Home improvements

In this Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 file photo carpenter Nick Rossi, of Newton, Mass., a contractor who does home remodeling and renovations, uses a hammer while completing a door installation at a home in Watertown, Mass. Spending on home remodeling has picked up and is expected to rise nearly 20 percent to $151 billion by the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a recent report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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