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  • 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.

     
  • Cleaning and organizing your laundry room Oct 17, 2013 3:30 PM
    Laundry day doesnít 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 12:11 AM
    Windows let light into our homes, but most let a lot more in than that. The fact is that a standard window just doesnít insulate against heat and cold air. But you can upgrade to a more energy-efficient model or try one or more of these ideas.

     
  • Nowís the time to seal up your homeís insulation Oct 4, 2013 10:15 AM
    We are officially into the fall season now, and it wonít be long at all until Old Man Winter comes your way! Letís 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 8:51 PM
    To support National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girlsí 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 2:22 PM
    You can give your kitchen cabinets an upgrade without throwing your budget out the window. Just try some of our super ideas, and youíll 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 12:18 AM
    New flooring is expensive, and we are all looking for ways to get the most for our money. Donít scrimp on the flooring material if you can avoid it. Instead, do some of the prep work yourself. It wonít be easy in most cases, but you can save a bundle.

     
  • Give your home a makeover with an easy upholstery job Sep 13, 2013 12:47 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 12:52 AM
    Most kidsí rooms are small. You think that since kids are small, their rooms can be small. Itís not fair, but thatís 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 12:35 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 itís 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 5:15 PM
    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 12:28 AM
    A hot shower is something we all look forward to after a long dayís 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.

     
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