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Hot Topics: Baseboard Heater Covers

The forum weighs in on changing them yourself.

Hot Topics: Fireplace Framing

Warming up to a new home heating feature?

Hot Topics: Steam Heat Banging Noise

This classic issue could have several causes.

Hot Topics: Fixing a Hydronic Heating System

The forum helps a member get a unique system back in gear.

Hot Topics: Dim LED Christmas Lights

What should you do when they're not broken but not bright?

Hot Topics: Sunrooms

The forum helps let the light in with some pricing advice.

Hot Topics: King Arthur Grandfather Clock

They're a beautiful subset of these elegant antiques.

Hot Topics: R22 Gauge Readings

They can measure refrigerant in cooling systems.

Hot Topics: Oil Spill Damaged My Wood Table

Did you know oil can eat away your wood finish?

Hot Topics: Keeping Mold and Mildew Away From Your Home's Exterior

Bacteria and fungus can be unsightly and unhealthy.

Hot Topics: This Bathroom's Peeling Paint Isn't a Moisture Problem

When paintjobs fail, a DIYer gets answers from the Forum.

Hot Topics: Uncovered Some Strange Old Framing. Fix it?

What was code 100 years ago? (Hint: there was no code.)

Hot Topics: How to Drill Shells

Part of the key is applying as little pressure as possible.

Hot Topics: Nails vs. Screws for New Decking

A new DIYer wants to know: nails vs screws and nail gun vs collated screw gun?

Hot Topics: Painting Kitchen Cabinets White

How much prep is really necessary before painting kitchen cabinets?

Hot Topics: Is Installing a Garage Door a Dangerous DIY?

Is installing a garage door a sure way to lose a finger or two?

Hot Topics: Dishwasher Recommendations

Do all dishwashers clean the same?

Hot Topics: Can You Paint a House if Rain Is in the Forecast?

If paint is dry to the touch, will moisture affect its final appearance?

Hot Topics: Best Way to Finish a Ramp

If you're building a ramp, whether for an outdoor shed or handicapped access point, you need to make sure it can withstand traction. Hopefully, it will look good too.

Hot Topics: Painting Vinyl Siding a Darker Color

Did you buy a house that just didn't have an attractively colored vinyl exterior? Can you paint? Are there limits?

Hot Topics: Is There an Easy Way to Remove Wall Tile?

Is it possible to remove tile pieces without breaking them? See what these DIY forum posters have to say...

Hot Topics: Cleaning Black Stove Tops

Your black appliances may look sleek, but they also hold onto grime! We can help get it clean without breaking your back or the bank.

Hot Topics: Don't Let an Infested Christmas Tree Bug You Out!

Don't settle for a bug-infested Christmas tree this season or any other! Your holiday shouldn't be infiltrated by creepy, crawling critters.

Hot Topics: Stuck on What Paint to Use for Your Stucco?

Veteran DIYers share experiences so that you can choose the best paint for your stucco and apply the best prep work tactics for a superior finish.

Hot Topics: Dealing With an Unlevel Table Top

The only thing worse than a wobbly table is an unlevel tabletop! Turn to our forum for the fix.

Hot Topics: Help! My Basement is Only Half Finished

What's the best way to finish your basement floors to prevent mold growth in the soil?

Hot Topics: When to Water Lawn Seedlings

Fall lawn and landscape planning can be tricky. Know when to water your seedlings for maximum growth potential!

Hot Topics: Is Crabgrass Making You Crabby?

What can you do when crabgrass takes over your lawn?

Hot Topics: Is Polyurethane Needed for Bamboo Flooring?

Does your bamboo flooring need extra protection from stains and scratches?

Hot Topics: Do Your Ducts Really Need Cleaning?

Does duct cleaning help or hurt your home's HVAC system?

Hot Topics: Dealing with Garage Door Jamb Rot

Jamb rot is a struggle for many homeowners. Learn how to fight back!

Hot Topics: Is This AC Unit Done For?

It's time to let go of that old, energy hungry AC unit... or is it?

Hot Topics: Leaking Air Conditioner

It's the hottest time of summer and your A/C is leaking, what do you do?

Hot Topics: Trees and Pests

Have a mystery tree or is your fruit being gobbled up by an unknown pest? Our forum takes a look!

Hot Topics: Replacing a Bathtub

Replacing a tub might sound straight forward, but watch for these issues.

Hot Topics: Toilet Needs Frequent Plunging

Everyone needs to plunge a toilet every once in a while, but when it happens more often than not, there could be a bigger problem.

Hot Topics: Deck Nail Removal

Removing nails isn't always easy - especially on a deck. Fortunately we have some tips.

Hot Topics: Exterior Wood Panel Repair

Can this panel be fixed or does it need to be replaced?

Hot Topics: Cigarette Smell in the Walls

Painting over a problem doesn't always make it go away.

Hot Topics: Restoring the Finish of a Teak Dining Table

Years of wear, tear, and water damage can make this table a hard sell, but can it be saved?

Hot Topics: What Made This PEX Connection Pop?

Think of PEX as being made of vampire skin.

Hot Topics: When Do You Trust Your Plumbing Repair?

It's not leaking yet, but what about now? Or... now? Or... now?

Hot Topics: When You Know the Tool You Need, But Not What It's Called

I need that thing with the parts that go like this.