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Fix-It Friday: 3 Ways To Protect Your Kitchen Cabinets From Steam And Heat Damage

Is there anything specific I can buy... such as a shield of some type to put on my kitchen cabinets above the stove to prevent steam damage? - WYSK Reader Robin NV: Thank you for this great question Robin! It’s a common issue that many will relate to. There are a few things you can do and these are my top 3 ways to protect ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: How To Save An Old Wood Piece And Make It Stunning With Stain

September 25, 2015 by

Last week I found an old wood-framed mirror in my garage I had totally forgotten about. Score! I knew the perfect place for it, but its honey colored wood finish wouldn’t work with the décor of my current home. The solution? Sand and stain. I envisioned a dark walnut…and with a trip to the hardware store and a little elbow grease I added a handsome piece to a lonely wall ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Take The Stink Out Of Appliances

September 18, 2015 by

So you open your washing machine or dishwasher, and PHEW, you’re hit in the face with a musty, foul stench. Now how are you to use an appliance that’s supposed to clean things when it smells so dirty? To make matters worse, the odor is starting to permeate the room, and the "clean" towels smell mildewed, fresh out of a wash cycle! ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: How To Upgrade Your Old, Blah Showerhead In 5 Easy Steps

September 11, 2015 by

Is your showerhead lackluster and low pressure... pretty much an all-round blah shower experience? Well you can go from boring to BOOYAH with a few twists of a wrench… all for under $30! I just switched out an old builder grade showerhead to a high pressure dual handheld showerhead with 5 massage ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Brain Over Brawn… A Girl’s Guide To Gaining Brute Strength For Tough DIY Projects

September 4, 2015 by

I’m often asked about the differences between men and women in the construction world. Although I’d like to share a profound insight depicting psychological dissimilarities between the male and female psyche, the truth is, there’s not much to report. I’ve come across subtle differences, ... [Read More]

Cute Labrador Puppy Lying on Wood Floor

Fix-It Friday: Wood Floor Woes… How To Deal With Splintering And That “Pet Smell”

"I live in a very old house, and the floors are primarily wood. The floors don't appear to have any sort of finish on them, and the wood is splintering in some areas. How do I go about resealing the floors to help with cleaning and to prevent splinters in feet?! The previous tenants had pets, and every time I mop the floor ends up ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: The Search For Mr. or Ms. Right… How To Find A Good Contractor

Several years ago, my family home in Brooklyn needed some extensive Spanish tile work done to the roof. This type of repair goes beyond my wheelhouse, so I contacted various roof contractors for estimates. Well, this roofer search turned into a regular comedy routine. Here’s how it would go down ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Bye-Bye Nail Pops… Hello Perfect Walls!

A nail pop is an unsightly nub popping from beneath your drywall—kind of like a blind pimple under your skin. Sometimes the nail will pop so far, it will actually cause the drywall to crack off, revealing the head of the nail or screw. Why does this happen? Two reasons. There could have been error during the installation—the installer may not have pressed the wallboard ... [Read More]