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Monday, November 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883


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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, …

To grow old in your home, renovate accordingly

Don’t wait until you have mobility issues to make your house ready for it.

Ask the builder: Installing a pre-hung door

Installing a pre-hung door

Ask the builder: Making sense of drywall types

One contractor talks about green board. Another one mentions MMR board. The third contractor hasn’t heard of either of those two. Help!

Ask the builder: Stop basement leaks with a French drain

The best way to solve leaking basements, crawlspaces and soggy soil is to install a linear French drain.

Ask The Builder: Installing border strip makes hardwood repair less conspicuous

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 …

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 …

Ask the Builder: Why brick mortar repairs fail – and how to do the job right

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 …

Ask the Builder: Building a pergola that is safe and beautiful

When planning a pergola, consider structural challenges first, then aesthetics.

Front Porch: New tile starts a cascade of home organization, improvement projects

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 …

Ask the Builder: Key to installing a prehung door is good shimming

Reader plans to install a few new interior doors around my house and could use some tips.

Lowe’s, Home Depot a bright spot right now in retail

After a week of dismal earnings from department stores, home improvement companies are proving to be the silver lining of the retail industry.

Lowe’s gets approval from Canadian regulators to buy Rona

Lowe’s says it has received approval from Canadian regulators to buy home improvement retailer Rona.

Lowe’s to buy Canadian chain Rona for $2.3 billion

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.

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 …

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 …

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, …

Garage may need retrofitting if you switch to electric vehicle

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 …

Front Porch: Wait till it’s empty nest improvement

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 …

Wood window frames can require yearly work

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 …

Everyday Economy: Remodeling with confidence

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 …

Special paint can work with plastic, vinyl

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 …

Home projects – quit while you’re ahead

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 …