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How to Stiffen a Weak, Bouncy Floor Feb. 13, 2020

Here's How

Dear James: I just bought an older home. It seems to be constructed well, but the floors are bouncy ... Read More

Various Types of Electrical Circuit Protectors Feb. 06, 2020

Here's How

Dear James: My children are getting old enough to use small electrical appliances, radios, etc. Can ... 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

Inspect Your HVAC System Every 6 Months to Avoid Expensive Failures Jan. 07, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

Your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system can cost anywhere between a couple hund... Read More

Avoid Costly Foundation Repairs by Checking for Proper Drainage Dec. 31, 2019

The Real Estate Expert

It's natural for the foundation of your home to settle a bit, but when the soil on which your home s... Read More

Give What You Have Dec. 11, 2019

Classic Zig Ziglar

"As a new resident of a small, southern town, I often noticed a stocky, gray-haired man ride by my h... 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

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

A Panel Fence for More Privacy Is Easy To Build Oct. 24, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: A house is being built on a vacant lot next to my sloping lot, and I need some privacy. ... 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

Retaining Walls Oct. 16, 2019

A Greener View

Q: Everyone in my subdivision uses man-made blocks for the retaining walls they installed on the slo... Read More

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

Here's How

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

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

Everyday Cheapskate

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

Should You Fix It or Nix It? Feb. 05, 2019

Everyday Cheapskate

You're worried that the washing machine is on its last spin cycle. It makes a horrible screeching so... Read More

9 Extremely Useful Home Repair Products to Fix Just About Anything Oct. 18, 2018

Everyday Cheapskate

Maintenance and home repair are a never-ending reality for just about everyone — homeowners an... Read More

Add Color to the Surface of Your Concrete Patio Apr. 20, 2017

Here's How

Dear James: I had painted a concrete patio before, but it peeled off over time. I want to decorate m... Read More

Install a New Fireplace Surround and Gas Logs Feb. 23, 2017

Here's How

Dear James: It's a mess carrying firewood indoors, so I want to modernize my old brick fireplace wit... Read More

Select and Work with a General Contractor Feb. 16, 2017

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Dear James: An architect is almost finished with the plans for my house. I need to select a good gen... Read More

Eliminate Drywall Shadow Lines on Walls Jan. 26, 2017

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Dear James: I am remodeling two rooms. I hung and finished drywall in one room, but there are shadow... Read More