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Great Reader Tips -- From Banana Storage to Paint Goofs and Lots More! Jan. 21, 2020

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DIY BANANA TREE A banana tree is a great invention that prevents bananas from bruising so they will ... Read More

Make Your Own Spreadable Butter Jan. 16, 2020

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You've seen the little tubs of spreadable butter in the dairy case of your supermarket. In fact, you... Read More

Keep Moisture out of Walls To Avoid Rotting Jan. 16, 2020

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Dear James: I am in the planning stage for a new home. My previous stucco home had serious damage fo... Read More

How to Brighten Dingy Laundry ... and More Reader Questions Jan. 14, 2020

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Dear Mary: While my daughter was on staff at a summer camp, she did not launder her bedding frequent... Read More

Refinish a Countertop to Look Like Real Granite Jan. 09, 2020

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Dear James: I have an old laminate kitchen countertop still in good shape. I want to refinish it mys... Read More

Make a Room-Size Steam Room in Your Bathroom Jan. 02, 2020

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Dear James: I like sitting in the steam room after a workout at my health club. I know where to buy ... Read More

Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Clean and Fresh Dec. 25, 2019

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When it comes to housekeeping, there's nothing quite so lovely as the smell of nothing. That's the w... Read More

Do Your Own Finish Carpentry to Lower Costs Dec. 25, 2019

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Dear James: I had a room added to my house. I want to do the trim-finish carpentry myself to save mo... Read More

Jazz Up Your Dining Room With New Wood Trim Dec. 19, 2019

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Dear James: I would like to add some decorative woodwork trim in my dining room, but I am having tro... Read More

9 Ways You May Be Abusing Your Appliances Dec. 16, 2019

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Is it possible that, without knowing it, you're making damaging or dangerous mistakes with your hous... Read More

Install a Recessed or Surface Medicine Cabinet Dec. 12, 2019

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Dear James: Now that our daughters are getting older, I need to install a large medicine cabinet in ... Read More

The Best Thing I Ever Bought Dec. 05, 2019

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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

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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