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How To Fix a Large Drywall Hole

In less than a half hour, life's little mistake can become an invisible memory.

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How To Fix a Small Drywall Hole

Everyday life leaves its reminders on our homes. If your family room walls are starting to look like Swiss cheese, relax, you can fix them in minutes.

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Make Your Small Place Bigger - Without Adding On

Small homes definitely have their advantages but at times, you're doubtless craving just a bit more space. Try these simple strategies to make your space feel bigger.

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Home Sweet Home Improvement

10 ways to keep your relationship happy, healthy, and positive while working side by side with your mate.

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How To Remove Wallpaper

If this is your first time removing wall paper, then our first piece of advice to you is to have patience.

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Hiring an unlicensed contractor...

Asked By: 
Kady

There is a contractor my partner and I would like to hire to do several small projects in our home (i.e., interior painting, installing a railing on my front stairs, tiling a bathroom, etc.). The contractor does not have insurance (other than medical). Although most of the projects are rather simple, how can we protect ourselves if he were to damage the house or get injured while on the job? Is there a waiver of some sort we should have him sign? We do have homeowners insurance but filing a claim would be our last resort. Thanks for your assistance!

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Your gut instincts are correct. It can be very tricky, and sometimes costly, hiring someone who does not have insurance. Our first recommendation is that you should only hire someone who is insured. This way your liability is better protected. You may also want to check with your homeowner's policy since coverage provisions may change from state and even by carrier. Sometimes calling your local city or county building inspector will give you a lot of helpful homeowner information, and even whether or not you will need a building permit. Keep in mind the worse case scenarios: the contractor damages your home; the contractor is severely hurt on the job; the contractor doesn't finish the job. Even insisting on the contractor to sign a waiver may not protect you. There are many examples of homeowners losing to contractors in court with similar circumstances. For the few dollars you could save using this contractor, it's better to spend the extra money for peace of mind. If you really want to save some money, however, you could always be a Jane and take some of the projects on yourself! You said the tasks were simple, so this may be the perfect opportunity for you to assert your inner Jane. There is such an overwhelming since of pride to work on your own home and say, "Hey! I put that railing in myself!" Not to mention your friends will be impressed. Like anything in life, if you take it one step at a time, it can be done. Should you not have the time to do it yourself, please take our advice and find a licensed, insured contractor. Be sure to ask to see his/her proof of insurance and/or contractor's license as well. It just saves you money and peace of mind in the end. Let us know how your projects turn out!(ps. you may want to check into some of the online "handyman" networks....such as www.handymannetwork.com, www.handymanondemand.com, or www.servicemagic.com)
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ClosetMaid: Designed Around Me

With today’s consumers, the ability to tailor household renovation projects to suit their style and personal needs is high on the priority listThe key is customization with simple tools that afford greater flexibility in helping consumers get the most out of their space.
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Peeling Paint

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Cathy O.

Twenty years ago when we moved into house, my husband painted the living room with bright white latex paint without priming it first. It has held up remarkably well with just a few touches here and there. But we recently had some doors removed and put back up and you can imagine how the paint just peeled off the walls in places. I am planning on repainting the entire room. Do I have to sand the walls and then prime, or just prime and sand the peeling part?

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<p><img align="left" hspace="10" border="0" src="&lt;?php print url_resource(" />" /&gt;Thanks for your great question. 20 years is a long time for un-primed paint to last, so consider yourself lucky for making it this far! The good news is you don't need to sand the entire room to repaint the wall. But you will need to treat the peeling spots before repainting the room. </p>&#13;
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<p>Once you have removed the peeling paint, sand the surface with sandpaper with a grit of about 100. After the surface is smooth, move to a finer sandpaper to eliminate any fissures and make the transitions from the scraped off paint to the existing paint smooth as can be. The finer the sandpaper, the higher its number, so pick up a grit of 150 or higher. </p>&#13;
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<p>This time around, be sure to use a primer before you start painting. Primer not only extends the life of your paint job, but it also makes the finished product look more professional. </p>&#13;
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<p>Your choice of primer will be based solely on what kind of paint you will use. For instance, latex paint needs latex primer and oil paint needs an oil-based primer. There are several different kinds of primers on the market in the latex and oil-based variety. </p>&#13;
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<p>Take a look at our article on priming for detailed information. <a href="http://www.bejane.com/articles/to-prime-or-not-to-prime-that-is-the-ques...
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<p>If you are painting the room a deep color, you will probably need to go with a tinted primer. For example, a red room needs a gray-tinted primer to reduce streaking. It's best to consult with the salesperson at the home improvement center. They can tint any primer based on the color of your base. </p>&#13;
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<p>The most important part of painting is the preparation, so take your time and the actual painting process will be much easier. More important, have fun!</p><p>For more painting tips, check out </p>&#13;
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<p>Painting 101:<br /><a href="http://www.bejane.com/articles/paint-101">http://www.bejane.com/articles...
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<p>Interior Paint Prep:<br /><a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle" target="_new">http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle</a></p>&#13;
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<p>Exterior Paint Preparation:<br /><a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle" target="_new">http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle</a></p>

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