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Find a Plumbing Pro

As your heating and cooling units age, they break down and lose efficiency. Here are the telltale signs that you need an HVAC replacement.

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Find a Roofing Pro

As your heating and cooling units age, they break down and lose efficiency. Here are the telltale signs that you need an HVAC replacement.

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Find an HVAC System Pro

As your heating and cooling units age, they break down and lose efficiency. Here are the telltale signs that you need an HVAC replacement.

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Best Bathroom Cleaners of 2020

We’ve reviewed the best bathroom cleaner solutions, accessories, chemical-free options, and DIY recipes to keep your bathroom fresh and clean. Check out our 2019 bathroom cleaner guide.

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Dryer Not Spinning? Here Are 4 DIY Fixes

It can be frustrating to try to wash clothes only to find out your dryer isn’t spinning. In this article, we explain some common causes to why your dryer isn’t working and offer four simple fixes.

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How to Find Your Gas Shut-Off Valve

Learn where to find your gas shut-off valve and how to tell if it’s on or off, plus tips on how to turn off the gas to individual appliances.

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What Is a Washing Machine Pan?

A washing machine pan can protect your home from potential water damage, washing machine overflow, and leaky drain pipes. Keep reading to learn which washing machine pans we recommend.

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How to Install a Smoke Detector

Nearly 2,000 Americans lose their lives to fires every year. Keep reading to learn why a smoke detector is important and how to install a unit in your home.

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How to Fix a Blown Fuse

Learn how to fix a blown fuse, ways to prevent it from happening again, and related issues that may require professional help.

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R22 Replacement: What You Need to Know

The production of R22 refrigerant will cease in 2020. Do you know what to do before this happens? Read our step-by-step instructions for replacing R22 and learn the benefits of switching.

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7 Homemade Window Cleaner Recipes

Using homemade window cleaners is a cost-effective alternative to commonly used store-bought solutions. Enjoy clean, streak-free windows with these seven easy recipes.

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What Is a Diverter Valve?

Diverter valves are handy little pieces of hardware that play a major role in your bathtub. They provide optimal water pressure and a pleasant shower experience.

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What Is a Dishwasher Air Gap?

If you’ve never heard of a “dishwasher air gap,” you’ll be happy to know that you’re far from the only one. It's an important sanitary device for your kitchen.

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Roof Repair Guide: How to Repair a Roof

Your roof is the first line of defense for your home. Learn about the common types of roof repairs and how to perform minor repairs on an asphalt roof.

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Mold vs. Mildew: What’s the Difference?

Mold and mildew have striking differences, and understanding how to identify, treat, and prevent their growth is essential to keeping your home fungus-free.

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Smoke Detector Placement: Your Guide to Installing Carbon Monoxide and Fire Alarms

Carbon monoxide and smoke detector placement is just as important as having functioning alarms, so make sure you’re deliberate when installing your detectors.

Family home severely damaged by fire.
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What to Expect from Fire Damage Restoration

Even a small fire can create a lot of damage to your home due to the heat, smoke, soot, and water that result from the fire and trying to put it out.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ductless Air Conditioners

Also known as mini-split air conditioners, ductless are conditioners are a particularly good fit for people who are looking to cool a small space.

Beautiful bamboo hardwood floor with a central vacuum cleaner.
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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Many hardwood floors actually appear to improve as they age. Here’s the best advice on how to clean hardwood floors so you can keep them looking their best.

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How to Choose a Contractor for Your Home Improvement Project

Where to start your search, what to look for, questions to ask, and red flags to avoid.

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How Much Should You Really Be Budgeting for a Home Renovation?

It’s estimated that nearly half of home renovations go over budget, so how can you plan for the unexpected when it comes to a costly project? We explore how much you should really be budgeting for your reno and how to ensure you stay within budget and on schedule.

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How to Vacuum: The Ultimate Guide

The ultimate guide on how to vacuum with insight from experts at Dyson, Miele, Roomba Stanley Steemer, and more. We'll address how to pick the right vacuum for you, how to make the most of attachments, how to care for your floors, and even how vacuums work. But ultimately, we'll answer the question: Is there a right way to vacuum?

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How to Save Energy During the Summer

Making simple energy-efficient changes to your home can save you from paying hefty utility bills this summer. Beat the heat, practice environmental responsibility, and lower your energy bills with these 11 home upgrades.

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Mildew: What It Is and How to Get Rid of It

How to identify it, how to tell the difference between mildew and mold, and what you can do to get rid of it in your home and in your garden.

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How to Get Rid of Black Mold

Black mold can cause severe structural damage to your home and negatively affect your health. Get rid of black mold fast with these simple steps.

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What to Know About Buying a Home with a Septic Tank

Don’t be scared from buying a potentially great home just because it has a septic tank. Follow along as we guide you through what you need to know about buying a home with a septic tank.

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Why Your Tap Water Smells Bad

Tap water can take on various foul odors for a number of reasons. Read on to learn some possible reasons why your tap water smells bad.

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Dishwasher Won’t Start? Troubleshoot in 9 Steps

Dishwasher won’t start? Before calling in a professional for a repair or replacement, follow our step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help assess the problem.

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How to Fix Standing Water in Dishwasher

If you have standing water in your dishwasher, it may be easier to troubleshoot the issue before calling in a professional. Here’s our guide to troubleshooting standing water in your dishwasher.

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How to Fix a Dishwasher That Won’t Drain

Dishwasher won’t drain? Follow our troubleshooting guide to identify what could be causing the issue, what can be fixed now, and when to call in professional help.

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Dishwasher Not Cleaning Properly? Here Are 9 Quick Fixes

Dishwasher not cleaning properly? Before calling a service technician to assess the problem, follow this troubleshooting guide to check and clean different parts of your dishwasher.

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10 Tips to
Make the Most of
Small Space Living

From design to storage and organization, small space living offers unique challenges and wonderful opportunities. Take your small space from claustrophobic to cozy with these 10 essential tips.

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Deconstructing Design Star Decor: How TV’s Elite Create a Home

We analyzed 10 HGTV and DIY Network shows to reveal the top styles, most-used colors, and must-have furniture accents used by TV's design stars. Learn how today's design elite approach home design.

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HERS Testing: What Is It
and When Is It Necessary?

HERS testing examines a home’s energy efficiency and determines where there’s room to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about HERS testing and when it should be performed.

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How to Caulk a Shower or Tub

Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to caulk a shower or tub. How to prep, what materials and tools to get, and how to complete the job like a pro.

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How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Learn the average cost of a bathroom remodel, what tasks are DIY and which require professional help, and how to save money on your bathroom reno.

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When to Replace Your HVAC System

As your heating and cooling units age, they break down and lose efficiency. Here are the telltale signs that you need an HVAC replacement.

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How to Change Air Filters

Learn how to change a disposable or reusable air filter and other practical tips for maintaining your air conditioning system to ensure high quality indoor air.

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The Basics of Geothermal Heating Systems

Learn the basics of how geothermal heating systems—how they work, types, cost, energy efficiency, maintenance, and installation.

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Everything You Need to Know About HEPA Filters

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. Learn how HEPA filters work and how to choose one as well as cost, care, and the importance of clean air.

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How to Stain Wood: Tips for Large and Small Projects

Learn the best types of wood to stain, the tools you need, the type of stain to use, and how to stain wood for small or large projects.

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5 Patio Materials by Cost, Durability, Installation & Style

When choosing a material for your patio, consider cost, durability, style, and—if you’re taking on the project yourself—installation difficulty. We’ve ranked five of the most common materials to help you make the best choice.

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Quick Fixes to Quiet Your Squeaky Floorboards

Here are three quick fixes—two above ground and one below—for squeaky floorboards. From diagnosing the problem to silencing the noise, here’s what you need to know.

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A Quick Guide to Brick Patterns

A quick digest of the most common brick patterns. We rank six patterns from easiest to hardest so you can decide whether you want to DIY the job or call in a pro.

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Soundproofing for Apartments

We explore eight easy and inexpensive strategies for soundproofing your apartment. Keep noise inside or out with these methods you can tackle in a single weekend.

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Crown Molding | Types and Installation

Crown molding is a surprisingly easy way to completely transform your home. We'll walk you through the basics of installing crown molding yourself.

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How to Get Rid of Condensation in Double Pane Windows

Condensation in double-pane windows signals that a seal has been compromised. Here’s how to address the issue.

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How to Choose a
Home Cleaning Service

Here are the most important questions to ask and factors to consider when hiring a home cleaning service or individual.

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Benefits of Double-Pane Windows

From cost to energy efficiency to ease of installation, here’s what you need to know about double-pane windows.

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How to Clean Gutters

Clean your gutters twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring. Here’s how in five simple steps.

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How to Fix Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Learn how to determine the cause of low water pressure in your home, what you can do about it, and when to call in the pros.

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How to Remove Wallpaper

Learn how to remove wallpaper with DIY videos and easy step-by-step methods.

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Cleaning Air Ducts: What You Need to Know

Keeping your HVAC system in peak condition includes keeping the air ducts clean. See how you can save money, increase comfort, and breathe easier.

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2 Best Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean Glass

Two easy and effective methods for cleaning glass using materials you already have in your home.

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The Cost of Installing
Hardwood Flooring

From materials to labor, how much should your hardwood floor cost? We discuss the cost of wood, DIY options, and whether to hire a professional.

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How to Set Your Water Heater Temperature

Prevent the dangerous risk of scalding, stop bacteria breeding, and keep you water temperature at a comfortable level. Here’s how to set your water heater temperature in four steps.

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6 Best Roofing Materials Ranked by Durability and Cost

When it comes to roofing materials, make an informed and careful decision. Consider the six most popular options and make the right choice for your home.

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