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AuntieWOW January 13th, 2001 01:36 AM

Are you remodeling your house; either yourself or hiring contracters? Questions and Tips both welcome here!

tupi February 21st, 2001 08:49 PM

My best source for home improvement advice is HGTV.

JuneCleaver March 2nd, 2001 10:34 AM

My best advice is to wear your heels and pearls. You never know when the minister might stop by. A lady will always look her best, greet her adoring husband at the door, and always keep the house is perfect order.

CerealMom March 2nd, 2001 11:11 AM

Proper Dress
And please, no white heels after Labor Day.

tupi March 2nd, 2001 11:36 AM


MagnusPI March 14th, 2001 01:52 AM

Time Life books make a nice little series of books that are helpful for minor repairs. We put in a new toliet and replaced some piping with help from the book!

Tammy March 14th, 2001 12:16 PM

Christopher Lowell :D

MommaD March 14th, 2001 02:55 PM

I'm thinking putting in a toilet and replacing piping aren't "minor" repairs. I'm thinking a minor repair is patching over the hole in the dry wall or replacing the cover plate on the light switch. Beyond that, it's time for me to get help. ;)

MagnusPI March 15th, 2001 03:27 PM

zylphan replace a light switch last weekend also. {{MommaD}} Actually the hardest time about replacing the toliet we had to replace was that we had no room to work in. Replacing pipe is just as easy as patching it really. Know tearing the wall out to replace piping is a big job! ;)

shergo May 21st, 2001 09:35 PM

C'mon ladies! I am restoring a 90+-year-old house! I'm doing it mostly by myself. WE CAN DO IT! If you want to see my website, it's sherryf.tripod.com/index2.html . Right now I need to update. I have decided not to sell. Instead, I'm turning the front yard into a garden. :-)

Clara August 9th, 2001 03:33 AM

Please be advised--that if you are renting--usually the landlord takes care of these issues! Can be a great help! Hubby and I just got thru a big home improvement issue on our own though---without calling the landlord.

We figured out how to take the cover off the bathtub drain and pick the hair out of it. (the long hair must have been his) Snicker.


tupi August 11th, 2001 04:59 PM

Well, I think I'll drag you guys through my rehabilitation of my 1970's kitchen. The particle board cabinets are going to be history...as is the strange linoleum flooring. I'm talking to the kitchen designer at Home Depot on Monday and will be ordering my cabinets soon thereafter. I've decided against Pergo type flooring as it's just prohibitivly expensive for this house. So, my plan is to just post updates of what is going on...at the rate we're going that should keep this folder going for a good long time.

In the meantime, I really need a new saw. I have my eye on a battery powered 4 inch circular saw by Makita. I really want that saw....

Clara August 12th, 2001 01:06 AM


I don't envy the revamp of your kitchen in terms of the work load you will have ahead of you, but I am sure I will envy the end result.

Linolium--(opps ahead of time for the spelling) is back in again! Did you know that? LOL I about died when I saw it on a hip little show I was watching one day.


I think my favorite idea for cost saving methods on a kitchen floor would be this--- the cement look with a finish to it. I saw this cool two colored rag finish--where you wipe stain into the cement in a circular fashion-- and it looks really hip! Of course this is not something that would work in ever house--but I thought it was a cool idea--and depending on what house we buy--I am going to consider this!

Tupi--- are you going with new appliances as well??


jeanofarc October 26th, 2001 09:12 PM

Hi everybody! I have been gone a while. I work in construction and think that everyone has a right to get the story straight on home improvement so I started an advice column of sorts here. It is really great to see other women doing it themselves. More power to us! I've got a victorian home that I am renovating (slowly) so I can relate to what you all are talking about. I am a believer in reclycling housing materials. My neighbors throw out fantastic woodwork and put in new stuff and I think that is just crazy. They are removing the character and unique quality of their home for the ease of new construction. Just last weekend I found 60 linear feet of beautiful oak baseboard intricately milled 1 foot high, enough for my main attic room. Then someone threw out a stack of 1 by 4's, 6's, 8's, and 10's; perfectly straight, no nails and painted red, gray, black, off white, and magenta on one side. My kitchen has had only a subfloor since I lived in it and was going to do what my friend's 1797 house is like in MA. Her floors are made of pine, all different widths, all 1" thick, sanded with a bit of paint showing and clear coated. So I layed the floor using heavy duty 3" screw nails with the different colors showing on some of them. Then I am going to sand it down to show just the right amount of color for my taste, and give it several coats of poly, no stain. This method is easier than tongue and grove oak and more forgiving, because of the distressed look. Pine is soft to walk on and a warm insulator and not as pricy as oak. I have enough for the office and hall and start the livingroom upstairs. I just wanted to share that because I am so happy for the find. Next I am going to put in new cabinets and cupboards to replace my '50s kitchen. It is entirely found and was fun while it lasted; but it's time for a modernization.
Jean Wilson

mickey November 5th, 2001 11:18 AM

Just be careful when you use recycled painted wood. If it's really old it might have lead-based paint on it and you need a lot of ventilation and you're best bet is using those liquid strippers because then you don't have led particles floating around in the air.

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