Home Improvement

Science and Technology
12:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Resolve to be a Better Homeowner

A worker sprays foam insulation in a home
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Home improvement expert Bill McAnally has some suggestions to help you be a better homeowner in 2015.

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Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Living in 100 Square Feet

Small House Society President Greg Johnson sits on the porch of his tiny house,
Photo Courtesy of Greg Johnson

According to the 2012 Census, the average size of an American home is 2,598 square feet. 

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Home Improvement
4:58 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Is Insulation Enough?

Clayton Parker Flickr

The first snow fell last night and Iowa homes are starting to show where drafts and cold sneak in. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Basement Remodeling

Dolan H / flickr

The winter months are a great time to work on some of those indoor projects you’ve been putting off and right now is a great time to make your plans.

In this Talk of Iowa interview, home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about planning your winter basement remodeling project.

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Home Improvement
5:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Assessing the Damage

Repairing a damaged roof can be a costly and exhausting endeavor--Bill McAnally elucidates how the claims process works.
Patsy Lynch FEMA

When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.

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Home Improvement
9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Home Improvement Day

A wet summer is causing home damage throughout Iowa. Tune into Talk of Iowa to hear Bill McAnally answer your questions.
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Water, water everywhere. There’s lots to fix and lots to improve in our homes during this wet Iowa summer.

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Talk of Iowa
3:43 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Decks, Porches, Patios

Alan Lan

Even though our Iowa spring has not yet "sprung," it's definitely a good time to build or make improvement to a deck, porch or patio.  Our home improvement expert, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, can both motivate you and steer you away from some of the big mistakes novices make.  With Bill's advice, you can have the deck of your dreams.

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Home Improvement
3:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Deconstruction and Reuse

Demolition of the Anna E. Waden branch library in San Francisco in 2011
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A dilapidated outbuilding or a house in need of serious updating may look like an eyesore, but it is also an opportunity to recycle and reuse old materials.  Join host Charity Nebbe, Home Improvement Expert Bill McAnnally, and Siobhan Spain of the Center on Sustainable Communities for a talk about deconstruction.  

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Home Improvement
3:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bursting Water Pipes: Prevention in the Cold

Split water pipes
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It has been a long cold winter in Iowa.  The extended time with temperatures below freezing and below zero has caused many Iowans grief as they find inoperable, broken, frozen, or even burst and leaking water pipes.  Our home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to give advice and answer listener questions.

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Home Improvement
12:58 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Stay Warm for Less

Aaron Ray

Residential and commercial buildings can use a lot of energy.  New building codes are being used in Iowa that can make for more efficient use of utilities. Home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to talk about the guidelines and answer listener questions about home projects.

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Home Improvement
1:37 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fireplaces: Maintenence and Repair

Feet by the fire
chrissthegirl / flickr

There’s nothing quite as cozy as a warm fire in the winter time, but that cozy fire is a lot less fun when there’s something wrong with the fireplace.  Home improvement expert Bill McAnally is here to talk about fireplaces: wood fire places, chimney upkeep, gas fireplaces, and stoves.  McAnally will also answer your questions.     

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Getting Ready for Winter

A couple of weeks ago air conditioners were running full blast, but a couple of weeks from now our furnaces will be doing all the work. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe sits down with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally. They talk about changing filters and making sure your furnace is ready for the winter months.  Bill also answers your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
1:09 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Home Improvement Day With Bill McAnally

Humorist Dave Barry once identified the four building blocks of the universe as fire, water, gravel and vinyl. Home Improvement expert Bill McAnally knows what to do with all of those elements, and a few others.  Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Home Improvement Day. Bill McAnally answers listener's questions.

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Talk of Iowa
4:19 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Home Improvement: Protecting Your Home From Moisture

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Houses in Iowa are taking on water from yesterday's heavy storm, but even if basements aren't flooded homes can still be damaged by moisture.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert Bill McAnally about the problems moisture can cause, as well as danger signs and what to do if a home has been effected by moisture or storm damage. Also, McAnally talks about preventing moisture problems when building or renovating a home.

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Talk of Iowa
3:55 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Basement Flooding: Recovery and Prevention

CR Artist / flickr

Iowa is having its wettest spring in history.  With the torrential rains, many people are experiencing wet basements and even home flooding for the first time.  Today, home-improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge discusses preventive measures, or if it’s too late for that, how to deal with damage you have sustained.  We’ll also have a sump-pump primer.

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Talk of Iowa
1:16 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Home Improvement: Roof Repair

Wyscan / flickr

People in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area who just experienced a hail storm may be checking their roofs for damage.  Home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about how to know when you need a new roof, how to decide what kind to get, and why color is important.

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Talk of Iowa
12:45 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Home Improvement: Planning your project

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An extended winter offers the opportunity for more planning and preparation for home remodeling work before the projects get started. On Talk of Iowa, home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to explain why now is the time to start project planning. He’ll also take all your home improvement questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Home Improvement: Snow

Flickr / bknittle

When you look at your house covered in a blanket of new fallen snow, if you look closely you can learn some important things. "Talk of Iowa's" home improvement expert Bill McAnally visits to explain what Mother Nature can help you learn about your house.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Home Improvement: New Year's Resolutions

A home space cleanly organized.
Efren Rodriguez / Flickr

Lose weight, save money, get organized...how about jazzing up your list of New Year's resolutions with some resolutions for your house?  On today's  home improvement day, expert Bill McAnally has made a list of home improvement resolutions he thinks you should consider this new year!

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Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Home Improvement: Winterizing Your Home

Elizabeth Thomsen / Flickr

The windows are shut and the furnace has been running. It’s time to make sure your home is ready for winter. Our home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about winterizing your home and how to get the best value if you need to make a big investment in a new furnace or insulation.

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Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Home Improvement Day: To Fix or Not to Fix?

Home improvement - paint
Phil Roeder / Flickr

To remodel or not to remodel? That is the question. Talk of Iowa chats with home improvement expert Bill McAnally about how to assess your home and the features you don’t like and if remodeling is in question.

And, Iowa Public Radio has done its own remodeling. CEO Mary Grace Herrington will discuss our recent program changes, as well.

Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Home Improvement In A Time Of Drought

Community Environmental Center Flickr

The heat has placed a lot of stress on gardens and other vegetation, but what about your home? Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally, about problems that can arise with your roof, deck, foundation, or other areas because of the dry weather and how to fix them.

Talk of Iowa
3:48 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Curb Appeal

Does your house look a little rough around the edges?  Dingy siding? Rusty fixtures? Weeds growing up through the sidewalk?  This hour, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge  joins us.  He'll talk with Charity about how the investment of a little bit of elbow grease can pay off with a major spike in curb appeal.  First impressions are everything, and that's no different for our homes. 

 

Talk of Iowa
1:59 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Home Improvement Day

Climbing up on the roof to clean out the gutters is tedious and treacherous.  It seems like everyone has a new system to sell you that will keep you off the roof forever.  On today's Talk of Iowa, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge joins us to talk about what works and what doesn’t in the world of gutters and how to keep water flowing away from your house.

Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Safe Rooms

"Safe rooms" are becoming popular storm shelter choices.  A tornado warning may be issued just minutes before the funnel plows through your back yard, leaving you with no time to get to a distant shelter if your home offers no protection.  This hour, our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, will inform us about adding a safe room to your new home plans, or creating such a room with a remodeling project.  You'll feel better when you know you a have a place in your home that's designed to withstand battering by ferocious winds and the debris caught up in them.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Siding

You thought you had a few more weeks to plan, but suddenly it’s time to work on outdoor projects. On today's Talk of Iowa our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge is here. We’ll talk about what you need to know before you replace the siding on your house and answer questions about the projects on your agenda.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Planning Your Project

January is not the ideal month for home improvement projects, but it is a great time to plan. On today's Talk of Iowa, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge is back on the airwaves. We’ll talk about planning and designing your next project. Whether you’re building a new house or remodeling an old room we’ll talk about the things you should know before you get started.