DIY Fiberglass Tub Repair: Tips For Fixing A Scratched Or Cracked Bathtub/Shower

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We received this question from a reader:We have a fiberglass tub, and 7 years ago when we moved into our brand new house with brand new tub, there was a chip or crack in a couple places of the tub, so the builder "fixed" those spots, but really they ended up looking worse, and have seriously yellowed over the years. What should we have done instead of letting him "sand down" the cracks? They were like hairline scratches, rather than deep cracks, but his "repair" actually made it worse. … [Read more...]

How (And Why) To Clean The Air Ducts In Your Home

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Have you noticed a collection of lint and/or dark spots building up around the edges of your carpeting?That's an indication that your forced air furnace is acting as a recirculation system for the dust that's contained within the ductwork of your home.Perimeter buildup on the floor and ceiling corners -- especially around your floor registers -- is a good indication that it may be time to get your ductwork cleaned! Here's what you need to know...  … [Read more...]

Organized Garages: Attached vs Detached & Finished vs Unfinished

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Over the years, I have owned about a half dozen different homes.What's the first thing on my priority list when I move into a house with no garage?Build one!...Usually before the last of the boxes is unpacked from the move.Living in the snowbelt makes it almost mandatory for me to have a garage to protect the family vehicles as well as other motorized tools and equipment.As Jay Leno would likely confirm, there's no such thing as too large of a garage!Did You Know?... By … [Read more...]

Drywall Tools 101: How To Fix Drywall With Spackle vs Joint Compound

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About to undertake a home improvement project that involves drywall?There are a bunch of different drywall tools to help make your  job easier. But if this is your very first DIY project that involves installing or replacing drywall, then your biggest question is probably which of these you should be using:Spackle (seen here, on the left); orJoint compound (seen here, on the right)    Generally, the term joint compound is used by those who, for whatever reason, feel … [Read more...]

Home Wallpaper Removal Tips That Work (…DON’T Paint Over It!)

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As a fan of HGTV and DIY Network's many home remodeling and DIY shows, I have a bone to pick with the quality of workmanship sometimes displayed when they're operating on a low budget or within a limited timeframe. The most glaring exhibition of amateur craftsmanship they often make is to paint over existing wallpaper. This is just wrong for so many reasons! In fact, homeowners should immediately change channels when presented with such an extremely poor example. Leaving existing wallpaper in … [Read more...]

Bacteria Alert: How To Easily Clean A Jacuzzi Bathtub Or Whirlpool Tub (Hot Tub Bath With Air Jets)

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We all know what a dirty bathtub ring looks like. Now imagine what that scum buildup is doing inside the jet plumbing of your Jacuzzi style bathtub!Sure, you can clean the bathtub itself, but once you start up the air jets all kinds of nasty looking bits and specks will come floating to the surface if you don't properly clean the jets themselves and the interior plumbing system.That's right, the jets and pipes behind your jet tub can quickly become contaminated with all sorts of … [Read more...]

Painting Dilemma Solved: How To Store & Use Leftover Paint

No matter the size of your painting project, odds are you will have at least one partial container of paint left over when the job is done. If the paint was a special mix, then you'll probably want to keep that remaining paint in good condition. It could come in handy if you ever have to touch-up or re-paint a scratched or damaged wall in the future. The problem is no one wants to keep lots of cans of paint in their house. So, without thinking twice, leftover paint cans usually end up on a … [Read more...]

Home Warranties: 6 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Home Warranty

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First, it's important to realize that home warranties are not the same as homeowners insurance.Homeowners insurance is required by your mortgage company. It covers your personal property, and the structure and contents within your home should an accident or disaster occur.When your home burns down, is damaged by Mother Nature or intruders, or if the water heater springs a leak and ruins your hardwood floors and carpeting, your homeowners insurance will cover that.A home warranty, on … [Read more...]

Before You Hire A Home Repair Handyman… 9 Things You Need To Know!

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Every now and then, you may need a little help with home repairs and maintenance issues.You've probably heard about handymen who come to your home to fix things that you may not have the knowledge or ability to do yourself.For the record, not all handymen are carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Some confine their efforts to yard work, clearing brush, mowing grass, and general outdoor maintenance instead of indoor home repairs. Regardless, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a … [Read more...]