And You Will Renovate

If you are wondering what’s going on … effective April 1, 2009 we will be combining all “And You Will” series of blogs (the subdomains of http://AndYouWill.com) into this main blog for all time and existence!

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Installing a new kitchen sink is not the most difficult do-it-yourself home project. But it will take all day, usually. Take it step by step and you can’t go wrong.

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A frozen pipe isn’t itself a problem. After all, copper pipes can get to temperatures far below the freezing point of water without cracking. But too often it is accompanied by an ice blockage inside the pipe. That can lead to a pressure build up that ultimately bursts the pipe. Not only do you lose the ability to get water from the faucet, but now have the larger problem of clean up and repair.

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Toilet repairs run the gamut. It can be as extensive as a complete replacement or as simple as replacing a broken flush handle. All of them are well within the ability of the average do-it-yourselfer.

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Garage lighting often gets little attention. An incandescent bulb or two, maybe a fluorescent fixture and it’s considered finished. But a garage can have many uses and lighting is often poorly designed for most of them.

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A primer is a paint or coating applied directly to a surface to serve as an undercoat for other paints. In principle, any paint could be used as primer, but specially prepared compounds typically do the job much better.

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Fortunately, painting the outside of most homes is easier today than ever. Easier… not easy. When the average cost of a professional paint job runs several thousand dollars (though they do earn it), you may want to tackle it yourself.

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Plumbers earn their income. Most are skilled professionals who spent years learning a trade. They come to rescue us in times of crisis or for important projects. But, as thousands of jokes attest, they’re expensive and often not available when you need them. That’s not their fault. Their services are in high demand. Good fortune to them.

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Painting a ceiling is one of the more challenging paint jobs. Paint drips onto your face and onto the floor. The angle makes it more difficult to use a brush or even a roller on a pole. A ladder is often needed. Even the lighting is different. To top it off, ceilings are sometimes texture coated. How can you deal with all these difficulties to get a good final result?

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Want to install a dimmer switch, replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) or LEDs, or perform many other home lighting projects? If so, it’s helpful to know a little bit about what drives them all: electricity.

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Getting started on a new project is always the hardest part. One major reason for that, especially in the case of painting your house, is the knowledge barrier. There’s just so much to know to get the job done right. Read on and flatten that hurdle between you and your house’s brand new look.

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Whether you’re painting the interior or exterior, you’ll want a number of different types of brushes. Even when you use a power sprayer to do the exterior, there will almost always be a number of spots that call for hand painting.

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Like it or not, most exterior house painting projects will be about 80% preparation. In those cases where the preparation can be almost entirely skipped, there’s usually no need to paint the house. It can just be cleaned.

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Home heating systems serve a simple purpose. But to achieve it they employ a surprisingly complicated set of components, some of which are prone to failure. Let’s start with the simple and obvious (and cheap!) things first.

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With the new HDTV sets coming onto the market the shape and weight requirements (not to mention the price) of stands has changed. If you don’t want to shell out a few hundred dollars for a stand, increasing the TV’s total price by 20% or more, here are a couple of alternatives.

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