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JANUARY 22, 2020 | WEDNESDAY
5 Smart Tips for Soundproofing Windows

Whether it’s highway traffic, loud neighbors, or birds chirping, if you don’t have sound proof windows, some noise from the outside world is bound to disrupt your daily activities, especi...

FEBRUARY 12, 2019 | TUESDAY
Solved! How to Create a Beautiful and Effective Kitchen Lighting Design 

Q: My kitchen doesn’t get much natural light, and our current light fixtures don’t provide adequate illumination for the overall space. What kitchen lighting design would you recommend?A:...

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 | FRIDAY
Considering a Ventless Gas Fireplace? Here's What You Need to Know

Nothing feels quite as nice as the cozy glow of a warm fire on a blustery winter’s day. While wood-burning models are the age-old standard, most of today’s new fireplaces are fueled by ga...

MARCH 27, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! What Is a SEER Rating?

Q: My 15-year-old air conditioning unit finally gave up, so I’m in the process of shopping for a new one. I’ve heard that SEER ratings are an important consideration when choosing a new m...

OCTOBER 17, 2017 | TUESDAY
How to Preserve a Pumpkin Without Harming Wildlife

The scariest sight on your porch this Halloween might not be the ghoulish grin on your Jack-o’-Lantern’s face, but rather the rot, mold, and mildew—and the creepy crawlers—that inevitably...

JUNE 13, 2017 | TUESDAY
How to Move a Refrigerator Safely

When you’re starting out in a new home or renovating the kitchen in your current one, the time may come when you must figure out how to move a refrigerator. With fridges weighing anywhere...

DECEMBER 1, 2016 | THURSDAY
The Best Light Bulb Types for Every Fixture in Your Home

It’s not your imagination: The light bulb section in your local hardware store is bigger than it used to be. Bulbs of every type, color, and shape line the shelves in a wide—and confusing...

FEBRUARY 10, 2015 | TUESDAY
How To Get Rid of Spiders

You can try to focus on the fact that spiders can be beneficial to the home and garden, being that they snack on the other insects that might otherwise go unchecked. But for many, the tru...

MAY 27, 2014 | TUESDAY
How to Clean Leather Furniture

With its sumptuous texture and supple feel, leather furniture provides an element of luxury to your room decor. Fortunately, despite its opulence, leather doesn’t require the kind of pain...

AUGUST 13, 2013 | TUESDAY
Laying Sod: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Lush Lawn 

Laying sod is a great way to have a lawn without the interminable wait for seeds to germinate and grow, but don’t kid yourself—it’s a big, time-consuming job. However, carefully executing...