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Armed with the right tools and techniques, you can easily unplug stopped-up drains without having to call in a pro. All plumbing systems develop clogs—there's no way to avoid it. We'll show you how to clear stubborn clogs in a kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet and floor drain. These proven techniques will dislodge virtually any clog. If you can't clear a clog after a few attempts, make sure you admit defeat and turn the job.. Read More
I’m told that the old gas boiler that heats my house and my water isn’t made anymore. I don’t have a cellar, and the closet where the boiler is now located doesn’t have room for a water tank. Will I have to put it in my living space?
A: Not to worry; there are combination, or “combi,” condensing boilers that should fit nicely in your closet. These compact, tankless units hang on a wall and have a...
More than any other technology, air-conditioning has transformed how we live and work—and where we live and work. Yet as recently as 1993, only 68 percent of houses in the United States had some cooling equipment, either window air conditioners or central AC systems. Now, more than 87 percent of houses are so equipped. While the number with window AC units has shrunk overall, these ...
Long hours clocked remodeling old homes and tackling miscellaneous DIYs have led crew-members of This Old House and Ask This Old House to some disturbing observations when it comes to safety measures. Small oversights when working with powerful tools and equipment can mean a trip to the emergency room, or worse. So step into your safety chaps, (more on those later), and read on for "you're doing it ... Read More
Busting the budget is everyone's biggest fear when it comes to renovation. And with good reason. Even if you follow the essential advice we've been doling out for years—build in a 20 percent cushion to cover the nasty surprises, get contractor references and check them, banish the words "while you're at it" from your vocabulary—it's hard not to end up shelling out more than you want to, even if ...