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The Best Solar Gutter Lights to Illuminate Your Outdoor Space
If you’ve ever wanted to add a bit of accent lighting around your home, but would prefer to avoid the cost and inconv...
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The Best Gutter Cleaners for Removing Debris
If you don’t already have gutter guards to help prevent clogs from fallen leaves, cleaning your gutters is a necessar...
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Solved! Is it Illegal to Collect Rainwater?
Q: We just purchased our first home and moved clear across the country. It’s dry out here, and I’d love to collect ra...
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Yes, You Can Reuse Water at Home—Here's How
We waste water every day—for example, when we let the water run while we brush our teeth or wait for the shower to hit the perfect temperature. It's fairly easy t...
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12 Rain Barrels That Make Water Conservation Stylish
Using rainwater is an eco-friendly way to nourish your lawn and garden. Here are twelve rain containment products to help you do it in style.
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Solved! How to Fix Leaking Rain Gutters
Q: Lately, whenever it rains, water drips out of my house’s gutters and onto the patio, instead of out the downspout....
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5 Types of Rain Gutters to Consider for Your Home
Rain gutters, which run along the base of a roof, do more than keep downpours from drenching people as they come and ...
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The Best Gutter Guards for Your Home
Cleaning your home’s gutters is a messy chore, but it’s vital to keep your home's stormwater drainage system free of ...
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12 Dreaded Home Maintenance Tasks You Never Thought to Hire Out
Find the right pro for every household chore—big, small, majorly messy, or just plain pesky! This content is paid advertising created in partnership with Thu...
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10 Reasons to Mind Your Gutters Year-Round
Gutters, those unsung heroes of home exteriors, collect rainwater from the roof and divert it away from the house, thereby staving off water damage to the structu...
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15 Ways to Get a (Nearly!) Maintenance-Free Home Exterior
Your home’s exterior should be beautiful and inviting, not constantly in need of repairs. As well, your time spent outdoors should be relaxing, not full of weeken...
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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 for winterizing your home.
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14 Mistakes Homeowners Make Every Fall
As the days grow shorter and your thoughts turn to tailgating and football games, it’s easy to forget that your home needs a little TLC before Old Man Winter come...
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French Drains 101
Things with "French" in the title are usually fancy, right? Poodles, perfume, pastries. But a French drain is nothing...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3 Simple Solutions for Sagging Gutters
Sagging gutters: Sort of a good-news-bad-news situation. The bad news is that they're a common headache for homeowner...
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The 15 Smartest and Smallest DIYs You Can Do for Your Home
You don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort to keep your house in top condition. Some of the best improvement projects don’t require pulling permits or hirin...
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10 Problems You Can Solve with Caulk
Caulk comes to the rescue in myriad projects around the house, from outdoor maintenance to indoor decorating. What makes this humble material so good at what it d...
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Are Gutters Actually Necessary?
This post has been brought to you by LeafGuard. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila. com. Those new to homeow...
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Don't Make These 7 Mistakes Prepping Your Home for Winter
Is autumn your favorite time of year? If you said yes, that's probably because you relish the beauty of boldly colored foliage and the invigorating energy of cris...
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5 Ways Clogged Gutters Are Destroying Your Home
There’s a long list of maintenance tasks that homeowners hate to do. At the top of the list? Gutter cleaning. The chore is mundane and time-consuming, not to ment...
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6 Ways to Make Your Home (Almost) Maintenance-Free
We used to frequent brick-and-mortar shops and keep hard copies of every document; today, we buy our groceries online, stream our favorite videos, and store every...
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The Lazy Homeowner's Best Weapon in the Fall
An unsung hero of the home, gutters quietly perform the critical function of capturing storm water and carrying it away to a safe remove. Unfortunately, the consi...
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How To: Forget About Your Gutters for Good
As the days grow shorter and the heat of summer eases into autumn, it’s tempting to just kick back, relax, and enjoy ...
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5 Pests That May Be Living in Your Gutters—And What You Can Do About It
Day after day, largely unnoticed, gutters perform a critically important role by channeling storm water and snowmelt a safe distance away from your home. At least...
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All You Need to Know About Dry Wells
If storm water races from your yard and across the next lawn over after every heavy rain—washing out a flowerbed and ...
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The Truth About Clog-Free Gutters
As the first line of defense against stormwater damage, gutters play a vital role in the infrastructure of just about...
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All You Need to Know About De-icing Systems
Of all the hazards that strike fear into the heart of the average homeowner, surely ice dams must rank near the top o...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Damaged Gutter
Wind, rain, snow, hail and falling tree branches can wreak havoc on your rain gutters. After an especially severe sto...
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Genius! Clean Your Gutters without a Ladder
We all start autumn bright-eyed and optimistic, eager to pick apples, gaze at the stars, or watch the leaves change c...
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Genius! Bring Gutters Indoors for Simple Storage
As the first leaves begin to litter the lawn, we're reminded that it's once again time to dig out the ladder from the...
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Avoid Gutter-Cleaning Forever After This One Improvement
Experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice per year—at the tail end of fall and at the very beginning of ...
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Is Your Home Ready for Rain?
Can rain really damage your home? Well, that depends on the storm and on whether or not you're ready for it. One inch...
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1 Surprising Key to a Bug-Free Backyard
For many homeowners, summer means one thing: spending time outdoors. Whether we're lounging on the porch or entertain...
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6 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Home
Everyone makes mistakes, even when it comes to the responsibilities of homeownership. No matter how conscientious you are, you may be leaving your home vulnerable...
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3 Wacky Tricks for Cleaning Gutters—Plus 1 Good Idea
Of the many maintenance tasks that homeowners dread, cleaning the gutters may be the least favorite of all. But like ...
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6 Signs You Need New Gutters
Day after day, year after year, your gutters and downspouts are always on call to channel damaging storm water away from the home. Though yours may have contribut...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Basement Window Leaks
Basement windows are great for letting natural light into subterranean space, but what if they also let in water? The...
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What Would Bob Do? Solving a Yard Drainage Crisis
Please help. My yard stays wet when it rains. I live in a subdivision with flat terrain. Is there a solution that doe...
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How To: Install a Sump Pump
In an ideal world, there'd be no basement flooding. But in reality, despite our best efforts to address the underlyin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gutter Guards
Cleaning out gutters is nobody’s idea of fun—it’s dirty and awkward, and it’s dangerous if you’re working high on a l...
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5 Upgrades to Consider When Re-Roofing Your Home
This post has been brought to you by Englert LeafGuard.  Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila. com. Re-roofing...
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How To: Choose the Right Gutters
Gutters are a critical component of a home’s drainage system, and like many exterior features, they're subject to wea...
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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 Radio: Gutter Cleaning
Cleaning the gutters tends to be a relatively inexpensive task to hand off to a professional, who has the equipment a...
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5 Ways to Clean Your Gutters
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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How To: Clean Gutters with a Wet/Dry Vac
 A wet-dry vac is a great tool to have—and not just for cleaning up the workshop. They come in handy for those tediou...
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How To: Install Gutter Flashing
 Here's a tip on how to increase the life of old wooden gutters. The first step is to lay a new rubber liner along th...
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Gutters 101
When shopping for a gutter system, a homeowner will have to choose among a variety of materials, including aluminum, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rain Barrels
Did you know that a good rainstorm can send hundreds of gallons of water cascading off your roof? That water could co...
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Bob Vila Radio: Unclogging Gutters
When clogged gutters overflow, they can get so heavy that they pull the gutters loose and rot your home's trim and si...
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Quick Tip: Cleaning Your Gutters
While it’s a job many of us would love to ignore, gutter cleaning is an important twice-a-year ritual all homeowners ...
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The Importance of Pop-Up Drain Emitters
I’ve said many times that the most important decisions we made in the construction of our home were around the things...
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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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Planning for Soil Conditions and Setting the Footings
Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman. Steve Ivas, an environmental engineer, describes the area wetlands, which must be accommodated. Innovative building tech...
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Installing Copper-Lined Gutters
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Danny Ruffini and copper-work specialist Fred Mitchell install custom fabricated copper-lined wood gutters on Bob's home.
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Keep Water Out of the Basement
Basement drainage systems are installed to control moisture and humidity and to eliminate rot and mildew.
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Fixing the Home's Gutter System
Bob reviews how keeping water out of the basement is a central concern in any basement remodeling project.
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Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
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Replacing the Gutters, Trimming a Tree, and Creating a Low-Maintenance Front Yard
Old gutters are replaced and external landscaping continues with the trimming of a tree, installing a front garden, and creating steps from recycled granite.
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Installing a Toto One-Piece Toilet
Bob watches the installation of a low-flow Toto toilet with a sleek design. The installation is simple, thanks to a special flange that reconfigures the tradition...
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LeafGuard Gutters Installed
Bill Powers of GutterPro joins Bob at the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable home sites for the installation of their LeafGuard gutters.
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Installing Copper Gutters
Bob watches as gutters are installed along the copper-roofed breezeway.
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Final Tour of the Restored "Bench" Porch House
Bob tours the finished house, the fifth in the Elmwood neighborhood project. Better grading and gutters have been added to prevent future water damage.
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Installing Rain Gutters
Bob and roofer Paul Morris demonstrate gutter installation techniques, including the on-site assembly of special features, such as corners and trim.
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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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