By PAUL F. P. POGUEAngie's List October 22. 2018 11:09PM You can solve some toilet problems yourself, but don't hesitate to call a plumber if you exceed your own skills. (Dreamstime) You depend on your toilet to work day in, day out. But when things go wrong with the toilet, they can go very wrong indeed.Fortunately, when you run into toilet trouble, you can frequently solve the problem yourself. Consider these tips for common toilet problems. However, keep a realistic assessment of your own skills. If you get in over your head in trouble, don’t hesitate to call in a professional. When you don’t know what you’re doing, you can easily make things worse.How to handle toilet clogsMany toilet problems go back to clogs: something stuck in the pipes that just won’t budge. The first solution is that most iconic of plumber’s tools, the plunger. When plunging a clog, make sure to position your plunger to create a tight seal around the opening.Position it in … [Read more...] about When should I DIY toilet fixes?
By LAUREN WHITEHomeAdvisor October 08. 2018 11:11PM Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material, and they are available in a surprising array of colors to complement your home and taste. (Dreamstime) It’s tempting to let your roof go for another year, even as you’re crossing your fingers for good luck. But if you’re concerned that your shingles won’t hold up, it’s best to replace them as soon as your budget will allow. Where a new roof costs $5,000 to $10,000, a neglected roof that fails could cost $2,000 to $7,500 in water damage and mold remediation, plus the cost of replacement. Don’t delay — fall is an ideal time to complete this project, so your home is secure against winter weather and temperatures.To prepare a budget, it’s helpful to know what factors most into the cost of a roofing project: the type of roofing material you choose, the condition and layout of your roof, and the removal of old materials.Roofing … [Read more...] about Your fall roofing project: Costs, materials and expectations
By Dan DiClericoHomeAdvisor October 07. 2018 10:54PM As aging in place gains momentum, the tools and tactics for making homes safe and accessible are becoming ever more sophisticated. And manufacturers are responding with a slew of products designed to make homes more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Here are five enhancements for your home to consider:Slip-resistant flooringFalls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among seniors. Flooring manufacturers are coming out with more materials that meet the industry standard for slip-resistance (0.42 or higher on the dynamic coefficient of friction, or DCOF). Wood-look porcelain tile is hugely popular in bathrooms and kitchens, the two most dangerous rooms in the house.Another way to minimize the risk of falls in the bathroom is by installing a curbless shower. It’s a significant investment, with an average cost of $3,346, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, but it’s one of the best … [Read more...] about Home enhancements can make it easier to age in place home trends
September 27. 2018 11:10PM Lakes Region builders will be talking about construction ideas during this year's Columbus Day weekend Parade of Homes tour. From left: Barry Gaw, Sippican Partners; Chris Duprey, Meredith Bay; Jesse Lindland, Outside In Construction; Luke Dupuis and Adam Pierce, Retreat Custom Builders; Jeremy Doucet, Lighthouse Construction; Kurt Clason, K.A. Clason Fine Woodworking; Liam Cargill, Cargill Construction; Julie Hayward, Hayward & Co.; Justin Parent, Northtown Builders; and Conor Hayes, JC Hayes Construction. (Missing: Mike Pelczar, Inter-Lakes Builders). (COURTESY) Need ideas for building a home? Looking for land to build a second home or find a newly crafted home for sale? Perhaps some DIY is in your long range plans. All great reasons to check out the 2018 Lake Region Parade of Homes. Every year, thousands look forward to autumn in central New Hampshire and the colorful display of leafs over Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 to … [Read more...] about Parade of Homes coming to Lakes Region for Columbus Day weekend
By ANDREW VAN DAM The Washington Post September 27. 2018 11:10PM A Starbucks barista at the Warner Brothers Studio lot in Burbank, Calif., in February 2017. New research shows that one new Starbucks predicted an extra 0.54 percent rise in local home prices. But the study also found that's true of all cafes. (KATIE FALKENBERG/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS) Starbucks comes by its reputation as the bellwether of gentrification honestly: Its entry into an area really does predict a measurable change in demographics.When the coffee giant colonizes a neighborhood, home prices tend to jump. The population tends to get more educated. And younger. And whiter.New research shows that one new Starbucks predicted an extra 0.54 percent rise in local home prices. But the study also found that’s true of all cafes.Harvard economist Edward Glaeser and his Harvard Business School colleagues Hyunjin Kim (a doctoral candidate) and Michael Luca find it improbable that a coffee chain has direct power … [Read more...] about Starbucks and florists are signs home prices are about to rise in your neighborhood