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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.

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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Live More Outdoors with Lighting

Staying home for a “staycation” instead of going out of town? Think about using some of that fun money in your own backyard and you might get more use of the great outdoors. When friends added some basic landscape lighting … Continue reading

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Easy Does It August Home Checklist

Here are 11 checkups and inspections to make your home and property work better and more efficiently in August. These are mainly cleanup and checkups, so nothing major heavy duty or extensive. Replace air conditioner filter Inspect for open joints … Continue reading

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Spray Paint a Garage

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to change even the most ordinary garage. To make short work of the job, consider spraying on the paint instead of brushing or rolling it. The open expanse of wood siding on … Continue reading

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Keep Your Attic (and Home) Cool with a Ventilator

Limit the use of expensive air conditioning to those dog days of summer and consider installing an attic fan to cool down the house when it’s not so hot. An attic or whole-house fan are designed to work best in … Continue reading

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4 Easy Yard Fix Ups – Do Now and Enjoy all Summer

Make your property more attractive and enjoyable with these simple repairs. These are no-brainer jobs any homeowner can tackle with a small amount of time, money and energy. Compare the cost of hiring a professional with doing it yourself and … Continue reading

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Not a Man Cave or She Shed, a Dog Dugout for Your Pet

Some of the most popular home improvement projects on our website have nothing to do with upgrades for the people who live in their home, but everything to do with improvements for the dog of the house. That says a … Continue reading

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