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Filed under: Kitchen & Bath, Big Projects

Howard Maxfield of Plus One Inspection Services, Inc. in Mill Creek, Washington (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Someone has taken a whack at fixing this wobbly toilet using a tapered axe head and scrap of wood as shims. Not exactly my...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Living Spaces

Rick A. Harrington, Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC, Pickerington, Ohio (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter

This fold-down attic ladder is going nowhere except into a pretty important support column. If this column is...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Essential Skills, Know-How, Living Spaces

Rick A. Harrington of Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC in Pickerington, Ohio (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter.

Is this curious structure actually a staircase? Apparently, this DIYer didn't...

Filed under: Living Rooms, Small Spaces, Living Spaces

Alvin C. Miller of Hawkeye Home Inspections, LLC in Wellman, Iowa (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of the ASHI Reporter.

There's no getting comfortable in this room any time of year, since the temperature-controlled air from the HVAC system...

A low price doesn’t always mean a good deal, especially if the product doesn’t perform well. The experts at Consumer Reports have tested thousands of household items over the past year – from detergents to toilets – and have put together a list of some of the best and worst home products, based...

Filed under: Real Estate, Health, Fraud Chinese made drywall pose serious health and structural threats according to tests by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)l, and federal authorities are urging consumers to start...

Filed under: Real Estate, Health, Fraud Chinese made drywall pose serious health and structural threats according to tests by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)l, and federal authorities are urging consumers to start...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green, Consumer Ally What does a gas powered clock radio (that might put you to sleep permanently with carbon monoxide poisoning), and a room air cleaner that consists of a feather duster and fly strips taped to the front of a space heater, have in common? They...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green, Consumer Ally What does a gas powered clock radio (that might put you to sleep permanently with carbon monoxide poisoning), and a room air cleaner that consists of a feather duster and fly strips taped to the front of a space heater, have in common? They...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green, Consumer Ally What does a gas powered clock radio (that might put you to sleep permanently with carbon monoxide poisoning), and a room air cleaner that consists of a feather duster and fly strips taped to the front of a space heater, have in common? They...

Filed under: Exteriors & Facades, Outdoors

Richard Matore of Pillar to Post Home Inspection in Newington, Connecticut (via The Money Pit). Courtesy of ASHI Reporter

Remember the Chia Pet, that early '80s craze that revolutionized indoor gardening? Well, I'm pretty sure they never offered a Chia...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Living Spaces

Tom Krauetler

What's the fastest way to get to the front door from the second floor? Through the ceiling! While replacing the floor in an upstairs bathroom, this homeowner momentarily forgot the age-old carpenter's adage for strolls among exposed floor...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession Running out of space to expand and improve your home? Then look up. Attic space is the newest frontier in home improvement, and according to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, one in five respondents said they planned to finish...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession Running out of space to expand and improve your home? Then look up. Attic space is the newest frontier in home improvement, and according to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, one in five respondents said they planned to finish...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession Running out of space to expand and improve your home? Then look up. Attic space is the newest frontier in home improvement, and according to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, one in five respondents said they planned to finish...

Filed under: Real Estate, Health, Refinancing If you live in an older home and are planning any remodeling projects, you might need to add some padding to your budget. This spring a new EPA requirement will mandate that special lead testing, work practices -- and extra expenses are also part of...

Filed under: Real Estate, Health, Refinancing If you live in an older home and are planning any home remodeling projects, you might need to add some padding to your budget. This spring a new EPA requirement will mandate that special lead testing, work practices -- and extra expenses are also...

Filed under: Real Estate, Health, Refinancing If you live in an older home and are planning any remodeling projects, you might need to add some padding to your budget. This spring a new EPA requirement will mandate that special lead testing, work practices -- and extra expenses are also part of...

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 120 million homes that are five years or older and many are in desperate need of energy-efficiency updates.  While studies have proven that the largest portion of a home’s energy demand comes from the heating and cooling of the interior, many...

As warmer months draw near, nagging household chores that have been swept under the rug all winter become a priority. Spring cleaners who want to scour their homes from the top down can benefit from these spring cleaning tips from Consumer Reports.  Their cleaning experts created a list of...