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Jan 2, 2019 Bob Vila
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The driveway apron, also known as the approach, is the 8 to 15 feet of the hardscaping located closest to the road. I...
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Dec 19, 2018 Bob Vila
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There’s nothing quite like the Revival Queen Anne style of homes that swept through America at the turn of the 19th C...
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When upgrading your bathroom, don’t forget to think beyond backsplashes and vanities to consider what lighting elemen...
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Asphalt shingles have long been known for their cost-effectiveness and ease of maintenance. But now there’s a variety...
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Just when you think you’re done raking leaves, one gust of wind can scatter your piles, shake your trees, and make mo...
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Don’t let their names confuse you: Though polycrylic and polyurethane may sit on the same shelf at the store, they ar...
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Nov 19, 2018 Bob Vila
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If you’ve ever worked with wood, you’re likely familiar with instructions to sand all edges after cutting, before app...
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Nov 8, 2018 Bob Vila
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Look up instructions for almost any paint job, and you’ll consistently see primer mentioned in one of the first steps...
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If you’re painting over oil-based paint—say, on kitchen cabinets or trim—it’s best to use more oil-based paint. Switc...
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How can you avoid those bothersome blisters that sometimes appear on painted surfaces? Here are some pointers:CM_BVNO...
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Apr 24, 2018 Bob Vila
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Curious about metal roofing? You're certainly not alone. Though at one time its use had been relegated to utility str...
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Butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchens these days, but as with any countertop material, there ar...
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Apr 10, 2018 Bob Vila
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With traditional wood stain, you have a choice to make: do you choose a light finish that lets the wood grain shine t...
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Apr 3, 2018 Bob Vila
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Want to update your kitchen but don't have the budget for a complete renovation? You're certainly not alone. Here's a...
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Mar 27, 2018 Bob Vila
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Laying sod isn't a trivial, low-effort project, but careful preparation makes the job a whole lot easier and signific...
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Mar 20, 2018 Bob Vila
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When’s the best time to fertilize your lawn? Opinions do vary but generally speaking, most agree that it's best to fe...
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Mar 13, 2018 Bob Vila
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Basement flooding easily ranks among the top ten homeowner nightmares. Though recovering from a flood certainly isn't...
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Mar 6, 2018 Bob Vila
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Got your sights set on a major building project? Not so fast. First, you need to know more about how the site soil wo...
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Feb 27, 2018 Bob Vila
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Heading out on vacation? Ensure that your home remains safe and sound while you're away. Here are some crucial items ...
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Drywall and plaster both have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some points to keep in mind when deciding ...
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Pets may be great companions, but they're not always kind to their owners' homes, and that's especially true of floor...
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Feb 13, 2018 Bob Vila
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Stopped-up drain? Overflowing toilet? For these and many more plumbing repairs, homeowners reach for the plunger—a tr...
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Feb 6, 2018 Bob Vila
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Nobody buys a house for its driveway. But there's no denying it—an attractive driveway adds curb appeal. If yours has...
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Jan 30, 2018 Bob Vila
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If you’re thinking of upgrading your kitchen with new appliances, don’t forget the range hood. There are a dizzying a...
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Jan 30, 2018 Bob Vila
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If you painted an interior wall not too long ago but have noticed that it’s already peeling, cracking, or flaking, he...
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Jan 23, 2018 Bob Vila
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In any renovation project, you need the right tools to achieve success. That's obvious. But of all the many screwdriv...
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Jan 14, 2018 Bob Vila
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Need to fix a ding in your drywall? Here are a few quick pointers. CM_BVNOTES-1727-3Listen to BOB VILA ON PATCHING DR...
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‘Ever wonder how long your water heater will last? Well, that depends on quite a few factors. CM_BVNOTES-1802-4Listen...
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Jan 8, 2018 Bob Vila
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Everyone knows the traditional handsaw, with its long, wide blade and sturdy handle. But not everyone knows there's m...
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Jan 2, 2018 Bob Vila
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Moving to new digs? Make sure your belongings are well packed, so they make the trip safely. Of course to do that, yo...
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Dec 29, 2017 Bob Vila
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Home inspections are not cheap. But if you’re looking to purchase a home, having it thoroughly inspected before you c...
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Dec 18, 2017 Bob Vila
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When it comes to meal planning, you definitely want to keep bacteria off the guest list.  Maintaining your fridge at ...
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Dec 6, 2017 Bob Vila
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If you’re taking on an interior painting project, you’ll want to ensure each coat is completely dry before adding ano...
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Dec 2, 2017 Bob Vila
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The average freezer lasts 10 to 15 years before you need to replace it. If yours is only a few years old and still no...
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Nov 22, 2017 Bob Vila
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It's no wonder cast-iron cookware is popular: They are non-toxic, evenly heated, and durable enough to last for gener...
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If you’re thinking of removing wallpaper, first make sure you know what type of wallpaper you’re dealing with. CM_BVN...
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Nov 17, 2017 Bob Vila
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If your trash can persists in emitting an unpleasant odor—even when you change bags and wash it regularly—here are so...
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Nov 7, 2017 Bob Vila
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Knowing exactly the right screw to use for your project saves time and energy. Plus, it ups the chances of whatever y...
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Nov 5, 2017 Bob Vila
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Keeping kitchen knives sharp makes food prep faster, easier, and practically painless—it actually lessens the chance ...
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Nov 2, 2017 Bob Vila
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More and more homeowners these days are switching to LED lighting, and there are a bunch of reasons why. CM_BVNOTES-1...
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Oct 23, 2017 Bob Vila
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Trying to decide which polyurethane is right for your DIY project? Here are some points to consider. CM_BVNOTES-1744-...
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Oct 10, 2017 Bob Vila
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CM_BVNOTES-1742-2Listen to ORGANIC VS. SYNTHETIC FERTILIZERS or read below:Organic versus synthetic fertilizers—here’...
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Oct 6, 2017 Bob Vila
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Autumn leaves are lovely – at least until they’re carpeting your lawn…and raking them has become yet another item on ...
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When it comes to choosing wood flooring, you’ve got loads of options. One of the decisions you’ll be making is whethe...
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Sep 28, 2017 Bob Vila
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In general, cutting wet grass isn’t a good idea. Here’s why:CM_BVNOTES-1740-4Listen to BOB VILA ON CUTTING WET GRASS ...
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Sep 15, 2017 Bob Vila
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What is shiplap? For one thing, it's a trendy wood wall treatment. More specifically, the term "shiplap" refers to ro...
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Adding a deck? You have lots of materials to choose from. CM_BVNOTES-1737-1Listen to BOB VILA ON DECK MATERIAL OPTION...
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Sep 3, 2017 Bob Vila
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Transom windows rest on the horizontal support beam above a window- or doorframe, enhancing natural light while addin...
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Aug 16, 2017 Bob Vila
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As you enjoy outdoor fun this summer, keep family, friends and pets safe from disease-carrying ticks. CM_BVNOTES-1734...
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Aug 14, 2017 Bob Vila
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Grease fires are serious business. Would you believe they account for nearly a quarter of at-home fire-related deaths...
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Aug 12, 2017 Bob Vila
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Drought conditions, combined with scorching summer temperatures, can make it hard to keep your lawn properly watered....
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Jul 20, 2017 Bob Vila
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Unless you live in an area with drought conditions, rain usually supplies a good bit of moisture for our lawns. But t...
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Jul 5, 2017 Bob Vila
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When used effectively, mulch insulates soil, locks in moisture, keeps out weeds, protects sensitive plants, plus it g...
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Jun 16, 2017 Bob Vila
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If garden pests are bugging you, but you’d rather not nuke them with toxic chemicals, maybe you should give insectici...
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Jun 15, 2017 Bob Vila
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Also known as sheet mulching, lasagna gardening provides for richer soil and fewer weeds. The best part? You don't ha...
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Jun 1, 2017 Bob Vila
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‘Bet you’re good and ready for your first plunge in your beloved backyard pool. Before you start splashing, though, y...
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May 16, 2017 Bob Vila
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With the arrival of spring, homeowners return to the outdoors, setting sights on new ways to bring beauty, fragrance,...
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Apr 6, 2017 Bob Vila
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In any home, no matter its age or design, the kitchen always seem to serve as the hub of daily activity—a gathering s...
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Mar 17, 2017 Bob Vila
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If you’re adding wallpaper to your home, be sure to invest time in choosing the right design. After all, you're likel...
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Feb 17, 2017 Bob Vila
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What’s the best way of storing gasoline so that it's not only safe, but ready for use the next time you need it? Here...
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If rooms in your home receive too little natural light, remember that with nothing more than paint, you can bring abo...
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Feb 2, 2017 Bob Vila
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Winter storms sometimes have a way of sneaking up on us. If that happens, and you get another surprise—no ice melt on...
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Jan 15, 2017 Bob Vila
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If you’re thinking of building out toward the edges of your lot, you first need to determine the exact location of yo...
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Dec 5, 2016 Bob Vila
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No kitchen stove is perfect. Both gas and electric models offer advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few consider...
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Nov 16, 2016 Bob Vila
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Runoff from rain or melted snow can cause serious damage to your foundation and basement. The best solution to lead a...
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Nov 7, 2016 Bob Vila
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You've probably already heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the illness triggered by a lack of light during t...
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Oct 31, 2016 Bob Vila
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There's no reason to wait until spring to tackle that home improvement project. In most areas of the country, winter ...
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Oct 26, 2016 Bob Vila
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You might not think of yourself as much of a detective, but piecing together the history of your house is easier than...
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Oct 17, 2016 Bob Vila
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Already found a contractor for your next project? You might be happy with your hire, but planning ahead is the best w...
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Sep 27, 2016 Bob Vila
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Cats and dogs need just as much time outside as people do, but designing a safe space for pets and protecting your la...
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Sep 19, 2016 Bob Vila
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When shopping for a new front door, you'll want to keep a few things in mind. First, your choice should complement th...
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Sep 6, 2016 Bob Vila
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You might enjoy their pastoral presence, but there’s no doubt that deer wreak havoc on garden vegetables, plants, and...
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Aug 25, 2016 Bob Vila
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Audio speakers designed for the outdoors? They’ve been around for years—but recent innovations in weather-resistant c...
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Aug 18, 2016 Bob Vila
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Worried your roof won't make it through another season? If you spot sagging, raised shingles, and ceiling leaks, you ...
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Aug 3, 2016 Bob Vila
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Although fire ants are more common in southern states, they can thrive nearly anywhere. Ranging from reddish brown to...