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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Lightening Wood Paneling

I have dark wood paneling in my basement. I don't want to replace it because it is in good condition,...


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Removing Nails From Concrete

I recently removed some old wood paneling that had been nailed to my basement walls. The wood paneling is removed,...


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Scratched Walls

I am living in a relatively new house. The wall in the vestibule has gathered a number of grooves and...


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Returning Cracks-2

There is a crack where two walls meet at a 90° angle in my bedroom. A year ago I filled...


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Returning Cracks-1

There are a number of cracks on the walls in my bedroom. I patched up the cracks last summer, but...


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Repairing Cracks

Our house was built in 1915. It has a number of cracks in the walls that run through several layers...


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Repairing Drywall

What is the best way to fix major dents and holes in plaster or drywall?


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Paper and Fiberglass Tape

I am going to be installing some drywall in my basement. I know that tape has to be placed where...

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Peeling Drywall Tape

One wall in the bedroom of my 20-year-old house has what appears to be masking tape peeling from the drywall....


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Bathroom Tiles

How do I prevent the wallboard behind the bathroom tiles from swelling up?


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Bellowed Stud Wall

One of the vertical 2x4s in a stud wall in my hallway has bellowed to one side. How do I...


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Attaching Drywall to I-Beams

I want to cover the main beam in the basement, which is a steel I-beam, with drywall. I don't know...


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Vapor and Air Barriers

I could never quite figure out where a vapor barrier should go, and now my renovator is talking to me...


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Cold Walls

My master bedroom is one of the coldest rooms in the house. The back wall of the closet in the...


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Mildew Corners

There are what appear to be water marks running down from the corners where the wall and ceiling meet in...


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Insulation And Stucco

I recently bought a 10-year-old house. A stucco wall runs from the basement ceiling halfway down the wall. I want...

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Covering Stucco With Vinyl

I have a 30-year-old house with stucco exterior walls. I want to cover the walls with vinyl siding, but I...


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Painting

I've chosen a nice, dark decor paint for my dining room, but it doesn't seem to cover the color of...


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Paintbrushes

How can I increase the life of a paintbrush?


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Protecting Wood

How do I protect wood when it is placed in a vise?


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Clamps

I have always put wood blocks between my clamps and workpieces to prevent marking the wood. I see that newer...

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Professional Help

I would like to undertake some of the renovation of my house myself, but I realize that some jobs are...


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Fireplaces-2

We have a floor-to-ceiling fireplace made of rock. Over the years, the rock has been discolored from escaping smoke. I...


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Fireplaces-1

I am thinking of converting my decorative fireplace into a working one. What are the standard safety precautions for a...


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Contact Cement

I have used contact cement for years but now I see a water-based contact cement in the stores. Is this...


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Gluing-2

How do you prevent glue from hardening too quickly, and how do you get glue into small spaces?


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Gluing-1

I want to fix a broken lampshade, but no glue seems to work on hard plastic. Is there any way...