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How to Secure Cement Backer Board to a Plywood Subfloor

Karen asks, “Our builder installed our tile floor on ¼” thick cement board, and the tiles are moving and popping up. Is there any way to fix this easily?”

There’s no quick fix if the cement backer board wasn’t attached to the subfloor correctly, but read on to find out the right way to install it.

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Putting foam cover over outdoor spigot.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Frozen water pipes are a real concern for homeowners. When uninsulated water-supply pipes are exposed to frigid air, the water inside can freeze, expand, and rip open the pipe. Read on to find out what you can do to reduce the chance of your pipes freezing.

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House with ivy growing up the brick walls.

Growing Ivy and Other Climbing Vines on Old Brick Masonry

Heidi asks, “We’d like to use climbing vines on our 1904 brick home, but we’re concerned about ivy damaging the mortar in a house this old.”

While ivy and other climbing vines don’t normally damage masonry, it can cause problems with some older masonry. Read on to find out more.

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Renovated bathroom with Merillat cabinets

Design Tips for Your Personal Bath Oasis

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In today’s economy many people are choosing a bathroom renovation over a kitchen. Read on for some tips to help you envision, organize and inspire the creation of your personal bathroom oasis.

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