Home improvement: Contractor vs. do-it-yourself

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Should you do it yourself, or hire a contractor? This might not even have been a question a generation or two ago. In our grandparents’ time, most families had a skilled tradesperson such as a carpenter, plumber, electrician or bricklayer to turn to for assistance. The small neighborhood hardware store had few options, and the suppliers who carried fixtures and materials catered primarily to skilled contractors. But the increase in large home improvement retail centers allows today’s homeowner easy access to materials and product options to update your home and increase its value.


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The EULA strikes back: Know what you’re getting into

We’ve all seen them – windows that pop up before you can install a program, full of legalese. To complete the install, you usually have to scroll through pages and pages of boring text and then click an “I Agree” button. Many people have a tendency to either skim them or skip reading them altogether and get on with their lives. But it can be dangerous not to read End User License Agreements, or EULAs.


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