Handyman

Besides asphalt, what are the best driveway surfaces?

There’s no way around it; resurfacing a driveway is never a cheap undertaking. Choose asphalt and concrete or gravel/pebbles (crushed stone) for good service and good prices, but make sure you install a sturdy border of wood timbers or large concrete lengths to keep the latter in place.

Handyman

Only you can prevent a dryer fire

Clothes dryers cause 2,900 fires in residential buildings each year, resulting in five deaths and $35 million in property damage. The majority are a result of lint buildup inside the dryer or the pipe that vents it to the outside.

Handyman

Skirted toilets are attractive but pricey

Even though both toilets may be able to use the same rough-in piping, a skirted toilet usually requires “extra” labor since it mounts differently to the toilet flange. Plus, the fixture itself is can cost more than a standard toilet.

Handyman

Is there recourse for rain damage in basement?

My son and daughter-in-law purchased a twin ranch home with a finished basement in the Northeast in September. Recent heavy rains invaded their home and caused a great deal of damage to the back wall in both the basement and the bedroom above. They called an adjuster, who cut out the damaged walls and removed carpet, and brought in fans and a dehumidifier.

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