a walkway or in the garden, but it can be a pain to install the wiring for it. Sol...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting the Front Door
There’s probably no simpler, less expensive way to give your home a quick facelift than to repaint the front door. A ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Grout
There’s nothing like a freshly tiled floor or backsplash—but there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing those beaut...
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Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Drainage
There are lots of options available in driveway materials, including asphalt, gravel, brick and pavers. In addition t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shovels
Picking the right shovel for the job saves time—and can save your back as well. Here are a few shovels you’ll want in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spring Fence Routine
A wooden fence is a beautiful accent on any home, but it takes some maintenance to keep it looking neat and trim. Spr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Doors
It takes about nine square feet of floor space to swing open a typical 3-foot-wide door. That’s a big chunk of real e...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Stainless Steel
The sleek look of stainless steel lends sophistication to any kitchen. But keeping those surfaces gleaming takes care...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kraft Paper
If you’re starting a paint project and worry about protecting your floors, don’t just throw down a drop cloth. Consid...
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Bob Vila Radio: Starting Seeds
If you get a thrill out of watching your garden grow, you might want to get a jump on the season by starting from see...
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Bob Vila Radio: Historic Paint Colors
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “historic color”? Do you envision a rather limited palette of muted grays...
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Bob Vila Radio: Range Hoods
A range hood can blend quietly into your kitchen cabinetry or make a dramatic architectural statement. But whether it...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spring Lawn Preparation
There’s nothing like a beautiful green lawn to make your house look great. Now that spring is here, it’s time to get ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ceiling Medallions
Ceiling medallions are moldings that are installed in the center of a ceiling, typically around a light fixture or ce...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tin Ceilings
Tin ceilings were very popular in the mid-1800s and early 1900s. These mass-produced ceilings, stamped with decorativ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hiding Trash Cans
Nothing kills a home’s curb appeal faster than a couple of trash cans and recycling bins parked in the driveway, or l...
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Bob Vila Radio: Power Drill
A power drill does more than just drill holes. With different attachments, it also drives screws, turns a sander, or ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Drill
You’ve got the smoke alarms and the carbon monoxide detectors, and you change their batteries regularly. But does you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Interior Lockset
Replacing an interior lockset is a pretty simple job. If you’re thinking about upgrading your doors with new doorknob...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cordless Blinds
The Consumer Product Safety commission now recommends that only cordless window coverings be used in homes with small...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tape Measure
I can barely think of a home improvement job that doesn’t require a tape measure! Whether you’re framing a new room o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Chain Saws
Chain saws aren't just for lumberjacks anymore. These powerful tools now come in a range of sizes, with lightweight o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Plumb Bob
A plumb bob is an amazingly simple tool, basically just a pointed weight on a string. But whether you’re putting up a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Emergency Kit
Natural disasters can occur anywhere, any time. No matter where you live, you should keep a stash of emergency suppli...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Replace a Shower Head
Replacing your shower head is a simple fix that can spruce up the look of your bathroom, save water, and even add a l...
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Bob Vila Radio: Types of Lighting
Did you know that a well-lit room actually has three different kinds of light? In order to create a room that’s comfo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radiator Covers
Cast iron radiators can be beautiful, but an old, peeling one can really bring down the look of a room. Stripping and...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Composting
Composting’s a great idea: it helps your garden thrive and keeps valuable organic waste out of landfills. But once yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Container Gardens
There’s nothing quite as fresh as food that you grow in your own backyard. You may think your soil is too poor for a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reclaimed Wood
Imagine bringing the quality and charm of eighteenth-century wood planks into your home today. With reclaimed wood, y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Types of Screws
There are many different types of screws, and each kind has its own job to do. Before you make the first turn of the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lead Paint Removal
Before you tear down a wall, rip off old woodwork, or strip old paint, ask yourself when it was installed. If it was ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Extra Outlets
These days it seems like there’s more to plug in than ever—televisions, computers, and the rechargers for cell phones...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Inventory
It's heartbreaking enough to lose your home or possessions in a natural disaster. Then there’s the stress of having t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fireplace Tools
A new set of fireplace tools brings both style and utility to your hearth. Here are a few guidelines that will help y...
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Bob Vila Radio: House Pests
We’re all drawn to the warmth and shelter of a cozy house, so it’s not surprising that critters like squirrels, oposs...
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Bob Vila Radio: Types of Paintbrushes
Walk into a hardware or paint store today to buy a paint brush and you could easily be overwhelmed by the number of o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pet Doors
Today’s pet doors are a far cry from the heat-stealing, wildlife-welcoming, burglary risks of yesteryear. If your yar...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lumens vs. Watts
During our long experience with incandescent light bulbs, we got used to thinking about light in terms of wattage. Bu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Top Tools
Not every homeowner needs a workshop full of professional tools, but there are a few basics you should have if you pl...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gas Leak
Natural gas is a safe, clean source of home energy, but in the unlikely event of a gas leak, it’s important to know w...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Paint a Ceiling
A ceiling can be a real pain in the neck to paint, but there are some simple ways to make this job a bit easier. List...
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Bob Vila Radio: Casement Windows
The most common window in American homes is the double-hung, with upper and lower sashes that slide up and down. But ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rain Barrels
Did you know that a good rainstorm can send hundreds of gallons of water cascading off your roof? That water could co...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Improvement Planning
This is a great time of year to create an annual home improvement plan. Listen to BOB VILA ON HOME IMPROVEMENT PLANNI...
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Bob Vila Radio: Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting has come a long way since those old-style humming fluorescents and super hot halogen pucks, wi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Planning
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, there are two basic principles you’ll want to keep in mind as you work on the d...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rust Removal
Reviving rusty metal tools or furniture is a great indoor winter project, and there are three ways to remove rust. Li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pex vs. Copper
For anything from small plumbing repairs to running lines for a whole house, there are lots of reasons PEX tubing bea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hearing Protection
If you’re exposed to it long enough, any noise level above eighty-five decibels—like what you’d hear on a busy city s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Oven Cleaning
If your oven had a busy holiday season, January is a great time to do some oven cleaning before it makes a smoky mess...
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Bob Vila Radio: Drywall Costs
As of January 2nd, U. S. drywall manufacturers increased their prices by 25 to 30%. On top of a similar increase last...
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Bob Vila Radio: Barrier-Free Showers
If you’re thinking about a bathroom remodel, there’s no better time or place to think ahead. Something as simple as t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Flashlights
Save your eyes and shed a little light on the job you’re doing with the right flashlight. Listen to BOB VILA ON FLASH...
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Bob Vila Radio: Space Heaters
If your home has cold, drafty spots, this is the time of year you’ll notice them. Rather than cranking up the heat in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lithium-Ion Batteries
Cordless power tools, and now lithium-ion batteries, have revolutionized the home improvement world. But anyone who’s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Log Splitter
If you heat your house with wood, you know how expensive buying firewood can be. Cutting, splitting, and drying a cor...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink Caulk
To protect your kitchen cabinets from water damage, the rim of your kitchen sink should always be sealed with a good ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hybrid Water Heater
If you’re paying through the nose for hot water in your house, you’ve probably already thought about replacing your c...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bird Feeders
Winter’s a great time to feed the birds, but if that means feeding the squirrels too, they can quickly wear out their...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Circular Saws
If those holiday gift cards are burning a hole in your pocket, a good circular saw is something you really shouldn't ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing a Mattress
If getting more sleep is one of your New Year's resolutions, it might be time for a new mattress. Shopping for a matt...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mirror Placement
If the end of the year is a time for reflection, don't underestimate the power of a well-placed mirror to enhance you...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Waste Removal
One of the biggest challenges of any remodeling project or basement clean-out is figuring out how to get rid of const...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laminate Floors
You can't beat the low cost and easy installation of a laminate floor. It's a great do-it-yourself project that can r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mock Ups
It may seem like an exercise, but mocking up your cabinetry or furniture building project can save you a lot of waste...
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Bob Vila Radio: Foam Core
It used to be that foam-core board was only useful to architects building models. Now that foam technology has taken ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Decoration Storage
Once the holidays are over, how do you fit all those decorations back in the garage and make them easier to unpack ne...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lighting in Layers
One of the most important things to think about when you're remodeling is lighting: It can make or break the room. Li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Toolboxes
Most home improvement projects require at least some moving around from place to place with tools, and that can get t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Ratchet Sets
Tool sets are popular gifts, but none is more useful for the home and garage handyperson than a really good ratchet s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors have been popular for years now as a durable, energy-efficient alternative to wood doors that can be...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sunrooms
What better home improvement to consider on the darkest day of the year than a sunroom addition?Listen to BOB VILA ON...
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Bob Vila Radio: Woodworking Tips
Even experienced carpenters make mistakes, especially when they're cutting a lot of different pieces. Listen to BOB V...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Power Sanders
Good sanding can make or break a woodworking project, so every do-it-yourselfer should have a power sander in the wor...
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Bob Vila Radio: Thawing Pipes
Frozen pipes that burst and cause water damage in your home can happen in all but the warmest areas, and often when y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Freezing Pipes
'Tis the season for freezing pipes, and that's not just for folks in colder climates. Listen to BOB VILA ON FREEZING ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Laser Level
No workshop should be without levels in various lengths, but for lines longer than 3' or 4', traditional bubble level...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vanity Lighting
Bathrooms are small rooms, but they require lots of attention to detail—and great lighting. Listen to BOB VILA ON VAN...
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Bob Vila Radio: Firewood Types
While traditional open-hearth, wood-burning fireplaces are quickly going the way of the dinosaur, if you still want t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Carpet Wrinkles
Wrinkles in wall-to-wall carpet don't just look bad, they can be a tripping hazard. They'll also wear out first, so t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Left-Handed Tools
If there's a leftie on your gift list this season, they might appreciate a tool or two that's meant for them. Listen ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sofa Beds
Where would we be during the holidays without the sleeper sofa? Sofa beds of the past are notorious for being somewha...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mudrooms
Experts in feng shui—that ancient Chinese art of healthy interior design—say that the most important places in the ho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gardening Online
Nothing's more heartening in the depths of winter than leafing through a bulb catalog or shopping for next season’s g...
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Bob Vila Radio: New Furnace
When it's time to replace your furnace, you might have to think faster than you'd like about this major purchase. Her...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Neighborhoods
Savvy homebuyers these days know that a home is worth more based on its location than on its square footage. Listen t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Fire Safety
Did you know that each holiday season in the US, fires cause nearly a billion dollars in damage? Keep your family saf...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Primer
If you’re taking on any last-minute holiday painting projects, here’s a primer on… primer. Listen to BOB VILA ON PAIN...
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Bob Vila Radio: Picking a Christmas Tree
Did you know that each holiday season 2,600 people are injured in fires in the US?Listen to BOB VILA ON PICKING A CHR...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kit Houses
They've come a long way from the catalog kit homes that were delivered by railroad across the nation a century ago, b...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Light Tips
This holiday season, don’t be the guy who sets his hair on fire stringing the lights. Listen to BOB VILA ON HOLIDAY L...
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Bob Vila Radio: Winter Ceiling Fans
Did you know you can put your ceiling fan to work year-round? Simply by reversing the direction and changing the spee...
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Bob Vila Radio: Candle Safety
Fires injure 2,600 people in the US and cause nearly a billion dollars in damage each holiday season. A lot of those ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Room Staging
Even if you're not selling your house, taking some of the tips professional home stagers give their clients can be es...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Nail Guns
As time-saving tools go, it's hard to beat the pneumatic nailer; aka the nail gun. But before you run out to get one ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Table Saw
You don't have to undertake too many do-it-yourself woodworking projects to understand that a table saw is a must-hav...
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Bob Vila Radio: Universal Design
You may not be one of the rising wave of aging baby boomers, but if you’re building or renovating your house, the pri...
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Bob Vila Radio: Party Cleanup
Entertaining at home has become one of our favorite pastimes: houses are increasingly designed around our passion for...
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Bob Vila Radio: Firewood Storage
There's nothing better than a crackling fire on a chilly night, except maybe not having to go back outside for more f...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dowel Joinery Tips
Here’s a technique professional carpenters use to conceal screws in fine woodworking projects: use wooden plugs. List...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Carpet
Did you know that wall-to-wall carpet from just one standard 12 x 15 ft room takes 8 gallons of oil and 900,000 BTUs ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Historic Trim
If you're looking for ways to dress up your dining room for the holidays, nothing works better than some good, old-fa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Picture Frames
If you've got a piece of art or a special photo you'd like to display, but the cost of professional framing is hangin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Faux Woodgraining
Here's a thrifty way to dress up your home for holiday entertaining that's been around for hundreds of years. Since t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stenciled Floors
If you don’t want to spend another holiday season with your worn-out kitchen floor, but the timing’s not right for a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Banisters
If you're putting off giving your front hall a facelift because re-finishing or re-painting the banister and baluster...
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Bob Vila Radio: LEED Explained
According to the US Green Building Council, more than twenty thousand homes have been LEED certified, and there are e...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Islands
In their quest for more storage, work surfaces, and style, more and more kitchen remodelers are living the island lif...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Lighting
Considering the amount of time many of us spend in the kitchen over the holiday season, this is a great time to think...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Automation
Whole-home wiring systems, or smart home systems, have been around for decades, but it’s only since wireless communic...
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Bob Vila Radio: Crown Molding
If your home doesn't have the style and panache you wish it had, adding crown molding can help. Listen to BOB VILA ON...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Furniture
So you repainted the living room and now you can’t stand your old furniture.  Before you shop 'til you drop, do some ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Adhesives
To get the job done right, you need stick-to-it-iveness. Here’s how to choose the right glue for your next woodworkin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Beadboard
When industrial sawmills started cranking it out in the late 19th century, beadboard came on the scene as a quick and...
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Bob Vila Radio: Building Smaller
Did you know that the best insulation there is can’t save you as much on heating and cooling costs as you’d save if y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Winterize Your Lawn
If you haven’t done it already, this is the time to winterize your yard!  Make a list of the things you need to do to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ladders
If your last-minute fall chores have you climbing a ladder, here are some tips to save time and stay safe up there. L...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Bulbs
Always looking ahead, it’s time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. All they require is a bright, sunny location and a li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Load-Bearing Walls
Removing walls that don't have a function and making spaces work together is a great way to improve the traffic flow ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patching Drywall
Drywall has been the wall finishing material of choice for most of a century, because it’s so easy to install and fin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Protecting Woodwork
Remodeling projects and furniture moving can sometimes have not-so-welcome side effects. Here’s how to protect your b...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Tin Snips
Don't wreck a good pair of scissors trying to cut metal; you need a good pair of tin snips. Listen to BOB VILA ON TIN...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Staple Gun
It's a ‘staple’ in every tool and craft kit, it can save you lots of time banging tacks or nails, and it can get into...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Pliers
The tool we think of as pliers only evolved from “tongs” fairly recently, but it’s hard to imagine life without a var...
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Bob Vila Radio: Old Woodwork
If you’re working on a remodeling project that calls for removing old woodwork, here are some tricks from the pros to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laying Tile
While you might consider laying tile yourself for moneysaving reasons, remember that the substrate, or what the tile ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Indoor Air Quality
The EPA ranks poor indoor air quality as our fourth largest environmental threat. Some of the worst polluters of the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Plaster
If the idea of a freshly plastered wall does not overly excite you, it’s because the options for plaster have been fa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguishers
Whether you live in a palace or a studio apartment, at least one fire extinguisher should be standard equiment in you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fireplaces
While it’s hard to argue with the romance of a crackling fire on a chilly night, your fireplace might be costing you ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Electrical Ground Rules
Make sure you’re familiar with the ground rules of home electrical work if you’re considering doing some yourself. Li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Locating Studs
Whether you're removing a wall or just hanging bookshelves, you've got to know where the studs are before you start. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Deep Energy Retrofits
The next generations will face fuel costs so high, they’ll make the standard twentieth-century under-insulated stick-...
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Bob Vila Radio: Unclogging Gutters
When clogged gutters overflow, they can get so heavy that they pull the gutters loose and rot your home's trim and si...
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Bob Vila Radio: Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping your home is a fairly simple do-it-yourself project that can save you a significant amount off your ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mulch
Autumn leaves are a gift to your garden that literally just falls out of the trees. Instead of getting rid of them al...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Masonry
If your to-do list includes painting brick or concrete, keep in mind that masonry requires some special treatment. Li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stone Walls
Nothing beats the natural look of a dry-laid stone wall, but building one requires a strong back, deep pockets, and a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Interior Doors
Interior doors have important jobs. They provide sound insulation, privacy and character to your home. Listen to BOB ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Chandeliers
A dining room chandelier is a great focal point for one of the most important entertaining spaces in your home. Liste...
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Bob Vila Radio: Insulation R-Values
Whether you live in a hot or cold climate, the most important area to insulate is your attic floor. This fully insula...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Equipment Prep
As the weather gets colder, it’s a good idea to do some fall maintenance on your outdoor equipment and put it to bed ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Drywall
Although the two words are often used interchangeably, sheetrock is actually a brand name for the generic drywall, wh...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Dolly
The next time you need to move something big and heavy in the workshop or around the house, save your back and build ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sealing Air Leaks
A small crack or one leaky window might not seem like a big problem, but taken together, your home’s small drafts can...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Energy Audit
Which projects will do the most good to lower your utility bills? A professional home energy audit can help you decid...
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Bob Vila Radio: Butcher Blocks
The original butcher blockers were literally blocks up to sixteen inches thick: hard rock maple pieces were often dov...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Prep
Fall lawn care is as important as what you do in the spring, because encouraging deep roots will help your lawn resis...
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Bob Vila Radio: Modular Construction
If you're thinking of building new, you can streamline construction and save costs by going modular. Modular construc...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shrub Success
Fall is a great time to upgrade your landscaping. Plants, trees, and shrubs are slowing down from the hot summer and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wallpaper Removal
There are different techniques for removing every kind of wallpaper, but the tools and preparation are much the same....
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Bob Vila Radio: Tile Mosaics
Mosaic tile has been around for a couple of millennia, but it never seems to lose its popularity. Thanks to advances ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Tile
Tile is one of the most durable installations around, so when it’s finally time to remove it, you might be tempted to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Protecting Floors
Home improvement projects are messy business: Whether you’re painting, re-tiling, or just moving furniture, you want ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Appliance Manuals
While your important household documents should always be backed up and kept in fireproof storage, some things, like ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gas Range
Cooking with gas costs half what it costs to cook on electric ranges. Keeping your range clean will keep it efficient...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vacuum Roundup
One of the wonders of the modern age, vacuum cleaners range in price from $60 to almost $2,000. What’s different abou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Squeaky Floors
A squeaky floor is easier to fix if it’s a floor that you can access from below. Listen to BOB VILA ON SQUEAKY FLOORS...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Faucets
If you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a pick-me-up, replacing the sink faucet might ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radiant Heat
Whether you're building a whole house or just adding a new bathroom, one of your first decisions has to be how you're...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mechanical Ventilation
Until very recently, homes were built to breathe. Insulation was seldom used, windows were single-pane and drafts wer...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tankless Water Heaters
If your home is like most in the U. S. , you’re spending a fifth of your energy dollars heating your water. If your w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Roofing Options
Whether you like the classic look of slate or the long life of metal, when it’s time for a new roof, there’s somethin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Spots
Water spots on ceilings and walls aren’t just unsightly--they can be a symptom of a much bigger problem that needs at...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Solar Decathlon
Today, September 14th, is the kickoff of the 2012 Solar Decathlon, and this year it’s being held in sunny Spain. List...
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Bob Vila Radio: Retaining Walls
A sloped yard is hard to use, and if it’s got erosion problems or it’s channeling water toward the foundation of your...
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Bob Vila Radio: Siding Options
If it's time to replace your home's siding and you're looking for an alternative to wood or vinyl, it's worth looking...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Safety Check
Fall’s a good time to do a top-to-bottom safety check of your home to protect your family and save big bucks on major...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water-Saving Fixtures
Showers account for more than a fifth of the water Americans use every day. You can conserve more of this precious re...
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Bob Vila Radio: Low-Flush Toilets
Did you know that you could save 20% on your water bill just by replacing your toilet? Most conventional toilets hog ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Rollers
When it comes to getting a room painted fast, a paint roller is a do-it-yourselfer's best friend. Here's how to get t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Interior Paint Prep
Nothing says clean and new like fresh paint. If you’re moving into a new place this fall or just want to perk up the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Office Storage
If you’re part of the rapidly growing home-based workforce or you’d just like a designated place to pay the bills, he...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Checklist
While you were having fun in the sun this summer, it was no vacation for your house. A fall checklist will tip you of...
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Bob Vila Radio: Brick Repairs
Despite what the three little pigs might say, even the hardiest of brick buildings will require repair and restoratio...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Lawn Care
Summer is a tough time for lawns, and this summer was especially tough on some. But every year we get a do-over in th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Loud Pipes
If you hear banging or knocking when you turn the tap on and off in your home, you could be straining pipes and coppe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Locksets
Whether you choose a handle set, lever, or knob for your entry door, you also need a deadbolt for greatest security. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tub Caulking
Even tiny gaps between your tub and the wall tiles can let enough water in to damage your walls and host mold. Since ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Toilet
If you’ve got an older toilet, you’re probably paying for twice the water you need for each flush. But never fear: to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Impact-Resistant Windows
While shutters are the traditional line of defense against storms, break-ins, and the hot sun, unfortunately you have...
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Bob Vila Radio: Storm-Ready Roofs
Florida might be the hurricane capital of the U. S. , but every region has its perils: storms, wildfires, floods and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction, Not Demolition
Deconstruction is the new demolition.  CM_BVNOTES-1235-6 Recycled Bldg ProductsListen to BOB VILA ON DECONSTRUCTION, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mold Removal
Four out of ten American homes have a mold problem. If you’ve got an area less than 10 square feet and your household...
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Bob Vila Radio: Energy-Saving Light Switches
Wherever lights are accidentally left on a lot, your home is leaking money. Sometimes just changing the switch can so...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dog Home Safety
A dog is happy when he knows where home base is. a pet crate, a designated corner, a closet with a pet door or even a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bamboo Flooring
A couple decades ago, no one would have considered it, but one of today’s most popular flooring products is bamboo. A...
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Bob Vila Radio: Metal Studs
If your next home renovation requires framing new walls, think twice before you reach for those ubiquitous two-by-fou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Basement Waterproofing
There’s no such thing as a waterproof basement.  The key is to minimize the water that gets in and get it back out ag...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garbage Disposal Care
While they’ll grind and send most kitchen scraps down the drain in small batches with a good strong flow of cold wate...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kid's Stuff Storage
Kids grow so fast, it doesn’t take long before their rooms can feel pretty small… but before you plan an addition, he...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flat Pack Furniture
It’s not just for dorm rooms anymore:  the stylish design, low cost and ingenious construction of lots of today’s kno...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hanging Shelves
Who doesn't need more shelf space? Hanging shelves is a great do-it-yourself project that can help you get organized....
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Bob Vila Radio: Dorm Room Storage
Whether it’s back to the dorm or just back to school, making room for kids and their stuff gets harder as they get bi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Washing Machine Hoses
The hoses that deliver hot and cold water to your clothes washer may not be something you think about very often, but...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ventilation Fans
Ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms are required by code in most states, and they’re a good idea everywhere. T...
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Bob Vila Radio: Child Safety Gates
Falling down the stairs is so common and so dangerous, if you’ve got a baby in your house, you ought to have safety g...
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Bob Vila Radio: Green Roofs
Green roof systems and roof gardens look great in an urban landscape, but they’re not just for cities anymore. They’r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dryer Vents
Your dryer removes about a gallon of water from every load of laundry. The longer that water stays inside your home, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Your Dryer Vents
Here’s a job you can do in the cool basement to beat the summer heat, and you should add it to your twice a year to-d...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Backsplashes
If you’re looking for a kitchen upgrade on a budget, take a look at your backsplash. It’s easy to turn this unassumin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Basement
Finishing your basement is a great way to add space and value to your home. If you have enough ceiling height and you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Programmable Thermostats
If you’ve still got an old mercury or mechanical contact thermostat, it’s easy to forget to adjust it when you leave ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Low-VOC Paints
There’s more to that “new paint smell” than you might think. What you’re smelling are volatile organic compounds, or ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lightning Protection
You’ve heard it said that you’ve got a better chance of being struck by lighting than winning the lottery, and that’s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dishwasher Care
Your dishwasher does a lot to make your life easier; here are a couple things you can do to make its life longer!CM_B...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Foreclosures
In the current real estate market, it’s not hard to find foreclosed properties to buy. But a home that looks like a g...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Saber Saw
For a saw that’s great on the curves, no workshop is complete without a good saber saw. CM_BVILANOTES-4 Tool Tip- Sab...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Windows
When you’re painting, windows are often the hardest things to get right. CM_BVILANOTES-3 Painting WindowsListen to BO...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Stripping Tools
When it comes to re-painting, everyone’s least favorite part of the job is prepping the surface… but it’s also the mo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Stripping Tips
It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detail, especially in older ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Power Sprayer Tips
Use a power sprayer to cut days off your next big paint job. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON POWER SPRAYER TIPS, or read ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Painting Prep
Summertime’s a great time to get to that exterior paint job you’ve been putting off. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON EXTE...
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Bob Vila Radio: Irrigating Sustainably
Irrigating your yard can really be wasteful and expensive; clean water is a precious commodity, and not just in deser...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Recycling Centers
By now we all know that recycling’s the way to go, but to get your whole family on board, you need a system that’s ea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cool Roofs
When it comes to keeping your home cool this summer, your roof—not your air conditioning system—IS YOUR first line of...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal really keeps things flowing in the kitchen, and installing one isn’t a tough job for a do-it-yours...
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Bob Vila Radio: Composters
I get alot of questions from folks who want to improve their garden soil with compost, but aren’t sure which kind of ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Hot Water
If you have a south-facing roof without solar panels on it, you’re probably paying too much for hot water. LISTENList...
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Bob Vila Radio: Integrated Pest Management
To control garden pests without using toxic chemicals, work with nature, not against it. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mold Problems
It’s estimated that 40 percent of American homes have a mold problem. LISTENListen  to BOB VILA ON MOLD PROBLEMS, or ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fencing Options
If you’re looking for a way to give your home some character, to frame your garden, or to get a little privacy from t...
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Bob Vila Radio: In the Doghouse
Giving your pet a place of his own to take shelter from wind, rain and sun is a noble pursuit. Doghouses now come in ...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Concrete
Even though the words are often used interchangeably, concrete and cement are not the same thing. Portland cement is ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gardening Greener
"What goes around comes around. " The old adage is especially true in your garden.  Because plants aren’t the only th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Options
Like it or not, working on the car, washing the dog, rinsing the lawnmower and all the other work we do on our drivew...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fly the Flag
So independence day is upon us, and what better way to show your spirit than to fly the flag…but did you know there a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Care Hell
It’s the great American obsession, and we spend about twenty-five billion dollars a year on it, but if lawn care is e...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dog Fences
We all know they don’t like to be fenced in, but after thousands of years of domestication, dogs need boundaries to b...
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Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Living Adds Value
Summer’s here, and it’s a great time to expand your living space—and your home’s value—by making the most of the grea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Surviving a Remodel
While they’re always inconvenient, major remodeling projects can also become a real strain on your relationship if yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garden Journals
You can read all you want about gardening, but a garden journal is the best tool for making sure you remember what wo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Natural Pesticides
Encouraging birds and bats to visit your yard is a great way to keep BUGS down without spraying. LISTENListen to BOB ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Flooring Options
Bathrooms are, like it or not, wet areas. Even if the rest of your house has gleaming hardwood floors, they’re not th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cooling Plants
Most people know that planting a tree to shade your house is a great way to keep it cool. But actually, the south-fac...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tublifts
You can renew your tub or shower area without the expense, effort, and environmental cost of junking your old tub. LI...
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Bob Vila Radio: Extension Cords
I always say you’ve gotta use the right tool for the job, but did you know there’s a right cord for every tool?LISTEN...
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Bob Vila Radio: Drywall Types
Everybody calls it sheetrock, but the generic name is drywall and it comes in various thicknesses and sizes. LISTENLi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Soundproofing
When the whole family's home, it can get pretty loud. What can you do for noise control between rooms? Well, it depen...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Timesavers
Here’s how to make neater work of your next painting project…LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON PAINTING TIMESAVERS, or read...
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Senior Moment: Boost Home Value by Enabling Independent Living
Not much has been guaranteed in the housing industry in the past seven years, but there's one trend that is sure to r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flawless Paint Finish
For a great finish on your next painting project, start by prepping the surface the right way. LISTENListen to BOB VI...
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Bob Vila Radio: Staging to Sell
Did you know that making your home look like a stage set can actually add 10 or 15% to the selling price? You can hir...
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Bob Vila Radio: Decking Options
If you’re building a deck this summer, you’ve got a lot of decking choices. Pressure-treated southern yellow pine has...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garage Storage Options
Installing a garage storage system can have the same effect as adding a room, and it’s a good way to increase your ho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Handsaws
With all the great power saws available today, the lowly handsaw has kind of faded into the background. But there are...
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Bob Vila Radio: Screwdrivers
When it comes to screwdrivers, make sure you're using the right one for the job. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON SCREWDRI...
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Bob Vila Radio: Headlamps
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Tractors
If you’ve got a half-acre or more of lawn to mow, a riding lawnmower or a garden tractor is a great tool to have. LIS...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing Outdoor Furniture
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying a Grill
If you’re shopping for a new gas grill this season, you can pay anywhere from $100 to more than $10,000. You usually ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Grill Maintenance
Keep your grill running smoothly this season by doing a few key maintenance checks. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON GRILL...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window AC Checklist
Before you pull your window air conditioner out of storage, consider its age. Efficiencies have improved so much that...
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Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction
Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole shebang to a landfill, more ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cord Storage
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathtubs
If your bathtub has seen better days, make sure you know your options before you break out the sledgehammer. LISTENLi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Flooring Options
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Filtration
You want to know the water in your home is safe, but depending on what’s in it, you may not need a whole-house filtra...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint and Resale
Ask any realtor how to maximize your home’s value; they’ll tell you to grab a paintbrush. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fixing a Slow Drain
Grace tweets, “The bathroom sink in my 1890s Victorian is draining really slowly. What’s the best way to get things f...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pressure Washing
You can get several years’ worth of grime off your deck and siding in minutes with a pressure washer. Whether you buy...
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Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Furniture
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Maintenance Checklist
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Journal
I got a question from Jim in Toledo, wondering what’s the best way to stay on top of home maintenance every season wi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Curb Appeal
mp3 linkListen to BOB VILA ON CURB APPEAL, or read text below:I got a question from Julie in Tacoma: “I want to sell ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Composting
No fertilizer can do your garden as much good as compost can. It’s impossible to overfertilize with it. Even in colde...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Saves
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink
If it’s time for a new kitchen sink, first consider your countertops. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON THE KITCHEN SINK, o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Faucet Options
If your kitchen needs a quick pick-me-up, just changing the sink faucet goes a long way. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Cabinet Design
If your kitchen feels a little crowded and cramped, the solution starts with your cabinets. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Induction Cooking
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Countertop Options
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Childproofing Tips
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Childproofing Gadgets
Every home is different—and children are great at finding different things to get into every day. There’s a childproo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Smart Appliances
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laundry Makeover
We’ve come a long way since the tub and washboard, but doing the laundry can still feel like drudgery if your laundry...
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Bob Vila Radio: Budget Kitchen Upgrades
If your kitchen’s begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on some key details. LISTENList...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hire a Pro
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garden Planning
A little garden design and planning before you spend any money or pull on the gloves can give you a better garden eve...
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Bob Vila Radio: Faux Painting
If you’re ready to go a step further than a simple coat of paint to personalize your home, try faux finishing. LISTEN...
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Bob Vila Radio: Custom Closet
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spring Cleaning
Even if you’re diligent about cleaning year-round, when winter’s over there’s always some spring cleaning in order. T...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Tools
If you’re getting ready for a painting project, it’s important to think ahead and have your tools and supplies ready ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Tool Drawer
You can save a lot of time around the house by having just what you need stashed where you need it. Usually, that’s t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Homeowner's Insurance
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Inspection
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila: Now on the Radio
For those of you who not only miss Bob Vila's voice, but his tips, advice and home improvement wisdom, you can now ge...