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About diyornot.com

Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of www.diyornot.com, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

10 Easy Ways to Age Proof a Home

Thinking about age proofing your home? Here are common sense ideas to make your home an easy place to live whether you’re young or old, able or disabled.  Every home should be accident-proof so it’s a safe haven for everyone … Continue reading

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Plenty to Consider Remodeling a Bathroom

If a bathroom makeover is in your future and you’re in the “noodling” stage of planning the project, take a look at these suggestions and guidelines in Bathroom Design Basics about the spacing and placement of all the fixtures so … Continue reading

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Home Buying Advice about What to Look For – Sept 16

When you’re looking at a house to buy it’s easy to be enamored by its location on a leafy street or the new kitchen cabinets and stylish decorating. But before you make an offer and pay an inspector to do … Continue reading

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Beware of DIY Project Deadlines

When a neighbor asked me how long she should schedule to remodel her bathroom before a family party I was quick to respond “as long as it takes.” I’ve learned that a carved in stone deadline (like an anniversary) is … Continue reading

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An Underdeck Ceiling Makes the Most of a 2 Story Deck

One of the advantages of a second level deck is its expansive view of leafy treetops, another benefit is the untapped potential of the space below the deck. Since the open decking makes the area below it unprotected from rain … Continue reading

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How Long Should an Appliance Last?

Just how long can you expect the appliances in your home to last? That question often doesn’t come up until the food in your freezer feels soft or you’re standing in a shower without hot water. We tend to take … Continue reading

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Anchor Furniture to the Wall and Prevent an Accident

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recommending that consumers secure TVs and furniture to walls in their home with an anchoring kit. The kit is inexpensive and it takes just 5 minutes to install. Toddlers are involved in two-thirds … Continue reading

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