Motorized miter saw.

Tips for Cutting Moldings

Raymond asks, “I am replacing my trim around the windows and doors and also replacing the baseboard. What is the secret in getting good fits in both places?”

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Room decorated for Christmas holidays.

Enjoying the Holidays

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and was able to slow down long enough to catch a little of that Christmas spirit. When I have a few days to chill, I tend to start looking around my house for little projects that I haven’t had time to do. I have to make myself stop and take time out to rest, think, and do things with my wife and girls. Things like going to my little river cabin, building a fire in the fireplace, or watching a movie together in the middle of the day. It seems to be the only time of the year this can happen.

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Patio floor after cleaning and scoring lines in concrete.

Dressing Up a Patio Floor

Randy asks, “We have a patio that is old and stained. Do you have any suggestions of how to clean it or if tile would work?”

There are several options available that could really dress up your patio floor including concrete stain or porcelain tile. Read on to find out more.

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House on fire.

Fire Safety Contest Winners

In light of the continued drought gripping the country and the recent California wildfires, it’s more important than ever to take every precaution possible when dealing with fire. The winning entries in our Fire Safety Contest drove that point home with their cautionary tales demonstrating how easily things can go wrong. Each of our winners below will receive a Kidde Nighthawk smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, along with a second Kidde smoke alarm.

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Using Asphalt Shingles on a Low Slope Roof

Mike asks, “I just bought a house with a roof section that has a low 1″-2″ pitch, should I use rubber roofing or are shingles acceptable?”

Asphalt shingles usually require a 4” or greater rise for every horizontal foot of run, though it’s possible to use them on a lower sloped roof. Read on for details.

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Painting hung over mantel

How to Hang Pictures Right the First Time

Framed paintings and photographs add a splash of color to a room and give it a unique personal touch, but some homeowners are reluctant to tackle the job for fear their walls will end up resembling aged Swiss cheese. With the right hardware and know-how, you can approach your next picture hanging project with confidence.

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Finger typing on computer.

December Newsletter

Our December newsletter just went out. It is packed full of information including our latest contest, some great articles, upcoming TV appearances, and more. If you haven’t subscribed, no need to worry. You can check out December’s newsletter online. And if you enjoy what you’ve read, you can subscribe to the newsletter.

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Muriatic acid.

Where to Find Muriatic Acid

Denise asks “On one of your episodes, Joe Truini said that muriatic acid would remove scum and water deposits from tile in a bathroom. Where can I purchase muriatic acid?”

Muriatic acid can be found at both home centers and pool supply stores. Read on to find out more.

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