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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, 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.

A Modem and BBS, Not Mark Zuckerberg, Created Social Media

Tim Berners-Lee and researchers at the U. S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) are credited with the technology that launched  the World Wide Web leading to the Internet. That may be so, but I think the Smartmodem deserves … Continue reading

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Finding Romance Rehabbing a House

Romance is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up on the calendar. Makes me remember that there is romance in remodeling. Are the words “romance in remodeling” an oxymoron? Can those two words be in the same sentence? Isn’t … Continue reading

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How Come Contractors Make It Look Easy?

When we were flipping houses it didn’t take us long to realize that we had a lot to learn. We bought a fixer upper as a summer job to improve and resell in the three months off from our teaching jobs.  … Continue reading

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Easy Does It Home Checklist for February

Now that we all know that the current deep freeze across most of the country is called a polar vortex, many of us are huddled indoors avoiding the dangerously freezing conditions outside our homes.  Since we’re housebound it’s a good … Continue reading

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Planning to remodel your kitchen? Here’s advice

Living through a kitchen remodel involves adjustments for everyone in the house but the result is a wonderful new space with things just where you want them. But I can’t say enough about the importance of planning and defining and … Continue reading

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Bonus Storage Space in the Attic

Listen to anyone who has moved from one house to another and they sound like born again zealots preaching that they will never again accumulate stuff they don’t need or want.  We’re guilty of being in that crowd despite our … Continue reading

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In the Market to Buy a House? Be a Snooper Shopper

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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