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The Top 10 Most Dangerous Insects to Avoid This Summer
Summertime is packed with fun activities: barbecues, beach vacations, afternoon swims, and backyard games. But the warm weather also summons pesky bugs and creepy...
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3 Smart Ways to Keep Cool When You're Working Outside
In summertime, the backyard becomes a major destination. There’s gardening and barbecues, to be sure, but the possibi...
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9 Mistakes You Should Never Make with the American Flag
Flying the grand old flag on Memorial Day is a great way to honor our servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. Not only is it festive to ...
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10 Times You Can Get Nature to Do Your Yard Work for You
Do you ever dream of a beautiful backyard that takes care of itself, leaving you free to simply lounge in a hammock? Well, a completely self-sufficient garden may...
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12 Plants That Will Make Your Garden Smell Great
Love the sweet smell of spring? Infuse your garden with these 12 fragrant flowers, and you’ll be greeted with beguiling aromas whenever you leave the house.
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14 DIY Project Materials Hiding in Your Backyard
Sometimes you don’t need to go much farther than your back door to find the supplies you need for your DIY projects. Check out these ingenious creations for the h...
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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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10 Secret Ingredients to Make Your Garden Grow
Healthy plants don't happen by accident. To grow strong and verdant, plants need sun and water as well as soil that has sufficient nutrients... and that's where c...
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The Best Places to Buy Plants Online
A trip to the garden center is a rite of spring for green thumbs. There's the smell of soil in the air, knowledgable staff to help you choose the right greenery f...
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The Biggest Outdoor Design Trends of 2018—So Far
A yard is more than grass that you have to mow, it's an extension of your living space. Homeowners who commit time and money toward landscaping their yard not onl...
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12 Outdoor Upgrades That Make Your Home More Valuable
Exterior upgrades enhance the look of your property and can offer recreational benefits. Not every renovation, however, produces a return on investment, and some ...
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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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21 Clever Tricks to Make Your Home Look Bigger and Brighter
Some spaces feel tinier and more constricted than they have to, whether due to poorly placed windows or a lack of square footage. Luckily, short of knocking down ...
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The 50 Best Products for Surviving Winter
It's official: Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and that means we'll have to endure several weeks more of winter. Rather than suffer through to last month an...
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The Best Blankets You Can Buy Online
In the midst of winter, every homeowner needs a reliable blanket. The cozy accessory wards off seasonal chill and brings cozy comfort to any living space—especial...
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These 30 Places Have the Worst Weather in America
All cities experience extreme weather events every now and again, but some receive far more than their fair share. Get ready to learn which American cities have t...
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How To: Sell Your Home This Winter
Even the real estate market is susceptible to the winter blues. Once temperatures begin to dip and the holidays arrive, both home buyers and inventory drop off sh...
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Why Didn't I Think of That? 18 Clever Tricks to Simplify Your Life
We get it. Life can be hard. The to-do list never ends, no task is without complication, and of course, there is never enough money. But fortunately, some of the ...
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12 Simple Tricks to Stay Seriously Warm This Winter
Everything seems more difficult when Old Man Winter comes calling. Even everyday activities become major hassles when you have to scrape an iced-over windshield o...
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Solved! What to Do About Ice Dams
Q: After a recent snowstorm, a large band of ice formed above the edge of my roof and created some heavy icicles as w...
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Solved! What to Do When Your Snow Blower Won't Start
Q: After our first snow of the season, I got the snow blower out of the shed but the darn thing wouldn’t start. It ra...
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9 Things That Always Go On Sale in January
After a busy holiday season, shopping may not be at the forefront of your mind. But if you didn’t get everything on your wish list, or if you've made a New Year’s...
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How To: Defrost a Windshield
If you’ve ever parked your car outside during an onslaught of sleet or a frigid winter’s night, you’re familiar with ...
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10 National Parks That Look More Stunning in the Snow
Seeking a little winter relaxation? Break away from your fireplace and head for the great outdoors. Far from the holiday hustle and bustle, and from winter chores...
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10 Last-Minute Tricks for a Stress-Free Christmas
It's only one day of the year, but Christmas can take days or weeks of planning, especially if you are the host. This gathering of family and friends is supposed ...
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The Do's and Don’ts of Regifting
It’s easy to attach a stigma to regifting, but when you really think about it, there's actually nothing wrong with creatively (and thoughtfully) passing along an ...
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8 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof Your Car
You can’t stop the cold weather from coming, but you can be ready when it hits. Before the temperatures plummet, take these 8 precautions to winter-proof your car...
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The World's Wackiest Christmas Traditions
In our neck of the world, certain Christmas decorations are a given, like festive lights, Christmas trees, and nutcracker figurines. But in other places, Christma...
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7 Reasons Every Home Needs a Humidifier
It's winter, so get ready for several months of that hot, dry air that your HVAC system pumps out. Even worse, while the heat is on your house will be buttoned up...
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How To: Hang Christmas Lights Outside
'Tis the season for all things twinkling and bright. In countless communities nationwide, hanging outdoor Christmas l...
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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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8 Things You Never Even Knew About Christmas Trees
Once December rolls around, Christmas trees pop up in living rooms and public spaces nationwide. Though their twinkling lights, dazzling ornaments, and elegant ga...
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7 Tricks Every Driver Needs to Know This Winter
If you drive in winter weather, you're running the risk that your car could get hung up in slush, snow, or ice. Fortunately, if you're armed with these tips and t...
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7 Snow Shoveling Lessons No One Ever Taught You
Dig the snow shovel out of storage and rev up the snow blower—seasonal snows are on the way this winter. Prepare for heavy snowfall by learning a few new tricks f...
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The Cheapest Gifts from the Fanciest Home Brands
Unless you recently won the lottery, chances are you like to budget for holiday shopping. But smart spending doesn’t mean you can’t buy gifts from some of the nic...
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10 Things to Buy If You're Always Cold
Rejoice, cold-blooded homeowners! There are a million ways to heat up your home and not all of them require cranking up the furnace. Take a look at some of the mo...
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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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Expecting Snow? Do These 7 Things ASAP
Whether meteorologists are predicting a winter storm of epic proportions or an insignificant snow flurry, it’s wise to be prepared. Take care of these 7 tasks bef...
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Prevent Freezing and Bursting Pipes—Here's How
The big freeze has many homeowners scrambling for insulation and space heaters, but some of the most important areas ...
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Video: Your Ceiling Fan Can Keep You Warm This Winter
 Ceiling fans: They're not just for summer anymore.  The fact is, these trusty cooling machines can also be used to w...
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The 50 Hottest Gifts from Home Depot
You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, you’re heading out to The Home Depot to shop for everyone whether naughty or nice. Yes, The Home Depot. Your favor...
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10 Colorful Shrubs for a Standout Winter Garden
The dreary days of winter become even more bleak if your landscape looks dead, brown, and bare. Cheer up your lawn and garden with these 10 showy shrubs that offe...
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How To: Preserve a Pumpkin
The scariest sight on your porch on Halloween might not be the ghoulish grin on your Jack-o’-Lantern’s face, but rath...
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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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10 Leaf-Raking Lessons No One Ever Taught You
Few things in nature are as striking as brilliant red and gold foliage in autumn. But even the most beautiful leaves eventually fall, and when too many of them ac...
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Bob Vila Radio: Quick Tips for Raking Leaves
Autumn leaves are lovely – at least until they’re carpeting your lawn…and raking them has become yet another item on ...
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Video: The Most Important Garden Tasks to Do This Fall
Whether you love fall, or dread it, there's no arguing that autumn is here and winter is right around the corner. Bef...
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15 Easy Ways to Terrify Trick-or-Treaters
When it comes to decorating for Halloween, there are several approaches—all of them valid. You can go for kitschy, silly, or even comically cute. But if you love ...
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How To: Protect Plants from Frost
Unexpected early fall and late spring frosts—periods when outside temperatures go below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenhe...
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30 Budget-Friendly Home Buys and DIYs for a Cozy Fall
When the weather turns cold, out come the sweaters, throw blankets, and space heaters. Is it any wonder that the cold season is everyone's favorite time to hole u...
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13 Easy DIYs for Instant Autumn Curb Appeal
As the days grow shorter and the first chill of fall fills the air, you may feel inspired to update your home’s curb appeal. It's time to sweep away all memory of...
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The Best Things You Can Do for Your Yard This Fall
You may think of spring as the season to really get going on the garden, but professional landscapers know that fall is actually the best time to work in the yard...
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50 Fall Decor Updates for $5, $15, $30
You can't put a price on the beauty of fall, but you can recreate it at home for as little as $5—and no more than $30—with our picks for the best budget-friendly ...
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These Popular Plants Might Actually Be Bad for Your Garden
Invasive plants are a special breed. It's not that they’re aggressive, crowding out their neighbors; nor are they weeds, which are just plants that are growing in...
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Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements
If you’ve been thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this summer, don’t delay! The dog days of summe...
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9 Clever Landscaping Hacks for Your Best-Ever Yard
A well-maintained yard lends major curb appeal to your home, but creating a picture-perfect lawn and garden is no easy feat. If your yard could use a little refre...
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The Best Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Your Garden
Whether you do it yourself or you pay a landscaper, maintaining a vibrant garden and lush lawn requires time, effort, and money. One way to cut back on the energy...
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10 Foolproof Flowers Anyone Can Grow
Vibrant and colorful flowers elevate any yard. But caring for blooms can seem like intimating endeavor for a beginner gardener, a busy homeowner, or anyone withou...
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Bad Neighbors: 11 Plant Pairs Never to Grow Side by Side
As many a green thumb knows, there are certain plants you should never grow together. Some plants hog all the sunlight, others zap nutrients from the soil, and st...
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The Most Organized Closets We've Ever Seen
Small closets present big challenges. But there are a bevy of brilliant organizing solutions you can employ to make even the most diminutive closet a storage work...
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12 Easy Ways to Create Curb Appeal in Winter
The winter blues are real, but there’s hope, even for what feels like a cold, dead, and lifeless yard. Eject the doldrums from your winter landscape with one of t...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Poinsettia Care
During the holidays, nothing rivals the floral festivity of the season’s favorite plant: the always colorful poinsett...
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The 10 Best Winter Buys for a Happy, Healthy Home
Stop your sniffling and your shivering this winter, and invest in a happier, healthier you. With a few well-chosen purchases, you can turn your home into a warm, ...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: 3 Bright Ideas for Beating the Winter Blues
You've probably already heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the illness triggered by a lack of light during t...
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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: The Cost-Cutting Secret Only Contractors Know
There's no reason to wait until spring to tackle that home improvement project. In most areas of the country, winter ...
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The 12 Paint Colors You're Going to See Everywhere in 2017
What's on the horizon for paint colors in the year ahead? Industry experts are predicting an embrace of warmer, more comforting hues that create a visual retreat ...
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10 Sneaky Ways to Store Winter Gear
Winter weather lovers make the most of the season with outdoor activities like sledding and snowboarding. It’s all fun and games—if you have the right gear. But o...
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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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DIY Lite: Make Graveyard-Inspired Candle Holders from Concrete Mix
Looking to make your own creepy decor for October's main event? This easy DIY molds concrete into the shape of a cold...
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How To: Winterize Your Sprinkler System
You rely on your sprinklers to keep your lawn looking great most of the year, but when autumn rolls along you need to...
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10 Ways to Prank-Proof Your Home on Halloween
Halloween has the potential to bring out the world’s best fun or worst mischief. To ensure that your holiday is full of treats instead of tricks, consider these t...
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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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12 Brilliant Hacks for Your Best-Ever Halloween Pumpkin
A picture-perfect pumpkin gives any front porch a magical autumn glow. Whether your ideal design is a classic face or an intricate work of art, these clever carvi...
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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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10 Trees That Spell Trouble for Your Yard
Mature trees add a lot of value to your property, boosting both your home's price and your quality of life... but only if they are the right trees. When you make ...
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8 Budget Buys for Your Best-Ever Fall Porch
Half the fun of welcoming fall is decorating your home in rich, seasonal colors—and there's no better place to showcase your creativity than on your own front por...
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21 Ways to Color Your Yard This Fall
As summer wanes, so do the blooms from our favorite flowers, leaving us grasping for the last vestiges of natural color before winter takes hold. Those who long f...
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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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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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Say Hello to Fall with 21 Quick and Easy DIYs
No time for fall decorating? No problem! You can finish these 21 DIYs in mere minutes—and start receiving compliments on them in no time.
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All You Need to Know About Dry Wells
If storm water races from your yard and across the next lawn over after every heavy rain—washing out a flowerbed and ...
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15 Tricks to Know If You Hate Fall Yard Work
The beauty of fall is fleeting but the yard work that accompanies the season drags on forever—or so you thought. These 15 simple but reliable rituals make fall ya...
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Genius! Double Your Grilling Space Without Spending a Dime
From searing a steak to piecing together the perfect kebabs, manning the grill is a juggling act. For BBQ-ers without...
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How To: Get Rid of Clover
Stubborn weeds are the bane of a beautiful lawn. Yet, although it's pretty stubborn, clover (aka Trifolium repens) is...
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10 Ways to Score Big at a Yard Sale
"One man's junk is another man's treasure"—you've heard the adage before. Now you can prove it for yourself: With summer in full swing, so are the neighborhood cl...
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The Top 8 Ways to Hack Your Grill
‘Tis the season for BBQ. But if you’re going to spend weekend after weekend standing at the grill, you might as well apply a couple of time-saving (and flavor-enh...
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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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12 Clever Hacks to Help You Beat the Summer Heat
When temperatures really rise, summer fun can start to fizzle, especially indoors. It's a good thing that great minds have figured out ways to help you chill (lit...
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6 Quick Mid-Summer Updates for Your Hardworking Hardscape
The lazy days of summer come with a catch. You want nothing more than to lounge around the yard. But having been drawn outdoors by sunny skies, you notice all the...
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Bob Vila's 10 July "Must Do" Projects
Whether you plan to spend July relaxing in the backyard, or vacationing away from home, there are some household projects that can't wait. Before you soak up all ...
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20 Summer Life Hacks Everyone Needs
As the mercury rises, so does the cost and effort of staying cool and comfortable indoors and out. This summer, escape the heat—and the high energy bills—with the...
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15 Father's Day Gifts Under $20
Where would you be without good old Dad? Show your appreciation this Father's Day by forgoing the traditional necktie and opting for something that suits his pers...
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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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20 Plants That Survive With or Without You
The satisfaction a seasoned gardener enjoys is the result of patience, time, and experience: trial and error, taking some chances, watching things thrive—and some...
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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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12 Backyard Updates You Can Do in a Day
Whether you’re looking to increase storage space, expand your patio, or add interest to your garden, upgrading your backyard can be as fast and easy as an afterno...
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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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15 Mother's Day Gifts Under $20
Being a mom is the hardest job in the world, but shopping for Mother's Day is a challenge, too. We've put together some of our favorite picks for a gift that hono...
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The Best 10 Plants to Grow for Backyard Privacy
If you need privacy in your yard, but don’t want to—or can’t—install a fence, you still have plenty of options. There’s a great selection of trees, shrubs, and vi...
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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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10 Outdoor DIYs You Can Do for a Dollar
Now that the worst of winter is behind us, it’s time to set our sights on relaxing, entertaining, and eating alfresco. But outfitting these spaces with decorative...
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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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11 Things to Do Now for Your Best-Ever Backyard
Winter may be hanging on, but spring is just around the corner. If you're suffering from a bout of spring fever, take on one of these 12 projects that will give y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solving a Ladybug Infestation
This winter, you may find yourself with uninvited guests—orange-red Asian ladybugs. Imported to combat garden pests, ...
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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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Weekend Projects: 5 Doable Designs for a DIY Firewood Rack
There’s nothing more comforting on a cold winter's night than curling up in front of a crackling fire. But it takes f...
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3 Fixes for Tangled Christmas Lights
The most wonderful time of the year has drawn to a close, which means it's time to take down the tree and pack up the...
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23 Brilliant Hacks to Help You Weather Winter
Preparing for winter doesn’t have to be a chore! Read on for 23 fun and fast DIY ways to keep your home warm and weatherproof, no matter what the season brings.
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12 Ways Your Home Can Save You Money This Year
A new year offers new opportunities to save money. Look around your home and you will see a huge variety of ways to save money, from increasing energy efficiency ...
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3 Fixes for an Icy Walk and Driveway
Snow days may be cause for celebration, but the party comes to a screeching halt when you shovel your snowy walkway o...
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Bob Vila's January "Must Do" Projects
The beginning of the new year is the perfect opportunity to start fresh. Here are 10 projects to keep your home in top condition, and kick off your year.
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10 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
What do you do when the weather outside is frightful, but you still need to get out and go to work, school or shopping? Snow and ice removal is a major hassle and...
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Genius! The $0 Sled You Can Build in 10 Minutes
For kids, nothing beats the thrill of the first snowy day of the season. While they get busy building a snowman, you ...
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10 Ways to Warm Up Your Bathroom in Winter
During the chilly winter months, the thought of touching your feet to the bathroom's ice-cold tile floors is enough to make you want to avoid the room altogether....
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12 Ways to Check Slush and Snow at the Door
While a snowy winter can be a beautiful thing to witness, the slush, salt, and mud it leaves behind are not quite as appealing. Keep grime contained and protect y...
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Genius! DIY a Roof Rake with Hardware Store Supplies
When the snow started to pile up on handyman Bill Bachand's roof, he did what any responsible homeowner would do: run...
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DIY Kids: Turn Your Christmas Tree into Its Own Ornaments
The holidays are all about making and enjoying memories. Almost every ornament on our Christmas tree holds a personal...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hosting Seniors for the Holidays
If you're lucky enough to be part of a large, multi-generational family, your holiday gatherings are likely to includ...
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9 Hidden Dangers to Dodge This Holiday Season
The holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but all this merrymaking can lead to seasonal dangers. Holiday-related injuries and disasters can put a serious da...
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Quick Tip: A Sweet In-a-Pinch Kindling Substitute
The fall season has been mild this year, but chilly temperatures are right around the corner, especially with the off...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Outdoor Holiday Lighting
If you’re planning to add holiday lights, not only to the tree in your living room, but to the trees and bushes outdo...
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9 Savvy Tactics for Wintertime Pest-Proofing
You may not like to think so, but homeowners and household pests share at least one similarity—namely, the need for shelter. In the temperate months, you probably...
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8 Wise Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home for Practically Nothing
Winter is coming! Is your house ready to deal with harsh winter winds, blowing snow, and frosty windows? A well winterized home has what it takes to stand up to w...
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Quick Tip: Speed Up Snow Shoveling with Cooking Spray
Winter’s first snowfall is greeted with open arms for affording fun-filled activities like bobsledding, skiing, and b...
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10 Life-Changing Buys to Help You Survive Winter Mornings
Cold, dark, dreary. Winter mornings can be enough to make you hit the snooze button and crawl back into bed. Luckily there are a number of life-savers that can ma...
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10 Inventive Outdoor Lighting Projects to DIY for the Holidays
While a few lights around the windows or doors are a classic way to display holiday cheer, you might be feeling like it's time to amp things up a bit. If you're s...
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DIY Lite: The One Christmas Tree That's Not a Pain to Store
Every December—occasionally as soon as the day after Thanksgiving—holiday-loving home decorators divide into two grou...
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15 Insanely Easy Ways to Decorate for the Holidays
'Tis the season for sparkling lights, beautiful trees, and garlands galore! Decking out your home for the holidays is always enjoyable, but it can also be time-co...
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Quick Tip: Detect Air Leaks for Only $1
When you've moved your plans indoors to escape the seasonal chill, a draft to send you back under the blankets is the...
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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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Buyer’s Guide: The Best Snow Blowers
The first snowfall of the season can be beautiful—but it won’t be long before it buries your driveway and walkway. Don’t wait until you’re stuck in a snowbank to ...
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6 Steps to a Cozy Winter Home
When plummeting temperatures and cruel storms combine to make the outdoors forbidding, everyone takes refuge indoors. There's only one potential problem: If aggra...
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9 Sneaky Ways to Cut Your Home Heating Bills
Home heating bills can be daunting, especially for those who live in colder climates. But there are ways to keep costs down without resorting to wearing jackets i...
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Bob Vila's 10 November "Must Do" Projects
For many homeowners, November marks the beginning of a season filled with friendly house guests, crazed holiday cooking, and cozy nights retreating to the comfort...
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9 Tricks for Fast and Easy Fall Yard Cleanup
No one enjoys sacrificing a weekend to raking, weeding, and winterizing, but fall yard cleanup is a necessary evil. It's important to clear debris away from your ...
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Genius! Spook Trick-or-Treaters with a DIY Fog Machine
There are certain things to expect in October: pumpkin picking, state fairs, an extra trip to the store when your can...
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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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29 Bewitching Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin
Show off your Halloween spirit with these unique and one-of-a-kind ideas for designing and displaying your pumpkin throughout the home this season. The spooky, st...
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Genius! The Easy-as-Pie Way to Carve a Pumpkin
Celebrating Halloween with the kids seems like a great idea. . . until it gets scary. Pumpkin guts everywhere, kids e...
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13 Insanely Easy Halloween Projects You Can DIY
Ghoulish, ghastly, and downright clever decorations are popping up everywhere this time of year. That can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner...
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10 Things to Do Now for a Better Garden Next Year
By the time colder weather rolls in, most people are ready to call it quits in the garden. But before you hang up your trowel for the winter, there are several th...
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Genius! The DIY Fire Pit You Can Bring Indoors
Camping season is nearly over, but the cozy season is only just beginning. Along with the urge to stockpile blankets ...
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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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8 Other Things You Can Do with a Pumpkin
Autumn’s arrival brings with it an atmosphere of abundance. There’s plenty of family, food, and fun, a mountain of freshly fallen leaves, and more pumpkins than t...
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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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Celebrate Fall with 11 Thrifty DIY Projects for the Home
Autumn means cooler temps, crisper air, and, of course, pumpkins, leaves, and seasonal colors galore. Transform your front porch into a welcoming wonder with thes...
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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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Quick Tip: Clean Up After a Cookout... with an Onion
If cleaning your outdoor grill were just as easy as cleaning your household oven, it wouldn’t be so bad—but, alas, th...
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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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Genius! The Soda Bottle Sprinkler
For most parents, the week of Labor Day is jam-packed with barbecues, parades, or back-to-school shopping. But for ki...
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Goodbye Grass: 7 Inspiring Ideas for a "No Mow" Backyard
Americans love our lawns but let's face it: Creating a perfectly manicured yard is time-consuming. Just think about all the weekend hours you've spent cutting, wa...
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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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7 Ways to Make Your Small Yard Look Bigger
Even a small yard can feel spacious if you design it the right way. Read on for our favorite ways to make your small yard look bigger.
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5 Things to Do with... Charcoal
It's a safe bet that you consider your grill's bag of fuel a summer essential. Come the weekend, when you set the dus...
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Weekend Projects: Get Cooking with a DIY Grill
For charring kebabs at afternoon barbecue or roasting s'mores at sunset, the grill is arguably the most classic—more ...
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10 of the Best Trees for Any Backyard
Trees add much-needed shade, privacy, color, and value to your backyard. Check out this list of longstanding favorites that you can easily incorporate into your l...
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9 Backyard Games to Make and Play This Summer
As temperatures warm up and we unglue ourselves from the television to head out into the yard, that hardly means we need to leave the fun inside. Before your next...
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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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Un-Invite Bugs to Your Summer Soiree
There’s no time like summertime. It’s a season of pool parties with the pattering of chlorine-soaked feet trailing in...
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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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Bob Vila's 2015 Father's Day Gift Guide
What do you get the dad who has it all? This Father's Day, consider treating the man who taught you everything to something he will <em>truly</em> enjoy—whether i...
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7 Remedies to Rescue a Dying Lawn
The road to a beautiful lawn doesn’t have to be paved with a schedule of chemical treatments. There are several homegrown tips and techniques you can use to help ...
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11 Ideas for Better Backyard Privacy
Sunshine and warm temperatures invite you and your family to spend entire days outdoors, so it's important that you be able to enjoy endless hours in your backyar...
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Give Your Worn-Out Concrete a Brand-New Look
Other than wood, concrete may be the most favored residential building material in the country, because builders and ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" June Projects
June marks the official start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than outside? These coming warm, sunny days are the perfect time to take stock of your o...
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Bob Vila's 13 Best Projects for a Long Weekend
Three cheers for the long weekend! A few times out of the year, we're blessed with a full extra day's worth of time to ourselves. It's the perfect opportunity to ...
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19 "Zero Dollar" Garden Hacks
Walk into any garden center and you'll find gadgets and gizmos for nearly any outdoor malady. But did you know the remedy for many backyard problems might be shel...
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Genius! Turn Your Watermelon into a Drink Dispenser
There's more than one way to slice a watermelon, and more than one thing to do with it once you do! Sure, you can sna...
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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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The Invincible Yard: 17 Ideas for Lazy Landscaping
Some people love the backbreaking business of tending to lawn and garden. Then there’s the rest of us—who’d rather relax and let that little piece of heaven large...
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Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home's Exterior
While we're all comfortably accustomed to the concept of spring cleaning, most of us view the effort as taking place solely indoors. It's time to reevaluate. Afte...
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15 No-Effort Plants for a Foolproof Landscape
What homeowner wouldn't want a lush and colorful garden just outside the window? But while a garden definitely boosts your home's curb appeal, it also claims a lo...
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Before & After: This Tropical Patio Started as a Pile of Pallets
With the mercury rising and spring in full swing, we're ratcheting open the windows and stepping gratefully back outd...
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Flood Insurance
If you think your home insurance policy will protect you in the event of a flood, you may be in for a shock. Because standard homeowner’s policies do not cover fl...
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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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7 Ways to Restart Your Home for Spring
Hello, sunny skies and warm weather! After waking from winter hibernation, you likely have plenty of pent up energy. Use it to your advantage and channel it into ...
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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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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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Liven Up Your Winter Porch with 8 Cold-Loving Plants
A spot of color and life on your front porch can ease the winter doldrums. So dust off your gardening gear and pot up a couple cold hardy containers. Plants in co...
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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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13 Ways to Restart Your Home for the New Year
If you're as weary of your home as you are of 2014, it might be time to shake up your space. Let's be honest: If we want changes to stick, we have to know ourselv...
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Combat Dry Winter Air with 7 Tips and Tricks
With temperatures low across the country, heating systems on full blast, and houses buttoned up against the cold, the air in your home can pretty dry this time of...
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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 8 Best Tools for Conquering Ice and Snow
While winter does have its upsides—cozy fires, hot chocolate, snow days—for many of us, having to deal with all the snow is a battle of unpleasant proportions. He...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make a Snow Sled
Mere days away from the official start of winter, we're eagerly anticipating some of the activities that only snowy w...
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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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8 Ways to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays
The aromas of cinnamon, pine, and peppermint are an instant indication that the holiday season has arrived. You can’t help but get into the spirit when your olfac...
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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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Drafty Windows? Solutions for Every Budget
Drafts got you down? As outside temperatures plummet, leaky windows can make the inside of your home feel downright frosty—to say nothing of costing you money as ...
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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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This Thanksgiving, Fit Everyone at the Table
With so many dishes and serving utensils, not to mention the number of guests, Thanksgiving puts your dining room to the true test. Here are eight ways to get mor...
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Set the Table with 9 Thanksgiving DIYs
If you find yourself playing host this holiday, you've likely slaved over the perfect turkey, casserole, and dessert combination with menu prep that dates weeks a...
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Genius! DIY Apple Cider Press
Few things say autumn more than fresh apple cider. So what if you could make your own from your backyard. That&#39;s what...
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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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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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Genius! DIY Pumpkin Keg
This time of year, it seems like everyone's got a thing for pumpkins. But even if neither pumpkin pie nor pumpkin-spi...
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The Greatest Haunted House You Could Ever DIY
Is there any better holiday than Halloween to indulge your wildest imagination? Your home decor gets free license to be outrageously creepy and campy all at the s...
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10 Steps to Readying Your Fireplace for Winter
Nothing is quite as warm and cozy as a crackling fire in autumn. But before you touch match to kindling, take a good look around your fireplace and chimney to mak...
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10 Fall Door DIYs for the Best House on the Block
In fall we celebrate the beauty and bounty of nature. This is a time of harvesting and hosting, of rejoicing in the changing season. This autumn, before your visi...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Quieter Leaf Blowers Are Here, Finally
This time of year, the intrusive sound of leaf blowers is a constant presence in nearly every neighborhood. But blowe...
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3 New Ways to Decorate with Fallen Leaves
Decorating your home for the holidays can be as simple as grabbing fistfuls of leaves from the backyard—seriously. The creators of a San Francisco floral design c...
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Winterize Your Lawn and Garden in 7 Steps
You may practically live in your yard all summer long, but once the cool weather sets in, it's time to pack it in and get busy winterizing your lawn to protect it...
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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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7 Things to Do Now for a Greener Lawn Next Year
Congratulations, you've managed to keep your lawn alive through the stifling summer heat. Now in fall—with winter on the horizon—you may be tempted to rest on you...
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Editors' Picks: 7 Tools to Wage War Against Leaves
In fall, we love the crisp nip in the air, the taste of freshly picked apples, and of course the vibrant hues of the changing foliage. But our enjoyment of the la...
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Don't Forget to Fertilize Your Lawn This Fall!
Autumn is generally seen as the season of winding down before winter dormancy. But when it comes to lawn care, fall i...
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9 Ways to Extend Patio Season into Fall
As temperatures drop in the fall, our outdoor activities start to dwindle, and the bustle of life moves indoors. But there are still beautiful days and evenings l...
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What Would Bob Do? Solving a Yard Drainage Crisis
Please help. My yard stays wet when it rains. I live in a subdivision with flat terrain. Is there a solution that doe...
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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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8 Kids Clubhouses You Never Want to Outgrow
So many memories are made in the backyard. Every kid craves a little place of his or her own—a place to imagine and invent, plot and plan. A clubhouse is the perf...
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10 Tips for a Money-Making, Hassle-Free Yard Sale
When it comes to yard sales, it's easy to make a wrong turn: setting prices too high, forgetting to advertise, or shadowing buyers are all simple mistakes sellers...
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How To: Tie Dye
A staple of summer camp (and of America in the late '60s), tie dye entertains and engages the young and young-at-hear...
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Bob Vila Radio: Help Your Lawn Thrive This Sweltering Summer
Summertime is great for beaches, boating, and barbecues. But it's not so great for turf grasses. They tend to take a ...
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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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10 Smart Ways to Bring Shade to Your Outdoor Space
Outdoor areas don't have to be all about soaking in the sun. Sometimes it's nice to relax in a shady spot, shielded from the harsh rays. There are many ways to br...
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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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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for June
The first day of summer is almost here, and memories of the long, cruel winter have all but left our collective consciousness. Since June is a great month to fire...
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How To: Choose a Water Heater
While we often take a hot shower or bath for granted, it&#39;s important to note that up to 20% of a household&#39;s annual e...
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Living Fences: 11 Boundary-Setting Solutions
Natural fences constructed of shrubbery, trees, or flowering bushes are attractive and environmentally friendly havens for songbirds, butterflies, and other desir...
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Mother's Day Gift Guide: 10 Ideas to DIY or Buy
When Mother's Day rolls around, many of us say it with flowers—the most popular gift of the holiday. But if Mom has more than enough bouquets at home, get creativ...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Preventing Moths
This is the time of year when we shed our winter wardrobes and slip into warm-weather fabrics. To be sure that your c...
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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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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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Bob Vila Radio: First Day of Spring
Today is March 20, the vernal equinox, better known as the first day of spring. For most of us around the country, th...
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Spring Cleaning? 8 Helpful Tips from Merry Maids to Ease You Through
Second only to a new mother’s instinct to nest is the desire to clean house at the first signs of winter thaw. Debra ...
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15 Remarkably Easy Ways to Create a Dust-Free Home
No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. It's a pervasive problem that everyone has to deal with every day. It's more than an ann...
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7 Things to Do in Spring for a Healthy, Gorgeous Lawn Year-Round
At the tail end of the winter season, homeowners face the sometimes daunting but always exciting prospect of readying...
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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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11 Stylish Ways to Enhance—or Hide—Your Radiators
With much of the nation experiencing the bitterest temperatures on record, many of us are appreciating our radiators like never before. Why not show that love by ...
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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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Pro Tips: The Best Ways to Deal with Snow and Ice
The severity of this winter has surprised many parts of the country. With more storms on the way, many homeowners are...
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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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SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM BOBVILA.COM
&nbsp;After serving up nearly 25 days of great tips, creative ideas, and how-to projects to make your holidays merry ...
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Don't Forget These 10 Christmas Eve Must Do's
Christmas comes but once a year, but it's still hard to imagine where all that prep time goes! If you're still counting down the hours, use this checklist to make...
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12 Amazing Ice Castles & Igloos from Around the World
For some, a day full of flurries means a day spent outdoors making snowballs, snow angels, and snowmen. For others, however, frosty weather inspires the construct...
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Just in Time: 10 Stocking Stuffers to Save the Day
So it’s almost Christmas, and you’ve still got some stockings that need filling. Here are 10 simple gifts—some you can make yourself—to brighten anyone's holiday.
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Frosty Feats: 12 Incredible Snow Sculptures
Going way beyond two lumps of coal and an old silk hat, some folks take the art of snow sculpting to an astonishing level. Here are some of the most spectacular w...
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11 Over-the-Top X-Mas Trees to Rouse Your Holiday Spirit
We've rounded up some of our favorite themed trees to get you thinking. Whether you'd replicate them or not, you can't deny these over-the-top creations add new m...
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3 Simple Steps to a Backyard Ice Skating Rink
Over the snowy-white winter, adults and children make the most of the cold by taking part in a smorgasbord of seasona...
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How To: Make a Fresh Holiday Garland
This year, as you dress up your house for the holidays, consider decking the halls with twinkling lights, festive rib...
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10 Easy DIY Candles for a Festive Season
Candles are particularly valued during the holidays for their cozy ambiance and their ability to illuminate the decorations around them. But this year, why not em...
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Weekend Project: 5 Ways to Create Ice Luminaries
Ice luminaries date back to the olden days, when if you wanted to illuminate winter darkness, you needed to use a lit...
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Top Tips for Troubleshooting Holiday Lights
If you want to avoid frustration and preserve your holiday spirit, I don't recommend that you spend time figuring out...
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Wrap It Up! 10 DIY Ways to Bedeck Your Holiday Gifts
When it comes to gift giving, it's the thought that counts—and obviously a great deal of thought went into these creative DIY gift-wrapping ideas that make the mo...
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8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights
If you're planning to string your yard with holiday cheer, bear in mind these few simple guidelines and precautions.
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10 LED Holiday Lights to Brighten Your Holiday Nights
It's the most wonderful — and darkest — time of the year, so check out all the ways you can use LEDs to light up your life and keep the holidays bright.
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Quick Tip: Cold Weather Painting
Colder weather doesn&#39;t have to be an issue when doing exterior painting. While most conventional paints must be appli...
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How To: Make a Gingerbread House From Scratch
The holiday season comes with so many traditions—cooking and baking, house decorating, caroling, and cocoa making—but...
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The Tree-Free Christmas: 14 Alternatives You Can DIY
This year, whatever your motivation, have a go at making your own nontraditional Christmas tree. Here are 14 amazing examples, all created from items you can pick...
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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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Holiday Planning: 10 Things to Do (Before You Do Anything Else)
Stop! Before you string the lights, start your shopping, or hang a single ornament on the tree, take some time to organize your holiday tasks. Follow these simple...
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Eco-Smart
From recycled, canvas mail sack iPad cases to an in-home mini aqua farm, we've gathered 11 green gift ideas for the earth-minded person on your holiday shopping l...
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Tool Lover
If you're stumped at what to buy the tool-lover in your life, never fear — Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guides are here!
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gadget-Loving DIYer
We hear Santa's got some pretty sophisticated workshops up north, so if you're unsure what to get the tech-loving, tool-obsessed DIYer in your family, our guide t...
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Mom
The DIY mom in your life takes care of everyone—so now it's time to take care of her with one of our great holiday gift ideas!
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: Pets
Looking to find gifts for pets, or planning to give pets as gifts? Look no further.
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Dad
Make it a happy holiday for the handyman in your household with our gift guide for the (ruggedly handsome) DIY dad.
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Draft Dodgers: 9 DIY Creations to Keep Out the Cold
Though the weather outside is frightful, wind-blocking draft dodgers are delightful...and wonderfully simple to make.
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How To: Make Fire Logs from Newspaper
As winter approaches, many homeowners are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use their fireplaces and wood-burni...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Thanksgiving Decor
There's a lot to be thankful for: your health, the roof over your head, and the loved ones who surround you at Thanks...
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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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Budget Decor: 10 DIY Ways to Dress Up Your House for Fall
It’s here—crisp, cozy, colorful autumn. Celebrate the season with some of these fall DIY accents for your home.
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11 Crazy Jack-o'-Lanterns to Really Give You the Creeps
Sculpted into notorious villains, ghastly creatures, and macabre scenes, these 11 pumpkins are cut out to be terrifying this Halloween!
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13 Terror-ific Yards All Decked Out for Halloween
With a little inspiration from these eerie exteriors, you'll strike terror into any who dare to venture up your walk this Halloween—all in good fun, of course!
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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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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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30 Easy Painted Pumpkins to Perk Up Your Halloween
Feeling festive but don't want to deal with the mess of carving pumpkins? Then these painted pumpkins, from striped to marbled, will help you get in the Halloween...
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11 "Real" Haunted Houses to Visit—If You Dare!
Creaking doors, cold spots, moving objects—be afraid, be very afraid of these famed ghostly retreats.
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7 Not-to-be-Missed Pumpkin Festivals Around the Country
Celebrate the joys of the season at one of these fun, family-friendly pumpkin festivals—and see how you might find one closer to home.
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Bob Vila Radio: Patio Heaters
Fall is a lovely time of year to enjoy your outdoor spaces. With the worst of summer’s heat and insects behind you, y...
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Keep Cozy in Cool Weather with an Outdoor Patio Heater
Now that it's fall, chilly weather chases you indoors after dinner al fresco, and low temperatures in the morning kee...
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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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Deck the Doors: 10 Wreaths for Autumn Decorating
Get into the swing of the season with these 10 awesome autumnal wreaths.
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Plant More, Spend Less: Shop Nurseries Off-Season
Browsing the local nursery, you may find yourself wanting to bring home half the store: There are so many beautiful a...
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French Drains 101
Things with &quot;French&quot; in the title are usually fancy, right? Poodles, perfume, pastries. But a French drain is nothing...
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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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3 Keys to Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden
As summer wanes, gardeners turn their attention to such "cleanup" activities as removing failed plantings. But while ...
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9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test.
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Castles in the Sand: 11 Inspirations for Beachside Builders
These monumental works of art demonstrate that beautiful architecture can be created in even the most ephemeral mediums.
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" August Projects
Sweltering August can sometimes feel like the cruelest month of all. Turn "cruel" to "cool" by creating a tech-smart ...
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11 Signs of an Unhappy Houseplant (and How You Can Help)
Who knew so much could go wrong with a houseplant? Here are 11 of the most common afflictions and their treatments so you can revive your friendly foliage in no t...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" July Projects
1. GARDEN SMARTERThis summer, no matter what you're planting, whether vegetables to eat or flowers to look at, consid...
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Patriotic Display: 10 DIY Decor Ideas for Independence Day
You can wave it, plant it, paint it, or illuminate it—just be sure to show off your patriotism this Fourth of July by decorating your home with some red, white, a...
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11 Made-in-America Favorites for Any Home
Looking to buy American? Here's a select list of 11 quality products, tools, and appliances manufactured in one of our 50 states.
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Keep Your Cool with 10 DIY Ice Chests
At your next outdoor bash, don't keep going back into the house for drinks! Instead, grab yourself a cold one from one of these clever—and stylish—"ice chests."
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10 No-Kink Garden Hoses That Test True
Loads of hoses claim to be kink-free, but is there really such a thing as a no-kink garden hose? As it turns out, there is.
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7 Easy Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeovers
Whether you have a small yard, or a property where acreage is no object, you can enhance your lawn and garden in a number of ways. You can add a patio or a simple...
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Flying the Flag—Proud and Proper
Before you proudly wave the stars and stripes, learn the etiquette of properly displaying, storing, and caring for your flag.
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15 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine
Hardy, shade plants and flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little light. Read on for a list of plants that don't nee...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" June Projects
In June, we officially welcome summer. In keeping with the season, this month's must-do projects include lawn care, d...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" May Projects
May is the month to prepare your house and garden for the dog days of summer. Start at the top—in the attic—working y...
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10 Ways to Wake Up Your Yard for Spring
Outdoors and in, take care of a few simple tasks now to bring your house out of winter hibernation!
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for April
Spring is officially underway, and while our focus has swung toward outdoor projects, it's not all daffodils and sunn...
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5 Spring Garden Favorites to Plant Right Now
The time to dream about your spring planting has passed. Now is the time to get going in the garden. So here are five...
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5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Garden for Spring
Ready for spring to arrive? So is your garden. The ground may still be cold, but longer days have already begun to co...
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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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Plant Cool Weather Crops in Containers for Spring Salad
Though Punxsutawney Phil has barely gotten back into his den, you’re already itching to start spring planting! Unfort...
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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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Turn Your Lawn Tractor into a Snow Plow or Blower
When the weatherman starts predicting the next blizzard, we get a little shaky in our house. Armed with only two snow...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for February
While February is the month with the fewest number of days, one of them is of course Valentine's Day. So show some lo...
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Winter Care for Houseplants
Over the winter, when your outdoor garden has little to boast about, the greenery inside your home lifts spirits and ...
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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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8 Innovative Snow Shovels to Help You Clear the Path
With winter weather on the way, the hunt for the best snow shovel continues! Keep the snow—and backache—at bay this winter with one of these ten smart, ergonomica...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for January
Happy New Year! January is the month to take stock and plan ahead. That's why my five "must do" projects for January ...
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Icicles: Charming or Chancy?
I remember that as I child I loved to wake up on wintry mornings to find icicles hanging off the house. I’d check eve...
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Bob Vila Radio: Thawing Pipes
Frozen pipes that burst and cause water damage in your home can happen in all but the warmest areas, and often when y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Freezing Pipes
'Tis the season for freezing pipes, and that's not just for folks in colder climates. Listen to BOB VILA ON FREEZING ...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Picking a Christmas Tree
Did you know that each holiday season 2,600 people are injured in fires in the US?Listen to BOB VILA ON PICKING A CHR...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for December
This month is all about the holidays. Whether you're decorating the house from top to bottom, inside and out, or just...
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5 Fiery Fall Bushes
Finding your garden lacking when it comes to fall color? Our favorite fall bushes will not only add a bright spot of ...
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Don’t Forget to Plant These Bulbs!
It’s the season to be planting bulbs. Many gardeners get fixated on the old standards—tulips and daffodils. Yes, ther...
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Winner! Bob Vila's First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
From movie villains to Mickey Mouse, cannibal pumpkins to true works of art, we finally found the ultimate King of Carving—and a few honorable mentions to boot.
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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 Bulbs
Always looking ahead, it’s time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. All they require is a bright, sunny location and a li...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for November
November is often a busy month, bringing with it a change of weather and a change of focus. Be sure your fall exterio...
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5 Plants to Divide in Fall
October is a great month to look over your property and determine which perennials are in need of dividing. Splitting...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Composting
All those piles of raked leaves and mown grass don’t do much good in your local landfill. If you garden, you can cut ...
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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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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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5 Fall Plants to Plant Right Now
Now that the temperature has dropped, it’s the time to replace those fading summer blooms with plants that thrive in ...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for October
If the calendar hasn't convinced you of autumn's arrival, the cooler temps and falling leaves no doubt have. It won't...
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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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3 Essential Fall Lawn Maintenance Tasks
As you start putting your lawn to bed, you must take care of three fall lawn maintenance tasks now to secure healthy ...
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Mums: Hardy, Colorful, and Fall-tastic!
Boldly colored mums on porches or planted in garden beds are wonderful harbingers of fall, going hand in hand with th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Safety Check
Fall’s a good time to do a top-to-bottom safety check of your home to protect your family and save big bucks on major...
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18 Ways to Color Your Garden This Fall
When summer blooms fade, usher in a new color show with one or more of these unique fall varieties.
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for September
September is a catch-up month! It's a time to finish projects begun in the summer that were never completed. And it's...
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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: Fall Lawn Care
Summer is a tough time for lawns, and this summer was especially tough on some. But every year we get a do-over in th...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for August
It’s August, the summer is in full swing, and the living is easy. Well, sort of. As every homeowner will agree, there...
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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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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for July
July ushers in the start of summer, which translates into outdoor living, grilling, and staying cool. But this month,...
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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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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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30 Days of Easy Summer DIY
This month, return daily to see what new, simple, do-it-yourself project to tackle this summer.
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How To: Make a Kite
There's nothing more fun for a child than learning to fly a kite. Who doesn't remember the thrill of watching their f...
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The Importance of Pop-Up Drain Emitters
I’ve said many times that the most important decisions we made in the construction of our home were around the things...
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How To: Make Garden Luminaries
Luminaries create an enchanting glow at dusk along a garden path or atop a picnic table. Here’s how to turn an old sa...
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How To: Make a Campfire
Building a fire was once an essential survival skill. But even in these times of portable heaters and grills, a campf...
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12 Birdhouses We Love
House hunting for your fine feathered friends? Here are some fun designs to make or buy.
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Bob Vila's Father's Day Gift Guide
Shopping for a Father's Day gift? Here are ten products that we thought were truly dad-worthy.
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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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Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for May
May is that in-between month—that time of year when we adjust to the unpredictable nature of spring and get ready to ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spring Cleaning
Even if you’re diligent about cleaning year-round, when winter’s over there’s always some spring cleaning in order. T...
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Bob Vila's Mother's Day Gift Guide
If you are shopping for Mom, here are ten gifts certain to make this Mother's Day her best yet.
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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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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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The Winter Garden: Hedge Your Bets
“Don’t stop gardening just because it’s winter,” says Cindy Baker, Manager of Grounds at the Chicago Botanic Garden. ...
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How To: Care for Winter Birds
Sure, the majority of birds head south for the winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop buying birdseed. Accor...
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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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Winterizing Your Patio Furniture
As sad as it is to move indoors after enjoying your outdoor furniture all summer, taking a little extra time to care ...
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10 Fall Home Maintenance Musts
Use these ten easy fall maintenance projects to keep your house in peak condition through the winter.
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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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Quick Tip: Your Plants Can Cool Your House
Watch Where You Plant Your TreesMost people know that planting a tree to shade your house is a great way to keep it c...
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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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Attic Insulation
Australian-born architect and homeowner, Gavin Langley, shows Bob how attics are insulated in his home country.
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Planting Bulbs and Seeding the Lawn
Bob meets with landscape designer Ruth Foster, who explains the correct method of planting bulbs. For turf, Foster suggests a relaxed approach, with perennial rye...
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