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Maintenance and Repair

  • 4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

    I remember the first time I saw what is now our house in person. I walked into the living room, my eyes following the giant bay windows up, up, up to…

  • Solution For A Sagging Sofa

    What I love most about the blogosphere is how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While perusing one of my favorite fashion reads, Fashion Is Spinach, the…

  • Fix A Screen Window Tear

    In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole…

  • How to Repair Heaved Fence Posts

    Winter can be rough on your fence. As the frost leaves the ground and you start to wander around the backyard, you may notice that some of your fence posts have…

  • Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

    Ah, the housing market. For those of us who have property up for sale, we’re either forced to lower our asking price or take it off the market, crossing our fingers…

  • Late Winter Tasks Pave the Way for Spring Projects

    After a long, nasty winter, temperatures in Kansas City climbed near 60 degrees yesterday, causing a widespread outbreak of spring fever (which was soon remedied by the announcement of impending snow…

  • Wall Doctor to the Rescue

    Living in an older home comes with many things you can see as “charm” or “obstacles” depending on the situation at hand. You have less-than-stellar plumbing and electrical, uneven floors, creepy…

  • Easy Wallpaper Removal Options

    My friend Marc (of the demolished kitchen fame) asked me one day if I knew of any “backwoods” methods of removing wallpaper from plaster walls as to prevent damage from being…

  • Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

    In Kansas City, each of the four seasons isn’t shy about making itself known to residents, whether that means 100-degree temperatures with 90 percent humidity or a below-zero plunge and an…

  • Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

    A lot of consideration needs to go into the flooring you choose for your home. Other than considering your personal design aesthetic and the use of the space, you have to…

  • Unclog A Drain…Fashionably.

    When Joan Crawford demanded the absence of wire hangers, she clearly never had to unclog her tub. For the past few weeks, I’ve avoided the growing pool of water by my…

  • Water Damage Repair: What Can You Salvage

    When water damage occurs, the first step is assessing the source of the water and thus its category. This is important because the category determines what can be saved and what…

  • 10 Projects for a Snow Day

    Home from work and your kid’s school has called a Snow Day. There’s no better time to work on those house projects you’ve been putting off. We’ve got 10 projects that…

  • Water Damage Repair – Getting Started

    A few months back we featured a series on identifying, isolating and drying water damage in the home. The series left off after an effective drying system is set-up, and your…

  • Watch Your Ducts for Healthy HVAC

    Although you can’t seem them, ducts are one of the most important components of a home, carrying air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. If your…

  • Basic Tips to Repair Ceiling Holes

    You need more than just duct tape to fix a hole in the ceiling. To properly repair ceiling holes: + No matter how big the whole, be careful and look out…