Matching Marble; an excercise in futility

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Like snow flakes, every marble tile is different. That’s partly what makes a marble wall or bathroom so beautiful. But if you are in the process of installing marble tile, it can be hard to remember that mismatched tiles are OK. In fact, … Continue reading

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Drill Bit Doesn’t Fit My Drill?

Dotty Asked: I’ve recently discovered my 3/8″ power drill  does not hold a 3/8″ drill bit.  This is an old drill and before I spend money on a new power drill I’m wondering if you’ve come across that problem.  I’m … Continue reading

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The Well Stocked Tool Kit

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These are the basic tools that can get me through most of the projects I need to do. Continue reading

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Choosing Grout Color for Tile: new uses for spray paint

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Mike thought I was absolutely wacky, but my idea actually worked. If you are trying to decide on a grout color for your tile, go get some playground sand and spray paint it different shades. Spread it out between the … Continue reading

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How I fixed water stains even Kilz wouldn’t cover!

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After a disastrous incident in which water dripped down my freshly painted wall and made a series of shiny streaks that shone through even after repainting, I spent a lot of time trying to remedy the situation. I tried repainting. … Continue reading

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Sweaty Walls and Tales of Woe

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Here’s what it looks like when water runs down a freshly painted wall: Strangely enough, you just can’t paint over it. I think the paint may not have fully cured. These water streaks have been painted over twice. I’m determined to get … Continue reading

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Installing Cabinet Door Pulls

Change the look of your cabinets with decorative door pulls.  

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Tool Kit Tips: Pliers, Channel Locks and Kleins

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There are three kinds of pliers I think belong in everyone’s basic tool kit, and some specialty ones that are optional. Watch the short video demonstration, or just read about them and check out the pics below. COMBINATION PLIERS / … Continue reading

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The Magic of Caulk: seal out drafts AND ants!

Before we rebuilt, our old house was seriously drafty. We had drafts coming in windows and doors, and even up through the floors. But we also had a serious ant problem. So, we went caulk crazy. We caulked around windows, … Continue reading

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Caulk Gun Basics

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Caulking is one of the easiest things to do around the house. Using a caulk gun is simpler than frosting a cake. Watch this 3 minute video demo, or just keep reading. Open the caulk by snipping off the tip … Continue reading

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