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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Living Smart: Stained, Faded Carpet: Clean, Replace or Dye

(MCT)—Cleaning and replacement are common options for stained or outdated carpet. But what about dyeing? ...


10 Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends

(MCT)—When Michelle and Jon Christy bought their 1980s-era home in North Tustin, Calif., much of the residence already was remodeled. ...


Learning a Coach Approach to Managing

(MCT)--QUESTION: I’ve gotten feedback that, as a manager, I’m not very good at helping people develop their own solutions. It’s hard — it’s really easy for me to see what they should do, and it seems more efficient to just tell them. ...


Rehearse in Advance when Asking for a Raise

(MCT)--QUESTION: I’m going to be negotiating salary with a new boss, and this always makes me nervous. I don’t want to settle for less than I should and I hear that she’s a tough negotiator. Do you have advice ...


Your Place: Painting Ceramic Tile to Bring It Up to Date

(MCT)—Q: I live in a house that was built in the 1940s to 1950s, and the floor tile in the bathroom is original — black and pink. Can I successfully paint this tile so that it is more up-to-date? ...


7 Tips for Trade-Up Homebuyers

(MCT)—Move-up buyers are catching a break. ...


The Mortgage Professor: What to Look for in a Mortgage Loan Officer

(MCT)—When a mortgage borrower selects a lender with whom to deal, the identity of the company is much less important to the borrower than the identity of the individual loan officer. ...


Your Place: Contractor Matters as Much as HVAC System Quality

(MCT)—Q: We live in a three-story Victorian twin (house) and are going to switch from oil to gas. I have a few concerns: ...


Back from the ’50s: Redoing a Ranch Home

(MCT)—When Ed Charbonneau and Erica Berven decided to buy their first home, they had a vision in mind: Atomic Ranch, as in the Space Age-era houses that have become the height of retro chic to a new generation of homeowners. ...


Can You Force Sick Employees to Go Home?

Sick workers can be a huge liability to the health and productivity of an entire company. But can an employer force sick employees to go home? ...


Save on Energy Costs as Weather Cools

(MCT)—The weather is getting cooler, which means it is time to start thinking about saving energy (again!). ...


Want an Authentic Vacation? Travel Like a Local

(BPT) - Americans are on the move: logging two billion business and leisure trips of 50 miles or more from home for at least one night last year alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Today, more people are looking for authentic ...


Home Style: Energy Tax Credits for Home Improvements

(MCT)—Q: I was thinking of making a couple of home improvements this fall. Is the government still offering home energy improvement tax credits? If they’re available, where’s the easiest place to find information on what items qualify? I don’t want to get ...


Living Smart: Bathroom Remodeling Trends

(MCT)—Open the door and say, “ah.” Your master bath can be more than just functional; it could be a spa. ...


Your Place: Volatile Compounds Can Be Irritants

(MCT)—Q: We have just installed oak hardwood flooring in our family room, and purchased the unfinished kind because we will be matching the color to some existing hardwood flooring. Although we brought it home and installed it immediately, it will not be ...