<![CDATA[Handyman News | The Kansas City Star & 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 Complete summer home maintenance early with this handy checklist http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article21378876.html#storylink=rss Before we get too far into the summer, here are some maintenance items to inspect on your home.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 05:56:00 CDT

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How do you cut through concrete to install a sump pump? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article20767650.html#storylink=rss To start, get an impact drill from a rental place. Make sure you get an extra long bit. Then make a series of holes along a line and chip out the remaining concrete.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 12:08:00 CDT

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What can be done with decayed outside window sills? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article20270280.html#storylink=rss Also, how can you fix a bend in a piece of playwood?

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Fri, 08 May 2015 07:28:00 CDT

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Rocking messy robins with bags, balloons http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article20115729.html#storylink=rss By placing plastic bags with rubber bands over car mirrors, the robins will stop sitting on them. They also work well in vegetable gardens

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Fri, 01 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Tips for lawn mower safety http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article19144812.html#storylink=rss Put away the snowblower and tune up the lawn mower, because what passes for spring these days has arrived. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers some tips for proper and safe operation of all the things you need to keep your yard looking marvelous.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Spring is time to check gutters for maintenance and replace batteries in smoke detectors http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article17634800.html#storylink=rss Also, be careful how you store or dispose of the 9-volt batteries.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Can she get white water stains off hardwood floor? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article17017946.html#storylink=rss When I pulled up my rug for cleaning, I found a nice hardwood floor under it, but the floor had a number of white water stains. How can I clean them off?

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Adding ventilation, insulation help prevent ice dams on roof http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article16180070.html#storylink=rss My house has a basement, and I can see the pipes under the floor, but I also have a water stain on my bathroom ceiling, and I can see icicles hanging from the roof’s overhang outside the bathroom window. Do I need a plumber?

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Leaky shower valve is all washed up http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article15069923.html#storylink=rss I have a very old shower stall. It has the original single-handle mixing valve, which constantly leaks. The last plumber who looked at it said parts are no longer available and it needs to be replaced with a new mixing valve. To do this will I have to open up the wall? Any other repair ideas I can explore to solve this issue?

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Handyman: How to gain storage in a limited space http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/home-q-a/article13218020.html#storylink=rss We live in a small home with very limited storage. We have a garage but can never get the car inside because of all the junk we have in there. We don’t have the yard area for a storage barn. I have been told that storage in the attic ruins whatever is put up there. Is this true?

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Finding the source of the leak http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article11252204.html#storylink=rss Every heavy rain, we get water coming in from the top of the first-floor windows. We have had many contractors come out to do work. They have replaced some windows, replaced some roofing, and have caulked things nonstop.

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Dealing with mold in bathroom caulking and grout http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article11089610.html#storylink=rss I now have black mold growing in the cracks between the top of the bathtub and the tiles. I have tried mold-removal cleaners, bleach and other products, with only limited success. Any ideas how to remove this?

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:00:00 CST

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How to deal with basement dampness http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article7885020.html#storylink=rss It is not water intrusion during heavy rains, but dampness. We don’t want to spend a lot of money to fix this problem. Some experts have suggested a new heating/cooling system. Others recommend really expensive work to create drainage along the walls

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Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Inadequate venting of appliances can be lethal http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article8235765.html#storylink=rss An improperly vented fossil fuel-burning appliance can be deadly. Everyone should have at least one CO detector in each bedroom and another near the fuel-burning appliance or appliances.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Securing a rimless kitchen sink http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article7718630.html#storylink=rss The sink does not fit tight against the underside of the granite, and it has to be caulked or it will leak. The contractor installed upright boards under the sink to hold it in place, but all that takes cabinet space and gets in the way.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Hand shower cradles a simple way to add comfort http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article6274443.html#storylink=rss Like anything else, you can get very fancy with custom brackets that need to be drilled into the shower walls or diverter valves for flow control to multiple shower heads. Or, you can just take a simple approach and install a shower cradle on the end of your shower arm pipe.

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Sealing a sill may involve fiberglass insulation http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article5490450.html#storylink=rss When the leaf blowers come in the fall, we get a small amount of litter on the basement floor near one corner. We have searched for this opening in the dark basement when the sun is shining on the foundation, but can see nothing. Is the sill a place where airflow occurs? If so, how can the airflow be blocked, and whom should we hire to fix it?

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Radon test kits are easy to use and could save your life http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article5106837.html#storylink=rss Using a simple test kit, available online or at major home stores, can be a lifesaver. First Alert’s Radon Test Kit is available for less than $20. Once the homeowner is aware of the rate of radon in the home, it is fairly simple to remove the gas by removing the air from under the home’s foundation and expelling it to the outside air using PVC pipes and a radon fan.

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Fri, 02 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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How do I fix a recurring sinkhole? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article5051835.html#storylink=rss I have an area where my driveway, front walk and a shrub bed more or less meet. That area is sinking. It did this before, and our landscaper attempted to fix it by paving. Do you have any suggestions as to what is needed to repair this?

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Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Bidet toilet seats gain attention in the U.S. as a way to save space http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article4531879.html#storylink=rss Since the introduction of bidet-style toilet seats that can be installed on most elongated toilet bowls, the bidet category is now getting some attention in the U.S.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Air sealing keeps house temperatures comfortable http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article4390374.html#storylink=rss A few years ago we had the attic finished, but the room seems to be cool and the floors are even colder. Do you have any ideas why and what we can do to change it?

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Use antislip tape or sealer for slippery balcony http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article4240629.html#storylink=rss The finish on our California style balcony in front of our condo building is very slippery. Is there anything we can apply on top of the epoxy coating that will make the finish less slippery?

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Sat, 06 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Do your homework before installing a custom shower stall http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article4105426.html#storylink=rss Keep these basic considerations in mind when installing a large custom shower with two shower mixing valves on opposite walls and two rain-style shower heads.

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 CST

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To prepare for winter, put pipes first http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article3757633.html#storylink=rss While more energy-efficient construction reduces the chance of frozen pipes in newer homes, there are no guarantees.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Tall order needed for bathroom remodeling job http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article3554127.html#storylink=rss I’m a taller man and would like to have my vanity counter sink top a little higher than normal for comfort. Do I have to find someone to custom build my vanity base or build a platform on the floor? Any easier ideas are welcome.

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Multiple-glazed windows will help fight condensation http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article3416042.html#storylink=rss Condensation is a naturally occurring phenomenon that can be destructive because excessive moisture can damage curtains, walls, carpets, and wooden window frames. In some cases, it leads to mold, creating health risks.

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:00:00 CDT

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How to fill holes near a foundation http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article3196859.html#storylink=rss First determine what, if anything, other than the gutter drain has caused the erosion. Using a metal probe, you may be able to locate a buried pipe that is near the surface of the yard.

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 CDT

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Is linoleum stained or just in need of light? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article2732016.html#storylink=rss If your floor is very old, most of those stains could be there to stay. On the other hand, Armstrong, which has been making linoleum floors for decades, recommends two of its products. If you are willing to spend some money, they might work for you.

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:00:00 CDT

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Mini-makeovers can add maximum benefits to your bathroom at minimum cost http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article2557838.html#storylink=rss I put together a list of three of my favorite mini-makeovers that can work well for just about any bathroom. The good news is that you can do just one or two, or even all three since they are completely separate and affordable upgrades.

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:00:00 CDT

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Granite can be stained, chipped or discolored http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article2346799.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

What could be causing orange, reddish-brown stuff to come off my granite countertop in the kitchen when it is wiped down? Could this be dangerous? It is about 13 years old, and it gets cleaned and wiped down daily.

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:00:00 CDT

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