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Updated at 9:04 AM

What will they think of next? It used to be that the faucets for your sink came in two basic styles -- hot and cold, with knobs on top to turn them on or off. But ever since the amazingly convenient mixer tap was invented (in 1880, by a Canadian, Thomas Campbell), sinks have never been quite the same. Nowadays, there are all kinds of newfangled doodads for pouring water into a pot, washing your hands, and brushing your teeth. If youíre looking to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom, these are some...

Updated at 2:32 PM

Phlox (Phlox paniculata), commonly called garden phlox, is one of the best perennials that you can grow for a mid-to-late summer show of color. They are often called the backbone of a flower garden. It is a favorite of mine, and I keep adding newer...

Posted Sep 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM

No green thumb needed

Posted Sep 2, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Reader question: Can you tell me if a homeowner can sue a landlord or the city for not taking action on a neglected property? We have owned our home for 14 years now. The neighbors take good care of their property. But three years ago the pristine...

Updated Aug 31, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Have you decided that your lawn lies somewhere between ďa perfect velvet carpetĒ and ďa grass disasterĒ? Do you need to perform some lawn maintenance that does not include digging up the entire area? Where do you go from here?

Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Wow. Itís hard to believe that summertime is almost over. This sweetest of seasons seems to go by faster every year. All the more reason to enjoy the outdoors while you can. And what better way than by savoring one of summerís greatest pleasures --...

Posted Aug 26, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Reader question: I am going to sell my home. One Realtor has an awesome marketing plan and a lower commission, but there was no chemistry. Another Realtor whose commission is higher, and marketing is not as vast, but good, established some...

Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Whether you have recently downsized or wanting to landscape your new office building or you just donít have space for a large tree, there are many slim trees perfect for those challenging spaces. Space is at a premium, and today, more and more...

Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Concrete is a popular building material because it is inexpensive and durable. Plain gray exterior concrete ó whether in poured-in-place, precast or block form ó tends to be a little boring to look at, but did you know you could paint it? Youíll...

Posted Aug 19, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Reader question: We want to make our first real estate investment purchase. We have decided on investing in older two- to four-family apartments. It appears there are different ways to decide what a property is worth. How do you evaluate an old...

Updated Aug 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Driveway cracks are unattractive and give an unwelcoming appearance to your home exterior. Left unattended, cracks can grow and cause the driveway to crumble. Luckily, repairing driveway cracks can be a relatively simple experience.

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