<![CDATA[Handyman News | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/ en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:43:47 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:43:47 CDT Handyman 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Questions for home security consultants http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article57983623.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 02:00:00 CST

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New toilets are loaded with high-tech features http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article57951958.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:07:00 CST

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Ventless gas log presents problems http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article56644813.html#storylink=rss If you suspect a gas leak, immediately call your utility company or dial 911

There are minor odors at the beginning of the heating season, but they soon go away

If the gas log is allowed to burn for about three hours, the odors will usually subside

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:00:00 CST

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Pros, cons and costs of space heater options http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article55413985.html#storylink=rss Among your choices: electric, baseboard, radiant and gas heaters

Take into account their energy costs

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How to keep freeze-proof faucets unfrozen http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article54329110.html#storylink=rss Unhook the hose, always

More winter tips: Insulate pipes

Block drafts under doors

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How to prevent ladder injuries http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article53089675.html#storylink=rss I thought it would be a good time to remind you about ladder safety. Perhaps the lights are still up, but soon you will have to take them down, and the weather may not be cooperative.

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Tips for better air quality in a winter-tight house http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article51927300.html#storylink=rss What to do when you have central air-conditioning

Winter cleaning is as important as spring cleaning

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How to insulate finished basement walls http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article50825090.html#storylink=rss Concrete walls need to dry

Insulate only part above the outside grade

Two-by-four wall studs are preferable

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 02:00:00 CST

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How to find the best contractor for your home project http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article50326035.html#storylink=rss A reliable person will have a good reputation across the board

Supply houses, town inspectors and former customers are the people to ask

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How to hang Christmas lights on a garage door http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article48653930.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:21:00 CST

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How to check any type of furnace to make sure it’s ready for winter http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article47363455.html#storylink=rss Covering boilers, electric, gas or propane, and wood furnaces

Make sure electrical power is on to the units before inspecting

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Updating dull tub, shower trim http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article45250002.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:39:00 CST

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It’s time to check furnace, fireplace operation http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article44111703.html#storylink=rss A qualified professional can make certain the heating season will go smoothly

Heat pumps and wood-burning fireplaces have specific needs

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:19:00 CST

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When is tempered glass required? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article42694710.html#storylink=rss A home inspector should point out the need for tempered glass

Codes call for using it in many areas of homes

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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 06:09:00 CST

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Craftsmen are seldom tipped or trusted to be in homes alone http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article41537406.html#storylink=rss Survey finds most people feel no need to tip a general contractor, painter, electrician, plumber or decorator

Most also are unlikely to give their house keys or pass codes to workers

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:14:00 CDT

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How to ventilate an attic http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article40493853.html#storylink=rss A properly balanced venting system is important to the life expectancy of a home’s shingles

It’s also crucial to the attic’s environment

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The numbers on stainless steel kitchen sinks http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article38929578.html#storylink=rss Stainless steel kitchen sinks are relatively light.

Sinks with lower gauge numbers can be a little thicker than sinks with higher ones.

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Better ways to wash dishes http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article37970466.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:36:00 CDT

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What your shower may be trying to tell you http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article36921741.html#storylink=rss The average shower in the United States lasts 8 minutes

A special valve regulates temps and can save water

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Furnace cooling coil may cause winter odor http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article36136386.html#storylink=rss Every year when it starts to get colder, we get this strong smell in the house like a sewer problem. Before we can find out where it’s coming from, the smell goes away.

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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:00:00 CDT

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How to fix sticky doors http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article35333994.html#storylink=rss As homes age, the floors may settle or sag, and the doors may no longer fit squarely in the original framed opening. It’s the framed opening that has changed, and the door needs to be adjusted to fit squarely into the frame that is itself now out of square.

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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New rules to cut amount of water used in dishwasher http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article34320480.html#storylink=rss New federal standards, which will become effective in January 2019, would require dishwashers to cut energy use 24 percent and water use 38 percent, leaving 3.1 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes in a normal wash cycle.

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 04:00:00 CDT

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Keeping floors warm in winter http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article33219936.html#storylink=rss We live in a 20-year-old house over a crawl space. We recently replaced the heating and air conditioning. Our feet get cold in the winter, despite wearing heavy socks and slippers.

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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 04:00:00 CDT

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Tips for designing a custom shower http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article32321181.html#storylink=rss A custom shower stall can be as simple as adding a personal hand spray unit or as complicated as installing electronic mixing valves with music and lighting. I’ve worked on many custom shower projects, and here are three basic tips.

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Home inspector can explain why floors are bowed http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article31403357.html#storylink=rss I’m purchasing a two-story home, and its floors are bowed in the hall, but the tile is not cracked. I placed a straight edge on the floor, and it has a slight hump. Should I walk away from a house like this?

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How to clean siding buildup http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article30733590.html#storylink=rss Algae tends to build up on vinyl siding on the north side of structures. Specialized products can treat the problem.

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Dealing with knob and tube wiring in older homes is tricky http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article29951802.html#storylink=rss Knob and tube is the earliest electrical wiring, basically designed to power light bulbs between 1880 and 1930. Its presence in houses has become an issue for many lenders and home insurers, and it causes delays in real estate transactions until large amounts of money are spent to replace it.

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Taking a stand for an updated pedestal sink http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article29762386.html#storylink=rss Our old vanity bathroom sink needs to be replaced, and I want to replace it with a pedestal sink. Since I am the one who insists on this style, can you please tell me some nice features to look for when choosing a pedestal sink? This way I can make everyone in my family happy with the choice.

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One layer of shingles or two? What to consider http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article28037086.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

My garage roof has shingles that are worn and weathered. Under what conditions would it be advisable to lay a second layer of shingles over the existing layer? I would assume there are cost savings doing this. There is currently only one layer of shingles on the roof and no leaks in the building.

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Prepare your home for heavy rainstorms http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article27211222.html#storylink=rss In most cases rainwater and flooding damage can be the big issue associated with summer storms. So here are three G’s you can follow to help prepare your home for storm season.

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