Fix These Household Problems Without Spending a Dime

Fix These Household Problems Without Spending a Dime

We realize you don't always need us when it comes to quick fixes around your home, but when you do our Special Projects Division can help you wrap up those small projects quickly. For now, here are a few quick tips that will help you with every day items.

All Things Bamboo Flooring

All Things Bamboo Flooring

An Oldie with New, Enhanced Performance

While bamboo flooring is not exactly new, having been around for two decades, it might as well be. In recent years, advances in manufacturing have enhanced its performance and diversified its appearance. The major change: the introduction of superdense "strand-woven" bamboo, which can be milled into boards that are two and a half times as hard as red oak. They also can be produced in an array of wood-look styles—from the familiar, like maple or walnut, to exotic species, like tigerwood and cumaru—that are quite different from what most people associate with the material. "Strand-woven has changed bamboo's reputation from an eco product to a major player, delivering the look and durability of Brazilian hardwoods for two-thirds the cost," says Joel Hirshberg, president of Green Building Supply, which has been selling bamboo floors for 16 years.