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Debbie D.

Debbie D.

Debbie Dey is a professional writer with over three decades of experience in residential construction. Her background gives her a wealth of knowledge about all kinds of home improvement projects, which she enjoys sharing through her writing. She has been a Puls staff writer since 2018. In her free time, you can find her relaxing by the water or cruising with her husband in their sports car.

Recent Posts:

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall Like a Pro

Drywall. Gypsum. Sheetrock. Whatever you call it, the majority of our homes use this versatile product as a canvas for our creative wall art. We hang pictures, televisions, shelving, or window treatments on it. We bump into it often, and our pets sometimes chew on it. Whatever the cause, and whether you need your security deposit back or just want to fix up the house, you’ll need to repair the holes left behind in your drywall. 

Drywall Repair Cost: What Is a Fair Price for Your Project?

Drywall is used in 96 percent of homes today, so there's a pretty good chance your walls and ceilings are made of this highly popular material. Unfortunately, it’s quite susceptible to damage, so no matter how careful you are, there's a good chance you'll encounter some bumps and dents that will need to be repaired, especially if you've got kids and pets.

The Roof Maintenance Checklist Every Homeowner Needs

Buying your first home is an exciting and stressful time. While it's exciting to finally have something that's yours (even if the bank technically owns it for the next 30 years), it's also stressful to realize that anything that goes wrong is no longer your landlord's responsibility to fix, but yours.

How Much Does Professional Painting Cost?

If you've ever tried your hand at painting your home yourself, you know that it can be a big job. There's a lot more to it than selecting a color and picking up a paint brush, so it's a good idea to hire a professional painter to achieve professional results. Plus, a new paint job can even boost the value of your home, so it’s extremely important to do it right. 

The Best Black Friday Appliance Deals of 2019

If you've ever stood in long lines on Black Friday, you know that you've got to have a plan in order to score the best deals. The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, and the experts at Puls have put together some of the best Black Friday appliance deals 2019 has to offer.

How to Install Pendant Lighting Step-by-Step

Today's modern pendant lights come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs to fit every decor and function.

How Long Will My Home's Exterior and Interior Paint Job Last?

One of the best ways to freshen up your home, increase curb appeal, and even add value, is a fresh coat of paint. Adding a fresh coat of paint to both the interior and exterior of your home makes everything look clean and new, and can breathe new life into spaces that felt tired or outdated. 

Best New Dishwashers of 2019 to 2020

Whether you're in the market for your first dishwasher or looking to upgrade an older model, be prepared to be amazed. Manufacturers in 2019 have outdone themselves with high-tech, high-efficiency features that astound and impress.

What to Do When Your Dishwasher Won't Stop Running

Do you have a love/hate relationship with your dishwasher? Have you loaded the dishes perfectly and pressed the button to start, only to come back several hours later to find it's still running?

The Right Way to Mount a TV on Metal Studs

If you want to mount your TV to the wall but know you’re working with metal studs, don’t get discouraged. It is possible to mount a television to metal studs yourself, so long as you do it properly. 

Help! My Dryer is Making Loud Noises

If your dryer is making noise, there's a good chance that something is wrong. There are a few options for dealing with a dryer that's making a loud noise. You can ignore the sound and hope it goes away, you can try to troubleshoot and repair the machine yourself, or you can call in a professional.

Phone Repair Prices: What Different Phone Repair Services Cost You

The more you depend on your phone to manage your life, the more devastating it is when it breaks. So, what happens if you drop your prized possession and you end up with a screen full of spiderweb cracks or you jump in the pool and forget your phone is in your pocket? What if you've tried every charger you own and the power level still won't budge from 2%?

How to Troubleshoot a Dishwasher that Takes Too Long to Run

Hand washing dishes takes a significant amount of time. According to Energy Star, if you use a dishwasher, you’ll save 230 hours per year. That’s equal to just over 9 days of 24/7 scraping, scrubbing, rinsing, and drying. If your dishwasher takes too long to run, then we’d better get it fixed ASAP. 

How to Hang Art Without Nails So You Don’t Damage Your Walls

Whether you're a serious collector or have just acquired a few pieces for fun, decorating your walls with artwork can add personality and a splash of color to your home. Studies show that it can even boost your mood. Of course, finding a way to display each masterpiece can be challenging, especially if you're worried about damaging your walls.

Everything You Need to Know to Pick the Perfect Kitchen Table

If you have a formal dining room, the space is most likely sits unused for the balance of the year or becomes a collect-all for your miscellaneous items without a permanent home.

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