Head to Habitat Erie’s ReStore for help with home repairs, improvements

Maybe you’re a homeowner with a broken toilet and a budget that’s been hit hard by the pandemic. Or possibly you’re a landlord who needs to replace a door after your most recent tenants moved out.

What you might not realize is that many home repair and improvement needs can be met at Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. 

Yes, Habitat is best known for constructing houses for families in need. And when the nonprofit receives donations of materials, they are first evaluated to see if they are a fit for a house that’s being built. But if they aren’t, they go to the ReStore, where they are offered for sale to the public two days a week. The proceeds are used to help build houses for Habitat families.

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The store at 4922 Pittsburgh Ave., in Millcreek Township, is open Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features a variety of new and used materials that have been donated by contractors, homeowners and others.

“I go there Friday and Saturday every week,” Michael Vangeli, 59, of Erie, said.

On a recent Friday,

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Top Home Improvements To Complete on a Budget in 2021

Top Home Improvements To Complete on a Budget in 2021




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Home Improvement’s Zachery Ty Bryan Arrested for Domestic Abuse

Former Home Improvement star Zachery Ty Bryan was arrested on October 16 in Eugene, Oregon, for allegedly choking his girlfriend.

The sitcom star, 39, was booked at 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 17 for a felony charge of strangulation, a misdemeanor charge of assault in the fourth degree and a misdemeanor charge of interfering with making a report, according to Lane County arrest records obtained by Us Weekly.

Bryan — who was known for his role as Tim Allen‘s eldest son, Brad, on the ’90s show that aired on ABC from 1991 to 1999 — was “taken into custody without incident” after neighbors called the police, a Eugene Police Department spokesperson told People in a statement. After arriving at the scene, officers found the actor “sitting outside an apartment” while the 27-year-old they identified as the woman who has been “in a relationship” with Bryan was at another apartment.

“An investigation found that during the dispute Bryan is reported to have assaulted the victim, impeded her breathing, and taken the victim’s phone from her when she tried to call 911,” the spokesperson told the publication. A report from The Associated Press said the alleged victim declined medical assistance.

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3 Options for Financing Home Improvements in 2021

Though the stay-at-home trend may have kicked off in 2020, a lot of people are continuing to hunker down as 2021 rolls along. If you’re one of them, now may be a good time to improve your home — especially if you’re capable of doing the work yourself. But home renovations cost money, and you may not have a ton of it lying around. If that’s the case, here are a few financing options to look at.

1. A home equity loan

With a home equity loan, you borrow a lump sum of money and pay it off in regular installments over time. A home equity loan doesn’t actually need to be used to cover home renovations — you can borrow against your home for any purpose. But if you use that loan for home improvements, you’ll be eligible to deduct its interest on your taxes if you itemize on your return, so that’s a nice little perk to enjoy.

With a home equity loan, you’ll generally pay less interest than you would with a personal loan. And qualifying is fairly easy as long as you have enough equity in your home. Generally, you’ll need at least 20{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c}

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Home improvements and bathroom upgrades on the rise as people spend more time at home

Xuying complete bathroom sets and accessories enable homeowners to upgrade the most used room in the home for an affordable price

Guangdong, China – People are spending more time at home than ever before. While it can be great to work from the comfort of home and enjoy one’s own house, many people around the world have grown unhappy with their dwellings. The last year saw an unprecedented number of individuals improve, upgrade, and modify their homes to make them more comfortable and enjoyable. According to one report in the United States, around 20{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of homeowners began a home improvement project of some type.

One area of the home that is likely to be high on the list for needing a makeover is the bathroom. Luckily, homeowners do not need to spend thousands of dollars on modifying the most used room in the home. Xuying complete bathroom sets and accessories are a simple way to upgrade a bathroom for very little money.

Xuying manufactures stylish household bathroom products that are ideal for any home. The company designs and manufactures bathroom items such as decorative bathroom accessories, shower soap dispenser, and hand basins. Whether a homeowner wants a new concrete basin

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Best Credit Cards for Home Improvements in 2021

Americans pay a pretty penny to upgrade their homes every year.

In 2019 alone, homeowners spent an average of $7,560 per year on home improvement renovations, according to a HomeAdvisor report.

It’s inevitable — no matter how careful you are with your budget, unexpected costs will always arise with renovation projects large and small. But, if you use the right credit card, you can save on these expenses and even benefit from added perks like cash back, promotional financing and more.

Below, CNBC Select rounds up the best credit cards for home improvements so you can earn rewards while remodeling your home (and potentially raising the resale value) — no matter what kind of project you have planned.

Best credit cards for home renovations

Best home improvement store card

Lowe’s Advantage Card

Information about the Lowe’s Advantage Card has been collected independently by CNBC and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of the card prior to publication.

  • Rewards

    5{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} off eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Save 10{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} on a qualifying purchase, up to $100. Valid though 7/31/20

  • Annual fee

  • Intro APR

  • Regular APR

  • Balance transfer fee

  • Foreign transaction fee

  • Credit needed

Who’s this for? Though store cards can

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Watch Tim Allen Pay Tribute to ‘Home Improvement’s Wilson

In a crossover that officially created the Tim Allen Cinematic Universe, Allen reprised his role as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor from his ’90s sitcom Home Improvement on his current (and now concluding) series Last Man Standing. The meeting of the Tims Allen was first revealed a few weeks back, but with the episode’s premiere taking place this week, there are new clips from the show.

They include a moment between Tim and Allen’s Mike Bond that became an impromptu tribute to Wilson, Tim Taylor’s wise neighbor from Home Improvement. Wilson’s gag throughout that show was that he mostly appeared from behind his fence, with just the top half of his head visible. When Mike opens a utility box, he inadvertently looks like Wilson, prompting a conversation about him where Tim reveals he passed away. (Earl Hindman, the actor who played Wilson on all eight seasons of Home Improvement, died in 2003, four years after the show went off the air.)

The scene also includes a joke about Tom Hanks, Allen’s co-star in the Toy Story series. Watch it below:

Fox also posted another scene featuring Tim and Mike interacting in his kitchen, where their remarkable physical similarity is

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How Home Improvement’s Tim “The Toolman” Taylor Returns

The new episode of Last Man Standing called “Dual Time” saw the comeback of Tim “The Toolman” Taylor from Home Improvement, with series star Tim Allen playing both roles with some visual effects magic. With Taylor meeting Allen’s other role Mike Baxter, it marked the first on-screen appearance of the popular sitcom character in over 20 years. So how did it all come together?

The crossover kicks off when Mike’s wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) hires a handyman from Binford to fix their broken garbage disposal. Mike himself is struggling with his latest vlog for his website, which is causing him to procrastinate on fixing the disposal himself; he refuses to hire someone else to do a man’s job, though his writer’s block is preventing him from doing it himself.

Just as he’s coming up with an idea that involves everyone being a “snowflake,” Vanessa reveals Binford’s owner decided to take the job himself because of how similar the two look. The guys bond over some playful ribbing, including Taylor’s trademark grunting that Mike finds annoying.

After a minor argument and a Home Improvement call back to the neighborly discussions with Wilson, the two find some common ground. Tim reveals

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Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement’s Wilson on ‘Last Man Standing’ [Video]

A Home Improvement update! During the Thursday, January 7, episode of Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) hires a handyman to come fix the garbage disposal. Enter Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (also Allen), who no longer hosts a TV show but now works for Binford Tools and is in Colorado for business. When he heard that there was a man in town who resembled him, he had to respond to the call.

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“I had this TV show for eight years called Tool Time. They called me ‘The Toolman,’” Tim says to Mike during the episode before doing that famous grunt. “It was kind of my thing.” Mike then responds that the grunt is “a little annoying.”

Later in the episode, Mike’s wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), tells her husband about her talk with Tim. “It turns out he has three grown kids, only boys. He’s smart, he’s funny,” she says. “You guys are a lot alike.”

Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement's Wilson on 'Last Man Standing'
Tim Allen in Last Man Standing Fox

Although Tim calls for “more power” — another Home Improvement nod — he ends up blowing up Mike’s disposal. When he comes

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Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement’s Wilson on ‘Last Man Standing’

A Home Improvement update! During the Thursday, January 7, episode of Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) hires a handyman to come fix the garbage disposal. Enter Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (also Allen), who no longer hosts a TV show but now works for Binford Tools and is in Colorado for business. When he heard that there was a man in town who resembled him, he had to respond to the call.

“I had this TV show for eight years called Tool Time. They called me ‘The Toolman,’” Tim says to Mike during the episode before doing that famous grunt. “It was kind of my thing.” Mike then responds that the grunt is “a little annoying.”

Later in the episode, Mike’s wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), tells her husband about her talk with Tim. “It turns out he has three grown kids, only boys. He’s smart, he’s funny,” she says. “You guys are a lot alike.”

Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement's Wilson on 'Last Man Standing'
Tim Allen in Last Man Standing Fox

Although Tim calls for “more power” — another Home Improvement nod — he ends up blowing up Mike’s disposal. When he comes over to apologize, Mike is outside, standing behind a

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