Tag: DIY

DIY breast reconstruction: Device lets women do part at home

This might be the ultimate do-it-yourself project: Doctors are testing a device that would let women do part of their own breast reconstruction at home. It’s aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a sense of control – something cancer often takes away. More than 100,000 women each year in the United States have surgery to remove a cancerous breast, and many of them choose reconstruction with an implant. To make room for a permanent one, many of them get a tissue expander, a temporary pouch that is gradually enlarged with saline...

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Remodel Your Only Bathroom: Maximum Gain, Minimum Pain

    Remodeling any part of your house has a well-deserved reputation as … shall we say … one of life’s more stressful experiences. This is especially true of a bathroom remodel, which demands a high degree of skill in a limited amount of space. And when the bathroom you’re making over is the only one in your home, it’s all the more nerve-racking. Here are our suggestions for getting the most out of the experience, while minimizing the disruption to your household. Choose the right remodeler. You’ll want have the job completed quicklyand professionally, so drop the idea of...

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How to Keep Your Home Warm When It’s C-C-Cold Outside

  Freezing weather outdoors … cozy and warm inside your home. For many folks, that’s a picture of the ideal winter conditions. Cranking up the furnace is one possible way to get that comfort you crave, but the cost, in terms of environmental impact and astronomical energy expense, is out of the question. There are plenty of simple ways, though, that you can stay pleasantly warm indoors while still being energy- and pennywise. Weatherproof your garage doors. If your garage serves as anything besides just a place to park your car — crafts room, office, or just general man...

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End Tables Add the Perfect Finishing Touch to a Room

End tables are very much in fashion at the moment. (Were they ever really out?) Available in a multitude of shapes and sizes, these practical little tables are perfect for adding just the right finishing touch to your family room, den, bedside, or almost anywhere in your home. It’s easy to stamp them with your own personal “signature,” too, whether you are working with a new table, a thrift store purchase, or even a roadside find which you’d like to upcycle. Check out these ideas. Repaint A tried and true inexpensive mini home remodel is to paint one or...

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Style a Beautiful Bookcase or Two

An oldie but goodie – there’s a well-known interior decorating story which is still making the rounds. Someone walks into a bookstore, looks around carefully, and asks to buy a certain set of volumes. The bookseller remarks, “Oh, that’s one of my favorite authors. The customer replies, “I don’t care about reading them. I just want some books to match my decor!” Well, at least he was honest. As someone who grew up in a home that contained more than 1,000 books (yes, I counted them all one rainy afternoon), I believe that a book is more than just...

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