<![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 Vacationing? Tips for keeping the house safe while you’re gone http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article94573917.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:13:00 CDT

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Solving the mystery of the leaking bathroom ceiling http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article93526092.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 06 Aug 2016 08:00:00 CDT

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Deck care is easy if done regularly http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article91902017.html#storylink=rss Regular washing, sanding and staining of decks can keep them safe and clean

Be sure to check the deck manufacturer’s cleaning and care guide for product-specific tips and guidance

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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:00:00 CDT

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Kitchen faucets have two-in-one options http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article91492162.html#storylink=rss You don’t need two faucets in your sink to enjoy filtered water

Two-in-one single-faucet work for those with limited space

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:22:23 CDT

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Real-life experiences with tankless water heaters http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article89083277.html#storylink=rss “We went tankless in our house a few years ago … I think we would do it again”

“It is great not waiting for the water to heat up and having hot water no matter how many people shower or how long”

“When I try to take a cooler shower, the hot shuts off completely, and I am left with cold water”

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:00:00 CDT

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How to clean an acrylic bathtub correctly http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article87688432.html#storylink=rss Manufacturers and refinishing companies list which cleaning products are safe online and in the tubs’ instructions

Never use cleaning products in aerosol cans or solvents, including acetone

Abrasive scrubbing pads and wire brushes are out of the question, as is chlorine bleach

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Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:00:00 CDT

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Why is gutter cleaning so important? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article86413272.html#storylink=rss Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause problems to both the exterior and the interior of your home

They also offer rodents, bees, mold and other pest a place to live

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:56:00 CDT

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Repair or replace cedar shingles http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article86498062.html#storylink=rss Existing cedar shakes atop a house pose a puzzle for a potential buyer

Will damaged shingles need to be removed?

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:02:54 CDT

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Low water pressure may cause sudden shower temperature changes http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article85084607.html#storylink=rss If your shower turns scalding hot when someone flushes a toilet or uses a faucet, it may be due to low water pressure

One solution is to replace older galvanized pipes

You should also buy an “anti-scald” showerhead to prevent accidental scalding

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:00 CDT

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How much does it cost to install an outdoor water faucet? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article83673182.html#storylink=rss Expect to pay $300 to $450

Complexity of the installation affects the price

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:00:00 CDT

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What causes dark streaks on roof shingles and how to fix it http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article82244692.html#storylink=rss Green algae and black fungus show up in shingles

Algae won’t harm the shingles

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:00:00 CDT

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Extra kitchen sink hole generates a whole lot of ideas http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article80952827.html#storylink=rss Tea drinkers might consider a hot water dispenser

Another reader installed a second soap dispenser

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Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:06:00 CDT

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Are floor joists too short? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article79511482.html#storylink=rss Floor joists in a crawl space pass inspection the first time

Another inspection raises a red flag

Who’s right?

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Fri, 27 May 2016 10:36:00 CDT

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How to stay safe and secure in your condo http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article78075387.html#storylink=rss Change your front-door lock set when you move in

Keep your doors locked at all times

Alert your building supervisor about burned-out lights in common areas

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Fri, 20 May 2016 11:00:00 CDT

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Ideas, tools to ease spring tasks http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article77761422.html#storylink=rss Doing necessary maintenance now will give you time to enjoy the summer days ahead

Here are some established and dependable tools plus some newer ideas to help ease the duties of spring

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Sun, 15 May 2016 10:54:38 CDT

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Cleaning your gas grill will help it last longer http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article75307307.html#storylink=rss Falling behind on cleaning and maintaining a gas grill can take years off the grill’s lifespan

The best way to maintain a grill is to clean it after every cookout

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Fri, 06 May 2016 09:19:00 CDT

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What’s wrong with my garage door opener? http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article73978807.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:00:00 CDT

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Seeking a sleek wall-hung sink for a bathroom vanity http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article72662497.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Now is the time to change gas in lawn equipment, oil shears http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article71353392.html#storylink=rss Things to do before gardening gets into full gear

Change oil and filter in gas-powered equipment

Check garden hoses for cracks or leaks

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:00:00 CDT

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Cracked concrete patio can be repaired using slab jacking service http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article70047702.html#storylink=rss The person buying my home insists on replacing the patio or reducing the home’s sale price so he can replace the patio.

A repairman told me the patio can be repaired. Is this true, and how would it be done?

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Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:33:00 CDT

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Make a list of priorities before you renovate a kitchen http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article68836952.html#storylink=rss That busiest of rooms for families is the one that most consumers want renovationed

Establish priorities before any rehab, but especially before work on a kitchen

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Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:00:00 CDT

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How to choose an old-style tub for a new bathroom http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article67742427.html#storylink=rss Choices for claw-foot tubs come from three basic categories

Once you know the type of freestanding cast-iron tub you like, focus on that style

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:42:00 CDT

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Saving water is simple, and it helps your budget http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article63336462.html#storylink=rss Tips gauged for a family of four can be applied to almost all homes

Take shorter showers or invest in a more-efficient dishwasher and see a difference in your bottom line

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 02:00:00 CST

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Seeking advice about tempered windows http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article61982927.html#storylink=rss I am putting in a new custom shower with frameless tempered glass doors. From the shower door to the window is less than 60 inches on the other side of the toilet. Do you know if the window has to be tempered?

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:30:00 CST

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Getting old windows fixed the right way http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article61557852.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:36:00 CST

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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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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 03:45:00 CST

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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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