Routine outdoor spring-cleaning often just takes a few garden tools, sponges, scrubbers and a good hose. But some larger jobs, such as cleaning siding, decks, fences or sidewalks, require the wat
Nothing ruins the excitement of returning to the family summer home more than driving up to find a slew of things that broke or leaked during the winter. To avoid this, you put much effort into t
Hot houses are great for growing tomatoes, but they're very uncomfortable for people. What can you do when you want to lower the temperature inside your home?
Air conditioning is an option, bu
Living the green lifestyle can be an environmental commitment or it can be a desire to lower your bills without forfeiting comfort. Whatever your motivation is, going green has serious benefits f
When framing exterior walls, some extra work and skill are required. And it is even more complicated if you need to frame a window opening into an existing wall. Before tackling a window framing
One of the first projects I tackled in our new home was to re-stain the deck. The deck was constructed using pressure-treated two-by-six pieces of lumber as the decking boards. Though not necessa
If your wood siding is a looking a little dull and you're thinking that it needs a fresh coat of paint, take a minute and look at the wood siding a bit more carefully. It just may be that all it
Dear James: I was told not to reseal our new asphalt driveway for several years. After three years now, it looks a bit worn. Is it time to seal it, and what is the best sealer and method to apply
Dear James: I am half way through my kitchen remodel. I find I cannot afford now to replace the old linoleum flooring. Is it possible to paint the old flooring and will it hold up? -- Kim S.
Cobalt blue is a fascinating color and the only color listed in the periodic table. It is a vibrant color that is familiar to most as the accent color used in blue and white Delft and Oriental exp
It's here! Summer has arrived, and with it all the community celebrations that signal the official start of one of the most pleasurable times of the year. Dining al fresco is at the heart of cele
It costs hardly anything ($2 a gallon or less on sale); it's available in every grocery in the universe; and it's so useful around your home you are going to have a hard time believing it. That's
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