<![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 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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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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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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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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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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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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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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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:05:00 CDT

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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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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:00:00 CDT

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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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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:00:26 CDT

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Ground fault circuit interrupters provide necessary protection http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article26665825.html#storylink=rss A ground fault occurs when an electrical current flowing through a wire or appliance unintentionally flows through an unintended path to the ground. A GFCI protects people and animals from accidental shocks or electrocution.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Looking for a longer toilet bowl in a shorter space http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article25305190.html#storylink=rss We just moved into a home with a very small powder room for one of the bathrooms. The toilet in this powder room has a short toilet bowl to allow the door to swing open. I would like a longer bowl toilet installed. Is it possible to fit a longer bowl toilet in this tight space?

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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As economy improves, home-improvement projects pick up steam http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article24916978.html#storylink=rss Remodelers say kitchen and bathroom redos remain the most popular, and homeowners’ top motivation is to upgrade with newer, better features in their homes.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Kitchen additions can be creative and functional http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article22873032.html#storylink=rss Apron-front farmhouse sinks are the popular artist models for kitchen use because of the exposed front wall of the sink. The outside panel of the sink wall is a perfect area for adding accents and textures to help create the artist-edition look.

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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Handyman shares letters about readers finding critters in the toilet http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/handyman/article22350138.html#storylink=rss Years ago I wrote a column about critters like reptiles and rodents climbing into drain piping systems and ending up in toilets. After that I received lots of letters from homeowners sharing similar experiences. I recently stumbled across that long lost pile of letters and thought it would be fun to occasionally run some of these stories. So please enjoy Ed’s “Tails from the toilet.”

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Sat, 30 May 2015 04:00:00 CDT

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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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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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