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  • Simple tips for covering your windows Dec 6, 2013 12:00 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 — 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 12:00 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 dishwasher’s not up to par, try these easy tipsNov 22, 2013 12:00 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 it’s 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 12:00 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, it’s not very hard to fix, as long as it’s just a small dent or hole.

     
  • Keep pests out of your home this fall Oct 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    As the weather cools, we all start spending more time indoors — along with the bugs and critters. At least, that is their plan. But you can do a lot of things to keep them out.

     
  • Cleaning and organizing your laundry room Oct 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Laundry day doesn’t have to be all washed up! Here are some super ideas for upgrading your laundry area to make it a breeze to use.

     
  • Make your windows more efficient without breaking the bank Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Windows let light into our homes, but most let a lot more in than that. The fact is that a standard window just doesn’t insulate against heat and cold air. But you can upgrade to a more energy-efficient model or try one or more of these ideas.

     
  • Now’s the time to seal up your home’s insulation Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    We are officially into the fall season now, and it won’t be long at all until Old Man Winter comes your way! Let’s get those cracks and gaps around our homes caulked and sealed up before that first freeze.

     
  • Mt. Prospect team hosts Volley for the Cure Sep 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    To support National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls’ volleyball teams from St. Raymond School in Mount Prospect will host St. Anne in Barrington, St. Emily in Mount Prospect, The Willows Academy in Des Plaines and St. Catherine Laboure in Glenview at the sixth annual Volley for the Cure volleyball fundraising event.

     
  • Try these tips to get a cabinet upgrade within a budget Sep 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    You can give your kitchen cabinets an upgrade without throwing your budget out the window. Just try some of our super ideas, and you’ll be amazed! Clean all of the cabinets with mineral-spirits paint thinner to remove all grease and oils. You can do a lot of different things to a cabinet door or drawer front:

     
  • Installing a new floor yourself makes money go farther Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    New flooring is expensive, and we are all looking for ways to get the most for our money. Don’t scrimp on the flooring material if you can avoid it. Instead, do some of the prep work yourself. It won’t be easy in most cases, but you can save a bundle.

     
  • Give your home a makeover with an easy upholstery job Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    When you need a new chair, couch or bench, you do have choices. You can go big and buy something custom-made and very expensive, or you can go cheap and recover something that you already have or something that nobody else wants.

     
  • Super handyman: Making the most out of a small space Sep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Most kids’ rooms are small. You think that since kids are small, their rooms can be small. It’s not fair, but that’s just the way it goes. But you can make a small room a lot more functional with some of these ideas.

     
  • If you want to try a stained concrete floor, here are some tips Aug 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    There are a lot of different types of floor surfaces that one can install in a home today. Your choice is determined by a variety of factors, including your budget, function and lifestyle. One option that you might not have considered is stained concrete. If your home is on a concrete slab, then it’s a great option. Here are the basics so you can decide if you want to give it a shot.

     
  • Plan out your storage shed before you build Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you have a back yard, then you probably have space for a small storage shed. If you build one from scratch, then you can customize it and make it look really great. If you buy a kit, then you probably can have it up in just one weekend. Here are some super tips to help you decide what you want to do and how to get started.

     
  • Simple steps to unclog that shower drain Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    A hot shower is something we all look forward to after a long day’s work. But if the drain is running slow or not at all, it becomes a lot less rewarding. But it can be cleared, hopefully without a lot of drama. Here are some things you can try to free up that clogged shower drain.

     
  • How to put a stop to water leaks Aug 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Many parts of the country are in a drought, and water is precious. That’s one great reason to fix leaks. Of course, severe water leaks can cause a lot of damage, so let’s talk about how to best handle water leaks, big or small.

     
  • Tips and tricks for painting bricks Aug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Brick is a long-lasting building material, but it can get old — or you might get tired of the same old thing and want to paint it. But there are a few things you should know before you do this.

     
  • Fixing your ‘throne’ can be a do-it-yourself task Jul 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Whether you have a low-flow toilet or an old-timey “throne,” if the wax seal fails at the floor flange, you’re going to have to take care of it ASAP. It’s not a fun project, but definitely easy enough for an average do-it-yourselfer to accomplish. Since it means lifting the toilet up off the floor, have a friend there to lend a hand. The rest is fairly easy.

     
  • Keep your wood floors looking beautiful Jul 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Wood floors are beautiful. Some are better than others at resisting stains and moisture. But all of these floor types need to be cleaned often. Here are the basics for keeping each type of floor clean without a lot of hassle.

     
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