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9 Tips for Removing Scratches from Wood Floors
Wood floors bring beauty and value to a home—as long as they are well-maintained. Natural wood is at constant risk of...
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14 Home Maintenance Mistakes That Only Take a Minute to Fix
Keeping your home in top-notch condition doesn’t mean spending all your free time on maintenance chores; some upkeep and repair projects can be done quickly and w...
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How To: Polish Marble
Marble—a white or uniquely variegated type of limestone that has been exposed to extreme heat and pressure—has a long...
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How To: Light a Pilot Light
You woke up shivering in a cold house. Your morning shower, instead of a warm and pleasant wakeup call, was spent fut...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Bathroom Ventilation
Your bathroom is the wettest room in your home. Steamy showers, flushing toilets, running sinks, and occasional drips...
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How To: Get Rid of Chipmunks
Surely one of the cuter rodents you’ll ever counter, chipmunks are also among the most destructive. These small, stri...
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Solved! What to Do When Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping
Q: Every few hours—sometimes minutes!—my living room and one side of my kitchen lose electrical power. Lamps won’t co...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Waterproofing Basement Walls
Because they’re built below grade, basements tend to take on water. You may notice moist basement walls from time to ...
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6 Things to Know Before Burning Leaves
Rake, rake, repeat! That activity seems to sum up many homeowners’ autumn weekends, and just when you think you’re of...
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8 Things to Know When Pulling Weeds
Ask any group of gardeners to cite their least favorite task is and you’re bound to hear a chorus of “Weeding!” Rampa...
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Solved! What to Do When You Find Ticks in the House
Q: Just yesterday I spotted a tick on my bathroom floor and last week I found one on my clothing. Is it possible that...
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Solved! What to Do About Mold in the Air Conditioner
Q: There’s been a mysterious, slightly moldy smell in my home all summer, and this morning, when our window air condi...
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How To: Get Rid of Moss in the Lawn
Low-growing greenery that reproduces by means of spores, moss can be a lovely velvety addition to your landscape if g...
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How To: Remove Concrete Stains
Concrete driveways, patios, and garage floors may take a beating, but that doesn’t mean they must show the signs. Whi...
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Solved! What to Do About Ants in the Kitchen
Q: I squashed an ant on my kitchen countertop this morning only to spot more circling the sink. Where did all of thes...
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How To: Get Rid of Flies Outside
Landing on the food at your backyard barbecue. Buzzing around your face as you do yard work. Zipping through your fro...
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Solved! How to Fix a Slow Sink Drain
Q: My bathroom sink isn’t draining very well, and it’s driving me crazy. While the water does eventually drain out, i...
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The Dos and Don'ts for Safely Felling a Tree
Whether it’s blocking your view, is diseased or damaged, or is taking up space you’d rather use for something else, f...
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How To: Attract Owls to Your Yard—And Why You Should!
If mice, voles, or spiders have taken up residence on your lawn or in your garden, consider befriending their enemy: ...
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Solved! What to Do About Mold on the Walls
Q: Ugh! I've recently discovered ugly patches of mold on the walls in my bathroom. Is it dangerous? How do I get rid ...
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10 Little Signs Your House Has a Big Problem
Some house problems are obvious from the get-go—for instance, you know you’re in trouble when raw sewage starts backing up in your basement shower. Other problems...
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All You Need to Know About Waxing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors add classic elegance to your home—but not when they’re dull, dinted, or dingy. Fortunately, waxing ha...
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6 Things to Know About Lawn Striping
Ever wondered how those striking stripes wound up on the turf of your favorite ballpark or golf course? They aren’t t...
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How To: Get Rid of June Bugs
If you’ve ever been out on a summer evening outdoors only to be startled by an inch-long, slow-flying beetle crashing...
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9 Mistakes You Should Never Make with the American Flag
Flying the grand old flag on Memorial Day is a great way to honor our servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. Not only is it festive to ...
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How To: Polish Wood Floors
Think about the beating your wood floors endure on a daily basis: high heels, pet nails, children’s toys, and shiftin...
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How To: Remove Scratches from Plastic
Any plastic—windows, headlights, patio furniture, and more—is susceptible to scratches as a result of normal wear and...
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Solved! How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?
Q: I just moved into an apartment that has a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, but I’m not sure if it still works. So...
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How To: Shellac Wood
Shellac is a versatile, non-toxic wood finish that enhances the natural grain while adding smoothness without the pla...
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How To: Dispose of Dry Ice
Solidified carbon dioxide—better known as dry ice—is commonly used to freeze food or keep it cold longer than regular...
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How To: Test for Mold
Ever walked into a bathroom and paused to question the mustiness of the space? It's not news that those damp quarters...
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5 Reasons Not to Buy Replacement Windows (...and Go with Window Inserts Instead)
A homeowner's to-do list can seem endless, especially come spring. Paint the exterior. Mow the lawn (again and again ...
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12 Tricks to Getting the Best Gas Mileage
Americans may think they know all there is to know about cars—after all, the automobile is deeply ingrained in our culture—but when it comes to conserving fuel, m...
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How To: Dispose of Light Bulbs
If you recently set out to upgrade your home with more energy-efficient light bulbs, you've likely seen there's a big...
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Solved! What to Do About Ice Dams
Q: After a recent snowstorm, a large band of ice formed above the edge of my roof and created some heavy icicles as w...
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Solved! What to Do When Your Snow Blower Won't Start
Q: After our first snow of the season, I got the snow blower out of the shed but the darn thing wouldn’t start. It ra...
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7 Ways You're Ruining Your Car
Preventive maintenance is key to keeping your car working well, but it's important to do it right. Here are 7 common car care mistakes you’re probably making and ...
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All You Need to Know About Winterizing Concrete Surfaces
If you’re a homeowner in the process of winterizing your property, by late fall you’ve probably already replaced the ...
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Prevent Freezing and Bursting Pipes—Here's How
The big freeze has many homeowners scrambling for insulation and space heaters, but some of the most important areas ...
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Solved! What to Do About Mice in the Walls
Q: For the first time in my life, I have mice. I had thought that I dreamed the scratching and skittering sounds I he...
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How To: Preserve a Pumpkin
The scariest sight on your porch on Halloween might not be the ghoulish grin on your Jack-o’-Lantern’s face, but rath...
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3 Ways to Avoid Replacing Your Concrete Sidewalk
Though made from one of the most durable construction materials around, even once-strong concrete sidewalks can deter...
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6 Ways to Stop Chimney Fires Before They Start
There are more than 25,000 chimney fires incurring $125 million-plus in property damage every year in the United Stat...
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How To: Rust Metal
Though unwelcome on gardening tools and patio furnishings, rust isn't always something to remove. In fact, with rusti...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Watering Plants
No matter what color your thumb, you likely already know that all plants need water to reach their full potential—aft...
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All You Need to Know About Indoor Composting
Composting is an affordable way to nab food for your plants while reducing waste in your home or apartment and in loc...
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How To: Soundproof a Door
While closed doors do a decent job shutting out the noise outside the room, cracks between a door and its casing or t...
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How To: Acid Stain Concrete
Concrete is durable, dependable—and, naturally, a bit cold in tone. If this steely neutral isn't your style, you can ...
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How To: Get Rid of Flying Ants
Flying ants may seem more formidable than their tiny ant counterparts. Interestingly, though, flying ants—also known ...
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Solved! What to Do About Lawn Fungus
Q: My lawn was so lush and green last year but this year it’s full of unsightly brown patches that won’t green up no ...
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How To: Get Rid of Mealybugs
At first glance, mealybugs definitely don’t look like your typical pest. Their 1/16- to 1/8-inch-long bodies are whit...
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Landscaping Lowdown: Understanding the Different Types of Fertilizer
Your lawn and garden need a variety of nutrients to grow and stay healthy. Soil is an important source of key nutrien...
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How To: Fix a Stuck Zipper
The zipper is a staple in daily life, keeping everything from jeans and jackets to duffel bags and lunch boxes closed...
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How To: Get Rid of Aphids
Are your garden plants stunted, shriveled, yellowing, or curling at the leaves, despite your best efforts to keep the...
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How To: Prepare for a Hurricane
Summer is upon us, and with it come visions of long lazy days relaxing in the sunshine. This summer weather, however,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Putting a Squash on Mushrooms
Unless you live in an area with drought conditions, rain usually supplies a good bit of moisture for our lawns. But t...
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How To: Level a Yard
A yard with lumps and bumps is not only unattractive, it’s also a potential safety hazard with ample opportunity to c...
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Solved! What to Do About Brown Grass
Q: I started seeing brown patches on my lawn at the end of spring. They seem to have grown in size and number since t...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Prepping the Pool
‘Bet you’re good and ready for your first plunge in your beloved backyard pool. Before you start splashing, though, y...
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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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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 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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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 of these pesky insects in your h...
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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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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: 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: 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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