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AUGUST 16, 2022 | TUESDAY
Solved! Why Is My Sump Pump Running Without Rain, and What Should I Do?

Q: I’ve been noticing a constant noise coming from my basement, and I finally realized that it’s the sump pump. But it hasn’t been raining! So why is my sump pump running without rain, an...

JULY 29, 2022 | FRIDAY
Solved! Who Installs Sump Pumps?

Q: I have a basement in my home that is in need of a new sump pump. Who installs sump pumps? Should I call a plumber or someone else? A: A sump pump in the basement is often essential, so...

JULY 27, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
How to Tackle Bird Nest Removal in 6 Steps

Can you move a bird’s nest? Well, the answer is not as simple as you may think. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has implemented measures to protect certain bird species. Most bird nes...

JULY 19, 2022 | TUESDAY
How to Get Rid of Starlings Effectively and Humanely

The starling bird is an invasive, sometimes aggressive species. These birds can wreak havoc on your yard, drive away other types of birds, and disrupt residents with their loud shrieks—wh...

JULY 19, 2022 | TUESDAY
Solved! My Pressure Washer Won’t Start—How Do I Fix It?

Q: I’d like to get a head start on cleaning the exterior of my home, but my pressure washer won’t start. How do I find out what’s causing the issue? Should I get a new one?A: If it’s time...

JULY 7, 2022 | THURSDAY
Solved! Why Is There a Crack in the Basement Wall, and What Do I Do About It?

Q: I recently noticed a crack in my basement wall, and I’m concerned it’s a foundation issue. Is there a difference between what a vertical crack or a horizontal crack indicates? Should I...

JUNE 29, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
How to Get Rid of Lizards Quickly and Humanely

Lizards might not come to mind when homeowners are thinking of common household pests, but they’re certainly creatures that most people don’t want lurking in their home or in the backyard...

JUNE 29, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
The 10 Best Places to Buy Picture Frames in 2022

Walk into almost any home and you're likely to see at least one picture frame hanging on a wall or sitting on a mantel. They’re versatile pieces that can turn everything from family photo...

JUNE 21, 2022 | TUESDAY
The 9 Best Places to Buy Fake Plants in 2022

Not everyone has the time or energy to take care of live plants, green thumb or not. But potted plants and trees can add color and texture to spaces that can otherwise seem barren or blan...

JUNE 21, 2022 | TUESDAY
Is It Better to Repair or Replace a Damaged Deck? 4 Ways to Tell

Q: I spend a lot of time on my deck, and lately I’ve noticed a few creaky boards and some rotting on the railing. We’ve had this deck for several years, but I’m not sure if the deck just ...