Home improvement and renovation tips

Bathrooms


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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Kitchens


20 ways to find space in your kitchen

Kitchen too small? Here are some ideas to start off your brainstorming. 1. Install lazy Susans. They’re still practical. 2. Try new-fangled storage options, like pullout pantries or rollout drawers. 3. Make recesses for paper towel holders and plastic/foil/wax paper dispensers. 4. Get a cordless phone. It’s handy for you, but other users can stay

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Tools


Wood chisel types and tips

They’re one of the oldest tools around and a pretty familiar sight, yet you may not have any in your toolbox. Maybe it’s because you’re not quite sure what to use them for, how to buy them, how to hold them, or how to hit them (and when not to). Read on. Basically, chisels remove

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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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