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10 Tips for a Money-Making, Hassle-Free Yard Sale
When it comes to yard sales, it's easy to make a wrong turn: setting prices too high, forgetting to advertise, or shadowing buyers are all simple mistakes sellers...
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How To: Tie Dye
A staple of summer camp (and of America in the late '60s), tie dye entertains and engages the young and young-at-hear...
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Bob Vila Radio: Help Your Lawn Thrive This Sweltering Summer
Summertime is great for beaches, boating, and barbecues. But it's not so great for turf grasses. They tend to take a ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for August
By the time August hits, the end of summer is on the horizon, regretfully, but don't despair—there's still plenty of time left before fall. Make the most of this ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for July
July ushers in the start of summer, which translates into outdoor living, grilling, and staying cool. But this month, like any other, there are things you can do ...
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Mother's Day Gift Guide: 10 Ideas to DIY or Buy
When Mother's Day rolls around, many of us say it with flowers—the most popular gift of the holiday. But if Mom has more than enough bouquets at home, get creativ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for May
May is a month worth celebrating. Those April showers have gone, leaving in their wake beautiful spring flowers, and the heat of summer has yet to arrive. As the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Preventing Moths
This is the time of year when we shed our winter wardrobes and slip into warm-weather fabrics. To be sure that your c...
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Spring Home Maintenance? Don't Overlook Your Gutters
Spring has officially arrived, and that means a whole host of outdoor chores for homeowners. One of the most importan...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for April
Spring has sprung! While cool temperatures may not be completely behind us, it's certain that April will usher in warmer days, making it the perfect month to get ...
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5 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring
Nothing renews that feeling of pride of ownership more than attending to annual home maintenance tasks (especially on...
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Bob Vila Radio: First Day of Spring
Today is March 20, the vernal equinox, better known as the first day of spring. For most of us around the country, th...
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Spring Cleaning? 8 Helpful Tips from Merry Maids to Ease You Through
Second only to a new mother’s instinct to nest is the desire to clean house at the first signs of winter thaw. Debra ...
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7 Things to Do in Spring for a Healthy, Gorgeous Lawn Year-Round
At the tail end of the winter season, homeowners face the sometimes daunting but always exciting prospect of readying...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for March
With February behind us, we know that spring will soon be here—despite recent freezing temperatures and the ongoing forecasts of snow. Whether it comes in like a ...
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DIY Tales: Converting a Deck to into a Screened-In Porch
Last year Coach and I converted our deck into a screened-in porch, which was absolutely awesome. No more buggy nights, o...
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What Would Bob Do? Preventing Window Condensation
It's winter and I keep getting condensation on the inside of my windows. What's the solution?When moist, warm air mak...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planning After President's Day
I know it’s still winter here in the Northeast, but I start thinking about spring the minute Presidents’ Day weekend ...
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We've Got You Covered: 11 Stylish Ways to Enhance—or Hide—Your Radiators
With much of the nation experiencing the bitterest temperatures on record, many of us are appreciating our radiators like never before. Why not show that love by ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for February
Sure, February's a short month, but it's jam-packed with chores and planning. It's time to turn attention indoors, spiffing up bathroom grout and kitchen cabinets...
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Pro Tips: The Best Ways to Deal with Snow and Ice
The severity of this winter has surprised many parts of the country. With more storms on the way, many homeowners are...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for January
'Tis the season for resolutions—and have we got some good ones for you! Follow our lead, and come next December, your house will be more energy efficient, better ...
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3 Ways Storm Windows Can Save Your House
Historic windows can be a real conundrum for some people. Sure they are a gorgeous part of every old house, but they ...
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SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM BOBVILA.COM
 After serving up nearly 25 days of great tips, creative ideas, and how-to projects to make your holidays merry ...
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Are You Ready? 10 Christmas Eve "Musts" to Remember
Christmas comes but once a year, but it's still hard to imagine where all that prep time goes! If you're still counting down the hours, use this checklist to make...
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12 Amazing Ice Castles & Igloos from Around the World
For some, a day full of flurries means a day spent outdoors making snowballs, snow angels, and snowmen. For others, however, frosty weather inspires the construct...
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Just in Time: 10 Stocking Stuffers to Save the Day
So it’s almost Christmas, and you’ve still got some stockings that need filling. Here are 10 simple gifts—some you can make yourself—to brighten anyone's holiday.
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Frosty Feats: 12 Incredible Snow Sculptures
Going way beyond two lumps of coal and an old silk hat, some folks take the art of snow sculpting to an astonishing level. Here are some of the most spectacular w...
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9 Unique Ways to Display Holiday Cards
By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, many mantles will be groaning under a flood of holiday greeting cards. Lighten the load this year by displaying them with ...
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11 Outlandishly Themed Christmas Trees to Rouse Your Holiday Spirit
We've rounded up some of our favorite themed trees to get you thinking. Whether you'd replicate them or not, you can't deny these over-the-top creations add new m...
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3 Simple Steps to a Backyard Ice Skating Rink
Over the snowy-white winter, adults and children make the most of the cold by taking part in a smorgasbord of seasona...
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10 Imaginative Garlands to Add Charm and Whimsy to Your Holiday Tree
Why settle for just beads when you can dress your tree with stringed-decorations made from felt, corks, bells and more. Check out these imaginative Christmas gar...
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How To: Make a Fresh Holiday Garland
This year, as you dress up your house for the holidays, consider decking the halls with twinkling lights, festive rib...
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Let It Glow! 10 Festive and Easy DIY Candles
Candles are particularly valued during the holidays for their cozy ambiance and their ability to illuminate the decorations around them. But this year, why not em...
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Weekend Projects: 10 DIY Gifts to Make and Give
You don't need to spend a fortune or wait in long lines to give the perfect gift to a loved one this holiday season. All you need to make these gifts are two hand...
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Weekend Project: 5 Ways to Create Ice Luminaries
Ice luminaries date back to the olden days, when if you wanted to illuminate winter darkness, you needed to use a lit...
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Holiday DIY: Baby’s Breath on the Christmas Tree
After the tree is bought and the lights are wrapped around and all the ornaments are put in place my tree is still no...
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Top Tips for Troubleshooting Holiday Lights
If you want to avoid frustration and preserve your holiday spirit, I don't recommend that you spend time figuring out...
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Wrap It Up! 10 DIY Ways to Bedeck Your Holiday Gifts
When it comes to gift giving, it's the thought that counts—and obviously a great deal of thought went into these creative DIY gift-wrapping ideas that make the mo...
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8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights
If you're planning to string your yard with holiday cheer, bear in mind these few simple guidelines and precautions.
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Holiday DIY: Silver Pinecone Wreaths
I make small and large changes to our holiday decorating each year. (You can check out all our holiday decor here &nda...
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Holiday DIY: A Re-Purposed Christmas Tree
A Re-purposed Christmas Tree The other day I was reading a post by my friend Vel about collections, I fell in...
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10 LED Holiday Lights to Brighten Your Holiday Nights
It's the most wonderful — and darkest — time of the year, so check out all the ways you can use LEDs to light up your life and keep the holidays bright.
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Quick Tip: Cold Weather Painting
Colder weather doesn't have to be an issue when doing exterior painting. While most conventional paints must be appli...
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Holiday DIY: Popsicle Stick Trees
Super fun and easy craft! Supplies you will need are: *Craft sticks (two different kinds see photo) *Hot glue *Sty...
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How To: Make a Gingerbread House From Scratch
The holiday season comes with so many traditions—cooking and baking, house decorating, caroling, and cocoa making—but...
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The Tree-Free Christmas: 14 Unorthodox Alterna-Trees You Can Make Yourself
This year, whatever your motivation, have a go at making your own nontraditional Christmas tree. Here are 14 amazing examples, all created from items you can pick...
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Holiday DIY: Painted Christmas Ornaments
Painted Christmas Ornaments Hello everyone! Tonight’s post is going to be about painted Christmas ornaments. It wa...
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25 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments
With some common tools, scrap supplies, and a little know-how, you can transform just about anything into a decorative accent for your holiday tree. Here's proof!
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Very Merry Mailing: 10 Delightful DIY Holiday Cards
Gather some inspiration for a handmade approach to your season’s greetings, using materials from around the house—both inside and out.
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" December Projects
This month is all about the holidays—from decorating the house inside and out to making sure you have everything you'...
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Holiday Planning Guide: 10 Things to Do (Before You Do Anything Else)
Stop! Before you string the lights, start your shopping, or hang a single ornament on the tree, take some time to organize your holiday tasks. Follow these simple...
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Holiday DIY: Rustic Christmas Wreath
Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath Happy Friday everyone! Hope your day was awesome . We started decking the halls at Hello I...
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Eco-Smart
From recycled, canvas mail sack iPad cases to an in-home mini aqua farm, we've gathered 11 green gift ideas for the earth-minded person on your holiday shopping l...
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Tool Lover
If you're stumped at what to buy the tool-lover in your life, never fear — Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guides are here!
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gadget-Loving DIYer
We hear Santa's got some pretty sophisticated workshops up north, so if you're unsure what to get the tech-loving, tool-obsessed DIYer in your family, our guide t...
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Mom
The DIY mom in your life takes care of everyone—so now it's time to take care of her with one of our great holiday gift ideas!
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Pets
Looking to find gifts for pets, or planning to give pets as gifts? Look no further.
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DIY Tales: Ice Dams Be Damned!
I know you’re all toasty with the warm thoughts of the approaching holidays, but as I was saying … well, ye...
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Dad
Make it a happy holiday for the handyman in your household with our 2013 gift guide for the (ruggedly handsome) DIY dad.
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How To: Winterize a Rain Barrel
It was cold this weekend in Baltimore. This is important because it was really cold, below freezing during the day fo...
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My Favorite DIY Things (Move over Oprah!) - Part II
It's time to follow up on the list of favorite stuff started with My Favorite DIY Stuff (Move over Oprah!) - Part I, ...
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Holiday DIY: Modern Paper Tree Garlands
When I was young my mom made simple Christmas decorations for our house. She told me that when she grew up in Finland th...
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Draft Dodgers: 9 DIY Creations That Keep Out the Cold
Though the weather outside is frightful, wind-blocking draft dodgers are delightful...and wonderfully simple to make.
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DIY Tales: What to Do with a Cross Section of a Tree Branch
Hey wait, we already celebrated Thanksgiving in October! Yes, it's true Thanksgiving's much earlier here in Canada, but ...
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How To: Make Fire Logs from Newspaper
As winter approaches, many homeowners are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use their fireplaces and wood-burni...
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Easy DIY: Ornament Wreath
I was getting into the holiday spirit over the weekend with my first craft project of the season, the ubiquitous ornam...
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Easy DIY: Polish Star Ornament
To make one of these ornaments you will need: A pen or pencil (to form the points) Something sharp to poke a hole thr...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Thanksgiving Decor
There's a lot to be thankful for: your health, the roof over your head, and the loved ones who surround you at Thanks...
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Holiday DIY: Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree Sign
While surfing through Pinterest for Christmas inspiration, I came across several twig Christmas tree signs. I love th...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" November Projects
The Halloween decorations have been cleared out and there's a bracing chill in the air—time to get ready for winter! ...
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Easy DIY: The Fallen Leaf Lantern
I don't know if I ever formally announced this on Poppy Haus, but I started a visual display internship with Anthropo...
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Budget Decor: 10 DIY Ways to Dress Up Your House for Fall
It’s here—crisp, cozy, colorful autumn. Celebrate the season with some of these fall DIY accents for your home.
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11 Crazy Jack-o'-Lanterns to Really Give You the Creeps
Sculpted into notorious villains, ghastly creatures, and macabre scenes, these 11 pumpkins are cut out to be terrifying this Halloween!
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13 Terror-ific Yards All Decked Out for Halloween
With a little inspiration from these eerie exteriors, you'll strike terror into any who dare to venture up your walk this Halloween—all in good fun, of course!
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Clean Gutters Now to Avoid Big Problems Later
Of all the necessary evils that go into a diligent fall maintenance routine, cleaning the gutters may be the most dre...
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Bob Vila Radio: Raking Tips
This time of year, those of us who are lucky enough to have trees that provide summer shade have to pay for that priv...
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26 Easy Painted Pumpkins to Perk Up Your Halloween
Feeling festive but don't want to deal with the mess of carving pumpkins? Then these painted pumpkins, from striped to marbled, will help you get in the Halloween...
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11 "Real" Haunted Houses to Visit—If You Dare!
Creaking doors, cold spots, moving objects—be afraid, be very afraid of these famed ghostly retreats.
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DIY Tales: Halloween Skeleton Skull Chair
Presumably it was found sitting outside. Like forever. I was convinced I could do something with it. But then, every ...
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Raking Leaves for Dummies
Fall brings football, hot apple cider, pumpkin carving, and other seasonal delights. But for homeowners with deciduou...
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7 Not-to-be-Missed Pumpkin Festivals Around the Country
Celebrate the joys of the season at one of these fun, family-friendly pumpkin festivals—and see how you might find one closer to home.
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Easy DIY: Who Are Those Masked Pumpkins?
I had grand plans for elaborate Halloween decor this year, but in the end I chose one more simple project to tackle &...
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Design Files: Presenting the Fall Porch
Welcome to the 2013 Fall Front Porch Tour. I am so happy that you stopped by Top This Top That. It's no secret how ...
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Easy DIY: A Batty Pumpkin
While driving in the car to get supplies to try and salvage my pumpkin Pin-Fail, I was listening to the morning show ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patio Heaters
Fall is a lovely time of year to enjoy your outdoor spaces. With the worst of summer’s heat and insects behind you, y...
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How To: Prep Your Home for Winter
Owning a home is a wonderful experience, but it is not without hard work. Taking a few steps to ensure that your home ...
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Keep Cozy in Cool Weather with an Outdoor Patio Heater
Now that it's fall, chilly weather chases you indoors after dinner al fresco, and low temperatures in the morning kee...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" October Projects
October is a month filled with simple pleasures: cooler temperatures, yard sales, leaf-peeping, apple-picking, and ev...
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Easy DIY: The Simplest Fall Wreath
I don’t do a ton of holiday decorations. I can’t justify spending time and money on something{s} that wil...
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Interior Inspiration: Five Fall Decorating Ideas
I really want to do some fall decorating. And drink a pumpkin spice latte. And knit some cozy slippers. And curl up with...
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Deck the Doors: 10 Wreaths for Autumn Decorating
Get into the swing of the season with these 10 awesome autumnal wreaths.
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Easy DIY: Dryer Vent Pumpkins
This post is a repeat … Okay, not the post. Just the project. Last year I made pumpkins from dryer vents. ...
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Plant More, Spend Less: Shop Nurseries Off-Season
Browsing the local nursery, you may find yourself wanting to bring home half the store: There are so many beautiful a...
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7 Energy Saving Tips for Fall and Winter
7 Energy Saving Tips this Fall-Winter 1. Insulation is Key Everyone knows heat rises, so you can practically see ...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" September Projects
As another summer slips away, the days seem to straddle the seasons, alternating between warm breezes and brisk winds...
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How To: Close Your Pool for the Winter
Of all homeowner responsibilities, few so clearly indicate the end of summer as closing the swimming pool. Properly d...
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3 Keys to Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden
As summer wanes, gardeners turn their attention to such "cleanup" activities as removing failed plantings. But while ...
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Castles in the Sand: 11 Inspirations for Beachside Builders
These monumental works of art demonstrate that beautiful architecture can be created in even the most ephemeral mediums.
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" August Projects
Sweltering August can sometimes feel like the cruelest month of all. Turn "cruel" to "cool" by creating a tech-smart ...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" July Projects
1. GARDEN SMARTERThis summer, no matter what you're planting, whether vegetables to eat or flowers to look at, consid...
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Patriotic Display: 10 DIY Decor Ideas for Independence Day
You can wave it, plant it, paint it, or illuminate it—just be sure to show off your patriotism this Fourth of July by decorating your home with some red, white, a...
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Made in America: 11 Products Proudly Made in the U.S.A.
Looking to buy American? Here's a select list of 11 quality products, tools, and appliances manufactured in one of our 50 states.
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Keep Your Cool with 10 DIY Ice Chests
At your next outdoor bash, don't keep going back into the house for drinks! Instead, grab yourself a cold one from one of these clever—and stylish—"ice chests."
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Flying the Flag—Proud and Proper
Before you proudly wave the stars and stripes, learn the etiquette of properly displaying, storing, and caring for your flag.
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" June Projects
In June, we officially welcome summer. In keeping with the season, this month's must-do projects include lawn care, d...
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In the Know: Preventative Maintenance Checklist
Image Credit: 100abandonedhouses.com Maintaining an old house can seem like a full-time job at times. Old homes were b...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" May Projects
May is the month to prepare your house and garden for the dog days of summer. Start at the top—in the attic—working y...
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10 Ways to Wake Up Your Yard for Spring
Outdoors and in, take care of a few simple tasks now to bring your house out of winter hibernation!
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for April
Spring is officially underway, and while our focus has swung toward outdoor projects, it's not all daffodils and sunn...
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5 Spring Garden Favorites to Plant Right Now
The time to dream about your spring planting has passed. Now is the time to get going in the garden. So here are five...
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5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Garden for Spring
Ready for spring to arrive? So is your garden. The ground may still be cold, but longer days have already begun to co...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for March
On the cusp of spring, March is the month to start readying your house for the warm weather ahead, as well as to addr...
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Plant Cool Weather Crops in Containers for Spring Salad
Though Punxsutawney Phil has barely gotten back into his den, you’re already itching to start spring planting! Unfort...
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10 Ways to Give Your House a Valentine
To celebrate Cupid's holiday this year, we count off ten ways to show your house that you care.
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Turn Your Lawn Tractor into a Snow Plow or Blower
When the weatherman starts predicting the next blizzard, we get a little shaky in our house. Armed with only two snow...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for February
While February is the month with the fewest number of days, one of them is of course Valentine's Day. So show some lo...
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Winter Care for Houseplants
Over the winter, when your outdoor garden has little to boast about, the greenery inside your home lifts spirits and ...
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How To: Avoid Frost on Windows
I remember waking up as a kid on wintry mornings to find frost on my bedroom window obscuring the trees and yard. Tho...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for January
Happy New Year! January is the month to take stock and plan ahead. That's why my five "must do" projects for January ...
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Icicles: Charming or Chancy?
I remember that as I child I loved to wake up on wintry mornings to find icicles hanging off the house. I’d check eve...
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Bob Vila Radio: Thawing Pipes
Frozen pipes that burst and cause water damage in your home can happen in all but the warmest areas, and often when y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Freezing Pipes
'Tis the season for freezing pipes, and that's not just for folks in colder climates. Listen to BOB VILA ON FREEZING ...
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Rock Salt vs. Sand to Prevent Slips
When I lived in a New York City apartment building, I never thought about shoveling snow. We had a wonderful superint...
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Bob Vila Radio: Picking a Christmas Tree
Did you know that each holiday season 2,600 people are injured in fires in the US?Listen to BOB VILA ON PICKING A CHR...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for December
This month is all about the holidays. Whether you're decorating the house from top to bottom, inside and out, or just...
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5 Fiery Fall Bushes
Finding your garden lacking when it comes to fall color? Our favorite fall bushes will not only add a bright spot of ...
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Winterizing Your Home to Reduce Energy Costs
Making sure your house is ready to take on the coming winter can save you loads of money on your energy bill by elimin...
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Don’t Forget to Plant These Bulbs!
It’s the season to be planting bulbs. Many gardeners get fixated on the old standards—tulips and daffodils. Yes, ther...
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Winner! Bob Vila's First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
From movie villains to Mickey Mouse, cannibal pumpkins to true works of art, we finally found the ultimate King of Carving—and a few honorable mentions to boot.
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Bob Vila Radio: Winterize Your Lawn
If you haven’t done it already, this is the time to winterize your yard!  Make a list of the things you need to do to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Bulbs
Always looking ahead, it’s time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. All they require is a bright, sunny location and a li...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for November
November is often a busy month, bringing with it a change of weather and a change of focus. Be sure your fall exterio...
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5 Plants to Divide in Fall
October is a great month to look over your property and determine which perennials are in need of dividing. Splitting...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Composting
All those piles of raked leaves and mown grass don’t do much good in your local landfill. If you garden, you can cut ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Equipment Prep
As the weather gets colder, it’s a good idea to do some fall maintenance on your outdoor equipment and put it to bed ...
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11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget
Keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down with these cost-effective tips.
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5 Fall Plants to Plant Right Now
Now that the temperature has dropped, it’s the time to replace those fading summer blooms with plants that thrive in ...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for October
If the calendar hasn't convinced you of autumn's arrival, the cooler temps and falling leaves no doubt have. It won't...
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3 Essential Fall Lawn Maintenance Tasks
As you start putting your lawn to bed, you must take care of three fall lawn maintenance tasks now to secure healthy ...
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Mums: Hardy, Colorful, and Fall-tastic!
Boldly colored mums on porches or planted in garden beds are wonderful harbingers of fall, going hand in hand with th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Safety Check
Fall’s a good time to do a top-to-bottom safety check of your home to protect your family and save big bucks on major...
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18 Ways to Color Your Garden This Fall
When summer blooms fade, usher in a new color show with one or more of these unique fall varieties.
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for September
September is a catch-up month! It's a time to finish projects begun in the summer that were never completed. And it's...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Checklist
While you were having fun in the sun this summer, it was no vacation for your house. A fall checklist will tip you of...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Lawn Care
Summer is a tough time for lawns, and this summer was especially tough on some. But every year we get a do-over in th...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for August
It’s August, the summer is in full swing, and the living is easy. Well, sort of. As every homeowner will agree, there...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for July
July ushers in the start of summer, which translates into outdoor living, grilling, and staying cool. But this month,...
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Quick Tip: Winterize Your Home
Don't miss 11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget!Eliminate Winter SurprisesWhile you were having fun in the sun ...
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How To: Avoid Ice Dams and Water Damage
What Are Ice Dams?Many homeowners in the northern United States are all too familiar with ice dams. These are thick a...
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30 Days of Easy Summer DIY
This month, return daily to see what new, simple, do-it-yourself project to tackle this summer.
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How To: Make a Kite
There's nothing more fun for a child than learning to fly a kite. Who doesn't remember the thrill of watching their f...
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How To: Make Garden Luminaries
Luminaries create an enchanting glow at dusk along a garden path or atop a picnic table. Here’s how to turn an old sa...
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How To: Make a Campfire
Building a fire was once an essential survival skill. But even in these times of portable heaters and grills, a campf...
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Bob Vila's Father's Day Gift Guide
Shopping for a Father's Day gift? Here are ten products that we thought were truly dad-worthy.
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Bob Vila Radio: Maintenance Checklist
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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5 Reasons to Celebrate Spring
I don't know why this date seems like a late one to be celebrating the arrival of spring—perhaps it is because of the...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for May
May is that in-between month—that time of year when we adjust to the unpredictable nature of spring and get ready to ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spring Cleaning
Even if you’re diligent about cleaning year-round, when winter’s over there’s always some spring cleaning in order. T...
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Bob Vila's Mother's Day Gift Guide
If you are shopping for Mom, here are ten gifts certain to make this Mother's Day her best yet.
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15 Spring Home Maintenance Musts
To do a thorough job of spring home maintenance and cleaning, follow these easy and smart routines.
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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
This year, many parts of the country have enjoyed such a mild winter that even in the Northeast, spring weather seems...
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Winter Preparation Checklist
Give your home a once-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first frost. “Gett...
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The Winter Garden: Hedge Your Bets
“Don’t stop gardening just because it’s winter,” says Cindy Baker, Manager of Grounds at the Chicago Botanic Garden. ...
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How To: Care for Winter Birds
Sure, the majority of birds head south for the winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop buying birdseed. Accor...
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Fall is just around the corner: time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Although autumn can be o...
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Winterizing Your Patio Furniture
As sad as it is to move indoors after enjoying your outdoor furniture all summer, taking a little extra time to care ...
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10 Fall Home Maintenance Musts
Use these ten easy fall maintenance projects to keep your house in peak condition through the winter.
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Winterize Your Home on a Budget
Securing your home against winter is always a prime consideration for homeowners, no matter where you live. Regardles...
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Quick Tip: Your Plants Can Cool Your House
Watch Where You Plant Your Trees Most people know that planting a tree to shade your house is a great way to keep it ...
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Home Maintenance Checklist
1. Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary. 2. Attic: If there ...
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Attic Insulation
Australian-born architect and homeowner, Gavin Langley, shows Bob how attics are insulated in his home country.
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Planting Bulbs and Seeding the Lawn
Bob meets with landscape designer Ruth Foster, who explains the correct method of planting bulbs. For turf, Foster suggests a relaxed approach, with perennial rye...
What kid doesn't dream of living in a tree house? This clubhouse, built among the trees, complete with hammock, skylight,... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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