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  • Spruce up your old deck this summer Aug 16, 2014 10:51 AM
    A nice outdoor deck can add a lot of value to your property, not to mention fun times for your family. But a deck can age over time, so let’s talk about how you can correct some common problems and head off some others.

  • Tips and tricks for cutting pipes Aug 8, 2014 12:01 AM
    Cutting wood can be done lots of different ways, but cutting pipe is a little trickier — especially plumbing pipe of any kind. There are a variety of methods you can use, but some are easier than others. Here are our best tips and tricks:

  • Unclog stubborn shower drains Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    A clogged shower drain is one way to cut down on water usage. But there are better ways to remedy this problem. Here are some super tips for clearing a clogged drain in the shower, tub or sink.

  • These bars may grab your attention Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    We’re all going to get older, and when we do, having grab bars in our homes surely will come in handy. They might even be helpful now if you have guests who have physical challenges. They are fairly inexpensive to add, and could even be a selling point if you decide to sell your home in the future.

  • Don’t overlook details when moving to a new home Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is the most popular time of the year to move. We’ve talked about some super tips for packing, but here are some of our favorite tips to help make moving into the new home a little easier.

  • It’s not hard to get creative with concrete Jul 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    Flooring choices include carpet, wood planks, tile, vinyl — but wait, there’s more! Concrete is underneath these covering materials, in some cases. You can get pretty creative with the concrete itself. You can stain it, paint it and stencil it, both indoors and out. Here are some basic instructions to prepare a plain concrete surface for your artistic creation.

  • Planning a move this summer? Here are our useful tips Jul 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    Summer is the most popular time to make a move to a new house. School is out, and we have more vacation time. You can save a lot of money if you do some of the moving yourself, so here are some of our favorite moving tips:

  • Repair your screens and enjoy fresh air this summer Jun 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Window screens let in fresh air and keep the bugs out. If you haven’t checked your screens yet for tears or holes, do so now before you need to use them. If you do find damage, here are some super tips for making quick repairs or easier replacements.

  • Bring an old piece of furniture back from the dead Jun 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    One of the most rewarding projects a DIY’er can do is bring an old piece of furniture back from the dead. Sometimes you can do this just by cleaning it. But other times it will require stripping and refinishing. Here are some of our super tips to make the latter a little easier to tackle.

  • Don’t find yourself in real hot water - maintain your water heater May 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    The most common type of water heater still is the tank, even though tankless water heaters are becoming more and more common, especially in new homes. The tank-type water heater is fairly inexpensive and easy to replace when it’s time. Regular maintenance is easy to do and worth the time and effort, as it will make your water heater run more efficiently and last longer.

  • Spring cleaning for your drain lines May 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    A slow-moving drain could mean a clogged drain line. But occasionally it is a clogged vent stack. In order for a typical drain line to work properly, it needs air. Your household drain lines have attached air vents to allow for the best drainage of toilets and sinks.

  • Easy plan for a catch basin to collect rain Apr 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Want free water for your garden? Make your own rain barrel, and harvest water for your garden. It’s easier than you might think.

  • Start spring cleaning outside your home with the gutters Apr 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    In some parts of the country, rain isn’t a problem — but in others, too much of it has been a real problem. Guttering around your home is your best defense against too much rain, as it should channel the water away from your home’s exterior.

  • 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.

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