Home & Garden

There’s no place like home—especially when it’s in tip-top shape. We’ve rounded up the best cleaning and organizing tricks, affordable decor ideas, DIY hacks, and more. Warning: Once you’ve got everything just the way you want it, you may never want to leave!

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Uneven Flat Roof

My house has an addition that was constructed with a flat roof. Years ago, we had a leak from the...


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Leaky Bricks

Every time a heavy rain blows on the east side of my two-story brick house, water enters through the wall,...


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Leaky Windows

I caulk all my windows regularly but I still get water leaks during big rainstorms. Is there anything wrong with...


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Leaky Tar-and-Gravel Roof

I have a flat tar-and-gravel roof above my garage. I have experienced numerous leaks from the roof into the garage....


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Sloping Decks

I have an extension to my house with a deck on top that acts as a roof. But the deck...


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Leaky Foundations

My house has a poured concrete foundation with brick walls on top. Every time there is a strong rainstorm, water...


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Leaky Eaves

My aluminum eaves constantly leak at the seams. I have tried to seal the seams with a variety of products,...


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Removing Paint From Concrete

I have been removing old tiling from the concrete floor in the basement of my 60-year-old house. Underneath the tiles...

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Removing Paint From Wrought Iron

I have some wrought iron patio chairs. What is the easiest way to remove the paint and refinish them?


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Paint Strippers

I want to strip the paint off several pieces of furniture but I am worried that this will be expensive....


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Protecting Cedar

We recently added a cedar deck in our backyard. What would you suggest we apply to the wood to protect...


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Staining a Deck-2

I have a problem with my nine-year-old pressure-treated deck. It was never painted or stained, and lately when the kids...


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Staining Spindles

I plan to stain the spindles that form the wall on my backyard deck. Should I use a paintbrush to...


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Staining a Deck-1

Last week I installed a new deck in my backyard. How long should I wait until I apply a stain...


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Paint Spray Gun

I recently built some kitchen cabinets, which now have to be painted. I want to make sure the finish is...


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Odorous Varathane

I built a pine bread box for my wife, which I protected with varathane. It has been some time since...

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Finish

I bought some unfinished, unstained pine furniture. I want to put a finish on the furniture, but I do not...


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Painting Tiles

I have some ceramic tiles on my bathroom walls. Most of them are beige, with a smaller number of different-colored...


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Painting Stucco

I recently bought an old house that has a sprayed-on stucco ceiling, complete with small ridges and valleys. I know...


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Painted Steps

My outside steps are made of painted wood. During the winter, the steps are considerably slippery. I want to strip...


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Peeling Paint

I live in a wooden house that was built in 1815. In the six years I have lived there, I...

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Bleeding Knots

I moved into a house that was renovated by the previous owners. I think that they did not prime the...


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Cleaning Stains

I have had water leakage where the wall and the sliding door meet in my basement suite. My landlord sealed...


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Exterior Walls

My cottage has pressed hardboard exterior walls that are beginning to flake, particularly on the edges. With the exception of...


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Acrylic or Oil?

I have some wooden bookshelves on which I applied furniture oil. I want to paint the bookshelves, but I do...


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Painting on Wallpaper

Can I paint directly over existing wallpaper or must it first be removed? If I have to remove it, what...


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Waterproofing Pine

I am renovating my bathroom this summer, and I would like to install tongue-and-groove pine wood over drywall. I want...