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3 steps for planning a large home repair project

When it comes to home repair, there's nothing more important than the planning process. Large repairs can not only be expensive, they can be risky depending upon the age of your home and what it is that you plan to do.

Pull it off properly, however, and the right repair can make your...

Sleek side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator next to white counter with wine bottle and glasses.

(Photo: Flickr/LGEPR)

How to stop a refrigerator beep after a power outage

Q: I have a Frigidaire side-by-side model#GLHS38EJB0. My problem started after a power outage. Once power was restored the refrigerator has a constant beep. There is power to the fridge lights, no temperature display. I don't hear the compressor or the condenser fan.


Single red rose in the midst of several leaves.

(Photo: Flickr/John Liu)

Tips to know before planting roses in a container

Q: Can roses be planted in a container? If so, is there a specific variety that does best?

A: Yes, roses can be grown in containers, but how you go about it will depend on your climate. In Southern areas, clay pots to prevent overheating work best. In the North, heavy...

Steaks, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts on hot grill.

(Photo: Flickr/Kristopher Volkman)

How do infrared grills compare to propane ones?

July 01, 2013

Q: Are infrared grills any good, or should I stick with propane?

A: Infrared burners while the latest new thing (since the patent expired a while back) have a few advantages over a typical burner configuration, but on balance they really don't do anything better than a...

(Photo: Flickr/Rachel Medina)

Best ways to stop condensation on your windows

Q: How can I stop condensation on my windows at night?

A: The condensation is caused by low temperatures on the glass, and high relative humidity in the home. The lower the temperature of the glass and the higher the humidity, the more condensation. If you currently have...

Woman watering plants with a watering can.

Tips for growing an organic garden above the ground

Q: I want to grow an organic garden but want to actually have it above the ground. If I place the raised garden frame securely on posts, what can I use for the bottom of the garden bed? Also, how do I prevent too much water from gathering at the bottom? I want to make three 8' x 5'...

Dirty, white tile floor that has been damaged by mold.

(Photo: Flickr/Angela Schmeidel Randall)

Can I mix bleach, vinegar, and MEK to kill mold?

Q: Will spraying a mixture of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), vinegar, and bleach be a safe mixture to kill mold that grew from a house flooded with salt water?

A: The short answer is "No!" MEK is a solvent and is EXTREMELY flammable. If you go around soaking the house with it...

Room with bare hardwood floor, tan dog standing on hind legs and looking out the window.

(Photo: Flickr/Mitch Barrie)

What protective layer can I use on hardwood floors?

Q: I'm planning to turn my house into a rental. I have original hardwood floors that I'm worried that the renters might ruin. Is there a way to protect these floors? How about a sealer or adding another layer of laminate on top? Do people do that?

A: There is no way to...

Family of four adults in a hot tub

(Photo: Flickr/moodboard)

Ideas for saving energy with a new hot tub

Q: I live in a house that is 100% solar-powered, and I am looking to buy a hot tub. They all say "15 amp." Does this mean they use 15 amps all the time or that they use a 15 amp circuit? If it is all the time that would be roughly 1650-1800 watts. Or is it less because it hooks up to a...

Man fixing part of a hardwood floor.

How to repair a small gash in a hardwood floor

April 01, 2013

Q: I accidentally slipped while carrying my snowboard, and it slammed into the floor. I have a nice hardwood floor (original from 1920s), and the incident left a noticeable gash about two inches across. Any tips on how to repair it?

A: In this case you can achieve a 90 to...