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by Michael Monteiro Wear and tear is a fact of life for every landlord. Since we have already spent some time on this blog looking at how to tell the difference between damage and wear and tear, let’s talk about the specifics of what to expect when it comes to basic apartment fix-it work and…


Must-visit Web sites for products, tips, contractors by Paul Bianchina The Internet has certainly revolutionized the way we gather information. From remodeling our homes to protecting ourselves from fraud, there’s an incredible wealth of product and technical information that’s just a mouse-click away. As you’ve no doubt already learned in your wanderings about the Web,…


How to lay tile floor around closet flange by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: Our toilet wobbles and I have been wondering how to fix it. We are also going to replace the vinyl floor in that bathroom with tile. How close should I lay the tile around the flange? I had this…


To some, it’s a 3-coat jobBill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: A couple of weeks ago you wrote about your brother Bryan redoing his kitchen. You said he spent the better part of four days priming and painting the cabinets and painting the walls and the ceiling — all stark white. My question is:…


by Michael Monteiro No matter how meticulously you look after your property, there are certain long-term maintenance items and repairs that are inevitable. Sure, by staying on top of things you may be able to stave some of them off for a bit, but some things are impermanent by nature and are going to have…


How to prep Corian for granite overlay by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: I have Corian countertops throughout my house. Rather than tearing them out and using plywood and backer board as a base to install granite tile, can I leave the Corian in place and use that as the base and use…


Strange noise observed after plumbing fix by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: Upstairs, in the wall between the bathroom and the master bedroom, there is a thumping noise throughout the night and it’s driving my wife and me crazy. It sounds like a dripping noise initially, but I discovered it is the black…


Landlord furious when resident’s actions undermine flood fix by Robert Griswold Q: I own a rental home some 150 miles from my primary residence. Recently, my tenant informed me that there was water flooding the backyard. She wasn’t sure what the source of the water was at the time, but we both suspected the landscaping…


Answer may lie in attic by Paul Bianchina Q: My husband and I have a fairly new home (built in 2001). The problem we have had since day one is that the closets are like refrigerators and so are a couple of the back rooms. I climbed up into the attics above these rooms and…


Do-it-yourself tips for eliminating creosote, soot by Paul Bianchina As winter approaches, one of the things to look forward to is the cozy heat and intimate glow that can come only from a wood fire. But burning wood can create some definite safety hazards if you don’t keep up with regular fireplace and wood-stove maintenance….

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