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Tips for Purchasing a Brand-New Home Apr. 07, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

Everybody has a dream of one day owning a perfectly built, brand-new home. Of course, I'd need to wi... Read More

The Places Where Builders Can Cut Corners Mar. 31, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

When looking for a home, you will need to decide where your priorities are, budget-wise. If you are ... Read More

How To Evaluate and Select a Building Lot Jan. 23, 2020

Here's How

Dear James: I am looking for a building lot. The nicest lots have already been taken in subdivisions... Read More

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

Here's How

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

Three-Act Lunar Structure Aug. 19, 2019

Horoscopes by Holiday

This Aries moon occurs in a three-act structure. It starts off by opening a window of opportunity in... Read More

Remove Old Peeling Sealer From Deck Aug. 15, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I used a dark deck sealer several years ago. It looked good for the first year or two, b... Read More

Standard and Black Mold in Bathrooms Jul. 11, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: We are fixing up our house to sell. There are a couple of small moldy spots on the ceili... Read More

Decorate Your Kitchen Countertop With Stenciling Jun. 27, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: My kitchen could use a new look, but my children need braces on their teeth even more. T... Read More

Design a Mudroom for Your Garage or Back Door Jun. 06, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: We are designing a new house. We have two children and think a mudroom between the garag... Read More

Tile a Kitchen Countertop Backsplash May. 30, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: The area of the wall behind the countertop always gets messy, and the paint gets stained... Read More

Add a Second Staircase for the Children May. 23, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I am totally remodeling an older house I just purchased. I want to add a second staircas... Read More

Build Your Own Bridge Through the Garden Apr. 25, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I am planning to sell my house, so I want to improve the landscaping. I think a small de... Read More

The Hand of God Apr. 22, 2019

Marc Dion

I watched Notre Dame de Paris burn from my couch, located in my house, located one block from a 100-... Read More

How a Fire Stop Functions in a Wall Feb. 21, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I live in an 75-year-old two-story house. When some walls were opened for repairs, the p... Read More

Install a New Shower Stall With a Tile Floor Jan. 31, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: My children are getting older, and we need another shower. There's space in the utility ... Read More

Minimize Risk From Lead Paint When Remodeling Jan. 17, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I am planning to remodel a 50-year-old house, but want to retain as much original charac... Read More

Install a Bathroom Pedestal Sink Yourself Dec. 13, 2018

Here's How

Dear James: I want to remodel my bathroom, but I can only afford to do it in stages. I think install... Read More

Properly Build a Curb and Flash a Skylight Nov. 29, 2018

Here's How

Dear James: A friend gave me a small (not curb-mounted or self-flashing) skylight for free. What is ... Read More

Should I Try Being My Own General Contractor? Nov. 22, 2018

Here's How

Dear James: I am planning to build a new home for myself and my two children. I have looked at many ... Read More

Install Drywall Over Old Paneling Nov. 01, 2018

Here's How

Dear James: My house has old paneling with vertical grooves, and I want to cover it with drywall and... Read More