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This week we look at what types of repairs are great for homeowners who want to really get into the work of maintaining their home, versus those instances when a contractor might be the best person for the job. We also discuss how to vet a contractor.

 

W.hat T.he F.ail

A recycled deck, improperly installed.

A recycled deck, improperly installed.

No ledger board. Deck is screwed to the siding using lag bolts.

No ledger board. Deck is screwed to the siding using lag bolts.

Once upon a time this deck was supported by nice, large timbers (upper right) - now it's held by a string of 2x4s (lower left).

Once upon a time this deck was supported by nice, large timbers (upper right) - now it's held by a string of 2x4s (lower left).

Working with kids

This week we talk about doing home improvement projects with young people - your own children, young relatives, any children you mentor who may want to learn some fix-it skills! We address safety, education, and all the benefits that children reap when they start...
Fireplace with a wood burning insert

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Chimneys

This week we dive into all things fire! Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys all require regular maintenance in order to function properly and SAFELY! Now that the burning season is more or less over, this is the best time to have the fire-heat system in your home...

Mystery Plants and Garden Planning

This week we tackle the perennial question: Do I let the landscaping grow in this first year I own my home, or do I change everything out right away? We cover plant identification, landscaping tips, how to remove dangerous/problem thorny interlopers, and garden...

The Homes of Our Lives

In this episode Christopher and Theresa walk down memory lane and discuss the homes they've owned, the deferred maintenance issues they faced in each home, and what they learned along the way. Also in this episode: door rot - what might cause it and how to address it!...

Listener Questions: Alesha and Nick in Minneapolis

Today we answered several questions from listeners Alesha and Nick who live in an older home in Minneapolis. Topics covered: Hardwood floors, asbestos, paint stripping, and more hardwood floors. They even supplied our W.hat T.he Fail for the week: placing trim around...

Get That Deck Ready For Summer!

It's officially spring! After a rather rough winter, we needed a break from Doom & Gloom podcasts. This week we're talking decks - how to ensure they're ready for spring, and how to maintain them. We touch on patios a bit, too! And we discuss our Maintenance...

Home Owner Repairs vs Contractors

This week we look at what types of repairs are great for homeowners who want to really get into the work of maintaining their home, versus those instances when a contractor might be the best person for the job. We also discuss how to vet a contractor.   W.hat...

Patching Holes in Walls

This week we talk patching holes in walls! We cover both drywall and plaster patches, and go into detail about what tools and techniques can help you create seemingly seamless patches. *We are not sponsored by Home Depot - you can also find these items at most major...

All About Ice Dams

In this episode we tackle that seasonal foe, ice dams. We describe what causes ice dams, how to prevent and/or remove them safely, and take a look at the role your attic ventilation and insulation plays in the formation of ice dams. We also discuss Zonolite, an...
Shelves of glassware

Storage

Most of us have a lot of stuff. A great deal of that stuff is useful, but that doesn’t mean it has to be immediately accessible at all times. In this episode we take a verbal stroll through the home and discuss the many storage options available for the variety of...
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