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  • Lovely old lamps can be dangerous Apr 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    An old lamp may look beautiful, but it can be dangerous. Rewiring it to make it safer is fairly easy in most cases. Here is how to do it, and a few extra tips you can try, too:

  • Make your glass cooktop shine again Mar 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Glass cooktops are very popular. When you first get them, they look sleek, shiny and very nice. But over time, they can lose their shine and get a buildup of burned food on them that is hard to clean off.

  • A tuned-up fridge will help you keep your cool Mar 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    The modern refrigerator has come a long way since the original ice box! But if you take yours for granted, it might not work any better than theydid back then. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your appliance super cool.

  • Here’s how to keep your drawers in tiptop shape Mar 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Do you have problems with your drawers? Of course, we’re talking about the ones you keep kitchen utensils and clothes in. Drawers may have appeared not to change much through the years, but inside, the mechanics have. Here are suggestions and tips to keep your drawers operating smoothly, and how to fix them if they are not!

  • Get an inexpensive, customized look for your blinds Mar 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    Blinds offer a variety of design options for homeowners, plus privacy and energy efficiency. They can be expensive, but if you can purchase standard sizes and cut them to fit your windows, you can get that customized look for a lot less. Here’s how to do it.

  • Keep your front-loading washer in tip-top shape Oct 17, 2014 12:01 AM
    Front-loading washing machines are the new thing these days. They can be more energy-efficient to use, but they do require a little more maintenance than the old top-loaders. Here are some things you should do on a regular basis to keep that pretty new washer in good shape.

  • Kitchen islands don’t have to cost a fortune Feb 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    You don’t have to be a millionaire to own an island. You could have your own personal island right in your kitchen. If you kitchen is large enough, you can add a central workspace, or island, in just a weekend and without spending a fortune.

  • Important tips for do-it-yourself painting Feb 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Painting is the least expensive way to upgrade your home. Even a small project can make a big difference. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks to help your next paint job turn out like a masterpiece!

  • Care tips for all kinds of hardwood floors Feb 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Hardwood floors are more popular than ever before. And there are all different types of wood floors. Let’s go over some basic advice to keep them looking good, no matter what type you have.

  • Give your kitchen faucet new life Feb 7, 2014 12:41 AM
    Last week we talked about simple, quick and inexpensive things you can do to upgrade your kitchen. One of the things we suggested was to replace your kitchen faucet. It really can be fairly easy to do. Here are the steps you need to follow for that simple and quick replacement.

  • Finding the perfect hanger for your drywall Jan 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    Whether you are hanging pictures on your walls or a wall sconce, you are going to need to use a hanger or two, especially on drywall. Drywall is a good surface for a lightweight frame and for paint or wallpaper, but itís just not sturdy enough for hanging heavier stuff.

  • A midseason fireplace-safety checklist: Jan 17, 2014 12:30 AM
    If you use your wood-burning fireplace a lot, then itís probably due for a midseason checkup about now. Here is a list of things you should take a close look at monthly during a long, cold winter.

  • Tips and tricks for fixing common wallpaper problems Jan 3, 2014 12:48 AM
    Wallpapering has come a long way since it was first used, thank goodness! Now we have paper that is easier to put up and take down. But they havenít found a way to prevent peeling, bubbling and a few other issues.

  • Keep your holidays safe and free from house fires Dec 20, 2013 12:01 AM
    At this time of the year, we all are very busy shopping and partying with our friends and family. Just promise us that you will take a few minutes and give your home a safety upgrade. Here are a few things youíll want to check:

  • Picking the perfect holiday tree Dec 13, 2013 12:18 AM
    Itís hard to believe weíre almost into 2014. But letís make the most of this last month of the year. Most of us will celebrate the holidays with family, which usually means decorating the Christmas tree.

  • Simple tips for covering your windows Dec 6, 2013 12:59 AM
    We all have windows, and they are designed to let in air and sunshine. But we also need to cover those windows sometimes to keep the air and sunshine out ó not to mention for privacy. There are some simple solutions, and we have some super tips for measuring and installing window coverings.

  • Preparing your carpet for holiday guests Nov 29, 2013 12:25 AM
    If you are expecting guests for the holidays, then you should be preparing your home. A lot of people take this time to replace worn or stained carpet. But if you are on a budget, try some or all of these tips and tricks for getting out the spots and making your carpets look presentable again.

  • If your dishwasherís not up to par, try these easy tips Nov 22, 2013 12:07 AM
    Dishwashers are supposed to wash your dishes, right? Well, if your dishwasher requires you to wash your dishes before ever putting them into it, then itís not doing its job very well. Sometimes just changing detergents can help. But most of the time, a good cleaning is all it really needs. Here are some tricks and tips you can try to make your dishwashing experience a little better.

  • Tips for fixing those doorknob dings Nov 15, 2013 12:35 AM
    One of the most common drywall repairs is the standard doorknob patch-up. Heck, most of us might even be guilty of it. Oops! Well, itís not very hard to fix, as long as itís just a small dent or hole.

  • Keep pests out of your home this fall Oct 24, 2013 3:54 PM
    As the weather cools, we all start spending more time indoors ó along with the bugs and critters. At least, that is their plan. But you can do a lot of things to keep them out.

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