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How To Caulk Windows And Where To Caulk Windows

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The Handyguys discuss the the energy saving task of caulking windows. Announcements Before we discuss caulking windows we would like to remind our listeners and viewers of our recent video production on replacing a flush valve.  In addition, we will be re-doing our “Fixing a Dishwasher” video in High Definition for additional clarity on the […]

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Video – Toilet Repair – Fill Valve Replacement

Bad Fill Valve

The Handyguys have a new video! Toilet fill valves are the second most common toilet repair after flapper replacements. We put this short video together to take some of the mystery out of the process. We hope you find it useful. As always, comments are welcome. We will be back after the first of the […]

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Installing A Tile Back-splash For Your Kitchen

Tile for Handyguy Paul

The Handyguys discuss doing a tile back-splash. Preparations You need to make sure your wall is smooth and clean. Measure and decide what areas of your back-splash you want to cover. When buying tile make sure you account for waste and bad cuts. Layout Decide on your layout. If you go horizontal you will have […]

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How To Paint Like A Pro

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In this episode The Handyguys discuss painting. Planning your painting project, materials and tools are discussed in this podcast. Planning Handyguy Brian originally intended to paint the entryway and foyer of his house. The foyer has 17 foot ceilings, a hall leading to the family room downstairs and a hallway upstairs connecting the bedrooms and […]

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Magnogrip, Carmd And Permaflow Review

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In this Episode of The Handyguys Podcast we announce the winner of our toolkit contest and discuss some innovative products from Magnogrip, CarMD and PermaFLOW. Winner Congrats Andrew. Your toolkit is in the mail. We had a lot of awesome entries so it was difficult to pick our winner. You can read Andrews winning entry […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Handyguys will be taking this week off to spend time with our families but we wanted to get a post up to let everyone know whats coming up. Our contest – There is still time to enter our contest to win a great toolkit. We will pick and announce the winner on December 3rd. […]

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Using Leaf Blowers Vs Rakes And Repairing Leaky Showers

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Leaf blowers, rakes and a question about leaky showers The Handyguys discuss the contest to giveaway a great toolkit, some possible problems with a leaky shower valve and weather a rake or a leaf blower is the correct tool for collecting leaves. To enter the contest you just need to leave a comment on Episode […]

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Fall Home Improvement Checklist

Win this toolkit. Click on the picture to learn how! Hint: ideal use of duct tape wins

How do you get your house ready for the Winter Season? Join the Handyguys in a not-so-methodical checklist for the winter season.  This is not your every day handyman (or not so handyperson) checklist.  We have some extras you may not see on other lists. Listen to the podcast as we discuss these items. True […]

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Furnace Filters

Furnace Filters

Furnace filters are a critical component of your heating and cooling system. Make sure they are changed regularly. We discuss the myriad of choices in furnace filters in this podcast. The Handyguys group filters into three different categories, good, better and best. Whats best for one person may not be the best for another. The […]

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Top 10 Essential Tools For DIY And Duct Tape Uses

Win this tool kit!

In this show The Handyguys discuss their top 10 starter tools and announce a contest to win this toolkit! What is included in a first time home buyers tool kit? Screwdrivers of course!  But what else? The Handyguys went shopping at True Value to assemble a quality starter set of essential tools for the typical […]

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DIY Drama, Old Tractors And New Counters

You need to listen to the podcast to hear Paul

DIY Drama, Old Tractors and New Counters We start off by talking about the True Value DIY Drama contest. You can win $5000 if your story is chosen as a winner. Brian and Paul have both had some drama but Paul most recently. You MUST listen to Paul tell his drama story in the podcast. […]

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Water Powered Backup Sump Pumps

Basepump Ejector pump

Water powered backup sump pumps Never have water in your basement again due to a failed sump pump or a power outage. Water powered sump pumps do not require any electricity to operate. In this episode we address backup sump pumps, in particular water powered sump pumps. We were contacted by a listener via twitter […]

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Installing Cabinet Veneer And Fireplace Conversions

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Cabinet Veneer and Fireplace Conversions In this episode of The Handyguys Podcast we address two listener questions, one from voicemail about changing the look of a bathroom vanity and one through our contact form about converting a fireplace from gas to wood burning. Refinishing a bathroom vanity This question was left on our voicemail, listen […]

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Phased Remodeling, Vinyl Siding Installation And Landscape Grading

Painting is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to change the look of a room.

Phased Remodeling, Vinyl Siding and Grading Phased Remodeling In this episode The Handyguys start off discussing Phased remodeling inspired by an article in a recent “Home Improvement Times”. What is phased, or serial remodeling? Are there advantages to this approach in tough economic times? What are the disadvantages? We then address two listener questions, one […]

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Installing Wood Floors On Concrete, Dripping Faucets And Finding Stains

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Wood Floors on Concrete, Plumbing Repair and Finding Carpet Stains This is a very full show covering many different topics. We start off commenting on a article in Fine Home Building magazine about wood floors over concrete, address two listener questions (one on leaky faucets and one on garbage disposals), and then we wrap up […]

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Vehicle Choices, Air Conditioning Leaks And Mower Carb Repair

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Handyguy Vehicles, Air Conditioning and Mower Repair We cover a lot of topics in this show. Should Handyguy Paul Trade in his pickup, why does a listener’s air conditioner leak and doing carborator work on your mower. First up – Brian and Paul discuss if a handyguy needs a pickup truck. Brian says yes. Paul […]

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Replacing Porch Posts

Architectural Posts and Columns

Handyguy Paul installs some new porch posts In this show we discuss installing new porch posts and the many choices beyond the traditional wood posts. Some materials: Wood PVC FRP (Fiberglass-reinforced Polymer) The Handyguys discuss some advantages and dis-advantages of each. We then discuss some things to consider when installing new porch posts. Paul installed […]

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The Handyguys Rant

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Home centers and door to door security sales It seems that the Handyguys are in a bad mood this week due to terrible service at the local home center.  The poor service, coupled with traveling security salesmen offering “free installations,” created some cranky Handyguys. First up are the stupid self check-out registers at the home […]

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Lawn Multi-Tool

Stihl Kombi System

The Handyguys Discuss the “Leatherman” for your yard. Handyguy Paul wonders if there is an all-in-one tool that can edge, trim, prune, blow leaves and shovel your snow.  Well, with the exception of the snow, there is such a tool.  In fact several manufacturers make such a tool.  Stihl calls theirs the “Kombi” because it […]

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Is Your House A Money Pit?

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The Handyguys take a detour this week to interview Craig Smith from http://www.servicemagic.com/ to discuss a recent survey on home maintenance costs. Do you know how much you spend each year to maintain your home?  Are you spending too much?  The servicemagic.com survey summarizes the actual cost of maintaining a home. While some homes are […]

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Deck Stains And Tub Glazing

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The Handyguys Discuss Deck and Tub finishes in One Podcast. That’s right, tub finishes. Deck Stains First up is a question from Joan that came in through our new call-in service (see the large “Call-me” link on our web page).  Joan asks about the best finish for wood decking with undesirable variations in color.  She […]

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Basement Systems Continued and How To Remove Paint

Peeling Paint

In this episode Brian & Paul continue the discussion of various Basement Systems and also take a listener question about paint removal First up, we get right to Will’s question Hiya Handyguys, We have just bought our first home ever! It’s an older, fixer-upper house in a historic district in Knoxville, TN. I painted houses […]

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Basement Systems And Listener Questions

Ranch Style House

The Handyguys address a listener question about his air conditioning and then talk about basement finishing systems. Our listener Marc used our new call-in feature on the website and asked us about his air conditioning system. Marc’s question, in summary is I live in a ranch style house that has two HVAC zones. We spend […]

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Basement Systems Continued And Paint Removal

Saniflow Saniplus

Basement Toilet Installs, Water Saving Flush Valves and Dryer Vent Cleaning First off – The Handyguys begin by addressing a listener question. Julianne asks: Hi! I am considering purchasing a bi-level home. When you walk in the door, you have the choice of going upstairs where there is a kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms… Or […]

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ZTR Mower Versus Tractor

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Handyguys Try Out Some Riding Mowers The Handyguys are falling behind on the honey do list  because this year’s mowing season is taking all of their free time. Pennsylvania has been hit by lots of rain — making for nice fast growing lawns — but that comes with long hours of mowing. Handyguy Paul is researching […]

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Electrical Toolkit And Surviving A Power Outage

Electrical test Kit

First up the electrical tool kit we talk about some key tools for doing electrical work and comment on an article in Fine Homebuilding called An Electrical Tool Kit by Brian Walo. Fine Homebuilding says (About Brian Walo’s article): He recommends three electrical testers, a variety of drivers (Phillips head, flat head, nut driver, and […]

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