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How to Spot Shitty Hurricane Harvey “General Contractors”

Were you in the path of destruction left by Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma? Are you struggling with the loss of all the items even high end stores like Macy’s or Ethan Allen can...

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How to Replace Electrical Wiring

Remember these pictures from last week? (If not, I LOVE that you looked right away, but I posted it and then thought of an even better example–so the old post is revamped) Time to...

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Why Replace Home Electrical Wiring, the Panel…Everything!

Let’s get pumped up about learning how to replace home electrical wiring by showing a few pictures for a bit of motivation. What if you wanted to make some coffee, whip up some waffle...

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How to Build a Tile Countertop 1200 Miles Away

Hey, this kitchen looks nice! The cabinet color is attractive and the appliances are pretty slick. On second glance something seems off… Is that a ladder in the background? Wait! This kitchen is in...

The Ultimate Guide on How to Build a Tile Countertop

Do you love granite slab countertops, but not the price? Do you need a countertop surface that can take a beating? Cash strapped with champagne taste on a beer budget–this was my dilemma back...

Is it a Vacation without a Trip to Menards?

This week we will take a brief side venture into 2017…as recently as last week! We are still in the midst of recovering from our annual drive to Nebraska (and back!) to visit my...

How to Determine Countertop Overhang

When you are putting in a new countertop you need to determine how much of the countertop overhang should extend past the top of the cabinet. A general belief in home buying is you...

To Grout or Not to Grout: An Argument for a Granite Tile Countertop

This article is for those of you questioning the choice of allowing grout in a kitchen (or any!) countertop. This is the subject of many arguments online often ending with torches and pitchforks. Before...

Paint a Room? I Would Rather Replace a Toilet

If you have been reading this blog during the past few months you may have had the following questions briefly cross your mind: Doesn’t the name of this blog use the word “paint”? Why...

Learn a New Skill: Read a Book (It’s Not Heart Surgery)

Read a book. It sounds too easy. Probably because oftentimes it is difficult to understand directions even with pictures. How many times have you struggled with directions on how to assemble a simple piece...