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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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  • Sectional garage door cables

    by Tony Hwang
    Hi, Yesterday one of the springs broke due to rusting at the bottom loop. Managed to replace it but came to think about using a stainless steel cable instead of galvanized one. Is there any reason... 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
  • UK Do-It-Yourself Forum

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  • Cr*p strimmer cord

    by F
    The cord on my Flymo strimmer breaks and I have to dismantle the head and re-thread it just as soon as it gets anywhere near anything slightly solid. Can anyone recommend a decent brand of cord?... 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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  • Camping Table Plans?

    by HerHusband
    I would like to build a small table to take car camping (not backpacking). Something approximately 16 wide x 12 deep x 16 high. It needs to fold or knockdown easily so I can stow it in the car. It... 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"

Lawn and Garden

Topics of great interest to homeowners who care for a garden or a lawn
  • Backyard Gardeners

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  • cylinder v rotary

    by The instructor
    It occours to me that we would all like the finish of a cylinder mower but most wont Pay the price tag. If cylinder mowers were the same price as rotarys, would you buy one or is price the only iss... 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