Tips on preventing ice dams

Tips on preventing ice dams

Snow storms and subsequent above freezing temperatures are the perfect combination for ice dams. Ice dams can cause damage to your home and result in expensive repairs. Save yourself the headache of dealing with the issue by keeping these prevention tips in mind. HOW...
Ask Angie: Who pays for building permits?

Ask Angie: Who pays for building permits?

Dear Angie: Does a homeowner pay for permits on an interior/exterior home remodel, or the contractor running the entire job? – Cara P., Chicago Dear Cara: Typically, contractors will include permit costs as a part of their bid. But it’s important that your...

Enjoy a high-tech shower with a digital mixing valve

Q: Dear Ed: Next year we are looking to turn one of our unused bedrooms into a bathroom. For the shower area we would like to look into the new electronic mixing valves in place of a standard hand-turning shower valve. Can you please provide us with more information...

Plumber: Wash out stains in a stainless steel sink

Q:  Dear Ed: We’re installing a new laundry room. We plan for a countertop area complete with a built-in laundry sink for soaking clothes. All the laundry sinks we have seen are enameled cast iron. But, we want a stainless steel laundry sink and don’t want to install...

The bathroom can be the ‘suite’ spot of your home

Q: Dear Ed: After years of saving, we’re planning to build a modest new home. Since we are on a tight budget, I’m going to do all of the designing and decorating. What tips can you give me to help with the bathroom decor so it won’t look like someone just threw in a...
Plumber: Bath to the future

Plumber: Bath to the future

Q: Dear Ed, My husband and I are finally remodeling our 1970s bathroom since we plan to age in place in our present home. Since this will be our final remodel, we would like the latest in bathroom technology. The main focus will be on removing our tub to install a...
Ask Angie: How much does drywall repair cost?

Ask Angie: How much does drywall repair cost?

Dear Angie: How much can I expect to pay to repair three fist-sized holes in drywall? – April L. of Florida Dear April: Unfortunately, the type of drywall damage you describe is quite common. Homeowners often need to repair a small section of drywall instead of a...
Refresh your home office

Refresh your home office

Life in the 21st century has its perks. One of those is to be able to work from virtually anywhere. If you’ve successfully convinced your boss to let you log more hours from home this year, you’ll want a killer workspace to match. Don’t let your home office become the...
Ask Angie: How much does it cost to replace baseboards?

Ask Angie: How much does it cost to replace baseboards?

Dear Angie: What does it cost to replace baseboards? Mine are made of dark wood that was painted white, but is now chipping. I’m interested in replacing the existing trim with pre-painted, faux-wood baseboard. – Beverly C., Cheyenne, Wyo. Dear Beverly: Baseboards are...