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You offered to host a party or family gathering at your house didn't you? All of a sudden that Honey-Do list has become the Aaaaaccckkkkk-Get-It-Done-NOW list. You've been putting off installing that gorgeous toilet seat for months now. It's been hiding in the linen closet for months. There's nothing to fear. Let's grab a few […]

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are bearing down on you. When I still was building and remodeling six days a week, I clearly remember how customers wanted me gone and out of their homes during this festive season. The stress level that accompanies turkeys, family, gift giving and parties is already high enough so the dust, plastic […]

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Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are bearing down on you. Family is coming over. What about that cracked and crumbling grout in your bathroom or on your kitchen backsplash? No worries, I’m here to save the day for you! You can have great looking grout in just a few hours if you don’t have too […]

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Does your garbage disposal smell like a rat died in it? You know, that foul odor? Let’s talk about why it happens. The odor is from rotting food that’s coating the side walls and bottom of the disposer. Many people don’t use a disposer the right way. Let’s go over that first. When you operate […]

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Water, snow and ice erode both brick and mortar. Perhaps the most damaging of the three is ice. Water that soaks into the mortar between brick can and does freeze. Water expands as it freezes and this expansion causes the tiny sand and cement paste particles to detach and fall away. It takes years for […]

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Quick Column Summary: white vinegar removes hard water spots soaking and patience is key vinegar can harm marble muriatic acid can be used, but it's POWERFUL There's a good chance you have to deal with hard water stains on many of your surfaces. Municipal water systems don't always deliver nice soft water to your home […]

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You may have to secure two thin pieces of metal together from time to time. It's possible to do this with solder, epoxy or screws with special threads meant for biting into thin metal, but my guess is you might turn to rivets. Rivets have been used for hundreds of years to join metal. The […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to clean teak Use an oxygen bleach Leslie Ann, who lives in the land of the Buckeyes in Columbus, OH, needs to clean a teak table that's had lots of stuff on it.  She wants the BEST product, but doesn't want to shop online. Hmmmmmmm "What is the best way to […]

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If you’ve never worked with wet concrete before, it could be in your future. Many a comedy scene in a television show or movie has involved the soupy compound that magically turns hard in a matter of hours. Concrete is truly a unique building material and is used for countless things around the average home. […]

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Quick Column Summary: Flooding from record rainfalls Combined storm and sanitary sewers Soil can only hold so much water Store valuables above flood lines Long Island was battered with record rainfall last week. It caused both physical and emotional damage to tens of thousands of residents and businesses. If you were one, I'm so sorry […]

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