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Aug 20

How Much??

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: windows, value, resale value, remodeling, handyman


Can you provide me an idea of how much I

Aug 20

Mind the Gap

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: tile, remodeling, kitchens, handyman, cracks, countertops


We have remodeled our kitchen and are to

Oct 05

Floored by Squeaks and Groans, Oh, My!

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: repairs, hardwood, handyman, floors

Question for Mason : I don't know if it's the change in the temperature or what, but the former minor squeaks in my hardwood floor -- especially in the white pine in the kitchen -- are out of control. Is this something that your handyman folks can make go away?

I confess that I've tried fixing it myself. I read that you could rub graphite powder in the floor joints to fix. Can't tell you how %#@@ed-off my wife is about this now that there's black fill in the light floor that won't come out, and the floor still squeaks. (any tips on getting ground in graphite out of a light wood floor, while

Aug 24

Why Invest in Remodeling, In Today's Market?

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: value, select contractor, repairs, renovation, remodeling, handyman, financing, contractors

Some of the earliest signs of the present economic troubles appeared in the nation's housing industry.  Presently, new home starts (as indicated by permit activity) have dredged 25-year lows, and existing home sales have fallen even as they become seemingly more affordable amidst heretofore unseen devaluation.  As lenders tighten their practices, real estate finance has become markedly more conservative, decreasing the ability for many to obtain credit for purchases and improvements.

While the daily headlines emphasize these and other domestic economic problems, is it any surprise that

Aug 24

Is there Such a Thing as K-Y Jelly for Appliances?

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: kitchens, handyman


About 12 years ago we had our kitchen remodeled in our 1925 home in Northside. It's a very narrow galley-style kitchen, and it requires having a side-by-side refrigerator--there's not enough swing space for a full-door model. We dislike the side-by-side because you can't really fit anything of any size in either side, but at the time that was our best option. So now, the fridge is dying, and we've started looking at 3-door models with the freezer on the bottom.

This is great, except that we can't seem to find one that will fit into the space that our current 66-1/4"-high model tucks

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