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The Best Washing Machine to Buy Today

The Best Washing Machine to Buy Today

I recently needed to replace my washing machine after almost 20 years of service. It was just worn out and needed replacement. So I went online and started learning about the state of technology today in washing machines. I hoped they had become more efficient over...

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Floating vanity in a small bathroom.

Floating vanity in a small bathroom.

Considering a wall-hung floating vanity for your bathroom remodel? Here’s some things to consider—and why one worked so well for our small bathroom. We were renovating the whole bathroom, including the walls. The wall mounting reinforcement needed…

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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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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!