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Home improvement is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Often, a professional handyman is hired to perform the improvements but, typically, most improvements are done on an amateur DIY basis by the homeowner.

A homeowner can hire a general contractor to oversee a home improvement project that involves multiple trades. A general contractor acts as project manager, providing access to the site, removing debris, coordinating work schedules, and performing some aspects of the work. Sometimes homeowners bypass the general contractor, and hire tradesmen themselves, including plumbers, electricians and roofers. Another strategy is to "do it yourself" (DIY). Several major retailers, such as Home Depot and Lowe's, specialize in selling materials and tools for DIY home improvement. These stores even host classes to educate customers how to do the work themselves.

Bob Vila is a well-known author and television host in the home improvement field. Also, the sitcom Home Improvement uses the home improvement theme for comedic purposes.

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A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. It is generally distinguished from a wall by the lightness of its construction: a wall is usually restricted to such barriers made from solid brick or concrete, blocking vision as well as passage (though the definitions overlap somewhat).

Fences are constructed for several purposes, including: Agricultural fencing, Privacy fencing, Security fencing, and Decorative fencing. Some of the technologies developed for fencing include: Barbed wire fence, Cactus fence, Chain link fencing, Dry-stone wall or rock fence, Electric fence, Ha-ha (or sunken fence), Hedgerows of intertwined, living shrubs, Palisade, Pet fence, Picket fences, Post-and-rail fencing, Split-rail fences made of timber, Snow fence, Stake-and-wire fencing, Turf mounds, Wire netting or wire gauze between posts, Wood-panel fencing, and Wrought iron fencing.

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The Mark Twain House and Museum was the home of Mark Twain from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Before 1874, Twain had lived in Hannibal, Missouri. The architectural style of the 19-room house itself is Victorian Gothic. The house was designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter, an architect from New York City. The total cost of the house was $40,000, paid out of Mrs. Clemens' inheritance.

Bad financial investments caused the Twain family to move to Europe in 1891. When they returned to Connecticut in 1900 he lived in a house built for him in Redding, Connecticut,named Stormfield, where he died on April 21, 1910. His home in Hartford functioned as a school, an apartment building, and a library after that. In 1962 it was declared a National Historic Landmark. Since 1974 it has had a multi-million dollar renovation and an expansion dedicated to showcasing his life and work.

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