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How many homes do you think on Long Island have traditional and durable wrought iron porch railings, decorative porch supports or majestic wrought iron fencing? My guess is tens of thousands. Wrought iron is one of those materials of old that's proven itself. In almost all cases, it's a high-quality steel with few impurities in […]

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Ada Wilhelm has a gorgeous rectangular tile floor in her house in Hernando, FL. She wrote to me with a very simple question: "How can we darken a grout that is too light?" Well Ada, I'm wondering why you want to lighten it after looking at the photo you sent below. The grout, to me, looks […]

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I primarily build and repair houses, but I am a little bit of a shade tree mechanic. My wife's car is a wonderful Volvo XC90 that was made in Sweden in 2004. Do you want to know how to check the transmission fluid level on your XC90? Read on. The other day I noticed a […]

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Susan Coyle wants to dress up her home in Atascadero, CA, with some nice extruded fiberglass window boxes. Here's what she asked: "Is there a specific brand of extruded fiberglass window box that you recommend?" Susan, I don't know that there are any standout brands. I have about ten wonderful extruded fiberglass window boxes here at […]

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I don't know how many older homes there are on Long Island, NY that have traditional plaster, but I'm willing to bet it's in the tens of thousands. You can still get real plaster installed in a new home, but it's more expensive than drywall that's now the belle of the ball. If you own […]

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Many people still like the feel of a real book or magazine in their hands instead of a tablet that lets you read and view digital content. What's more, you may have a collection of books, trinkets or small gear you'd like to display in a simple bookcase. You might shy away from a project […]

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This is probably The Outfield's most popular song. It's got a snappy beat and rhythm, but the message in the song is not really that great. It's all about selfishness - something we need MUCH LESS of in this world.  

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You may have a textured finish on a wall or ceiling in your home that resembles mesa and butte topography you may see on a grand scale if you travel to the magnificent Southwest part of the USA. I'm a college-trained geologist and marvel at this landscape. This textured finish is quite common in many […]

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You've seen them before, right? The silver-dollar-sized concave, or sometimes convex, circles on your drywall ceilings and walls? These are often called nail pops because the drywall nail or screw that fastens the gypsum panel to the wood studs or floor joists has “popped” a hole that you now have to repair. The repair is […]

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