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April home and garden calendar

4-6: 21st Annual Palm Springs Home Expo, Palm Springs Convention Center 5-6: Central Coast Spring Home Show, Santa Maria Fairpark, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11-13: Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena 12-13: California Native Garden Tour, sponsored by Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, self-guided and includes nearly 40 [...]

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Know something? Share your wisdom

Attention all readers: From the Reader-to-Reader Forum: Question: Shouldn’t the HOA be responsible for this water damage? Why weren’t we warned? more » Question: Do you know a good contractor to assess an old Craftsman I want to buy and fix up? more » Question: If we refinance, will it cause a reassessment and higher [...]

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New question posted on Reader-to-Reader Forum

Question: Will a refinance trigger a reassessment? Got some advice for this guy? Post your answer here

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Want remodeling advice from your community? Got some to offer?

Check out the new Pardon Our Dust Reader-to-Reader Forum. On the forum, you can ask remodeling questions of SoCal homeowners and others. And you can offer your own wisdom. Like: Where to get lumber in Long Beach? A contractor in Covina? A roofer in Riverside? Granite in Glendale? A painter in Palmdale? Actually, there is [...]

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Photos of the day

Dingy: Original Contract; Yacht: Change Order (Photo: Rand.com)

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SoCal home-and-garden weekend calendar

MARCH 14: The 4 Women of Prefab, panel and book signing, 1:15 p.m., CA Boom Design Show, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport 14: Pacific Palisades Home Tour, led by designers, in conjunction with CA Boom Design Show 14-16: CA Boom Design Show, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport 14-16: Ventura Home & Garden Show, Seaside Park, [...]

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Kitchen design tips from HGTV’s Designed to Sell

Kitchen makeovers will be the focus for a solid week — from April 7 to 11 — on HGTV’s "Designed to Sell," which the network says is one of its top 10 most-popular series. It airs weeknights at 8 p.m. ET/PT As a warm-up for kitchen design week, the show has sent tips to us [...]

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482,000 toasters are toast

It must be harder than it seems to design and manufacturer small home appliances that are safe and sound. A case in point is the 482,000 toasters made in China and sold here that have a flaw: The toasters can remain “on” (energized) after popping up and can ignite flammable items covering or in contact [...]

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Small Change: A new kitchen look for less

A Q&A in the New York Times dovetails beautifully with the Pardon Our Dust blog’s new Small Change series, where we explore home improvements that cost less than $600 but are making a big difference. So far, we’ve looked at a solar-powered fountain for $220 and a new fan/light combo for $60. The question in [...]

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A Dust Dilemma: The rest of the story . . .

Do you recall those evocative radio tales with Paul Harvey? He would relate some beguiling and head-scratching anecdote and then intone you to come back after the commercial for . . . the rest of the story. Well, I’m doing a similar trick here in regard to the design dilemma in Susan Rose’s Eagle Rock [...]

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Trivia Quiz: Which were the first Energy Star products?

The Energy Star label for products was introduced by the U.S. Dept. of Energy in 1992. Today, products in more than 50 categories are eligible for an Energy Star rating. But you may have wondered: How did it all get started? (The correct answer may surprise you.) Give it your best shot, then click here [...]

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Dust Digest: home-improvement goodies across the web

• Enhancing curb appeal is best investment [Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune] • How can I create a faux brick wall in my home? [New York Times] • Homeowners grow more cautious on remodeling plans [MarketWatch] • Bidding may be becoming more competitive for remodeling projects [Kansas City (Mo.) Star] • Smoke alarm for hearing impaired will [...]

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Small Change: A new ceiling fan and light for $60

With the economy the way it is, we all need to get more bliss for our bucks. So that’s why the Pardon Our Dust Blog has launched the new Small Change series where readers reveal improvements to their homes that cost less than $600 but that are making a big difference in their quality of [...]

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SoCal’s 10 biggest remodeling companies

Each year, Qualified Remodeler magazine (which I occasionally write for) compiles a list of the largest 500 remodeling companies in the country based on volume of work done. You can see the 2007 list here. I have culled the 10 biggest remodeling companies in Southern California from the magazine’s most recent list. The number preceding [...]

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Spring in SoCal: The home improvement calendar

FEBRUARY 8-10: Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa 8-10: Desert Spring Home & Garden Show, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center, Indio 10: Rose Bowl Flea Market, Rose Bowl, Pasadena 22-24: Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, L.A. Convention Center, Los Angeles 22-24: Inland Empire Home & Garden Show, National Orange Show Events [...]

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Most-complained-about service providers

Angie’s List, a consumer ratings service, collected nearly 300,000 reports in 2007 from members who graded service companies on overall experience, price, quality, responsiveness and punctuality. Nationally, warranty companies attracted the greatest percentage of “F” grades out of more than 280 categories of service, while veterinarians had the greatest percentage of “A” grades. But in [...]

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Dust Digest: home improvement news across the web

• Fans hope to save Karen and Richard Carpenter’s former Downey home from wrecking ball [pictured above, Los Angeles Times] • Video tour of Venice live/work artist’s loft [Los Angeles Times] • Designing additions that don’t cause division [Washington Post] • Fixing the water pressure problem [L.A. Daily News] • Energy-efficient kitchen remodel [Orange County [...]

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You write the caption

As seen today near the Orlando Convention Center and the International Builders’ Show. What’s up with this building?

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Dust Digest: home improvement tidbits across the web

• Randomly gorgeous kitchen styles [The Kitchen Designer Blog] • Dream Home Diaries: Construction progress [New York Times] • Glossy garage floors [Charles & Hudson] • Best way to store old newspapers and magazines [New York Times] • Tips for foundation landscaping [Los Angeles Times] • On- or off-the-grid fluorescent work lights [Tools of the [...]

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Dust Digest: remodeling tidbits across the Web

San Mateo Eichler home tour pics [Apartment Therapy Los Angeles] Interview with Eric Corey Freed, author of "Green Building for Dummies" [CalFinder Blog] Green building workshops in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, free [Allen Associates] Cabinets shift to lighter colors [Baltimore Sun] The economics of remodeling [Morris and James Carey] Rancho Bernardo contracting company gets [...]

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