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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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  • Electric fan motor re-re-re-repair

    by Stormin Mormon
    I've got a table top oscillating fan that's been in the family for maybe twenty years. Used it yesterday to blow dry a room that took a bit of rain. Ran a few hours and warmed up, the fan stopped.... read more
  • Do-It-Yourself Homeowner

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  • Bolt sizes

    by cryptogram
    I always thought that a 10mm bolt would measure 10mms across its diameter. But I've got one here that is more or less 9mms but fits 10mm nuts. Strange, or normal? 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

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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  • Re: Tip for cleaning bathtub

    by pet713
    water stains. Thanks so much! Your solution really worked for me, when I used it to get out a clothing dye stain in our fiber glass bathtub. I used the Cascade & some Oxi Clean powder and let it ... 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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  • when to pick eggplant?

    by Todd
    Hi All, With my black thumb, my two eggplants are probably half normal size. So I can't judge when to pick based on size from the grocery store. I got 7 pretty fruits a growing on the two plants... read more »
  • Backyard Gardeners

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  • Lawn Aerator

    by Guv Bob
    Anybody know where to get an aerator that's basically a 20-gallon barrel with a row of aerator tubes fastened around each head? The one I'm looking for is pulled by hand. I have too much area ... 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