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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.

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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Save Water in Your Yard and Garden

We’ve all become more mindful of watering our lawns and garden because water is a precious commodity that we can’t take for granted. These simple ways to conserve water and create a lush green lawn and landscape without going over … Continue reading

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Life Expectancy of Home Appliances

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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Home To Do’s in JUNE

This is a busy time of year with graduations, family events and change of season chores, but use this list of 10 items – basically cleaning, maintaining and inspecting – to get off to a good summer of enjoying your … Continue reading

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Landscape Advisor

The property around a home, whether it’s a small bungalow or a sprawling estate, requires regular maintenance to ensure its appearance and upkeep. Routine work is needed for any landscapes whether it’s a modest garden or a lavish landscape. These … Continue reading

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