Fixing Things

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...]

DIY Home Security: A Burglar’s 3 Main Targets And How You Can Avoid Being One Of Them

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It may seem strange to think of it this way, but a burglar is a professional. He's got his tools, his uniform, and his hours. And, like all professionals, he sees the world a certain way.For example, city planners can't drive down a street without thinking about its size and placement. I'm a copywriter, so I'm always critiquing advertisements. A burglar sweeps his laser gaze over every house he passes, searching for signs that it'll be his next big score.But what exactly are those signs? … [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...]

Tankless Water Heater Cost, Pros & Cons, And Installation Tips

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Tankless water heaters for the home are becoming very popular -- especially when you think about the fact that heating water accounts for 25% of the energy used your home. It only makes sense to heat water more efficiently, if you can. Unlike a conventional water heater that is constantly "on" in order to have hot water available when you need it, a tankless water heater is different in that it turns "on" only when it's needed and heats your water on demand. … [Read more...]

9 Tips Before You Hire A Home Repair Handyman

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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...]

6 Ways To Have Efficient Hot Water ~ Energy-Efficient Hot Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are the latest buzz word when it comes to producing hot water efficiently. But they're not the only way! The best part about a tankless water heater is that it will only fire up when water flow is sensed. No longer will the burner ignite just because your supply of hot water has cooled to a certain temperature -- even though no one has opened a faucet. That's a good thing. On the other hand, traditional tank water heaters cycle all throughout the day wasting expensive … [Read more...]

Whole House Surge Protectors vs Power Strip Surge Protectors

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Odds are, a few items inside your home (like your computer, TV, DVD player and such) are plugged into multi-strip extension cords that also provide point-of-use surge protection.Most of those types of surge protectors provide the minimum level of protection for everyday household items.But is that really enough protection for your home electronics and appliances?Are power strips the best way to protect your things from lightning strikes and sudden jolts of electricity?The fact … [Read more...]

Things You Should Know Before Converting Your Swimming Pool From Chlorine To A Salt Water System

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What’s better... a salt water pool or a chlorinated pool?Boy, that question will bring out a dozen different opinions.  Looking through the information available on the Internet alone (see 'related links' at the end of this aticle), one can easily become overwhelmed as passions seem to run both ways as to which is better, salt or chlorine.Salt pool systems became popular because they’re very low maintenance -- at first.  They require very little in the way of expensive chemicals or … [Read more...]