Home improvement and renovation tips

Exteriors


How to run electrical overhead

Last time we looked at how to get electricity to an outbuilding by burying the cable. This time we’ll explore the other option – overhead wires. As we said last time, before you start, check the code for details, but these fundamentals should give you an idea of what you’re going to need to do.

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Kitchens


Ways to fight mold and mildew

With all that moisture hanging around in your bathroom, mold and mildew (those kissin’ cousins in the fungus family) are bound to find cozy little homes in cracks and crevices. The nasty stuff isn’t good for your health, so here’s a few things you can do to avoid it. If you’ve already got it, clean

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Tools


More found tools

Time once again for a sampling of those wacky tools and accessories you can make from stuff that’s just lying around. Old bicycle inner tubes are great for a whole mess o’ stuff. Don’t have a rubber mallet handy? Wrap a tube around a regular claw hammer. Use them to “clamp” chair legs together when

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More reno demo tips – plumbing protection

Eric Z, a long-time reader, experienced renovator/builder, and former owner of a large building supply store in Toronto, had some smart suggestions after reading our reno-demo checklist. “I lost an entire renovation,” he writes. “$40,000 in damage – due to a shut-off valve failing in the night the day before the new sink was to be installed.” As you can see from this photo, during the entirety of our long

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Five-point checklist for a trouble-free renovation demolition

A recent kitchen renovation reminded me, in some cases a little too late, about some key areas to cover up during a demolition or drywall mudding/sanding. Here you go. Mask doorways into other areas of the house Well, duh. Okay, I did remember this one. For a major old-house plaster demo or drywall sanding, 6 mil plastic and painter’s tape do the trick to seal the openings well. We stapled

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How to install a toilet – Tips

Now that we’ve installed a toilet, we’ll review a few tips to help you do the job with finesse. 1. It’s a good idea to pick up an extra valve just in case your soldering attempt isn’t up to snuff… particularly with a ball valve. Or do the job while the store’s open. 2. Use a MAPP gas torch when soldering such a valve. 3. When tightening the supply hose

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