The Top Home Improvement & Repair Topics of 2014

At Mr. Handyman, we love to share home improvement tips with our clients....and with our friends and family... and with strangers in the aisles of home improvement stores. We also share them with the world through this blog.

Let's look back at the most popular posts of 2014:

Installing a Roof Over Your Deck

Deck covered with Roof

We regularly help homeowners expand the usable square footage of their property by installing outdoor entertainment areas. They range from the basic, such as installing a deck, to the elaborate, such as a full outdoor kitchen. This post about installing a roof over a deck was widely read because it turns the area into one that can be used even on rainy days. We discussed the different types of roofs, including shed, gable and hip, and talked about the safety concerns of adding a roof to an existing deck, which requires proper support be built into the deck itself.

Composite Decking | Reviews of Top Composite Deck Manufacturers

Composite Deck Fiberon

If you are starting from scratch in the backyard, this overview of composite decking materials is the place to start. Many homeowners opt for composite materials instead of wood, as they require less maintenance and last longer. They also resist fading for the most part. And if you're looking for a more environmentally friendly building material, composite delivers as it mixed with the ground-up wood are recycled plastic products such as shopping bags and milk jugs. In this post, we discuss in-depth products from top composite deck manufacturers, including FiberOn, TAMKO and Trex. If you are considering choosing composite over wood, read up on each products many style options.

Bathroom Remodel Shower Ideas: Many Shower Options for Your Upgrade

Glass Tile Shower

Heading inside the home, we wrote in this post about the many options you have for upgrading a shower. The most important decision you will make involves the material of the shower itself, which can be the commonly used fiberglass, the room-opening glass, and another common and versatile option - tile. Each material has its pros and cons, but you can't really go wrong with any if you simply like a certain look. We can help you pick the best one for your budget, décor and usage, ensuring your bathroom remains a relaxing space for many years to come. The post also includes photos to inspire your own shower upgrade project.

Pumpkin Carving - 6 Creative Ideas Using Power Tools


Did you know that you can use power tools to create elaborate Jack-o-lanterns ? You can, and we tell you how and offer creative ideas for designs in this post. For example, a jigsaw removes the top of a pumpkin in no time, and special drill attachment called a pumpkin gutter scoops out the guts much more quickly and with much less mess. Bits also work well when adding fine detail. If any of that sounds difficult to you, not to worry; we included video instructions for many of the tips in the post.

Free Pumpkin Carving Templates - Download Printable PDF Stencils

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils Composite

Speaking of Jack-o-lanterns, readers love our free downloadable and printable pumpkin-carving stencils. We offer traditional shapes such as bats, ghosts, witches, a cat and a scary jack-o-lantern, and we also have stencils that allow you to create a custom carving with eyes, noses and mouths you can mix and match. This post also includes video demonstrations if you prefer to watch and learn.

Thank you for reading the Mr. Handyman blog in 2014. We look forward to offering you more advice in 2015 and beyond. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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