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Dear Double R

My wife and I have decided to turn our little guest house into a b&b. She wants some kind of frenchy decor, and I want something easy to clean, like a state park bathroom/toilet bunk bed…..you know, so I can … Continue reading






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Dear Rude Ruth

I’m a recently unemployed lady anxious to start up my own upholstery business from  home. My husband doesn’t want the mess of a “sewing room” in his Mother’s house (that’s where we live until we can get on our feet) … Continue reading






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Front Porch Decor

The front porch is finished. It is a marvel of DIY genius. It makes 98 look like a spring chicken again. It is everything I knew a front porch could be. It shades us all year long and welcomes awe-struck … Continue reading






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Building a Front Porch in 2895 Easy Steps!

Weekend before last we had some help in the form of my step children, who came over for a visit and food and stayed for the construction fun. It is amazing how much two extra pairs of hands and eyes, … Continue reading






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Dearest Ruth The DIY Advice Expert,

After reading your very truthful and brilliant responses ( I look forward to your column!) to some rather detailed and technical questions, it is obvious to me you are just the expert to consult. I hope you will give my … Continue reading






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Dear Rude Ruth

I am a long time housewife. I hate my old kitchen countertops and would love to get them changed to something attractive and trendy. However, my husband Pete doesn’t want to spend the money for new ones. He says the … Continue reading






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That New Cement Mixer Smell

We did it: What a time saver! What a back saver! Well, maybe not a back saver considering it doesn’t actually lift the 80 pound bags of reddy-mix off the ground and pour the dusty, funky, sticks-to-everything premixed concrete into … Continue reading






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I Need Structure!

Okay, it’s been long enough. We started the Porch Project in June. It is now September and no porch in sight. Sure, we did have that weekend fishing trip to the coast, but that was a necessity (fishing is always … Continue reading






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Gosh Darn Deluxe

It all started when the Little League World Series took a bad turn on the last game. It might not have been a bad turn for the Japanese team (they won), but it was a bad turn for my husband … Continue reading






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New Front Door Weekend

Another long weekend (thanks to an abundance of vacation time) and still no porch.  We did get the brand new door in, that only took one day (for the door itself) plus another day for the handle set. On a … Continue reading






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