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  • Save money by ripping up strips of carpet Mar 20, 2015 12:01 AM
    I've been saving for a wood floor in my bedroom. As much as I love carpet, my allergies are getting bad again, and I think wood flooring would be much less irritating than carpet. I’ve decided to save some money by removing the old carpet first. You also can do this, and save some bucks. Here’s how:

  • How to replace your worn-out grout Mar 13, 2015 12:01 AM
    Tile can last forever, but the grout? Not so much. Fortunately, the grout is easier to remove than tiles are. If your grout is ugly, stained, cracked or you just want to change the color of it, here’s how to do it.

  • Make your spring cleaning plan of attack Mar 6, 2015 12:01 AM
    Spring is just around the corner, and it’s not too early to start planning your spring-cleaning attack. Here are some basics to help you get started with a good list and the proper tools.

  • Taking care of your leather furniture Feb 27, 2015 12:01 AM
    Leather upholstery is a thing of beauty, and it’s supposed to be pretty durable, too. But even leather may need a little help every now and then. Here are some things you can do to keep your leather in good shape.

  • Using a table for home projects makes it a candidate for repairs Feb 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Do you have a workbench, or do you just use your kitchen or dining-room table as one when you are working on projects? Well, you are not alone. It turns out that a lot of our readers do, too. So, how does that table look? Well, again, you are not alone. Here are some fixes for the most common problems.

  • Top 10 tips for organizing your home Feb 13, 2015 12:01 AM
    I can’t tell you how many emails I receive about organizing. Everyone resolved to be better organized this year and is coming up with some pretty great ideas, so I took the top 10 best ideas and decided to share them with you, so do one or, maybe all of them, if you can!

  • Have a frozen pipe? Here’s what to do Feb 6, 2015 12:01 AM
    ‘Tis the season ... for frozen pipes! There are some great ways to prevent this from happening. Foam insulation works pretty well, and heat tapes can be used if that is not sufficient.

  • Keep the cold air out with these simple tips Jan 31, 2015 12:01 AM
    If you are finding drafty spots that you missed when insulating and weatherstripping your home during the fall, never fear. There still are some things you can do from the inside of your home to make it more comfy on those cold, drafty days.

  • Give new life to your old carpet Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM
    Is your white carpet gray? Plain carpeting looks like it's patterned? Well, all is not lost and you may not have to replace it just yet. Try some of these fixes for common spots and stains and see if you can't get another year out of your old carpet.

  • Deconstructing Christmas made easy through organization Jan 16, 2015 12:01 AM
    My decorations still are up and probably will stay up for a few more days while I catch up on my sleep. But when it’s time to put it all away, I have learned a few tricks I’d like to share.

  • Speed-cleaning tips for quick pick-me ups Jan 9, 2015 12:01 AM
    Over the holidays, most of us expected guests for lots of reasons. But sometimes we get unexpected guests. That usually means you run around stuffing things here and there, and just generally hiding the debris that you usually have lying around.

  • Can maintenance help you keep your investment on the road? Dec 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most of us own a car — some of us own more than one — and all of them usually are fairly expensive and are required on a daily basis, so it makes a lot of sense to take good care of yours. While we are not mechanics, we do have some simple maintenance tips that you can use to keep your investment on the road.

  • Top 10 tips for picking the perfect christmas tree Dec 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    It’s that time of year again — the time for picking out and decorating the family Christmas tree! Here are our top 10 tips on that very subject.

  • Stay warm - and safe - during the winter months Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    This time of the year is the high-risk season for house fires. But there certainly are things you can do to make your home safer. Think about some of these areas in your home and make adjustments to ensure a safe winter this year.

  • Spruce up your shower with these super tips Dec 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Want to kick your shower up a notch? Change out the showerhead. It’s not a very hard thing to do, and it can make a huge difference. Here are the basic steps and a few super tips to make it quick and easy.

  • Breathe a little easier this winter with these tips Nov 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors during the winter. Staying warm and dry is a smart thing to do. But it’s a fact that the air inside your home can be worse for you than the great outdoors. Dust, pet dander and other pollutants can get trapped inside a tightly sealed-up home. Here are some ways to help you breathe a little easier this winter.

  • Keep your dishwasher working hard for you with these tips Nov 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    If I have a dishwasher and I am having to wash the dishes by hand either before or after I use the machine, there’s a problem. Here are a few things you can do to get your dishwasher working at its peak level.

  • Simple ways to update your decor Nov 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Although sreplacing a floor can give your room a new look, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or be an experienced DIY’er to give your home an upgrade or two. Here are some simple things you can do to your home or apartment that don’t involve lots of tools and/or money.

  • Update your kitchen with a painted countertop Nov 7, 2014 10:04 AM
    If you have a dated, boring laminate kitchen countertop but don’t have the budget for granite, consider painting a new look. Not only will it look good and fit your budget, but it also will eliminate the need for demolition and a crew of workers. Here is how to do it.

  • Top 10 tips for a super successful garage sale Oct 31, 2014 12:01 AM
    Here are some tips I’ve gathered over the years to organize a great yard or garage sale. Create a “holding area” for everything you want to sell weeks in advance, and start placing things in this spot.

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