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The Best Thing I Ever Bought Dec. 05, 2019

Everyday Cheapskate

Of all the columns I've written, the one on how to have perpetually clean carpet in my home has gene... Read More

Clean Window Glass With Squeegee Like a Professional Dec. 05, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I have been living in my new home for about three months, and I cannot believe how dirty... Read More

How to Get Yellow-Stained Bed Pillows White Again Dec. 04, 2019

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Favorite bed pillows get a lot of use every night. We keep clean pillowcases on them and don't think... Read More

9 Remarkable Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds Dec. 03, 2019

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If you love your morning cup of joe, there's a pretty good chance you're throwing out spent coffee g... Read More

11 Ways to Use Ordinary Pantry Items to Get Rid of Ants Dec. 02, 2019

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Most ant problems — especially those teeny tiny sugar ants that are attracted to the sweets in... Read More

Add More Storage With a Window Seat Nov. 28, 2019

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Dear James: I could use some additional storage space, especially in the children's bedroom. I thoug... Read More

Proper Indoor Wall-Painting Techniques Nov. 21, 2019

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Dear James: I am redecorating my living room now that the kids are older. I have never been able to ... Read More

Safety Tips When Using a Table Saw Nov. 14, 2019

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Dear James: I try to do some home improvement projects myself, but many require the use of a table s... Read More

Install a Lightweight Box Beam on Ceiling Oct. 31, 2019

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Dear James: I want to add ceiling lighting and a ceiling fan to my living room, but there is no wiri... Read More

Replace Your Old Garbage Disposer Oct. 17, 2019

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Dear James: My daughter dropped a spoon in our old garbage disposer, so we have to replace it. Is in... Read More

Install New Baseboards for a Fresh Look Oct. 10, 2019

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Dear James: I am redecorating my living room, and I think new decorative baseboards would help. My n... Read More

Ask Me Anything: Silver in Dishwasher and Unused 529 Plan Sep. 25, 2019

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Dear Mary: I have a set of silver flatware that I use daily. It's not a particularly good set, just ... Read More

How to Strip Old House Paint the Easy Way Sep. 19, 2019

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Dear James: I need to paint my house, which has wood siding. The paint is in pretty bad shape. What ... Read More

Repair Toilets Yourself to Save Water and Money Sep. 12, 2019

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Dear James: We have three toilets in our house, and each one seems to have a different problem. It c... Read More

Install a Space-Saving Pocket Door Yourself Sep. 05, 2019

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Dear James: When I was in college, our old dorm had pocket doors to save space, but they were hard t... Read More

Methods to Reduce Dust During a Home Project Aug. 29, 2019

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Dear James: I like to do home improvement projects around my house, but the dust and dirt gets every... Read More

How to Fix Scratches on Glass Aug. 21, 2019

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Our homes are well-accessorized with glass from windowpanes to shower doors to tabletops to lovely g... Read More

Adding on Vs. Moving on Aug. 19, 2019

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There is rarely a week that I do not receive a phone call asking if it makes sense to add a swimming... Read More

How to Design a Living Room to Complement Furniture Aug. 08, 2019

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Dear James: I am designing my new home, and I am not sure how big or in what shape to make the rooms... Read More

Should You Repair or Replace Your Broken Appliances? Aug. 05, 2019

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You're worried the washing machine may be on its last spin cycle. It makes a horrible screeching sou... Read More