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Fix-It Friday Tip: A Flexible Way To Prop Power At The Perfect Level

Friends, whether you’re a pro, a weekend warrior, an aspiring handywoman, or even a seasoned DIYer, it’s critical to keep safety, efficiency and convenience in mind when it comes to tackling any job, big or small, in and around the house. So when I discovered a new “power” tool that addresses all three of those things, it put a spring in my steel toe work boots. ... [Read More]

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

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]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Use A Pizza Stone… A Delicious DIY Fix For National Pizza Month

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore"... sung by beloved Dean Martin, I’d sooner say, "When a pizza pie hits your mouth, that’s amore!" For me, amore, love, isn’t quite strong enough a word to describe my feelings towards pizza. A better description would be adore, crave, an addiction - simply put, ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Season Savvy DIY… How To Get Your Home Ready For Fall

September 26, 2014 by

Fall has officially, well, fallen! Part of welcoming this new season means putting into action a list of "to-dos" that will help you gracefully transition your home into autumn, prep it for winter, and prevent you from uncovering a mess next spring. I call it season savvy DIY and it's all about taking on a few important, but easy, jobs to get your home ready for fall ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Amperage 101… How To Avoid Overloading A Circuit Breaker

September 19, 2014 by

"Norma - I'm going to be moving into a new apartment with semi old wiring. There are three walls each with several plug-in outlets on the same breaker. Plug too much stuff in and it overloads the breaker. Is the easy fix just giving some of those outlets their own breaker or is it a larger issue?" ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Adult Plumbing Glossary… 10 Rude Sounding Terms That Are Proper Plumbing Lingo

September 12, 2014 by

Given the ensuing discussions from the eye (and areola) opening WYSK article, Breastgate, and all this Facebook nipple censorship nonsense, it reminded me that the innocent little nipple - victim of censorship and scrutiny - is also a formal plumbing term. A 1-inch nipple, a run ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How to Not Get Screwed by a Stubborn Screw

September 5, 2014 by

"I am putting together a LP gas fire pit table for the patio. The legs (metal) attached to the tabletop (metal) with hex screws. One of the screws will not tighten in its hole. It just keeps turning endlessly. I tried to back it out by unscrewing it but I cannot get it to back out either, again it just turns and turns. Have I stripped it? ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Popcorn Ceiling Makeover… What To Do When You’ve Got Popcorn Over Concrete

"I bought a condo with popcorn ceilings. The concrete under the popcorn is slabs. I am told that the seam will always show, if  the popcorn is removed and the ceiling glazed and then painted. My contractor is suggesting to gyproc the whole ceiling. Is there a special silicon or caulking that can be sanded and painted, and that will not ... [Read More]