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Garden hopes fade away - 'til next year

You can dream the dream, but you need to do the work to get results

Take precautions when composting with kitty litter

Q: Can I compost my cat litter? A: Composting pet waste is possible, but doing so safely at home is complicated and time-consuming, said Fred Michel, an associate professor of biosystems engineering and a composting specialist.

Commission replacement cushions

Q: I have a great outdoor furniture set that is a little over 20 years old. The chairs are very comfortable but they need new cushions. Hence, the problem. They are Samsonite chairs and the cushions were manufactured by Hoover Industries in Florida.

Labour of love captures hearts - and gold

A simple request for "a really neat" front door by a client snowballed into a one-of-a-kind theme home that stole the night at the recent Vancouver Island Canadian Home Builders' Association CARE (Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellen

Dehumidifier can make home more comfortable

Q: Is it worthwhile to add a dehumidifier to an existing heating system? If so, approximately how much would it cost? I have a gas-fired furnace and central air.

Leftover paint brings new life to Third World

In places like Haiti and Kenya, it's not so easy to spruce up the walls


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Are termites killing your home softly?

The closer to the U.S. border you live, the bigger the risk

Quality of product often the culprit when paint runs

Dear Reena: I wanted to paint my living/dining room which currently has oil base on it. When I went to get my paint I asked what I would have to do to prepare the walls for latex paint.

Flooring flaws might be a clue to other issues in condo

Q: I was looking at a new condo with "cherrywood flooring." No illusions that it is solid wood. I was told it's engineered flooring.
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