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The worn fixtures in my master bath are in need of an update, but I don't quite have the budget to replace everything at once. Is refinishing a viable option for some of the items? Basically, you need to go fixture by fixture and look at the costs involved in replacement versus refinishing. A...

I have several home improvement projects on my list for the coming year, and am wondering what the most popular categories are so that I can get on contractors' calendars in plenty of time. Also, is now too soon to plan for jobs to be done in late spring and summer? Now is actually the perfect...

My kitchen cabinets are looking pretty tired, and I'd like to give them a low-cost face lift. What kinds of finish should I use?nlvc 2-18-08 First, make sure your cabinets are eligible for DIY refinishing by examining their construction and material content. Solid wood and laminate are both good...

Consumer Reports tests show several brands should pay more attention to the product's purpose.  Latest tests of more than 60 upright and canister vacuums reveal that several brands have included innovative features in new models-including germ-killing claims-but several fell short in their...

I've lived in my 1928 DC Row/Federal Style home for over 30 years.  I would like to add a 2 or 3 story addition to the rear, as well as install Central AC, remodel the Kitchen, create a Master Bedroom, and a few other smaller projects.  I am a caregiver for both my mother and father.  Both...

On your home improvement radio show, I heard you warn that storing wood too close to your house can invite termites.  How should I be storing and maintaining my firewood supply this winter?lak720 2-1-08 12:22pm Circulation and safety are the two main things to keep in mind as you stack up and...

I'd really like to add radiant heating to the floors in my home. Is this possible with an existing structure, or is radiant heating technology only doable in a new build?allen343 1-26-08 4:23pm New builds are the best opportunity for installation of a super-customized, whole-house system, but...

It's about time for me to upgrade my home's HVAC components, and I've been hearing a lot about hybrid systems. Can they really keep my home comfy and cut my utility bills?jrocha 1-18-08 2:33pm Just like hybrid vehicles, hybrid HVAC systems have come a long way in the last few years, and now's a...

My tight-squeeze laundry area has turned into a disorganized mess I dread, and our family laundry volume shows no sign of letting up. Got any ideas on how I can create the extra space I need to get laundry day back under control? A laundry room often seems like an afterthought in home design,...

When state legislators in Florida, Pennsylvania and California convene for the next session, they may want to take a close look at the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) state ranking of the best and worst home inspection regulation laws in the United States.  In the last 10 years, 28...

What can I do about squeaky floors?  My house is about 20 years old, built over a crawl space.  The floor covering is vinyl in the kitchen and baths, and carpeting over the sub-flooring in the rest of the house.  The  squeaking occurs in both the vinyl & carpeted areas; e. g., when I installed...

My 18 year old wood roof shingles have algae here in Northern NJ. I got several quotes and they were all very costly (about $5,000) to clean the roof using diluted bleach.  Should I wait until need a new roof and replace with long life shingles?dsaks 12-9-07 8:31pm Algae and fungus on your roof...

I recently applied BEHR Premium 2-Part Epoxy Garage Floor Coating in my garage which looks terrific, but I would prefer a glossier finish.  Can I apply Behr Wet Look Sealer as a top coat or will this damage the integrity of the epoxy coating?  Do you have any suggestions?crwines 11-28-07 ...

With help from AARP, my co-host Leslie Segrete and I completed a home makeover project that delivered both safety and style for house that is home to three generations of a family in Miller Place, NY.  Check out cool before/after video of improvements to the kitchen, bath, foyer and get some...

I bought my first house a little over 2 months ago. During the home inspection the heat pump was old but operational. We had the seller purchase a Home Warranty. Our heat pump ran for a half a month as an air conditioner and worked for about a month and a half as a heater but just recently...

What is the best way to remove & replace the caulking around sliding shower doors, as well as a tub? Can you explain this step-by-step? plobbezoo 11-17-07 9:28am

Caulking is an easy home improvement project that can deliver very attractive results.  But that is the easy part!  Removing the old...

Hi Tom!  We are about to begin remodeling our kitchen and need some advice on flooring. We now have 8 x 8 ceramic tile but it is 19 years old and looks old and out of date.  What would you suggest for a floor?  We have white washed color oak cabinets, which we recently had refinished and they...

I'm a new listener going through all the podcasts.  I just bought a house built in 1921 and there are few things I want to change.  The previous owners painted the front entryway brick white. The only other brick on the house is the chimney. The chimney is red brick so I assume underneath the...

I adore your radio show and listen as often as I can.  Please help me with this question. I am planning on purchasing an additional refrigerator to put in my garage (I do a great deal of entertaining).  I have been told that I cannot do so as the garage is not insulated and my appliance will not...

Please help me with this.  When showering, if my husband flushes the toilet or runs water elsewhere, the temperature of the water changes.  What to do?ghall 10-19-07 10:28am There's nothing like receiving an unexpected blast of cold or hot water while showering to carve a knick into your...