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      We bought our first house 17 months ago, it was built in 1979. There are things
      going wrong that we need to fix but we know absolutely nothing about home
      improvement. DH works 12 hour days, and I take care of 3 kids so time is an
      issue.

      I am looking for references either books or online so that I am not
      taken advantage of by anyone we hire. Our biggest problem seems to be our
      master shower. The previous owners put white caulk all in the shower to make it
      look new and pretty, and now there is mold coming through the caulk (and not
      even strait bleach is helping) and the tiles are shifting and the shower is
      actually leaking at the bottom.

      We are looking at replacing it with a
      fiberglass shower we saw at the Home and Garden show, but I still need to
      research it further. DH is not really ummm….handy so doing it ourselves is
      probably not an option, but I would be willing to try and learn. We are also
      looking at replacing the dingy carpet with either hardwood floors or laminate
      and will need to do research on that.

      I tried asking different vendors at the
      show, but they all were very biased about their product and I never really got
      the information I needed. We have three kids and 2 dogs and I need something
      durable, but I don’t know the pro’s and con’s of which is better. We also have
      the peel and stick vinyl flooring in the kitchen we would like to get replaced,
      but again are not sure if we want to go with laminate or tile.

      We are pretty
      sure the insulation needs to be replaced and several bricks are loose and
      cracked around the house that need repair. We also have a brick fireplace that
      goes from the floor to the ceiling and there is a huge gap between the brick and
      the wall where the house has settled. There is also the brick ledge that comes
      up about a foot and a half that we would like to remove, but the fireplace is at
      the same height so we are not sure how that would work.

      Any ideas on where to
      get frugal advise and get informed on what all is available and how to do
      things?
      Thanks for the information!

      Melissa

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