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The constant traffic up and down wooden stairs in a busy household makes for heavy wear and tear on them which can translate to different forms of abuse like a worn or dull finish, loose spindles or a wobbly baluster. The longer you ignore the warning signs the worse the damage can become so find a downtime when traffic is light to remedy the wrongs and make the repairs. The work can be divided into repairing the stairs and finishing the wood doing it in that order.

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A high and dry basement is often called a bonus room because it’s untapped space under roof and is often heated. The majority of work – finishing the walls, ceiling and floor – is what’s needed to reclaim the space as a home office, family room or for whatever space you need.

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Q: Howdy, Tim. I really need your advice. I’m thinking of residing my house, and it’s time to bite the bullet about repairing a structural issue that’s been getting worse each year. The floor in my living room has sagged 2 inches! The cause has been traced to a support column in between my two garage doors. I’m terrified about what this might cost to repair, and I have no idea what’s involved. Have you ever had to do a similar repair? Who is best suited to correct the problem? What kind of column would you install so it never happens again? — Stephen L., Worcester, Mass.

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With essential oils that include juniper berry, ho wood and frankincense resin, this treatment (blended with kelp and green algae) removes tox…

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SAVE ON FURNITURE AND DECOR. Brand-new, solid wood furniture is expensive, but antiques are well-constructed and can be had for a fraction of the price. Between antique stores, estate sales and Craigslist, we spent less to score high-quality pieces.DO THE SMALL STUFF YOURSELF. When in doubt, watch a tutorial on YouTube or ask for guidance at a hardware store. I've hung art, shelving and curtain rods, and our current project is painting our guest room, which doubles as my office. We hire a handyman only for more complicated work.PLAN FOR THE BIG STUFF. "Beyond the first year, that's when you see people taking on bigger projects," Wolf says. "They've had a chance to live in their house and use the space." Begin to budget for renovations, especially if you need to hire a general contractor. Wolf recommends getting on the contractor's schedule during their low season and buying some items when they happen to be on sale, even if the installation has to wait.

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Q: Mr. Tim, last week I wasted all sorts of time and got frustrated trying to dig a simple hole in my yard. A neighbor looked over the fence and suggested I change shovels. Anyway, I figured you’ve used lots of shovels in your career and might help me start a decent collection so I won’t be frustrated ever again. Tell me all about the shovels I’d see if I came over to your house or stopped by one of your job sites. How do you store them? —Barry K., Tulsa, Okla.

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You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” Often it’s said in frustration when a newer product fails long before you think it should. If I were a teacher at a vocational school dedicated to building things, I’d divide my senior class into “old” and “new” teams and make them research the topic for a debate.

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