Home improvement and renovation tips


Types of windows

Last time we looked at the various parts of a window. Now we’ll look at some of the more common windows types and styles you might have on your house, or be thinking of getting. Divided light This is a style that can appear in many types of windows described below. It consists of a

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How to stop a toilet from constantly running

Water running on and on into your toilet tank is both irritating and wasteful, but it’s usually easy to fix. If water runs constantly, it could be draining into your overflow pipe, which you can see by lifting the tank lid. Lift the float ball (a plastic ball attached to a horizontal arm) to see

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Mantel ideas for gas or wood fireplaces

After going to the expense of putting in a gas or wood fireplace, many people don’t give a lot of thought to spending more on the finishing touches. But a mantel needn’t cost a lot, and can add a lot of traditional warmth to your room. At its most basic level, a mantel is a

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A mouse ate my dishwasher drain hose and I don’t know what to do! (A quick fix)

I don’t know why they’re here. It’s summer and it’s warm and there are lots of goodies outside. But I guess that’s why they call them house mice. The water under the sink appeared between one onslaught of guests and another dinner gathering that night. So I took my usual decisive approach to a problem such as this. I ignored it. Something must have spilled. It was a momentary leak

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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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