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Ask the Builder: Retaining wall basics

You may recall that point in high school physics class when a frustrated student demanded, “Give me an example of when I’ll ever use this stuff in real life!” Well, this is one of those times.

Lowe’s not catching the same tail wind Home Depot is riding

Lowe’s second-quarter profit got a boost from the sales of an Australian joint venture, but its performance was weak by most measures in a vibrant housing market, and its profit outlook for the year was well below the expectations of industry analysts.

Playhouses to be auctioned to benefit at-risk youths

Eleven custom-built playhouses will hit the auction block on Saturday during Spokane’s Premier Home Improvement Show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. A 12th playhouse will be raffled off the same day.

Builders are turning decks into showpieces

The deck has gone high-tech. Wood decks are rapidly being replaced by plastic, aluminum and other man-made decking materials, which are prized for their easy maintenance. Builders are making decks into showpieces, with multiple levels, custom railing and other perks.

Newlyweds turn home improvement project into reality show

Newlyweds with no rehab skills renovate a neglected 60-year-old home and, after a few mishaps, end up with a showplace. Sounds like a great idea for a TV home-improvement show, right? That’s what the folks at DIY (Do It Yourself) Network thought when they heard about Mark and Diana Sanicki, who paid $392,500 a year ago for a Ramsey, N.J., house in need of an overhaul.