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AuntieWOW January 13th, 2001 12:36 AM

Are you remodeling your house; either yourself or hiring contracters? Questions and Tips both welcome here!

tupi February 21st, 2001 07:49 PM

My best source for home improvement advice is HGTV.

JuneCleaver March 2nd, 2001 09:34 AM

My best advice is to wear your heels and pearls. You never know when the minister might stop by. A lady will always look her best, greet her adoring husband at the door, and always keep the house is perfect order.

CerealMom March 2nd, 2001 10:11 AM

Proper Dress
And please, no white heels after Labor Day.

tupi March 2nd, 2001 10:36 AM


MagnusPI March 14th, 2001 12:52 AM

Time Life books make a nice little series of books that are helpful for minor repairs. We put in a new toliet and replaced some piping with help from the book!

Tammy March 14th, 2001 11:16 AM

Christopher Lowell :D

MommaD March 14th, 2001 01:55 PM

I'm thinking putting in a toilet and replacing piping aren't "minor" repairs. I'm thinking a minor repair is patching over the hole in the dry wall or replacing the cover plate on the light switch. Beyond that, it's time for me to get help. ;)

MagnusPI March 15th, 2001 02:27 PM

zylphan replace a light switch last weekend also. {{MommaD}} Actually the hardest time about replacing the toliet we had to replace was that we had no room to work in. Replacing pipe is just as easy as patching it really. Know tearing the wall out to replace piping is a big job! ;)

shergo May 21st, 2001 09:35 PM

C'mon ladies! I am restoring a 90+-year-old house! I'm doing it mostly by myself. WE CAN DO IT! If you want to see my website, it's sherryf.tripod.com/index2.html . Right now I need to update. I have decided not to sell. Instead, I'm turning the front yard into a garden. :-)

Clara August 9th, 2001 03:33 AM

Please be advised--that if you are renting--usually the landlord takes care of these issues! Can be a great help! Hubby and I just got thru a big home improvement issue on our own though---without calling the landlord.

We figured out how to take the cover off the bathtub drain and pick the hair out of it. (the long hair must have been his) Snicker.


tupi August 11th, 2001 04:59 PM

Well, I think I'll drag you guys through my rehabilitation of my 1970's kitchen. The particle board cabinets are going to be history...as is the strange linoleum flooring. I'm talking to the kitchen designer at Home Depot on Monday and will be ordering my cabinets soon thereafter. I've decided against Pergo type flooring as it's just prohibitivly expensive for this house. So, my plan is to just post updates of what is going on...at the rate we're going that should keep this folder going for a good long time.

In the meantime, I really need a new saw. I have my eye on a battery powered 4 inch circular saw by Makita. I really want that saw....

Clara August 12th, 2001 01:06 AM


I don't envy the revamp of your kitchen in terms of the work load you will have ahead of you, but I am sure I will envy the end result.

Linolium--(opps ahead of time for the spelling) is back in again! Did you know that? LOL I about died when I saw it on a hip little show I was watching one day.


I think my favorite idea for cost saving methods on a kitchen floor would be this--- the cement look with a finish to it. I saw this cool two colored rag finish--where you wipe stain into the cement in a circular fashion-- and it looks really hip! Of course this is not something that would work in ever house--but I thought it was a cool idea--and depending on what house we buy--I am going to consider this!

Tupi--- are you going with new appliances as well??


jeanofarc October 26th, 2001 09:12 PM

Hi everybody! I have been gone a while. I work in construction and think that everyone has a right to get the story straight on home improvement so I started an advice column of sorts here. It is really great to see other women doing it themselves. More power to us! I've got a victorian home that I am renovating (slowly) so I can relate to what you all are talking about. I am a believer in reclycling housing materials. My neighbors throw out fantastic woodwork and put in new stuff and I think that is just crazy. They are removing the character and unique quality of their home for the ease of new construction. Just last weekend I found 60 linear feet of beautiful oak baseboard intricately milled 1 foot high, enough for my main attic room. Then someone threw out a stack of 1 by 4's, 6's, 8's, and 10's; perfectly straight, no nails and painted red, gray, black, off white, and magenta on one side. My kitchen has had only a subfloor since I lived in it and was going to do what my friend's 1797 house is like in MA. Her floors are made of pine, all different widths, all 1" thick, sanded with a bit of paint showing and clear coated. So I layed the floor using heavy duty 3" screw nails with the different colors showing on some of them. Then I am going to sand it down to show just the right amount of color for my taste, and give it several coats of poly, no stain. This method is easier than tongue and grove oak and more forgiving, because of the distressed look. Pine is soft to walk on and a warm insulator and not as pricy as oak. I have enough for the office and hall and start the livingroom upstairs. I just wanted to share that because I am so happy for the find. Next I am going to put in new cabinets and cupboards to replace my '50s kitchen. It is entirely found and was fun while it lasted; but it's time for a modernization.
Jean Wilson

mickey November 5th, 2001 10:18 AM

Just be careful when you use recycled painted wood. If it's really old it might have lead-based paint on it and you need a lot of ventilation and you're best bet is using those liquid strippers because then you don't have led particles floating around in the air.

mickey November 5th, 2001 10:18 AM

Just be careful when you use recycled painted wood. If it's really old it might have lead-based paint on it and you need a lot of ventilation and you're best bet is using those liquid strippers because then you don't have lead particles floating around in the air.

DrHilieWho March 11th, 2002 01:07 PM

Magnetized TV Screen
Our TV screen was magnetized by the new Jackie Chan toys from Wendys. Fairly simple to fix, but we're waiting to see exactly which way will work. There are several options at this point.

Our TV is 6 yrs old so it could have a demagnetizing function built in. You have to turn the tv on and off a few times to get the magnetization to go away BUT the trick is to let the tv cool down after you turn it off each time.

If this doesn't work we can buy a degaussing coil (from $20-$40). They are generally only available at electrician supply stores. Or you can order on online :)

For people who would rather get it over with quickly and the on/off bit doesn't work, calling a tv repair shop will probably be your best bet. It costs $30-$50.

Also, this isn't an option for us, but some monitors have a demagnetize function set by a button. You can put your tv in front of your monitor and run the demagnetizing feature and it will fix your tv screen.

Of course, I'm neither a doctor of people or appliances, so you might want to get the opinion of an expert before trying any of these things.

Terri May 28th, 2002 06:07 PM

My husband and I bought a new shed at Home Depot. It said on the instructions, 2 hours assembly time! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA.
Now my husband is a pretty handy guy, and he had my teenage son to help,but it took one whole day to assemble, not 2 hours. That was after it took a day to build the foundation and floor for it. It does look nice and we can finally get the mower and garden stuff out of the garage. One of these days I might even be able to put my car in there (the garage that is).

Nimue December 27th, 2008 02:00 AM

Was the last post before this one actually posted in 2002? I guess I don't need to feel bad that no one has replied to my Hello post. What is that black dog up above this post doing :P ?

IRISH_EYES_99 December 27th, 2008 11:24 AM

Hey Nimue,
I replied and welcomed you to WOW. Welcome again. ;) If you click on the icon above that says "new posts" it will bring up a page that shows where the new posts are. Then you'd be seeing more of them.

Again Welcome to WOW. It's a great place to be. Lots of great people posting. Good luck.

Nimue December 27th, 2008 05:33 PM

Thank you Irish Eyes :)

I have done a lot of home improvement stuff. Against the advice of my parents I bought a house that is now well-over a hundred years old. At the time buying this house was cheaper than renting a single wide (8 foot wide) trailer that was in bad shape, had roaches and mushrooms growing in the carpet by the leaky water heater.

This house wasn't much better and required a ton of work but it is kinda mine. I refinanced it twice and owe a lot on it but it has allowed me advantages when borrowing money, I was able to start my own business (at home). But I did a lot of work on it and my advantages didn't come cheap. Looking back it might have been better to focus on a career and then be able to afford a nice home that way. I did however build an addition on my home and the part I used to live in is rented out and has been for three years which helps a lot. Especially when self-employed without benefits like vacation time or health insurance.

I have done everything that can be done on a house, there are certain things I would never ever want to do again however when you have the right people helping you even the worst job can be "enjoyable" and it is certainly nice to have the job done. The most amazing thing to me is I did all I have done and I can still count to ten on my hands and see out both eyes.

JohnChapman July 5th, 2012 08:17 AM

There are lots of sites available in the search engine that can help you to improve your home in a better way.

Jennifer23 June 24th, 2013 07:19 PM


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