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Q & A: Plaster patching

Q & A: Black mildew on fresh paint

The Challenges of Painting Kitchens and Baths
The Challenges of Painting Kitchens and Baths

For paint to stand up to these hard-working rooms, the surfaces must be clean, and the finishes must be durable

Restoring Window Sashes

Yes, they're worth fixing. Those old windows were built better (and from better wood) than anything you can buy today.

Tip: Soap scoops on the job

New Life for an Old Floor
New Life for an Old FloorOnline Membership Required

How to prepare a wood floor for a new finish

Exterior-Trim Details That Last

Flexible caulk joints combined with a drainage path for moisture keep vulnerable trim elements rot-free

Repairing Drywall
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Repairing Drywall

Techniques for fixing everything from popped screws to big holes

Silicone Caulking BasicsOnline Membership Required

For caulking around bathroom and kitchen fixtures, nothing lasts longer or keeps out moisture better than silicone

Q & A: Stains from siding nails

Why Exterior Finishes Fail
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Why Exterior Finishes Fail

Government scientists explain why paint cracks, blisters and peels on your house, and how you can prevent it

Details for a Lasting DeckOnline Membership Required

Government scientists study outdoor structures and report on which details, fasteners and finishes hold up best

Q & A: Sealing exterior concrete slabs

Q & A: Weatherproofing deck joists

Cleaning Paintbrushes and RollersOnline Membership Required

A spinner makes quick work of a messy task

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