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Financing a major renovation

Financing a major renovation

A look at five strategies to finance a renovation when a home equity loan or mortgage refinance isn't an option.
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Escape from the money pit

Escape from the money pit

We are staring down the barrel of a six figure renovation. Should we cut our losses now? Is there a way out? Or are we trapped?
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Repair:  Lawn mower vs. Tree Stump

Repair: Lawn mower vs. Tree Stump

The damage to a lawnmower resulting from hitting a stump or rock and the steps to take to get the mower running again.
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cash is king

Climbing out of debt (again)

Reviewing the strategies we had in place several years ago to control and eliminate debt, which ones we are using today and how well they are working.
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A/C Repair and the elusive transformer

A/C Repair and the elusive transformer

It should not take four service calls to fix an air conditioner. The right part and better internal communication would have saved time and trouble.
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How a new addition will solve all of our problems

How a new addition will solve all of our problems

There are numerous issues plaguing our family room addition. Tearing down the existing structure and building new will solve those problems and more.
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Poor workmanship in the addition

Poor workmanship in the addition

Our family room addition is a stunning example of poor workmanship. Here are the flaws, how they can be fixed and why rebuilding is the better option.
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The cost of delaying an easy plumbing repair

The cost of delaying an easy plumbing repair

We had minor plumbing disaster and it could have all been avoided if I took five minutes to complete a proper repair five years ago.
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Sump pump overkill? TripleSafe review

Sump pump overkill? TripleSafe review

Three sump pumps are better than one, but is the expense justifiable?
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foundation piers

Addition problems: the foundation

Design and structural issues with the foundation of our addition, and why simply tearing down and rebuilding the addition is the best option for us.
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A Review of Adam Carolla's "Catch a Contractor"

A Review of Adam Carolla’s “Catch a Contractor”

Adam Carolla's Catch a Contractor makes for entertaining television, but don't expect to learn anything.
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Electrical Issues in the Addition

Electrical Issues in the Addition

The electrical issues in the addition range from mystery switches and non-working plugs to code violations.
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