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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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14 Vintage X-Mas Ideas to Borrow from the Past
Festive feather trees, classic cocktails, decorative popcorn garlands… revelers of yesteryear really knew how to embrace the holiday season. Borrow these 14 vint...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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11 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Lawn
A beautiful lawn is a reflection of the care you put into it. But sometimes, a particular maintenance routine can do more harm than good. Here are 11 common care ...
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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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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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14 Sneaky Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
Owning a home is expensive: There are property taxes and mortgages, tiny repairs and big maintenance projects, energy costs and water bills. After all's said and ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Pro Tips: 5 Ways to Bring Songbirds to Your Backyard
Birds eat bugs, propagate seeds, and bring your garden to life with color, movement, and song. Yet, “the greatest joy...
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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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How To: Get Rid of Flies in the House
As warm weather sweeps in, so does an annual nuisance—houseflies. The small, black, buzzy critters that land on your ...
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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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One-Step Spring Upkeep with a Multitalented Outdoor Tool
Here's what the real estate agent doesn't say: Owning a home near the ocean is rarely a day at the beach. Salt air pu...
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9 Insanely Easy 1-Hour Backyard Projects
Spring and summer bring longer days—but that doesn't mean it's much easier to squeeze in all the projects and repairs that you'd like to do. But when it comes to ...
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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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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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7 Ways to Avoid Winter's Worst Home Disaster
The big freeze has many homeowners scrambling for insulation and space heaters. But some of the most important areas to examine in the home are the plumbing pipes...
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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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Never Shovel Snow Again After This One Improvement
Though winter's worst storms are likely yet to come, many homeowners around the country have already had ample opport...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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's winter and I keep getting condensation on the inside of my windows. What'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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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