Stories tagged: home improvement
Sat., Sept. 15, 2018
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, …
Sat., Aug. 18, 2018
Don’t wait until you have mobility issues to make your house ready for it.
Sat., Aug. 11, 2018
Installing a pre-hung door
Sat., July 21, 2018
One contractor talks about green board. Another one mentions MMR board. The third contractor hasn’t heard of either of those two. Help!
Sat., April 21, 2018
The best way to solve leaking basements, crawlspaces and soggy soil is to install a linear French drain.
Sat., March 24, 2018
I launched my podcast last week, and it was a blast. It’s only about 30 to 40 minutes long and the first one included two calls and a story about …
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
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 …
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017
It appears I wasted some money five years ago. I had my brick building repointed with new mortar, and it has deteriorated quickly. Do you have any idea what caused …
Sat., May 20, 2017
When planning a pergola, consider structural challenges first, then aesthetics.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016
Have you ever noticed that there’s an inevitable cascading effect from one simple action? Clean out one drawer in your house and you wind up cleaning out every drawer, not …
Sat., June 18, 2016
Reader plans to install a few new interior doors around my house and could use some tips.
Wed., May 18, 2016
After a week of dismal earnings from department stores, home improvement companies are proving to be the silver lining of the retail industry.
Fri., May 13, 2016
Lowe’s says it has received approval from Canadian regulators to buy home improvement retailer Rona.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
Lowe’s said Wednesday it plans to acquire a Canadian home improvement company for $2.3 billion, marking the Charlotte-area retailer’s second attempt to acquire Quebec-based Rona.
Thu., April 11, 2013
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 …
Sun., Aug. 7, 2011
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 …
Sun., April 3, 2011
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, …
Sun., April 3, 2011
With gas prices rising and instability in the Middle East, the thought of an electric car in the garage might be getting more appealing. Before you jump for the new …
Thu., Oct. 14, 2010
Our house is in a constant state of home improvement. It’s a veritable ode to unfinished projects. I marvel when friends say they painted their living rooms or stained their …
Sun., April 12, 2009
Q. The paint on my wood-framed basement windows is peeling on the outside and the wood has some cracks. I want to repair and repaint. How do I go about …
Mon., March 30, 2009
It’s spring, and a homeowner’s thoughts turn to home improvement projects. If you’ve got a big one coming up, you’ll be thinking of hiring a contractor. Few relationships can be …
Sun., Feb. 1, 2009
Q. My plastic porch railing has become unsightly with dirt and stains. Is it possible to paint it and if not, how can it be cleaned? A. It is possible …
Tue., April 10, 2007
It seems like every spring, I take on what should be a completely innocuous home project. Usually, this is far enough removed from my last innocuous home project that I …