Can I Paint Exterior Wood, or Will it Cause It to Hold Moisture – and Rot?

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Exterior wood that's painted will eventually peel, but staining it can achieve that same painted look – with longer-lasting results.  Learn what steps to take to prep the wood beforehand, including tips on exactly which primer to use. 

Non-Toxic, Natural Wood Stain to DIY Using Coffee, Berries, and More!

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Find out how natural non-toxic wood stains can be made from coffee, tea, raspberries, vinegar and walnut hulls. Find out how to apply and protect organic wood stains.

Kitchen Updates for Under $1,000 #1010162

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Want to step up your kitchen but don't have the budget for a major makeover? Tom and Leslie deliver five kitchen updates you can do for under a 1,000 bucks, plus answers to your questions.

Sod Secrets to a Beautiful Lawn, Fixing Rooms that Won’t Heat or Cool and DIY Energy Audits

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Is there one area of your home that seems hard to cool and even harder to heat?  Tom & Leslie have advice on split ductless air conditioner technology that may be the solution.  Plus, if you’ve noticed the borders around your lawn, driveway, walk or patio are looking a bit frazzled, there’s a new brick product out on the market that can make that look super sharp in no time.  And with a season change just ahead, do you know the one thing that can help you cut energy costs more than anything else?  It’s getting a home energy audit. Get advice on a no-cost DIY version that’s helped over 9 million homeowners, along with answers to your questions about, animal odors, anchoring furniture, adding a bathroom, drainage, painting a basement floor, staining a porch, removing tiles, eliminating pests.

Avoiding Summer Storm Damage, Using Reclaimed Wood for Projects and Building Solid Deck Footings

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Severe summer storms can strike at any moment, no matter where you are.  Tom & Leslie have tips to help you make sure you’re ready.  Plus, using recycled or “reclaimed” wood for projects is a great idea.  We’ll tell you the best places to find it, and get tips for building solid deck footings. Plus your answers to, refurbishing countertops, painting wallpapered walls, paneling, staining cabinets, ceiling cracks, leaky faucets, eliminating ants, renovate a bathroom, water heaters, cleaning a linoleum floor.

How to Host a Garage Sale, Tips to Build the Perfect Patio, and How to Silence Noisy Air Conditioners

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Summer is the season for lots of outdoor activities including holding a garage sale!  Tom and Leslie have tips to clear clutter and maybe make a few bucks.  Plus, patio projects are also popular now.  Roger Cook from This Old House stops by with tips to help build your own.  Plus, answers to your questions about, electrical systems, patio cracks, staining concrete, squeaky wood floors, cleaning cabinets, roof stains, cracking grout, wood burning stoves, ceiling tile removal, molding repair, and choosing paint colors.

Sleek Kitchen Designs, Easy Ways to Refinish Furniture and How to Test Your A/C System

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Want to incorporate a sleek, modern, clean look into your kitchen? Tom and Leslie have tips on how to achieve one of the hottest new design trends making its way to this side of the Atlantic from Europe.  Plus find out how to breathe new life into some of the furniture you may already have with stain. Learn a quick way to test your air conditioning system to make sure it’s doing all it can to keep you cool and comfortable, and get answers to your calls about, bathroom renovation, metal roofing, hardware options, driveway repair, radiant floors, removing paneling,  cleaning a concrete slab, roof drains, refinishing floors, planning a deck.

How to Size a Room Air Conditioner, Tamper Resistant Outlets and Ways to Go Green with Grilling

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If you’re planning to buy an air conditioner this summer, bigger is not better.  Tom and Leslie deliver tips on how to pick the best one for your home.  Find out how tamper resistant outlets are making electricity safe for both kids and adults, and get eco-friendly grilling options for your July 4th cookout. Plus your calls on, mold, repairing tile flooring, electric issues, gardens, reinforcing a brick wall, foundation cracks, energy water saving tips, dishwasher repairs, deck sealant, a/c flow, textured walls.

Stain Tips for Decks and Fences, The Buzz on Backyard Bee Hives and Tips for Screening Porches and Patios

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This is a great time of year to give wood decks, trim or fencing a spruce up.  Tom and Leslie have tips on how to pick the perfect stain to spruce up surfaces for the season.  Plus, find out how to build your own backyard bee hives and get tips on adding screening to porch and patios, along with your calls about, generators, garage door installation, deck staining, nob & tube wiring, tree removal, sod, water heaters, paint siding, refrigerator odors, textured walls, siding issues.