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50 Products for Quick Fixes Around the House
As any homeowner knows, no one can prepare you for the burden that comes from realizing that every creak, crack, scratch, and clog in your house is something that...
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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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7 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener
Most Americans think of water as basically “wet” and don’t consider its other attributes. But many residential water users have had to confront one of water's les...
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The Cheapest, Fastest Fixes for 10 Everyday Home Headaches
When it comes to basic home improvement projects, the key concerns for many homeowners are time and budget. Well, here are 10 simple repairs that keep both effort...
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10 Home Heating Mistakes That Spike Your Bills
There are a lot of steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and there is a lot you can do to damage it too. Make the most of your energy spend...
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8 Home Hazards—and How to Mitigate Them
More things trouble homeowners than what goes “bump in the night.” Here are eight dangerous problems you'll want to avoid—or swiftly remedy.
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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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14 Ways You’re Wasting Money on Your Car
Are you spending more money than necessary to maintain and run your car? We're compiled a list of 14 common auto maintenance practices that are real money-wasters...
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13 Clever Alternative Uses for Steel Wool
Steel wool, now commonplace in the modern home, came about somewhat by accident. It is believed that 19th-century mechanics used to gather up the metal waste shav...
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7 Common Water Problems—and Their Cures
Wondering why your water smells funny, tastes bad, or stains your plumbing fixtures, cookware, dishes and laundry? Read on!
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14 Ways to Cut Costs in Every Corner of Your Home
Nearly every room in the house provides an opportunity to save money—if you know what to do. Check out our favorite cost-saving tips for your home, ranging from c...
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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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All You Need to Know About the Driveway Apron
Most folks don’t give their home’s driveway apron a second thought unless they’re installing a new driveway or repair...
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Buyer's Guide: Mouse Traps
Though small in size, mice can be big trouble when they invade your home’s garbage cans, cabinets, crawlspaces, and o...
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Buyer's Guide: Grout Sealers
Choosing a high-quality, long-lasting grout sealer is one of the best ways to protect your tile from water, dirt, oil...
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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’s 35 Must-Do Projects for Fall
Once the dog days of summer give way to the cooler temperatures of fall, it’s time to get your house in shape for the change of seasons. Fall is the perfect time ...
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Buyer's Guide: Reel Mowers
Manual reel lawn mowers may invoke nostalgia for the good old days before powerful riding versions arrived to wake th...
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Solved! How Long Does Gasoline Last?
Q: I’m not sure if the gas sitting in my garage is fit to use in my lawnmower. How long does gasoline last in storage...
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8 Pro Tips for Extending the Life of Your Countertops
Preserve one of your biggest kitchen investments—those luxurious-looking countertops—by following the advice from the pros who put them in. <br/> <br/> <em>Thi...
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20 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
You don’t need to spend a lot of time to spruce up your home. Try these quick projects that deliver big results.
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The 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Battery Mower
The seemingly endless cycle of summer yard maintenance often motivates homeowners to think about buying a new lawn mo...
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Buyer's Guide: Paint Strippers
Some paint prep is easier than others.  On a piece of furniture with only a few isolated peeling patches, you can sim...
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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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These Electrical Safety Tips Could Save Your Life
Most of us take electricity for granted, fully expecting that the outlets, wiring, extension cords, and power strips in our homes will operate safely and reliably...
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10 Amazing Things You Can Buy for a Dollar
Is there any experience more satisfying than finding a good deal? With the cost of living on the increase, getting a good bargain is more important than ever. Whi...
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9 Products You Will Love If You Hate Cleaning
Nothing spoils a lazy Saturday like a list full of chores. The only way to avoid a weekend cleaning spree is to space out the work and tidy up throughout the week...
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Buyer's Guide: Electric Mowers
If you’re ready to upgrade to a new lawn mower but aren’t sure you want a traditional gas-powered model, consider goi...
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11 Easy Ways to Save Time on Your Spring To-Do List
With warmer temperatures finally on their way, we all want to kick back and have fun. But between heavy-duty spring cleaning inside the house and all the accumula...
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9 Unusual Tips for Your Cleanest Windows Ever
Washing the windows can be a dreaded chore. If you're using conventional cleaning products, removing those stubborn streaks from the interior and exterior of clea...
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Buyer's Guide: Pole Saws
In order to stay healthy and look their best, trees need occasional pruning to remove broken branches and thin out de...
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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Places You Probably Never Clean But Definitely Should
So, you think your house is clean? Well… you might have to think again! If you’re like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unli...
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8 Ways to Mildew-Proof Your Bathroom
Plagued by excess moisture and lack of ventilation, bathrooms are especially susceptible to mildew. The fungus typically appears on walls, tile, or grout, and it ...
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Solved! What to Do About Sulfur Smell in the House
Q: Recently, I’ve noticed a vague sulfur smell in my house. It comes and goes, and I’m not sure where it’s coming fro...
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Done With Winter? 12 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Spring
Don’t wait until spring has actually sprung to get ready for the change of seasons. As milder weather approaches and you await the return to outdoor living, there...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Plunger for Your Plumbing Repair
Stopped-up drain? Overflowing toilet? For these and many more plumbing repairs, homeowners reach for the plunger—a tr...
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10 Things Never to Burn in the Fireplace
Thanks to modern heating technologies, homeowners today no longer have to rely on fire for heat. Our homes stay nice and warm, even on the coldest nights. Yet the...
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10 Things Never to Leave in a Cold Car
Brrrr—baby, it’s cold outside! And it can get pretty cold inside, too, especially inside your car. When winter weather strikes, it can be tempting to rush right b...
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10 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Countertops
Perhaps the most important work surface in the home, the kitchen countertop is built to withstand food preparation, regular cleaning, pesky stains, and more. But ...
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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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8 Homeowners Admit to Their All-Time Biggest Screw-Ups
Everyone makes mistakes—especially in the course of owning and maintaining a home: One wrong turn and a seeming straightforward job can turn into a money pit proj...
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11 Things Your Contractor Won’t Tell You for Free
While some home improvement and maintenance projects require professional help, others are easy enough to do yourself. But most homeowners can’t get through a DIY...
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9 Signs Your Tap Water Might Be Contaminated
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “the United States enjoys one of the world's most reliable and safest supplies of drinking water.” Occasionally,...
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Bob Vila Radio: This Is When You'll Need to Replace Your Water Heater
‘Ever wonder how long your water heater will last? Well, that depends on quite a few factors. CM_BVNOTES-1802-4Listen...
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The Worst Money Mistakes Homeowners Ever Make
While homeownership undeniably comes with plenty of expenses, there’s no reason to spend more than you have to. If your home seems more like a money pit than an a...
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The Home Improvement Projects to Tackle Each Month in 2018
What's on your home improvement or maintenance to-do list for 2018? Rather than rushing to complete your projects all at once, try taking on a handful each season...
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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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How To: Clean Granite Countertops
In many people&#39;s minds, granite means strength and resilience. But if you want to know how to clean granite counterto...
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10 Things Never to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal
It might seem like it can handle anything, but actually, feeding your garbage disposal the wrong items is a surefire recipe for bad smells, clogs, and ultimately,...
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11 Mistakes Homeowners Make Every Winter
As the days grow shorter, colder, and darker, it's tempting to just hunker down inside and forget all about home and garden chores until the spring. But winter is...
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Bob Vila Radio: Freezer on the Fritz?
The average freezer lasts 10 to 15 years before you need to replace it. If yours is only a few years old and still no...
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How To: Clean a Dishwasher
At first, the idea of cleaning a dishwasher—an appliance that fills with suds and water on an almost daily basis—may ...
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How To: Remove Duct Tape Residue
A roll of duct tape can be found in almost every toolbox in the world, thanks to its versatility, accessibility, and ...
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7 Things You Need to Know About Your Home
You can probably recite your home’s square footage, your property's acreage, and your community's school district—but do you know your neighborhood's noise policy...
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10 Places You’re Forgetting to Winter-Proof
To prepare their property for winter, many homeowners simply apply new caulking, replace damaged weatherstripping, and install an additional layer of insulation i...
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7 Ways You May Be Ruining All Your Furniture
We all know the feeling. You spend time, money, and energy choosing just the right sofa. And then—what’s that spot?! Here are seven surprising ways you may be dam...
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Video: How to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
 Winter is coming. That means ice, snow, and cold mornings that make you want to never get out of bed. Are you ready?...
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Solved! What 12 Different Electrical Wire Colors Actually Mean
Q: I’m replacing the heating element in my electric water heater. The wires running to the element are black and whit...
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7 Important Reasons Never to Skip Your HVAC’s Yearly Checkup
Out of sight, out of mind: If your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system has recently been operating well...
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Video: The Top 10 Home Projects for October
The month of October is full of autumnal joys like rust-colored leaves, Halloween preparations, and crisp, cool air. ...
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How To: Remove Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring has been a popular floor choice since its invention in the late ’70s. With a typical lifespan of 15...
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Buyer’s Guide: Leaf Vacuums
While turning leaves are lovely, once they start to drop, the task of clearing walkways and readying your yard for wi...
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All You Need to Know About Retaining Walls
Does your yard contain slopes, dips, and inclines? Then you likely have a retaining wall somewhere on your property. ...
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Solved! What Cracks in the Ceiling Really Mean
Q: I just noticed a crack in my ceiling, but I’m not sure how long it’s been there. Is it a normal symptom of an agin...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3-Step Deck Maintenance Anyone Can Do
Do you spend countless happy hours on your wood deck every summer? Then why not give it the same love and attention y...
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How To: Kill Ivy
Characterized by its showy, star-shaped foliage, English ivy (Hedera helix) might seem a fine choice for landscaping ...
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10 Surprising Ways You Can Void a Warranty
From laminate flooring to your HVAC system, many big-ticket home items are backed by warranties. These guarantees offer peace of mind to consumers making a large ...
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Solved! What to Do About Water Stains on the Ceiling
Q: I recently noticed some water stains on the ceiling of my living room. I&#39;m not sure where they came from, but the ...
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How To: Clean Brick
The naturally distressed patina of brick adds to its desirability indoors and out, but too much dirt accumulation can...
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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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Buyer’s Guide: Weed Whackers
If your lawn features a lot of “interruptions”—trees, shrubbery, pavers, and pathways—odds are that you struggle with...
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Mission Impossible? Setting Out to Save a Damp, Dingy Furnace Room
As homeowners, we all have our dirty little secrets, whether it be a carpet stain concealed by strategically placed f...
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11 Things Never to Keep in Your Garage
When space in your home is at a premium and you need a place to stow sports equipment or rarely used household hold items, what’s the first place that comes to mi...
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9 Sneaky Ways to Get New Floors for Under $50
Some people hate their floors and long for a new look. Others love theirs but can't abide their minor imperfections: a scratch, dent, or loose tile. Whatever your...
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How To: Dispose of Gasoline
From powering vehicles and generators to garden tools, gasoline makes our world go around. Leaving unused remnants of...
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Bob Vila Radio: Conquering Window Condensation
You may notice condensation on the inside of your windows and figure it&#39;s nothing worry to about. Believe it or not, ...
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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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11 Secret Weapons to Keep in Your Cleaning Caddy
Whether you promptly take care of all household chores or (like the rest of us!) tend to let certain tasks slide, you probably dread particular duties that requir...
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10 Products You've Been Using Wrong All Along
You’ve got your home care routine down—but a few of your go-tos might be doing more harm than good, losing you money and even damaging your possessions. Here are ...
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Get Your Fix: 20 Easy DIY Repairs for Every Part of Your Home
Clogs, squeaks, leaks, and other minor disasters strike even the most well-maintained homes. But you don’t necessarily need a professional handyman to cure what a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Melt Driveway Ice the DIY Way
Winter storms sometimes have a way of sneaking up on us. If that happens, and you get another surprise—no ice melt on...
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14 Secrets of People with Low Energy Bills
Keeping up with the Joneses can be a frustrating and fruitless pursuit…but what if those enviable neighbors are saving money, supporting a cleaner environment, an...
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How To: Use Muriatic Acid
Muriatic acid, a less-pure variant of hydrochloric acid, is available in high concentrations for use in a host of hom...
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10 Emergencies Every Homeowner Should Know How to Handle
It’s a law of nature and of home-owning: whatever can go wrong, eventually will. With a bit of preparedness and forethought, though, damage from household mishaps...
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3 Ways to Waterproof Wood
Some of the most delightful furniture, cabinetry, and trim work are crafted from wood, the world’s oldest and best-lo...
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The Essential Guide to Winter Home Improvement
When the cold weather kicks in, many homeowners find themselves snowed under by a host of holiday to-dos. Whether you...
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How To: Remove Paint from Tile
It’s entirely possible to remove paint from tile, whether you’re simply hoping to banish some accidental splatters or...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Concrete Needs TLC Too
Concrete is tough stuff but over time, environmental exposure and wear-and-tear almost inevitably lead to cracks and ...
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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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Solved! What to Do About Condensation on Windows
Q: My windows consistently gather condensation on the inside. I wipe them down, but the moisture keeps coming back. H...
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6 Key Repairs That Can’t Wait Till Next Year
Fall means many things to many people. Some look forward to football season. Others relish apples and pumpkins and all the other autumn harvest delights. However,...
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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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The Essential Guide to Fall Home Improvement
While you were on summer vacation, your home was hard at work battling the elements. After enduring intense heat or s...
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11 Home Hacks You Can Do with a Bag of Groceries
The next time you're making a grocery list, be sure to add cleaners to your must-buys. Only on this trip to the store, you'll never have to set foot in the commer...
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20 Best Ways to Spend $20 on Your Home
How much does it cost to create a happy home? If your answer is thousands or even hundreds, think again. Each of these 20 DIY projects can transform your humble h...
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How To: Maintain Stucco
Over the course of millennia, builders have used everything from animal horns to whiskey in the making of stucco—an a...
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Back to Cool: 10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Lower Temps
With Labor Day behind us, fall will be here sooner than we know—and with it will come chilly temperatures and harsh, blustery winds. Is your home ready for the ch...
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10 Times Doing It Yourself Doesn’t Save You Money
The do-it-yourself ethos is one we heartily applaud. Most services provided by home maintenance pros aren't cheap, so taking care of small fixes on your own can s...
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How To: Get Rid of Clover
Stubborn weeds are the bane of a beautiful lawn. Yet, although it&#39;s pretty stubborn, clover (aka Trifolium repens) is...
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How To: Clean Quartz Countertops
Quartz. Quartzite. The names sound alike. But although both of these popular countertop materials are derived from th...
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Solved! What to Do About a Sewage Smell in the Bathroom
Q: I’ve noticed a rotten smell coming from my bathroom lately and can’t figure out the source. Do you have any idea w...
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Buyer's Guide: Power Hedge Trimmers
The shape and tidiness of your shrubs is a crucial component of curb appeal. Whether you’ve got a densely landscaped ...
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12 Things Your Plumber Wishes You Knew
Why does it seem like the times you really need a plumber are late at night, early in the morning, or on weekends, when fees can cost twice as much as normal. Cha...
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How To: Repair Concrete Steps
For construction professionals and homeowners alike, concrete offers many appealing qualities, but there may be none ...
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The Essential Guide to Summer Home Improvement
Summertime is here! Yet while school is out for the kids, for their home-owning parents, the seasonal job of maintain...
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How To: DIY and Apply Your Own Deck Cleaner
Your deck gets a lot of traffic. Muddy shoes, spilled food, and wet dogs can leave it dirty, stained, and smelly. Eve...
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8 Smart Ways to Put Your Garden on Autopilot
Whether you want to be able to go away for a week without having to worry about your garden, or you just hate yard work, these tips and tricks will help put your ...
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12 Inventions That Do All Your Chores
Humans have long harnessed the power of machines to help us work better, faster, and smarter. Many of these technologies work in the background of our home, heati...
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Bob Vila's 10 June "Must Do" Projects
June ushers in the season of outdoor fun and backyard BBQs—which means it's the perfect time to build a new deck or pest-proof the patio. Yet, as tempting as it m...
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12 Reasons Your Home Isn't Worth as Much as You Think
Before putting your home on the market, try to see it from the buyer's point of view. Everything from the exterior landscaping to the interior paint palette could...
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15 Cheap Home Repairs That Could Save You Thousands
If your house could talk, it would tell you that spending a little money now on small repairs could save you big bucks down the road. We’ve put together 15 of the...
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So, You Want to... Waterproof Your Basement
Unless your plan is to install a swimming pool in your basement, you probably cringe at the idea of water trickling i...
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6 Rapid Repairs for a Shipshape Spring Home Exterior
Spring may have arrived, but in cold-weather climates, wicked winter isn’t likely to have vanished without a trace. Those frigid temperatures and severe storms ta...
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The Essential Guide to Spring Home Improvement
Spring brings blooming flowers and budding trees, but it also brings a long list of home improvement chores that accu...
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Bob Vila's 10 May "Must Do" Projects
It's May, which means lawn and garden season is here. As the temps heat up, you may be tempted to pick up a trowel and head outdoors. Before you do, take a look a...
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Removing Wallpaper—It’s Easier Than You Think!
No homeowner wants to be confronted with ripped-up wall coverings as a day-in, day-out reminder of a job not yet fini...
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10 DIY Fixes That Do More Harm Than Good
Common knowledge, neighborly advice, old wives’ tales, and “the way my parents did it” all share one important characteristic: Sometimes they're just plain wrong....
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Quick Tip: Control Weeds Using a Propane Torch
How you choose to eradicate weeds depends on your patience, physical abilities, and environmental ethics. You could g...
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3 Fixes for a Lawn Mower That Won't Start
Lawn care can be a tedious chore, but once the grass starts growing in the spring, mowing becomes an inevitable fact ...
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How To: Get Rid of Mothball Smell
The pungent odor of mothballs is the very smell of storage. Made from either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, thes...
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Bob Vila's 10 April "Must Do" Projects
With cold weather finally on the way out, April offers the opportunity to return to outdoor living. Prep your space for spring and summer by maintaining the home ...
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How To: Clean a Jetted Tub
Let&#39;s be honest here: No matter the touted health benefits of its massaging hydrotherapy, a jetted tub can be only as...
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3 Fixes for Cracked Concrete
Despite its reputation as one of the most rugged building materials ever conceived, even concrete has a sensitive sid...
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How To: Get Rid of Waterbugs
When most homeowners refer to a &quot;waterbug,&quot; they&#39;re actually employing a delicate colloquialism for an insect whose m...
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Sofa, So Good: 10 Creative Ways to Revive a Tired Old Couch
It’s not surprising that the couch is the focal point of most living rooms. It’s often one of the largest pieces of furniture, and family and friends alike make a...
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All You Need to Know About Roofing Materials
You probably don’t think much about the durability of your roof until you absolutely need to. But waiting until a lea...
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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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3 Fixes for Scratched Glass
Whether in the form of a windowpane, shower wall, or tabletop, glass serves as a durable and glamorous surface almost...
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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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Bob Vila's 10 March "Must Do" Projects
Spring officially starts this month, and with the change in seasons comes a new flurry of activity. The warm weather will undoubtedly draw the family outside, whi...
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How To: Unclog a Garbage Disposal
When faced with the conundrum of how to unclog a garbage disposal, most people would agree the easiest solution is to...
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Solved! What to Do About Flickering Lights
Q: Help! The lightbulbs in our fixtures keep flickering on and off. As far as I know, my house isn’t haunted, but I’m...
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How To: Make Your Own Grout Cleaner
No matter how hard you work to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean, they&#39;ll always look dingy if they&#39;re plagued by ...
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Bob Vila's 10 February "Must Do" Projects
February's here—and that means at least 6 more weeks of winter. That means that now's the time to take care of some end-of-the-season indoor projects. If you're l...
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How To: Remove Soap Scum—Once and For All
If you bathe your body at all, you’ll inevitably encounter soap scum. It&#39;s a sad irony of housekeeping that a substan...
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9 Worth-Every-Penny Upgrades for the Hardworking Parts of Your Home
Cost-conscious, savvy homeowners know that doing the grunt work of home improvement projects cuts spending. It also results in a more beautiful and functional hou...
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How To: Seal Grout
Even if you keep your bathroom tiles clean, dirty grout lines can really detract from the look of your tiled floors a...
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A Fast and Low-Cost Way to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Homeowners who live in seasonally cold climates dread having their pipes freeze. At the very least, a frozen pipe can...
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3 Easy Fixes for Carpet Dents
In preparation for an evening of fun, food, and merriment with family and friends, you’ve planned and cooked and clea...
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Water Pressure: 5 Ways to Improve Yours
Starting or ending a long day with a weak shower is deeply unsatisfying. Still, when other around-the-house fixes ran...
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How To: Make Your Own Drain Cleaner
When your sink or shower drain gets clogged, it&#39;s pretty easy to figure out the cause. The perp is usually a disgusti...
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How To: Clean Oven Window Glass
You know the story: After cooking a big meal—especially after doing so several times a week, for months—splattered gr...
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Bob Vila's 10 Must Do's for December
The final month of the year is also one of the busiest. Between winter prep, holiday festivities, and end of year organizing, there's much to be done. This list o...
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How To: Troubleshoot a Leaky Washing Machine
Did you know the average American family washes eight loads of laundry a week? That translates to more than 400 loads...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with a Damp Basement
Though you don't live in the tropics, the most humid days might make you feel like you do. That dampness is not only ...
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5 Smart Solutions for an On-the-Fritz Fridge
Holiday entertaining is getting underway, and gracious hosts everywhere are busy cleaning, shopping, decorating, craf...
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How To: Remove Paint from Glass
You set out a drop cloth and meticulously lined the wall trim with painter’s tape, but you still ended up with a litt...
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Time's Up: 9 Things to Repair in Your Home Before It's Too Late
Time never seems to be on our side, and it can especially work against us in the case of certain home repairs. A suspicious water spot on the ceiling, a slight cr...
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10 Easy Hacks to Fix a Squeaky Bed
The sign of an old box spring is a bed that just won’t stop squeaking when all you’re trying to do is catch a bit of shut-eye. Instead of rushing out to buy a new...
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13 Improvements Most Homeowners Get Wrong
You've probably heard the saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” But when it comes to home improvement, another useful bit of advice—always learn from others' mistake...
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How To: Get Rid of Silverfish
Don&#39;t let the name fool you: Silverfish are nothing like the goldfish you nurtured as pets in your childhood bedroom....
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3 Fixes for a Streaky Mirror
Streaky mirrors are common problems for even the most conscientious housekeeper. Sometimes, no matter how carefully y...
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9 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Appliances
All major appliances are subject to general wear and tear, and that means they will eventually break down and need to be replaced. But we don’t have to help them ...
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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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14 Bad Habits That Could Burn Down Your House
House fires are more common than you may realize, with potential fire starters like light bulbs, laptops, and lint traps hiding in plain sight throughout your hom...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is a Mossy Roof Cause for Concern?
You might like the look of moss on your roof, thinking the soft, green fuzz adds a bit of rustic charm to your curb a...
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The Easy Way to Waterproof Masonry Surfaces
For the last 50 years or so, new home foundations have almost always been made of concrete. Ranking among the toughes...
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The 12 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks You Can't Ignore
The dog days of summer are long gone, and fall is finally here. Although the season's crisp temperatures and colorful leaves are enjoyable, they are also a signal...
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Buyer's Guide: Best Leaf Blowers
In many parts of the country, &#39;tis the time for trees to start showing signs of crimson and gold. Yet while fall foli...
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7 Signs Your House Needs New Siding
It's a cruel fact: Those factors that make home exterior siding so crucial are the same ones that undermine its performance over the long term. In other words, in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Be a Pro at Patching Stucco
Stucco is a wonderfully versatile wall treatment—durable, weather-resistant, and attractive. It's been used in countl...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" October Projects
October brings cooler temperatures to much of the country, which makes it a busy time of year for weekend warriors. There's much to do, from winterizing the yard ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sharpening Your Hedge Trimmer
Powered hedge trimmers are a tremendous time-saver for any homeowner who prefers to handle his own landscaping. But i...
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9 Things First-Time Homeowners Don't Know to Do
Congratulations, you’re officially a homeowner! But along with the new address comes a new set of responsibilities, including some you may not even know about. Th...
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7 Fall Fix-Ups to Do for a Winter-Ready Home
After a long and hot summer, many homeowners are enjoying the cooler temperatures of autumn. While it may be a welcome relief, the chill in the air carries a sobe...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: TLC for Your Window AC
Window air conditioners: We turn to them in the dog days of summer, turn them off when the weather cools down, and fo...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" September Projects
With summer winding down and autumn on the horizon, September is the perfect month to perform crucial maintenance tasks, keep the yard in order, and kick clutter ...
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Finish Strong: 7 Things to Do Before Summer Ends
All good things must come to an end, and that goes for summer too. On a blistering August afternoon, cold weather may seem like an almost inconceivably remote pro...
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Bob Vila Radio: Be Good to Your Garage Door
No matter whether you use muscle or a motor to open and shut your garage door, it's going to need TLC every so often ...
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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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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" August Projects
We're well into the dog days of summer, and as temperatures (and energy bills) soar, there are plenty of household chores to tackle—both indoors and out. This mon...
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Boost Your Curb Appeal with 4 Doable DIY Projects
When it comes to putting your house on the market, you spend much of your time considering how to stage your rooms to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Mower a Tune-Up
With the summer season nearing its peak, chances are that your lawn mower would benefit from a bit of mid-season TLC....
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When the Clothes on Your Back Are a Tool for the Task
Look at any flat roof and, along the edges, you're likely to see a special type of flashing—the drip edge. Though not...
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8 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On
Even the most experienced homeowners can get sucked into spending a lot of money on maintenance costs or home improvements that just don’t deliver. For those who ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" July Projects
Longer days and warmer weather mean there's so much more to enjoy this time of year. At the same time, you may also find there's more to do around the house. Help...
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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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6 Mistakes Homeowners Make Every Summer
Dreams of the summer season tend to focus on long, lazy days spent reading the latest bestsellers, napping in the rope hammock, or watching white clouds drift acr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Is the Tap Water Brown?
Does the water coming out of your faucet look a bit like the Mississippi River after a rainstorm? There are at least ...
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So, You Want to... Level a Concrete Floor
There's no disagreement here: Concrete ranks among the most durable, longest-lasting of all building materials. That ...
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How To: Clean Wood Siding
Think your wood siding needs a fresh coat of paint? Maybe. Or it could be that your wood clapboard, lap, or shingle s...
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7 Problem Areas You’re Overlooking—But Shouldn’t
When you're trying to maintain a home, there's just too much to keep track of. Something always needs cleaning, replacing, or updating, making it easy to forget t...
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7 Projects Perfect for a Lazy Summer Day
Looking forward to a staycation, or a blissfully commitment-free Sunday? The backyard hammock or patio lounger may be calling your name. But if you want to add a ...
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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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Lawn Mower Pit Stop: 5 Maintenance Musts
Your lawn mower has more in common with a race car than you might think. To stay in top working order, both require t...
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How To: Remove Paint from Metal
&quot;Just paint it!&quot; That&#39;s the motto for many DIYers when they&#39;re unhappy with the lamp, dresser, doors, hardware. . . y...
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5 Simple Steps to Renew Your Concrete Driveway
In an alternative universe—in a world with neither vehicles nor inclement weather—your concrete driveway might never lose its pristine, freshly poured look. But i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Gas Grill a Tune-Up
Grilling season is back, and not a minute too soon! To avoid any unpleasant surprises on your inaugural cookout, give...
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How To: Sharpen Scissors
Used for cutting paper, cardboard, fabric, string, price tags, plastic packaging—that list goes on—those scissors in ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for May
May is a practically perfect month for home improvement. Across much of the country, the mild weather makes it just as feasible to work on the outside of your hom...
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6 Simple Steps to a Refreshed Deck
Winters put backyard decks to the test. If yours emerged from the ravages of the season worse for wear, take heart. Today, the floorboards may be weathered and th...
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10 Easy Repairs Never to Pay Someone Else For
The joys of homeownership are many—as are the little everyday challenges. The occasional leak or break is bound to happen, but there's no reason why these minor ...
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How To: Clean Patio Cushions
When it comes time to spiff up your porch or patio for spring, cleaning outdoor furniture ranks high on the to-do lis...
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Bob Vila Radio: Raising Sunken Pavers
If a few of the pavers in your patio or driveway have begun to sag, don't fret—there’s an easy, DIY-friendly fix. Her...
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7 Ticking Time Bombs in Your House—and What to Do Next
Let's face it: There are some home maintenance and repair issues that, given a choice, most property owners are likely to procrastinate, whether because they take...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replace a Worn-Out Window Screen
Replacing a screen on a wooden window frame? It's a straightforward job. To get it done right, and with a minimum of ...
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How To: Remove Caulk
Though caulk often lasts for years, it doesn&#39;t stick around forever. If yours has become discolored, has developed cr...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" April Projects
Spring is here—and with it, a flowering of seasonal responsibilities. It's time to repair any fences, lawns, or furniture that winter battered and bruised. And wh...
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10 Things You Didn't Know Windex Can Do
You know that familiar blue window cleanser that we all grew up using? Well, it can do lot more than just clean windows. Whether you're looking to bust stains or ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sump Pumps Need Maintenance, Too
With melting snow and spring rains just around the corner, now is the most important time of year for sump pump maint...
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Quick Tip: Renew Dull Wood Finishes with Mineral Spirits
As you go about your spring cleaning routine, take a few minutes to inspect the condition of your wood furniture and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Rattan
Vintage rattan furniture is getting harder to come by, so if you happen to run across a nice piece at a garage sale, ...
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How To: Remove Paint from Brick
If you&#39;ve ever tried to remove paint from brick, you know that it can be a painstaking process. Depending on the scop...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shush Your Slamming Doors
Is a slamming door driving you nuts? Have you had noise complaints from neighbors? Here are a few simple and inexpens...
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How To: Patch Carpet
Carpeting inevitably undergoes wear and tear, whether from foot traffic or the accidents of everyday life. If those f...
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How To: Remove Tile
Though it's not easy, removing tile is an early and necessary step in some of the most common, albeit ambitious, home...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" March Projects
Spring will be here soon enough. It's the perfect time to tidy up—both indoors and out—and take stock of your home. Whether you're planning your garden, growing a...
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9 Amazing Things You Can Do with Sugru
Do you Sugru? If you have not yet experimented with this endlessly versatile product, you may be missing out on one of the most useful and fun-to-use tools now av...
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How To: Remove Mold from Wood
Wood, which naturally soaks up and retains water, makes an ideal environment for mold and mildew. If you&#39;re dealing w...
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Slash Your Electric Bill with 11 Savvy Hacks
<p>How much do you pay for electricity each month? Whatever the answer, you probably wouldn't mind having a lower electric bill. The good news is, there are many ...
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Small Miracles: 9 Amazing Home Repair Products
Home maintenance is a constant reality for homeowners and renters alike, but it doesn’t have to be painful. If you keep the right products on hand, you can fix ju...
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How To: Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home
Fleas are irritating—not only for pets but also for people. If you have fleas in the house, you can usually expect so...
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How To: Remove Paint from EVERYTHING
Nothing brightens up a room like a fresh coat of paint—but the unfortunate side effects of many painting projects are spills and splatters. Even the most careful ...
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How To: Remove Wallpaper Glue
Removing wallpaper is, in a word, laborious. The process takes a great deal of energy and time. And lo and behold, ev...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" February Projects
It's the shortest month of the year, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot to be done. Tackle your home projects systematically by identifying your home's needs...
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7 House Sounds You Never Want to Ignore
Homes make strange noises on a regular basis, from groaning and creaking to popping and scratching. As a homeowner, you should be able to tell whether that noise ...
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Show Love to Your Leather Furniture with Homemade Conditioner
When our hands get dry and the skin cracks a bit, we quickly reach for moisturizing lotion. The same logic applies to...
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A Contractor's Tips for a Long-Lasting Front Door
If there were one rule in home exterior maintenance, it might be this: Don't skip the door. With their frequent daily...
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Bob Vila Radio: 2 Quick Fixes for a Slow Kitchen Drain
Chances are that, somewhere along the line, you've had to deal with a clog in your kitchen drain. Even if you make a ...
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Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back
Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than ot...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Is the Smoke Alarm Chirping?
Why do you do when there's a smoke alarm chirping in your home, seemingly without provocation? How can you keep that ...
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How Much Snow Can a Roof Hold?
Late last year, Buffalo, New York, recorded a record amount of snow—and winter hadn't even begun yet. More than a few...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" January Projects
It's a new year—and the perfect chance to start fresh! Here are 10 projects that will help you restart, reorganize, and reinvigorate your home this month.
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The Most Frequently Asked Questions of 2014
Does home improvement leave you scratching your head? We compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions at BobVila.com—along with the answers. Click through...
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How To: Season Cast Iron
Cast iron, properly cared for, can last a lifetime at least in the kitchen. Apart from cleaning your pan or skillet a...
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8 Quick Tips for Solving Winter Woes
Winter brings snowmen, sledding, and toasty evenings by the fire. It also brings a special set of maintenance issues that require a homeowner's attention. Proper ...
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Never Shovel Snow Again After This One Improvement
Though winter&#39;s worst storms are likely yet to come, many homeowners around the country have already had ample opport...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is There a Leak in Your Gas Fireplace?
Gas fireplaces have been showing up in more and more homes the past few years. They're clean, easy to use, and add a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Troubleshooting Tips for Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are a must for any home security system, but sometimes they get out of whack, turning on and off...
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Bob Vila Radio: Every 2 Years, Flush Your Water Heater
If you want to make sure you'll have hot water whenever you need it, it's a good idea to flush your water heater ever...
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The Gear You Need to Fight the Worst of Winter
There are plenty of ways — short of moving to Miami — that you can keep ice and snow under control this winter. For a stress-free season, rely on some improved pr...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for December
December is a busy month, packed with festivity preparation and the typical winter maintenance. Get it all done and still have time to lounge inside by the fire b...
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Winterize Your Home in 7 Simple Steps
With winter fast approaching, you'll want to make sure you've taken some critical steps to keep your house warm and safe through the colder months. Here are seven...
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10 Quick Fixes for a More Refreshing Shower
Nothing kills the mood of a refreshing bath after a long day (or for that matter, an energizing shower to start one) faster than the sight of mold. Or a delay in ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Are You Making a Big Mistake with Your Storm Windows?
This winter, before you shut your storm windows, make sure that at the bottom of each one, the weep hole is clear.  A...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for November
The Halloween decorations are packed up and Thanksgiving is on the way. November's cooler weather makes it a great month to spend indoors with friends and family....
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Don't Try This at Home: The 7 Most Dangerous DIYs
Owning a home can be very expensive, which is why many savvy homeowners learn to do minor maintenance and repair work themselves, rather than hire a professional....
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How To: Prevent or Eliminate Closet Moths
Tineola bisselliella, the common clothes moth, wreaks havoc on wardrobes, destroying shirts and socks, pants and swea...
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How To: Get Rid of Bats
The good news: Bats are not aggressive. The bad news: If there are bats in your house, it&#39;s only a matter of time bef...
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Noisy Radiator? Here's How to Shush It
There's a simple reason why builders relied on steam radiators for decades and decades—they work! But every technolog...
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The Pros and Cons of Cleaning with TSP
It wasn&#39;t so long ago that trisodium phosphate (TSP) was a go-to choice for tough cleaning jobs. In recent years, how...
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7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter
The crisp snap of autumn weather is a reminder that even colder days lie ahead. Get ready for them by performing a few simple chores now that will keep you toasty...
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How To: Make Your Own Furniture Polish
Wood furniture is no small investment. In covering the expense, we are comforted knowing that what we are buying can ...
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Prevent a Crisis: This Fall, Give Your Furnace a Tune-Up
Don’t wait until temperatures plummet: Now is the absolute best time to perform basic furnace cleaning and maintenanc...
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Wait, Is It Actually a Mistake to Rake Leaves?
Every year, fall reintroduces us to a raft of pleasures that we get to experience in no other season—hot apple cider,...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for October
Summer's gone and autumn's knocking at the door. The month of October brings colorful leaves, cool breezes, and Halloween trick-or-treaters. It's also the perfect...
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How To: Remove Poison Ivy from Your Yard
Homeowners know too well that not all greenery contributes to the beauty of a garden. Weeds, for instance, are a chie...
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How To: Remove Vinyl Flooring
Let&#39;s be clear: It&#39;s no fun to remove vinyl flooring. Peeling up the material itself is no picnic, but the real trial...
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7 Kitchen Sink Sins to Avoid
Show of hands: Which one of you has just poured bacon grease right out of the pan down into the sink? Or dumped a pot’s worth of used coffee grounds down the drai...
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Shhh! 11 DIYs for a Soundproofed Home
No matter where you live, be it city, suburb, or country, noise is just about everywhere. Even the quietest of neighborhoods regularly experience some level of no...
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11 Ways to Get Rid of Mice
<p>Say goodbye to Stuart Little! A mouse infestation can be enough to make anyone skittish. Those pesky critters can carry a plethora of dangerous diseases and ca...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must-Do" Projects for September
September marks the official beginning of autumn, which means there are leaves to be raked and cold weather preparations to be made. But this month is more than j...
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7 Keys for Shuttering Your Summer Home
By the beginning of fall, once the warm weather comes to end, second-homeowners around the country begin the process of closing up their summer abodes. When leavi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mower Air Filters
With all the turf you've been trimming this summer, now's a good time to give your mower some well-deserved TLC. That...
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Transform and Protect Your Deck in a Single Coat
Your deck was no small investment: If you haven't been taking good care of it, now's the time to give your deck the c...
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Easy DIY Fixes for 11 Annoying House Problems 
It can be a real chore to deal with all of your home's trouble spots and "quirks," especially after you've learned to live with them. Sometimes it's out of pure p...
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How To: Remove Water Stains from Wood
Wood furniture is beautiful, but it&#39;s not impervious to the wear and tear of everyday life. To retain their looks, ne...
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How To: Get Rid of Moles
There&#39;s no mistaking when a mole or two have invaded your lawn and garden. Though you&#39;re not likely to see one above ...
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The Right Way to Plunge a Toilet
People go weeks, months, and even years without giving the toilet a second thought. The instant it clogs, however, th...
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How To: Defrost a Freezer
Have you got a freezer full of frost? That'll happen. Fortunately, defrosting a freezer isn't as big a deal as people...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for August
By the time August hits, the end of summer is on the horizon, regretfully, but don't despair—there's still plenty of time left before fall. Make the most of this ...
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How To: Polish Silver
Gleaming silver exudes refined charm, yet over time that lustrous beauty gradually fades with the accumulation of tar...
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In the War Against Wet, A New Weapon
In the war against wet, homeowners have a new weapon: It's called NeverWet. Designed to repel water and keep surfaces...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repointing Brick
Brick is very low maintenance, but age and weather still take their toll. As a result, brick requires occasional repo...
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How To: Maintain the Metal in Your Yard
Enter the yard of most homes in America and somewhere among the trees, shrubs, and grass, you're bound to find metal....
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Bob Vila Radio: Maintaining Brick
Stately and strong, brick has been a popular building material for centuries. Though it seems impervious, brick needs...
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How To: Sharpen a Chain Saw
Like any other tool in your arsenal, a chain saw must be properly and consistently maintained in order to perform eff...
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How To: Get Rid of Wasps
Springtime and summer are lovely times of year, but they do usher in a host of seasonal hazards, perhaps none more fe...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for July
July ushers in the start of summer, which translates into outdoor living, grilling, and staying cool. But this month, like any other, there are things you can do ...
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How To: Remove Sticker Residue
These days, each and every time you buy something new, the product seems to come with a sticker on it. Usually, that ...
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Regain Your Footing: Top Tips for Common Wood Floor Repairs
Few things can add as much warmth, character, and charm to a room as hardwood floors. From the amber glow of heart pi...
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How To: Clean a Grill
For some of us, summer doesn't mean sunbathing on the beach or hiking along a mountain trail—it means grilling burger...
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How To: Get Rid of Cockroaches
You&#39;re not alone in wanting to get rid of cockroaches. These creepy-crawly insects are a major problem around the cou...
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How To: Clean Leather Furniture
With its rich color and supple feel, leather furniture invites an element of luxury into your room decor.  Fortunatel...
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How To: Get Rid of Fruit Flies
A terrific way to maintain good health is to stick to a diet chock-full of fruits and vegetables. But few things spoi...
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How To: Clean Baseboards
You can spend hours washing the floor, dusting the furniture, and vacuuming the nooks and crannies in any given room,...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for May
May is a month worth celebrating. Those April showers have gone, leaving in their wake beautiful spring flowers, and the heat of summer has yet to arrive. As the ...
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7 Tips to Keep Your Mower in Working Order
You know how to care for your lawn, but how about your mower? Mowers need some TLC after sitting in a cold shed or garage all winter long. Before grass-growing se...
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5 Home Repairs That Can Break the Bank (and How to Avoid Them)
A home is like a relationship—it requires a little bit of money and attention to keep it going strong. Neglect some e...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguisher Inspection
You know you should test your smoke alarm twice a year, but what about your fire extinguisher? If yours is at the bac...
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9 Ways to Reduce Exterior Home Maintenance—for GOOD (Almost)!
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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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's 10 "Must Do" Projects for April
Spring has sprung! While cool temperatures may not be completely behind us, it's certain that April will usher in warmer days, making it the perfect month to get ...
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How To: Remove Paint from Wood
It can be mighty labor-intensive and time-consuming to remove paint, which is why many do-it-yourselfers dread the ta...
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How To: Clean Wood Furniture
Homeowners have long relished the beauty, versatility, and toughness of wood furniture—and above all, they&#39;ve appreci...
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5 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring
Nothing renews that feeling of pride of ownership more than attending to annual home maintenance tasks (especially on...
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11 Tried-and-True Ways to Care for Hardwood Floors
By design, our floors will see some of the most wear and tear of any of the fixtures in our home. Even if you’re normally careful with your floors, life happens. ...
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What Would Bob Do? Cleaning Air Ducts
I am moving into a new home. The previous owners had a dog. I am wondering if cleaning the air ducts is worthwhile.  ...
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When in Doubt, Revive Your Grout!
Tile has always been a popular choice for floors, walls, and other surfaces due to its durability and long life. In f...
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How To: Remove Rust
Learning how to remove rust from metal isn&#39;t rocket science, and in homeowners&#39; ongoing fight to maintain outdoor too...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for March
With February behind us, we know that spring will soon be here—despite recent freezing temperatures and the ongoing forecasts of snow. Whether it comes in like a ...
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What Would Bob Do? Preventing Window Condensation
It&#39;s winter and I keep getting condensation on the inside of my windows. What&#39;s the solution?When moist, warm air mak...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planning After President's Day
I know it’s still winter here in the Northeast, but I start thinking about spring the minute Presidents’ Day weekend ...
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New & Notable: 10 High-Tech Gadgets to Make Housework Less Work
Remember Rosie, the congenial (and often hysterical) robot that flitted around the Jetsons' apartment in the sky, keeping things neat and tidy? When the cartoon f...
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What Would Bob Do? Caulking a Bathtub
What can I use to remove caulk from around the bathtub? Also, what is the correct product to use when I caulk the tub...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for February
Sure, February's a short month, but it's jam-packed with chores and planning. It's time to turn attention indoors, spiffing up bathroom grout and kitchen cabinets...
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How To: Remove and Replace Grout
Several years after you complete a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it inevitably starts to show some wear. One culpri...
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30 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
Not every home's a fixer-upper, but all houses need occasional repairs and maintenance. You'll be able to handle those jobs like a pro if you make sure you have t...
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5 Ticking Time Bombs Every Homeowner Should Know About
There are some maintenance and repair issues that homeowners just hate to deal with—either because they take time, or...
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Quick Tip: Treating Termites and Preventing Rodents
 Termites and other pests can cause expensive damage. Here&#39;s what to look for.  The sawdust-like accumulations of fra...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for January
'Tis the season for resolutions—and have we got some good ones for you! Follow our lead, and come next December, your house will be more energy efficient, better ...
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What Would Bob Do? Draining a Water Heater
I just drained my water heater for the first time since it was installed back in &#39;89. . . 24 years ago! The water cam...
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How To: Clean Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile consistently ranks as a preferred flooring choice among homeowners, partly due to its beauty—the mater...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" December Projects
This month is all about the holidays—from decorating the house inside and out to making sure you have everything you'...
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How To: Detect Termite Damage
 Here&#39;s how you can tell if your house has termite damage. First, examine obvious areas of wood rot for termites. Som...
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How To: Troubleshoot Your Furnace
Now that winter&#39;s nearly here, it&#39;s time for a pop quiz: You wake up in the morning and there&#39;s ice on the dog&#39;s wate...
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Don't Can Your Aluminum Siding!
Aluminum siding first became popular in the wake of World War II, when this metal, which had been so crucial to the w...
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5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
While many of us would be fearful of repairing a roof or installing an electrical outlet, there are plenty of things ...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" November Projects
The Halloween decorations have been cleared out and there's a bracing chill in the air—time to get ready for winter! ...
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Clean Gutters Now to Avoid Big Problems Later
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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Quick Tip: Mold Prevention
 Because today&#39;s new houses are built to allow less air infiltration than older homes, mold growth has become a conce...
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Bob Vila Radio: Raking Tips
This time of year, those of us who are lucky enough to have trees that provide summer shade have to pay for that priv...
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Raking Leaves for Dummies
Fall brings football, hot apple cider, pumpkin carving, and other seasonal delights. But for homeowners with deciduou...
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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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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" October Projects
October is a month filled with simple pleasures: cooler temperatures, yard sales, leaf-peeping, apple-picking, and ev...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Appliance Care
Your kitchen contains more appliances than any other room in the house. When the units are in good condition, there's...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Patio Furniture
 Don&#39;t throw out that rusty garden furniture. Restoring it can be a great weekend project. Use a wire brush or sandpa...
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How To: Protect and Beautify a Wood Deck
There are lots of ways to refinish a deck. If you want to showcase a fine wood species, such as mahogany, cedar, or r...
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What Would Bob Do? Removing Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
I am moving to a new house where the living room and dining area have wall-to-wall carpeting. I asked the previous ow...
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Top Tips for Troubleshooting Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can be a real annoyance—the shower subsides to a trickle, the washing machine takes eons to fill, ...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" September Projects
As another summer slips away, the days seem to straddle the seasons, alternating between warm breezes and brisk winds...
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How To: Close Your Pool for the Winter
Of all homeowner responsibilities, few so clearly indicate the end of summer as closing the swimming pool. Properly d...
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INFOGRAPHIC: DIY Pest Prevention
Fighting pests at home? The best offense is a clean, dry, and air-tight defense. The importance of sanitation cannot ...
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What Would Bob Do? Raw Wood, Pet Odors, and Grout Haze
1. PAINTING UNFINISHED WOODI'm painting a bunk bed from IKEA that's solid pine and unfinished. Do I still need to san...
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What Would Bob Do? Rusty Bolts, Non-Slip Tubs, and House Wrap
1. RUSTY BOLT REMOVAL I have an old bench outside with rotting old seat boards. The nuts and bolts holding the wood t...
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How To: Repoint Brick Walls
Brick houses are hard to damage. Anyone familiar with The Three Little Pigs knows that. Inevitably, however, there co...
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What Would Bob Do? Ceiling Options, Window Cleaning, and Sewer Odor Control
1. LIVING ROOM CEILING OPTIONSI recently purchased a 'fixer upper' in the DC area and am starting to decorate. In my ...
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What Would Bob Do? Wallpaper, Vinyl Siding, and Asbestos
1. HANGING WALLPAPER IN THE BATHROOMPainting is easy and the result is resilient, but I can't help thinking that pain...
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Countertop Care 101
Perhaps never before have there been so many enticing countertop options to fit every budget, décor, and culinary nee...
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How To: Care for Your Grill
Summertime! The living is easy and—more often than not—the food is grilled. From burgers, dogs, and steaks to chicken...
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Some Sharpening Shortcuts
As the saying goes, sharp tools are safer tools. So here are a couple of hints for keeping your cutting tools sharp. ...
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Basic Grinding 101
I've never seen the guy so angry: His wife used a favorite chisel to open a paint can and my friend Dominick took it ...
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The Bench Grinder
The bench grinder is to the workshop as the trainer is to the team. It doesn't run out on the field when a tool goes ...
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Saw Blade Sharpening
A good handsaw, when properly treated, is a tool that can be passed with pride from one generation to the next. Essen...
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Making Plane Adjustments
Using woodworking planes whose cutters are out of adjustment is like driving a car in the wrong gear: You may be able...
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Sharpening Chisels
I know you&#39;ve heard it before, but it&#39;s true: sharp tools are safer tools. The chisel is a perfect case in point. A d...
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How To: Fight Off Termites
Preventing and treating termite infestations is a top priority for many homeowners. Termite control is not a do-it-yo...
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Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture
When choosing outdoor furniture for a garden room, outdoor kitchen, or multi-level deck, some consumers prefer qualit...
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How To: Rodent-Proof Your Home
While Ratatouille might have been a runaway blockbuster film, no one wants rats in the house — or mice or squirrels o...
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Keep Garage Doors in Top Shape
The garage door is the single largest moving part in your home, and should be inspected and maintained every year. Wh...
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60-Minute DIY Projects
On television, home improvement projects go from start to finish in 60 minutes or less. You’ve probably thought while...
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What Would Bob Do? Faucet Replacement, Plug Conversion, and Tile
1. FAULTY FAUCET REPLACEMENTWhen I turn on the water in the bathtub and pull the plunger so that water redirects to t...
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Care and Cleaning Keep Wicker Wonderful
Wicker furniture and accessories are very popular choices for living spaces both outdoors and in.  Comfortable, sturd...
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What Would Bob Do? Groundwater, Exterior Painting, and Porch Spiders
1. GROUNDWATER LEAKING INTO BASEMENTI have a water supply pipe to the house that enters through the basement wall. Th...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Prep for a Backyard Bash
Among the true joys of summer is the opportunity to spend more time outside relaxing, entertaining, and playing. But ...
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What Would Bob Do? Counters, Flooding, and Decks
1. STAINED MARBLE COUNTERTOPSI have a beautiful marble countertop on my cooking island. It was never sealed properly ...
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Top Tips for Maintaining a Chainsaw
To safely and productively operate a chain saw, you must commit to maintaining it. Keep your chain saw in tip-top sha...
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Helpful Hints for Cleaning Bathtubs
There&#39;s nothing like a long, leisurely soak in a hot bath to soothe away the stresses of the day—that is, unless the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spring Fence Routine
A wooden fence is a beautiful accent on any home, but it takes some maintenance to keep it looking neat and trim. Spr...
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An All-Natural Guide to Apartment Pest Control and Prevention
Living in the city has its perks. But it also has its pests. From mice to roaches to bed bugs, dreaded pests can and ...
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Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows
It&#39;s spring, the season for cleaning. Washing windows is at the top of our list. Many commercial window-cleaning prod...
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Termites! Now What?
The advent of spring is generally welcome, but warmer temperatures also bring out unwanted pests, namely termites. Of...
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How To: Clean Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is a durable, versatile, and resilient building material, but it does require some routine care and clea...
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How To: Strip Wallpaper
How strong is your relationship with your spouse? Do you want to test it? Spend a weekend stripping wallpaper togethe...
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How To: Clean Brass
Brass brings a warm, burnished glow to household items—everything from switch plates and door knockers to bathroom fi...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for March
On the cusp of spring, March is the month to start readying your house for the warm weather ahead, as well as to addr...
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How To: Clean Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl tile and laminate flooring is attractive, durable, and long-lasting, even under a home&#39;s highest-traffic condit...
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How To: Remove Varnish and Other Wood Finishes
Varnish, lacquer, shellac and other clear coats are applied to protect wood furniture and flooring from scratches, sc...
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How To: Clean an Area Rug
For many of us, area rugs are a significant investment in decor. They warm up and add color to our rooms. They provid...
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Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?
Baby, its cold outside—and the last thing you want to do is return home to a frosty house. The smart time to examine ...
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10 Ways to Give Your House a Valentine
To celebrate Cupid's holiday this year, we count off ten ways to show your house that you care.
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How To: Clean Concrete
When it comes time to learn how to clean concrete, realize you don&#39;t need to be delicate; after all, it&#39;s a very hard...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window Drafts
If your house has drafty windows, your heating and cooling systems may be working harder than they need to. Taking a ...
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How To: Clean Slate
I have a slate fireplace surround that makes my living room feel really warm and earthy, even if the fire is not lit....
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Change Filters Frequently to Optimize Furnace Efficiency
Dust bunnies are multiplying, dog hair is piling up, and bird feathers are flying—oh my, it must be the furnace filte...
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Rx for Hardwood Floors
Special problems need special solutions—and that's particularly true of wood flooring.  When accidents happen, first ...
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Even Your Garbage Disposal Needs TLC
It's not so much that your under-sink workhorse needs strict maintenance, only sensible care. You probably already kn...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rust Removal
Reviving rusty metal tools or furniture is a great indoor winter project, and there are three ways to remove rust. Li...
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How To: Avoid Frost on Windows
I remember waking up as a kid on wintry mornings to find frost on my bedroom window obscuring the trees and yard. Tho...
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How To: Clean Stainless Steel
Gleaming and shiny, stainless steel brings a bright and polished air to any kitchen. Keeping that brilliant sheen, ho...
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How To: Maintain a Snow Blower for Peak Performance
There is a definite chill in the air, and the first snow flurries are flying… that means it’s time to get our snow bl...
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Bob Vila Radio: Carpet Wrinkles
Wrinkles in wall-to-wall carpet don&#39;t just look bad, they can be a tripping hazard. They&#39;ll also wear out first, so t...
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Rock Salt vs. Sand to Prevent Slips
When I lived in a New York City apartment building, I never thought about shoveling snow. We had a wonderful superint...
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Fireplace Maintenance Checklist
As days get shorter and weather gets colder, we retreat indoors to the warmth of our homes and hearths. If you have a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Winterize Your Lawn
If you haven’t done it already, this is the time to winterize your yard!  Make a list of the things you need to do to...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Equipment Prep
As the weather gets colder, it’s a good idea to do some fall maintenance on your outdoor equipment and put it to bed ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Winterizing Pipes
As you ready your house for the colder months ahead, don’t forget about your water system. When water freezes, it exp...
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Bob Vila Radio: Protecting Floors
Home improvement projects are messy business: Whether you’re painting, re-tiling, or just moving furniture, you want ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall AC Care
Now that the summer scorchers are over, it’s time to bring in your window air conditioning units. Listen to BOB VILA ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Checklist
While you were having fun in the sun this summer, it was no vacation for your house. A fall checklist will tip you of...
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Bob Vila Radio: Loud Pipes
If you hear banging or knocking when you turn the tap on and off in your home, you could be straining pipes and coppe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tub Caulking
Even tiny gaps between your tub and the wall tiles can let enough water in to damage your walls and host mold. Since ...
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How To: Clean Painted Walls
Cleaning painted walls may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple, albeit somewhat time-consuming....
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Bob Vila Radio: Garbage Disposal Care
While they’ll grind and send most kitchen scraps down the drain in small batches with a good strong flow of cold wate...
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How To: Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Recycling is more than sorting out plastic bottles and composting leftovers. Proper disposal of household objects is ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Your Dryer Vents
Here’s a job you can do in the cool basement to beat the summer heat, and you should add it to your twice a year to-d...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dishwasher Care
Your dishwasher does a lot to make your life easier; here are a couple things you can do to make its life longer!CM_B...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bee & Wasp Control
Late summer’s when you see ‘em, but now’s not  actually the best time to mess with a bee or wasp nest. The queen esta...
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What You Might Not Know About HVAC Filters
Everyone agrees that you should change your HVAC filter on a regular basis, but not everyone agrees on the type of fi...
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Top Tips for Keeping Countertops Like New
Maintaining your countertops may require more than a simple cleaning. Here are top tips for maintaining every material.
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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Sump Pump
I’ve been lucky with basements. Having purchased five houses in my life, not one has had serious basement moisture is...
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Mower Maintenance: 5 Ways to Keep Your Machine Up and Running
This summer, to ensure you’re spending more time enjoying your weekend and not struggling to get your mower to start,...
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How To: Care for Garden Tools
A quality garden starts with quality care—and that doesn’t just mean keeping up with your weeding. Maintaining your g...
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Quick Tip: Winterize Your Home
Don't miss 11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget!Eliminate Winter SurprisesWhile you were having fun in the sun ...
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Quick Tip: Cleaning Your Gutters
Don't miss Clean Gutters Now to Avoid Big Problems LaterDon’t Ignore Your GuttersWhile it’s a job many of us would lo...
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How To: Avoid Ice Dams and Water Damage
What Are Ice Dams?Many homeowners in the northern United States are all too familiar with ice dams. These are thick a...
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How To: Replace a Window Screen
The screens on your windows are there for a purpose. If they get a snag, a tear or a hole, they lose their effectiven...
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Max Efficiency: Replacing AC Pipe Insulation
An imperative “rite of spring” in our house is checking our two central air conditioning systems to make sure they ar...
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Quick Tip: Windows Can Beat the Summer Heat
Weather Stripping: Not Just for Winter Before you add to your electric bill trying to keep cool this summer, add some...
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How To: Refinish a Wood Table
Let&#39;s face it, the easiest way to transform an old piece of furniture is to paint it. But if the piece is well-constr...
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How To: Seal a Driveway
Sealing your driveway may seem like a bothersome chore, but its benefits are significant. First, a regular coat of se...
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How To: Stain a Wood Deck
A wood deck is certainly a thing of beauty, but only if it is well maintained from year to year. If your deck is show...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window AC Checklist
Before you pull your window air conditioner out of storage, consider its age. Efficiencies have improved so much that...
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Bob Vila Radio: Maintenance Checklist
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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How To: Keep a Christmas Tree Fresh
It’s the time of year when Christmas tree lots start appearing around your community, bringing with them a difficult ...
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Top 10 Ways to Deal with Bees
Bob Vila recently contacted me because he had a bee infestation in his attic. I've made several visits to his house s...
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How To: Determine If Your Carpenter's Square Is True
To determine whether a carpenter's square is true, all you need is a straight line. Sound too simple? First you lay t...
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Project Guide: Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Few do-it-yourself projects deliver the "wow" factor as potently as refinishing hardwood floors.
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How To: Protect Your Home from Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting. Unlike termites, wood damaged by carpenter ants does not ...
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Helpful Hints for Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floor refinishing and sanding is unforgiving work. Make a mistake and it will show. However, a refinished fl...
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Brick Basics: Maintenance, Care, and Cleaning
From stately colonials to simple ranches, brick has remained as a popular building material for centuries. Its energy...
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DIY Kitchen Countertop Transformation
At one time or another most of us have considered remodeling the kitchen. It’s the one room in the house that sees th...
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15 Spring Home Maintenance Musts
To do a thorough job of spring home maintenance and cleaning, follow these easy and smart routines.
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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
This year, many parts of the country have enjoyed such a mild winter that even in the Northeast, spring weather seems...
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Laminate Countertop Renewal
Our laminate countertop looked fine, but the protective coating was pretty much gone. Coffee, tea, wine, juice, sauce...
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Winter Preparation Checklist
Give your home a once-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first frost. “Getting t...
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Quick Tip: Tool Maintenance
Tool Maintenance. Whatever your storage arrangements, keep your tools clean. After use, remove any sap or resins from...
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Quick Tip: Sharpening a Spade Bit
Spade bits, it seems, are always encountering nails, at least in the kinds of rough drilling chores that renovation w...
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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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How To: Unclog a Clogged Drain
Some friends of mine moved into a new house and had a couple of issues with their bathroom. The sink drain was a litt...
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How To: Preserve Your Jack-o'-Lantern for Halloween
No amount of candy corn can make up for the moment you realize that your carefully carved pumpkin’s smile has turned ...
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How To: Unclog a Sink Drain
Put the phone down! There's no need to call the plumber. In only six simple steps, you can unclog a drain that no longer flows as freely as it once did.
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Black Roof Stains? Check for Algae
It’s not mold. It’s probably not soot. The black spots discoloring your asphalt roof are more than likely the pervasi...
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Winterize Your Home on a Budget
Securing your home against winter is always a prime consideration for homeowners, no matter where you live. Regardles...
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Home Maintenance Checklist
1. Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary. 2. Attic: If there ...
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This Old Flagpole
Summer folks on the New England shore have a long-standing tradition of flying the flag from Memorial Day to Labor Da...
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On the Deck
This year the deck on our summer place turns 11. The deck isn’t vast, maybe 10' x 30'—just the right size for evening...
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Fixing Squeaky Floors
Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
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Interior Sandblasting and Installing the Plywood Subfloor
Interior beams, walls, and ceilings have been sandblasted, exposing raw surfaces that will become an integral part of the interior design. Reggie Ray of Georgia-P...
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Interior Layout and Exterior Brickwork
Bob reviews some of the new steel framing that's gone up and has a look at the newly sandblasted beams. Bob also summarizes the brickwork that needs to be done on...
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Antique Brick Work at the Burtch-Udall House and Sumner Mansion
Bob and Professor Tom Visser (UVM) visit the Burtch-Udall house in Quechee, VT, and the nearby Sumner Mansion-- suitable locales for a running discussion on prope...
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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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Power-Washing the Exterior
Painter Kip Wanamaker power-washes the exterior of the Naples project house.
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Removing Old Paint
Brick worker Dan Webb explains how the brick façade is power-washed to remove several layers of ugly paint.
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