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  • 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.

  • How to put a stop to water leaks Aug 9, 2013 12:14 AM
    Many parts of the country are in a drought, and water is precious. Thatís one great reason to fix leaks. Of course, severe water leaks can cause a lot of damage, so letís talk about how to best handle water leaks, big or small.

  • Tips and tricks for painting bricks Aug 2, 2013 12:10 AM
    Brick is a long-lasting building material, but it can get old ó 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 Ďthroneí can be a do-it-yourself task Jul 26, 2013 12:23 AM
    Whether you have a low-flow toilet or an old-timey ďthrone,Ē if the wax seal fails at the floor flange, youíre going to have to take care of it ASAP. Itís 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 9:47 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.

  • Super handyman: Keep your cool this summer Jul 12, 2013 5:54 AM
    If you really want to save some money on your utility bills, you might consider shutting off your air conditioning, at least part of the time, and trying some alternatives, or old-fashioned ways, for cooling your home down. Here are some of our favorite tips:

  • Install GFCI outlets for safer bathrooms and kitchens Jul 5, 2013 12:27 AM
    Most homes are protected by GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where water and electricity are in close quarters. These outlets are designed to shut off power to the circuit should water short it out. If you donít have these outlets in these areas already, you really ought to add them. Here are the basic steps involved in doing so. Be safe and, if you donít think you can do it on our own, hire an electrician to do it for you.

  • Preparing your home for summer storms Jun 28, 2013 10:48 AM
    Weíve certainly seen some severe storm damage around our country this spring. You canít fool Mother Nature, but you can do a lot of things to protect your property from some of the damage.

  • Maintain brick pavers for long-lasting great look Jun 21, 2013 5:32 AM
    Brick pavers are just wonderful. Whether you are doing a walkway, patio or even a driveway, if done correctly, they will look great for many years with little trouble. Even the problems that you might have are easy to fix. Here are solutions to those issues and how you easily can take care of them yourself:

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