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Ask the Builder: Beat inflation in your next building project

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 24, 2022

If you have sought bids on construction work recently or priced out materials for a DIY project, you know that a huge tsunami of price inflation wave is washing over the economy. You can’t afford to waste a penny on home improvement projects. As a way to counteract this trend, I have decided to gift you.
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Easy winter home cleaning tasks you need to tackle

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 23, 2022

Spring cleaning may get all the attention, but it’s winter cleaning you need to pay attention to now. From checking the fireplace to cleaning windows, these tasks slip by but are important in keeping a home free from dirt and germs. It doesn’t have to be difficult to keep your house free from clutter and filth.

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Do it yourself or not? Repair a frozen water pipe

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 18, 2022

If you succumb to a frozen pipe, a plumber will charge $259, which includes labor and material, to unfreeze it and repair the leak if the pipe burst. But this is a dicey job, and it's often not just one pipe that's frozen or easy to reach.
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Ask the Builder: Restoring a bathroom window sash

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 15, 2022

Jeff, a fellow amateur radio operator, sent me a photograph of a wood window in his girlfriend’s bathroom. The window is suffering from rot, and the sash frame is starting to separate. While I don’t have the epic enhanced observation powers of Shawn Spencer in “Psych,” I was able to determine what caused the issue.
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Upcycled Life: Homemade deodorant

Making your own body products is a great way to cut down on plastic waste and plastic packaging. I’ve made my own deodorant for years now and prefer it over store bought for lots of reasons. The biggest benefit is that I have the ingredients at home, and I only need to make a new batch about every three months.
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Ask the Builder: Lifting a house to rebuild a foundation

Recently, my daughter purchased an old camp summer house on a lake. The house is about 80 years old and was built on crude cinder blocks that just rested on stony soil. Frost heave over the years has caused the doors and windows to not fit well. Otherwise, the house is in remarkable shape.
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Making the most of headboards

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 10, 2022

Headboards are sometimes viewed as inexpensive alternatives to a bed ensemble that includes side rails and footboards, but these days they can also provide an opportunity for creativity and even saving space. Why not consider a headboard to grace the head of your bed? 
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Ask the Builder: How a retaining wall works

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 25, 2021

Humans have been building retaining walls for thousands of years to create flat, or gently sloping, terraces on hillsides. A lot of my readers have them on their own property – or need to build one – and they come to me for advice. Retaining walls are far more complex than you might imagine. 
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How to keep your poinsettias and Christmas cacti happy all year

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 25, 2021

Living plants have become an essential part of holiday decor. They add a festive pop of color and help usher in the holiday season. But as we put decorations away and turn our attention to the year ahead, most of us accept the demise of our poinsettias and Christmas cacti at the end of the holiday season.
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Welcome in the holidays by designing a festive front door

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 18, 2021

Although more people are traveling these days, many of us are still choosing to stay home for the holidays. We are also decorating sooner than ever – and in earnest. Amy Rutherford, owner of home goods store Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria, Va., has seen Christmas decorations fly off her shelves.
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Dressing the bed: Going beyond function to art in the bedroom

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 18, 2021

Beds are meant to be comfortable and enhancing. Gone are the days in which beds are just for function, as these days “dressing the bed” is for some an art form involving an array of pillows, lots of layers and texture. Create a mood: How do you want your bedroom space to make you feel? 

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