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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...

Grass in a backyard lawn that is almost all grown in.

Recently planted lawn that is growing nicely. (Photo: Flickr/Joe Goldberg)

The quick, cheap way to grow a grass-filled lawn

Q: I moved into a house with no grass in the back yard. I think there was some a long time ago, as you can see little blades when it rains a little. What would be the quickest and least expensive way to get grass in there?

A: Depending on where you live and the amount of...

Small rainbow appears in mist from pressure wash nozzle above wooden deck.

Bonus on deck: a pressure-wash rainbow (Photo: Flickr/Patrick Shusta)

Is pressure washing a good way to remove moss?

Q: We have green mossy stuff growing on our aluminum siding and deck. Should I power wash it?

A: You can power wash the deck, but you have to be careful about the siding.

For the siding, the best option would be to use the pressure washer on the lowest setting and...

Man next to white microwave.

(Photo: Flickr/Doc Searls)

How to replace an exhaust fan in a microwave

Q: How do I replace a fan motor in a GE Spacemaker microwave? The exhaust fan is making a horrible screeching noise and I've ordered a replacement fan motor.

A: You would have to pull the unit off the wall by removing the screws inside the floor of the cabinet above the...

Dwarf grapefruit tree in a pot, no flowers or fruit yet.

A dwarf grapefruit tree. (Photo: Flickr/C Jill Reed)

The best way to assess grapefruit ripeness: timing

Q: I have a dwarf grapefruit tree (ruby red grapefruit) in my apartment and it has one huge grapefruit growing on it. It's late January and the fruit has been growing for a couple of months now (hasn't changes size since November) and is some shade of greenish yellow. The size seems...

Porcelain bathroom sink viewed from above.

(Photo: Flickr/CJ Matulewicz)

Our new porcelain sink has two cracks. Will it leak?

January 28, 2013

Q: We recently installed a new sink (porcelain) in our rental house. It was the top of the line and expensive. Yesterday I noticed two cracks coming from the drain. They are not all the way through but a little deeper than surface. Can these be repaired? If not, will the sink leak?...

Concrete and masonry steps with lush lawnscaping on either side.

(Photo: Flickr/ARNOLD Masonry and Concrete)

Can I make my concrete stairs safer in case of a fall?

Q: I'm trying to make my home safer for my elderly mother. The front and back steps are concrete. Is there some type of coating that I can apply to make them softer in case she falls?

A: Well, you could install indoor/outdoor carpet on them. It will help some, but...

corner of baby's room with decorative wall border separating two paint colors.

(Photo: Flickr/Ted Johnson)

The best adhesive for a wall border

Q: I am having trouble getting a wall border to stick. I've tried regular wallpaper paste and Elmer's glue, and nothing seems to work. What do you recommend?

A: I've encountered this issue before and wound up finally having success by using 3M Super 77 spray contact...