<![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 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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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 02:00:00 CST

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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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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 04:12:00 CST

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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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Fri, 01 Jan 2016 03:00:00 CST

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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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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:54:00 CST

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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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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 04:00:00 CDT

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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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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:12:00 CDT

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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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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 04:00:00 CDT

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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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