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Solved! What to Do If Your AC Stops Cooling
Q: I've just turned on the air conditioner for the summer, but have yet to get comfortable. The appliance circulates ...
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How To: Get Rid of Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie—also commonly known as ground ivy—is an insidious weed that is both resilient and adaptable, making ...
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How To: Move a Refrigerator
When you’re starting out in a new home or renovating the kitchen in your current one, the time may come when you must...
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How To: Attract Hummingbirds
With iridescent wings that catch the light as they flit between flowers, hummingbirds have earned their nickname of “...
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Solved! The Great Debate on Mowing Wet Grass
I’ve seen a neighbor mow the lawn in the morning shortly after sprinklers quit, but I was under the impression that t...
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How To: Make and Use Your Own Deer Repellent
Deer are delightful romping through the forest but can wreak havoc in a garden, decimating vegetables, fruit trees, l...
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How To: Get Rid of Rabbits
While children love big-eared Bugs Bunny chomping on a carrot, gardeners can identify closely with his cartoon nemesi...
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Solved! The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper
Q. We’ve just moved into our new home, and the previous owners have left behind a wallpaper print in the bathroom tha...
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How To: Seal a Granite Countertop
If you’ve got a gorgeous granite countertop and want to keep it in “show home” shape, you may need to seal it. Some c...
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How To: Catch a Mouse
No horror movie can match the terror of a mouse skitter across the living room floor at night—because where there’s o...
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How To: Put Out a Grease Fire
Not to scare you into ordering takeout more often, but more home fires are caused by cooking mishaps than anything el...
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How To: Make Windshield De-icer Spray
A dirty, grimy windshield is bad enough, but nothing will slow you down more than one covered in ice and snow. Using ...
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How To: Test for Asbestos
For a century, the naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral asbestos was a mainstay of the building industry, use...
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3 Ways to Waterproof Wood
Some of most delightful furniture, cabinetry, and trim work are crafted from wood, the world’s oldest and best-loved ...
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How To: Sharpen Drill Bits
Do-it-yourselfers live by the rule of “the right tool for the job,” but just as important is maintaining those tools ...
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How To: Insulate Windows
Though in wintertime a window seat affords postcard-perfect views of snow-covered tree branches, it's not necessarily...
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How To: Get Rid of Spider Mites
Tiny, sap-sucking arachnids known as spider mites can be a problem any time of year, out in your garden and plaguing ...
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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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How To: Winterize Your Sprinkler System
You rely on your sprinklers to keep your lawn looking great most of the year, but when autumn rolls along you need to...
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15 Tricks to Know If You Hate Fall Yard Work
The beauty of fall is fleeting but the yard work that accompanies the season drags on forever—or so you thought. These 15 simple but reliable rituals make fall ya...
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How To: Edge a Lawn
Beautifully mowing a lawn without edging the perimeter and beds is like getting an amazing haircut but leaving an ove...
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How To: Kill Tree Roots
Trees add great beauty to your landscape and their shade can help keep cooling costs low. But when a tree outgrows it...
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How To: Make Your Own Ant Trap
If you see an ant or two, chances are you’ll see more—many more—especially if there's something tasty lying around ne...
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How To: Make Weed Killer
You work hard at horticulture, so the last thing you want is gnarly weeds littering your lawn or popping up smack dab...
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How To: Get Rid of Caterpillars
A love of gardening often goes hand in hand with a hatred toward the pests that pervade the fruits of your labor, bot...
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Solved! What to Do About Spalling Concrete
Q: Parts of my concrete driveway are flaky, cracked, and pitted. How do I halt the deterioration and return the surfa...
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Solved! What To Do About Mushrooms in the Lawn
Q: After every rain shower, I find mushrooms popping up all over the lawn. What can I do to get rid of them and keep ...
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How To: Get Rid of a Skunk
Nocturnal and relatively shy, skunks aren’t often seen—but they certainly are smelled! Though the black-and-white cre...
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How To: Remove Paint from Trim and Molding
Walls framed by baseboards and crown molding exude unmistakable character and polish, most notably in historical home...
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How To: Get Rid of Crows
The bald eagle may be our national symbol, but virtually every American has encountered the crow. These highly intell...
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How To: Get Rid of Grubs
They don’t care who you are or where you live. You won’t see them coming, and by the time they make their presence kn...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Old Patio Furniture
Although metal patio furniture is elegant and durable, it can over time become a rust-coated symbol of neglect. Inste...
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How To: Get Rid of Voles
If you’ve never actually seen a vole, it’s not surprising. The 7-inch-long rodent also known as a meadow mouse is rat...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Deck Maintenance
A deck is a plein-air addition to your home. Like the space inside your residence, it needs regular cleaning and main...
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How To: Remove a Tub Drain
It’s unfortunate but true: Over time tub drains clog and sometimes even corrode. After all, your bathtub is put to th...
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How To: Get Rid of Fire Ants
Millions of people and animals are swarmed and stung every year by fire ants. Their burning (hence the name) bites ar...
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How To: Get Rid of Waterbugs
When most homeowners refer to a "waterbug," they're actually employing a delicate colloquialism for an insect whose m...
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How To: Get Rid of Crickets
The chirping of crickets in the yard: It's a familiar hallmark of summer, and for plenty of homeowners it's a pleasan...
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How To: Kill Grass
Grass can be great—when it’s like lush, lovely lot-to-lot carpeting beneath your feet. Flawless grass can be a pain t...
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How To: Test for Lead Paint
There’s nothing quite like the joy of living in a home with character, craftsmanship, and history within its walls. Y...
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Solved! When to Fertilize the Lawn
Q: Help! Last year our lawn looked a little too brown for my liking. When should I fertilize our grass to ensure a lu...
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How To: Get Rid of Carpet Beetles
They enter your home in a myriad of ways: hitching rides on cut flowers, clothing, or pets, or simply flying though o...
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How To: Get Rid of Gophers
Even if you’re not an avid cultivator of prized begonias or caretaker of an expensive golf course like Bill Murray’s ...
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3 Fixes for Dust Mites
Though far from pleasant to think about, there’s a good chance your home is ridden with dust mites—microscopic organi...
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How To: Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades
At the start of growing season, part of the necessary prep every homeowner with hopes of a greener yard tacks (or sho...
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How To: Get Rid of Bagworms
Notice an inexplicable mass destruction, yellowing, or defoliation in your evergreens? A close and careful look throu...
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How To: Get Rid of Gnats
Although they can't really harm you, gnats are certainly annoying. The mere presence in your house of these pesky ins...
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How To: Sharpen an Axe
Few outdoor chores are as inherently hazardous as cutting down trees or chopping up wood, especially when your axe is...
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How To: Install a Toilet Seat
Sure, there are plenty of intimidatingly complex bathroom repairs for which you would be wise to hire a plumber. This...
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How To: Snake a Drain
If it looks like a snake and moves like a snake, it probably is a snake, right? Or, perhaps, its toolbox doppelgänger...
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How To: Bleed a Radiator
Now that the temperature is falling, you may have cranked up the heat in your house only to find that one (or more) o...
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How To: Waterproof Fabric
Looking to reupholster your dining room chairs in a beautiful print without having to worry about future damage from ...
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Quick Tip: Deodorize Old Books with a Pantry Hero
No matter whether you prefer heart-warming classics or heart-pounding thrillers, your personal library of paperbacks ...
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3 Fixes for a Clogged Shower Drain
Hopping into a hot and steamy shower only to notice that the water is pooling around your feet makes for a rough way ...
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How To: Remove Superglue
Known for its impressive strength and ultra-quick dry time, superglue plays a vital role in many household fixes. But...
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How To: Clean a Microfiber Suede Sofa
A microfiber suede sofa is a cozy centerpiece for any room. Known for being soft and stylish, this popular seating ch...
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How To: Clean a Stainless Steel Sink
Admit it: You invest a great deal of time and energy in keeping your stainless steel appliances fingerprint-free, shi...
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How To: Get Rid of Slugs
Even the smallest slugs play a big role in the ecosystem, feeding on decomposing matter and in turn providing protein...
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How To: Get Rid of Dandelions
Though young children love dandelions for their bright yellow flowers and their irresistibly entertaining, fluffy see...
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10 Fast Fixes for Annoying House Noises
A house full of creaks, squeaks, buzzing, and bumps can keep you up at night and make you crazy all day. Check this list of quick fixes that will restore peace an...
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How To: Remove Moss from the Roof
A green, moss-covered roof may make you think you’ve wandered into a fairy tale, complete with a quaint little woodcu...
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How To: Remove Rust from Hand Tools
Has it been a while since your last home improvement project? If your do-it-yourself skills are a little rusty, chanc...
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How To: Get Rid of Grass Stains
Grass stains are souvenirs of outdoor sports and other messy fun—as well as battle scars from labor-intensive rounds ...
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How To: Clean an Air Conditioner
Air conditioners are our saving grace during sticky summers—there’s nothing quite like the relief of walking into a r...
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How To: Get Rid of Drain Flies
Drain flies, also known as moth flies, are a common nuisance in many homes. These pests live and breed inside your pl...
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How To: Get Rid of Woodpeckers
As pretty as woodpeckers are to observe in your backyard or garden, these noisy birds can cause major damage to your ...
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How To: Remove Paint from Concrete
Concrete is porous, which means that it readily absorbs liquids like paint. With this ease of penetration, paint can ...
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How To: Remove a Stripped Screw
It was supposed to be a quick and easy repair. But darn it, one of the screws wouldn't budge, and so by the time you ...
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