Choosing ladders:  think twice, buy once

Choosing ladders: think twice, buy once

Like most homeowners, I found out a long time ago I can't get by with just one ladder. Especially not that rickety old aluminum stepladder I found in my garage—though I tried for awhile. You're likely going to need at least two ladders to get your basic DIY stuff done...

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1-piece toilet beats 2-piece, hands down.

1-piece toilet beats 2-piece, hands down.

Trying to choose between 1-piece toilet or the traditional 2-piece? We were, too, but after having lived with both, it's not even close: We favor the 1-piece by a wide margin. It's sleeker and more modern-looking, it's easier to clean and it's less likely to leak or...

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Pressure washers I can afford? What a blast!

Pressure washers I can afford? What a blast!

I never thought about buying a pressure washer until I looked into renting one to blast some mildew off my brick walls. For about $50, I could rent one for 4 hours, or—much to my surprise—I could buy an electric pressure washer in the $100-$200 range. Electric? I've...

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Buy a garden cart or a wheelbarrow? The answer was yes.

Buy a garden cart or a wheelbarrow? The answer was yes.

When my wife’s landscaping/gardening efforts got a little more ambitious, she started looking at garden carts. I suggested that a wheelbarrow might be a good double-duty solution—especially since I was going to need a wheelbarrow for some backyard projects, and I didn’t want to borrow my neighbor’s beastly heavy ‘barrow anymore.

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Helpful Hank

Helpful Hank DIY

I've been DIYing around my house for more than 30 years. I hope you'll find these quick posts about DIY tools, products and projects informative and helpful!