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Home Improvement

The home improvement topics here range from tools and materials to codes and regulations and everything in between. Whether you are a novice or an experienced master, come join these discussions and you'll sure learn something new every time you come!
  • Home Repair

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  • Out of cement?

    by philo 
    The city was supposed to replace the alley behind my house last month. Got a letter today that it won't be done until next year because of a cement shortage. No big deal but I never knew there wa... read more
  • Plumbing Forum

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  • Bladder Tank Question

    by Rich
    My water pump for my well was cycling way to often, so I took off the cover where the pump and bladder tank is located and checked the air pressure on the bladder tank. It showed no air pressure, I ... read more

Home Building

Whether you are building a home or an addition to it, hiring help or doing it yourself, it is imperative to make all the right decisions at the right time. Use these forums as a source of valuable information and advice from the construction industry pros and homeowners alike.
  • Architecture and Design

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  • Mudhif House

    by Warm Worm
    http://pyramidbeach.com/2011/07/19/mudhif-houses/ Apparently, they are entirely built out of reeds and nothing else. No windows. There may be reed houses of different styles to be found elsewhere a... read more
  • Woodworking Forum

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  • Harbor Fright VS Woodcraft

    by Bob La Londe
    In a recent conversation where I asked about Woodcraft as a vendor mention was made of HF having some of the exact same products with different labeling. I would note that I have observed over t... read more

Home Climate

This category contains discussions about heating, ventilation and air conditioning trade, commonly referred to as HVAC. Although not as open for DIY homeowners as some other building trades, HVAC generates a considerable amount of topics about furnaces, A/C units, installation and maintenance of this equipment both by homeowners themselves and hired professional help.

Other Home Topics

The number of topics related to home ownership is so great, ranging from construction and architecture to lawn care and house chores, that some of the forums simply could not fit into an existing category and so we have collected them here, in "Other Topics"
  • House Cleaning

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  • Rodent Poison Bars

    by AddieHamm
    Does anyone know the name of the rodent poison that looks like a granola bar with seeds and nuts in it? Not One Bite. That stuff seems to make them go crazy with pain and come into the middle of the ... read more

Lawn and Garden

Topics of great interest to homeowners who care for a garden or a lawn
  • Garden Forum

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  • Fig tree, Zone 5

    by Norminn
    Well, I am an optimist, so I am trying. My brother-in-law is an expert gardener and has raised figs for many years....but he digs a trench and buries his tree each year. He gave us a small tree... read more »

Home Owner's Library

We have collected a number of books and documents about home construction, design as well as its upkeep and improvement. Our library grows continuously so please make sure to check back here often. We will be linking the new books and documents as soon as they are available in electronic format.
our latest books and documents:

A Treatise on Architecture and Building Construction Vol. III.

Common Sense Stair Building and Handrailing

Manual Training Course in Concrete