Tackle DIY home improvement projects with the help of a ‘virtual handyman’

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Home improvements, especially the do-it-yourself kind, are really booming these days. Stuck at home, we are all noticing the jobs, big and small, that need to be done. But do you have the skills?

You could hire a handyperson to take care of them, but during these coronavirus times, you might not feel like having an extra person coming into your home. So here is an alternative: a video handyperson.

Fixer.com offers in-home handyperson service in Chicago and a virtual handyperson service everywhere.

RELATED: DIY backyard water park-style ideas for your family this summer while staying at home

CEO Mike Evans has faith in your abilities, telling me, “We say homeowners can do more than they think they can do, and with a screwdriver and a coach they can work through just about any task in their home.”

Mike says the video service gets a lot

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New home decor shop opens in Reedley

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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Thoughtfully placed items and plants are placed inside Periwinkle Home Decor.

“I’m an interior designer and I could not find what I needed for my clients so, after years of searching, we decided, my mom and I, to open a home decor shop and carry what we needed. Even in a pandemic,” said Malia Jimenez, Periwinkle Home Decor owner.

Malia Jimenez and Ranae Buckendahl are the mother-daughter duo behind the new Reedley business at G St. & 8th St.

“It was a lot of fun. It’s her vision, and I just kind of grabbed onto her shirt tail and just rode with it. Malia’s the inspiration, and I am enjoying it thoroughly without the responsibility. It’s kind of nice,” Buckendahl said.

The two renovated the former barbecue restaurant. The 100-year-old building has been transformed

“It’s an old-world kind of spin on French, country in here and

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Design Construction Concepts Completes Summer Camp Improvement Project

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Design Construction Concepts, a full-service design-build renovation firm, is pleased to announce the completion of a series of construction and renovation updates at JCC Chicago’s ‘Z’ Frank Apachi Day Camp in Northbrook, IL. Designed to be welcoming and accommodating, the 14,000-square-foot renovations to the pool house and outdoor pavilion are ready for a new season of campers this summer.

“We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago on its Apachi Day Camp renovation and contribute to creating a positive, accessible and inclusionary camp experience for all,” said Andy Poticha, Principal at Design Construction Concepts. “We truly value our long-standing relationship with JCC Chicago and the Jewish United Fund (JUF), and are especially excited for this project as it is located in our own backyard.”



The renovated 9,500-square-foot pool house features new shower rooms, new bathrooms and new outdoor lockers with an eight-foot-high shade tree canopy and playful tile, all built

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Mum shares tips for making food last longer including storing jars upside down and wrapping greens in kitchen roll

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A THRIFTY mum has shared her clever tips for making food last longer.

Lara Joanna Jarvis is known for her money-saving tricks, sharing them on her YouTube channel where she boasts over 38,000 subscribers.

Lara Joanna Jarvis has shared her tips for making food last longer


Lara Joanna Jarvis has shared her tips for making food last longerCredit: Lara Joanna Jarvis/Youtube

And the mum-of-two has now shared a new video revealing how you can waste less food than ever by making a few quick changes when it comes to unpacking the shopping.

We share Lara’s top tips for getting the most out of your money…

Store leafy greens in kitchen roll

Lara says: “A good way of storing your leafy greens – anything like lettuce, spinach, broccoli – is to pop them into some kitchen towel, as that’s going to absorb all of the moisture so it doesn’t go wilted and mouldy.”

She suggests wrapping leafy greens in kitchen roll to prevent them from going mouldy


She suggests wrapping leafy greens in kitchen
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How To Turn Your Kitchen Table Into A Home Office This Summer

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You are likely working from home indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, your company meetings are virtual and you might not have the most functional or ideal desk setup. Weeks turned into months, and it’s about time you had some inspo on how to turn your kitchen table into a home office.

You’re realizing that your work from home situation might be further extended or even here to stay. Unfortunately, you won’t be going on daily coffee runs with your work bestie anytime soon. Instead, you’ll be posting up with your laptop every morning with a latte you made at home, your adorable pup who’s still incredibly excited that you’re not leaving for work, and whatever else is laying around the kitchen. Your workspace might have crumbs from last night’s dinner and be steps away from your little bedroom.

It’s not exactly the work environment you’re used to. But

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Banish Mosquitoes at Home Without Costs, How To Do?

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When the rainy season like this, the disease that usually lurks is dengue fever (DHF). This disease can affect anyone and anywhere. Therefore, the community should begin to take precautions to avoid this disease.

It’s important to take precautions inside and outside your home to prevent mosquito breeding and hope that dengue cases no longer occur. As Legal is summarized from various sources, here are some precautions to protect your home from mosquitoes that cause dengue fever.

To get rid of mosquitoes, get rid of their entire breeding habitat like stagnant water. Get rid of such sources by checking under refrigerators, dishwashing basins, and shelves for mosquito breeding grounds. Cover these places so they don’t become puddles.

Install mosquito nets or mosquito repellent curtains on windows and doors of the house

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Lumber shortages derail home improvement plans during COVID-19

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Lumber shortages are derailing some home improvement plans
Lumber shortages are derailing some home improvement plans

The lumber industry has been caught off guard by Canadians’ financial resilience during COVID-19, resulting in shortages that are derailing home improvement plans.

According to data from Statistics Canada, 5.5 million Canadian workers have been affected by shutdowns, either through a drop in employment or COVID-19 related absences. The unemployment rate has gone from 5.6 per cent before the pandemic to 12.3 per cent.

Despite the devastation to the job market, spending on home repairs and renovations fell only 5 per cent in May, compared to January.

“The lumber industry was not expecting this as can be seen by their production. U.S. lumber production was up an average 6 per cent year-over-year per month [from January to March] but dropped 7 per cent year-over-year in April and Canadian production was down 8 per cent year-over-year in the first three months of 2020

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The Best Farmhouse Kitchen Decor, Starting at $18

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I will admit that at this point of the summer in New York City, I am yearning for a country escape. I envy every small town and hamlet dweller who counts more birds as neighbors than people, whose gardens are big and wild, whose local bodies of water are more swimmable than the Hudson river. 

Maybe there will be a weekend escape in my future, but in truth, I won’t be leaving  asphalt-ridden New York for much longer than for a a couple of days any time soon.  So I find my little bit of country in the ways I can—and in the kitchen, that means a strict refusal of all things sleek and modern. I love a country kitchen: mismatched stoneware, wicker baskets, slabs of pine underfoot, and well-worn white linens. Of course, country kitchens can be as varied as those I’ve seen in New York City. To me,

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Vogue Interiors completes interior for Mayfield III model at Lakewood Ranch

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Caffrey & Associates, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:00 a.m. ET July 25, 2020


Vogue Interiors’ Salvatore Giso, IDS has completed the interior design for Stock Signature Homes’ furnished Mayfield III model in the Genoa neighborhood at Lakewood Ranch.  Sarah Fain was the Lead Design Assistant for the model.  The four bedroom, four and a half bath Mayfield III residence features an open great room, island kitchen, and breakfast nook as well as a formal dining room, study, and an outdoor living area with a spacious conversation area, an outdoor dining area, and an outdoor kitchen.  Pocketing sliders open the great room to the outdoor space.

Salvatore’s design merges the indoors and outdoors by bringing natural elements into the home. 

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Chef Dero’s no-rules elote ‘recipe’

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Matthew DeRobertis, Special to Scene
Published 6:00 a.m. ET July 29, 2020


This recipe is no recipe at all, it’s merely a suggestion. In other words, if you like to ad-lib in the kitchen and subscribe to the “cooking isn’t rocket science philosophy,” this non-recipe is for you. 

Few things rival a simply cooked ear of fresh summer corn. When it’s good, it doesn’t even have to be dressed in much at all. But, at least once during the summer months, while we keep a steady stream of corn coming into the kitchen, I like to prepare Elote, or Mexican street corn.  

There are different variations. Some say the corn needs to be cooked strictly through boiling. Others head right to the grill or even roast it. With some testing, I found the perfect middle ground serves up the most flavorful and textural appeal while cutting down on any

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