Disconnecting test jack inside phone interface box.

How to Fix a Hum in a Phone Line

Jim asks, “I have a loud hum in our telephone line. The phone company says it’s inside the house. How can I find the cause of the problem?”

There are a number of things that can cause humming or static in a phone line. Read more to find out how to isolate and repair the problem.

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Ceiling with textured finish

How to Remove Textured “Popcorn” Ceilings

Textured popcorn ceilings went out of style years ago, but many older homes—and some new ones—still have them. While taking down a textured ceiling is not that difficult, it is a messy job that requires hard work and special safety precautions. Read on to find out how.

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Back of phone wall jack.

How to Add a Phone Extension

Robert asks, “Can you run an extension line off an already in use phone jack to a room which may not have one?”

It’s not hard to extend a line from an existing phone jack to a new one in another room. Read more to find out how.

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Black stains on roof

How to Remove and Prevent Black Algae Stains on Asphalt Shingle Roofs

If you live in a humid area of the country, you’ve probably seen unsightly dark streaks on asphalt shingle roofs. Though often attributed to mold or mildew; the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores. Read this article to find out more.

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Rotten door casing on entry door.

How to Repair Rotten Wood

Denny and Danna ask, “The top board in our bench has a couple of spots of dry rot. How can we fix it?”

Auto body filler works great for repairing rotten spots in wood, since it hardens in a matter of minutes. Read more to find out how.

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Woodworking hand plane

Woodworking Hand Tool Slideshow

While almost all homeowners have a set of basic tools, there are a number of specialized hand tools you might not be familiar with that could come in handy on your next DIY home improvement project. Here are a few you might find useful.

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How to Drill Into Concrete

Mike asks, “What tool do I need in order to bore drainage holes in a poured concrete retaining wall?”

A heavy duty hammer drill or rotary hammer with a high quality masonry bit is the tool of choice for drilling into concrete. Read more to find out how.

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Cutting drywall with straight edge and utility knife.

How to Cut and Hang Drywall

While hanging drywall can seem intimidating, with the right tools and techniques, it’s not as difficult as you might imagine. Drywall—also known as wallboard, plasterboard, and by the trade name Sheetrock®—is made from gypsum cement that is covered with paper to give it added strength and a smooth surface.

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