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Shorten a Door Bottom Without Splintering Apr. 02, 2020

Here's How

Dear James: We want to replace old, crushed carpeting with thick pile-type carpeting, so I probably ... Read More

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

Here's How

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

Select Small-Sized, Easy-to-Handle Tools May. 16, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I want to do some outdoor projects, such as adding a deck, a trellis, etc. Being petite,... Read More

Stealing the Tools Apr. 15, 2019

Marc Dion

When I was very young, maybe 40 years ago, I worked with a number of unreconstructed workingmen. The... Read More

Hang Your Own Kitchen Cabinets Jan. 10, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I want to install new upper kitchen cabinets. I bet a friend I could do all the work mys... Read More

These Tools Have Fascinating 'Handles' Nov. 07, 2018

The Word Guy

During college, I spent an entire summer with a lute in my hands. No, I wasn't strumming medieval ma... Read More

Using the Proper Sandpaper Makes the Job Easier Oct. 04, 2018

Here's How

Dear James: I have been trying to clean up and refinish some of the hardwood trim in my older home. ... Read More

Do-It-Yourselfers Unite! Jul. 26, 2017

Jim Hightower

Planned obsolescence has long been a consumer expense and irritation. Now brand-name profiteers are ... Read More

Tool Winners of the Green Thumb Awards Jan. 18, 2017

A Greener View

Last week, we talked about the new plant varieties that medaled in the 2017 Green Thumb Awards, whic... Read More

Finding the Confidence to Do Household Repairs Yourself Nov. 21, 2016

Everyday Cheapskate

Figuring out how to install a new tile floor in the family room paid off big for my friend Mary Broc... Read More

Picking a Pruner Nov. 16, 2016

A Greener View

Looking for a holiday present for your gardener? A high-quality pruner is a valuable tool for any ga... Read More

Inexpensive Kitchen Tools Everyone Should Own Jul. 21, 2016

Everyday Cheapskate

Whether you're a newlywed, recent grad moving into your first apartment or one of the reported 32 pe... Read More

Green Thumb Tool Awards Jan. 27, 2016

A Greener View

Last week we talked about the five new plant varieties that have won the 2016 Green Thumb Awards pre... Read More

Where to Find Good Free Stuff Feb. 05, 2014

Everyday Cheapskate

Every day, perfectly serviceable items find their way to landfills simply because they are no longer... Read More

Items Needed in an Electrical Project Toolbox Jan. 30, 2014

Here's How

Dear Pat: I live in an older house with a few electrical problems. I want to fix some of these probl... Read More

Twelve Marketing Tools Most Small Businesses Don't Get Right [Part 2 of 2] Jan. 28, 2014

Succeeding in Your Business

Here are more highlights from my conversation with Randye Spina, small business marketing expert and... Read More