Home Improvement
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My Favorite Sites

  • Whitehall Products
  • Home Maintenance and Repair

  • Full text articles.

  • Do It Yourself.com

  • Home Improvement How To's. Info and Home Repair Tips" help answer basic questions... in most Do It Yourself projects.

  • Hometime.com

  • Online source for home improvement, remodeling, and repair information.

  • Home Repair Stuff

  • Lot's of free info and advice.

  • Home Repair
  • Home Repair

  • Really good.

  • The Natural Handyman

  • Very Good.

  • Home and Garden Television
  • HGTV Show List

  • Curb Appeal (8:30 p.m. Thu., HGTV). Detroit native and Michigan State grad Rick Spence hosts the show that gives you exterior landscaping and remodeling tips on how to enhance the value of your home and hopefully make it more appealing to the eye of a prospective buyer. Uh, open the vault and spend lots of money.
  • "Trading Spaces" (4 p.m. weekdays, HGTV). Totally cool. One of the few home improvement shows with an active, slightly wacky sense of humor. Host Alex McLeod and her crew of designers and carpenters assist two teams of competing neighbors as they duel to complete a remodeling project in each other's homes for a maximum of $1,000 in 48 hours. Eeek. But it's amazing what gets accomplished. Fun, entertaining and even informative. "Trading Spaces" also airs 11 a.m. Sat. and noon Sun.
  • Extreme Homes (10:30 p.m. Thu., HGTV). The surreal deal. Check out offbeat architectural and design marvels and oddities in this enjoyable walk on the wild side of the home zone. Whether it's a starkly modern, glass-and-cement place in the Arizona desert or a colorfully eccentric California mountaintop spot where Daffy Duck or Roger Rabbit might feel comfy, host Cheryl Hamada goes to extremes for the pleasure of daydream believers. Also airs 1:30 a.m. Fri., 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sun.
  • House Doctor (6:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun., HGTV). Home improvement made understandable. Master craftsman and cabinet maker Ron Hazelton offers sensible, easy-to-follow basics on such projects as wallpaper removal, installing motion-sensitive lights or refurbishing a porch swing. There are also valuable tips on such matters as home inspections and antique frauds. Good stuff.
  • The Fix (8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Sat.-Sun., HGTV). The fix-it fundamentals. Hosts Lynda Lyday and Joel Schmarje cut right through the intimidating home improvement mumbo jumbo to offer do-it-yourself straight talk and instruction on various moderate home repairs and improvements -- from hardwood floor patching to revitalizing a fireplace to replacing the wood fronts of kitchen cabinets with glass to display your china.
  • Help Around the House (9 a.m. Sat.-Sun., HGTV). A woodworker and handyman, easygoing host Henry Harrison supplies no-nonsense guidance for home owners on minor fix-up projects and home repairs. These range from installing garage shelves to silencing a squeaky floor. It echoes "House Doctor" and "The Fix" with its simple, straightforward, do-it-yourself style.
  • Before & After (7:30 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., HGTV). Major home remodeling projects and makeovers are profiled by affable Alabaman Pat Simpson, a 20-year building and design veteran and co-host of HGTV's "Fix It Up!" "B&A" isn't just aimed at rich home owners and suburban yuppies. On one show, a newlywed blue-collar couple converts the husband's dark, gloomy childhood cabin into a bright, livable honeymoon home. Also airs 8 and 11 p.m. Sun.
  • This Old House
    The granddaddy of the home improvement shows just celebrated its 22nd year on public television. Why so successful? Like Aretha says, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T." Hosted by Steve Thomas you get credible, down-to-earth information on everything from insulation to proper shower construction, plus helpful hints on what to look for when you're hiring a contractor. Good old Norm Abram, the master carpenter who also hosts PBS's "The New Yankee Workshop, also helps out. "This Old House" airs at 8:30 p.m., WTVS-TV, Channel 56, PBS. also airs at 10 a.m. Saturday. Vintage reruns of the series, "This Old House Classics," can be found on HGTV.

Other stops on the home improvement tour:

  • House Beautiful
  • Hometime
  • House Beautyful on A&E
    House Beautiful (11 a.m. Sun., A&E). This sumptuous guide to swanky, plush and ultra-deluxe homes is great for vicariously imagining life among the wealthy real-estate swells. Host Donna Hanover tours elegant homes across the country like the rich Pasadena couple who forked out $150,000 for a master bedroom overhaul that included an 18th-Century Venetian mirror and an opulent, pearl-encrusted cover for the canopy of their large, romantic bed. "House Beautiful" also airs 5 p.m. Wed., 5 p.m. Thu. and noon Sat. on A&E.
  • Celebrity Homes on E!
    Celebrity Homes Mindless celebrity escapism with good cheer and a friendly smile. Of course, you just might see something you want to do with your own home. Or not. There are also the more humble glitterati abodes, the funky but chic little Hollywood apartments or starter pads of younger celebrities. Airs at 7 p.m. Mon., and 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays, as well as 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sun.