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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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Tankless Water Heater Installation 101

Is a tankless water heater right for you? Learn about the pros and cons of this type of water heater and how to install one in your home.

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Troubleshooting a Garage Door Opener

An automatic garage door opener is a nice convenience until it no longer works. If you’re experiencing an issue with your garage door opener, learn how to troubleshoot it with these common fixes.

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R-410a vs. R-22: What’s the Difference?

Do you know what type of refrigerant you’re using in your air conditioning unit? Learn all about R-410a and how it benefits the environment and will save you money in the long run.

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5 Off-Grid Appliances for Your Home

Off-grid living continues to increase in popularity as more people choose to rely on solar power and fossil fuels to reduce their carbon footprint. Here are five off-grid appliances worth investing in.

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AC Frozen? Here’s How to Fix It

Is your AC frozen? Learn the signs that indicate you have a frozen air conditioner, how to troubleshoot the issue, and when to call in a professional.

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7 Garage Door Maintenance Tips

You might not think about routine garage door maintenance until something falls apart. Here are some prevention tips to keep your garage door in good working condition.

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Guide to Gas Water Heaters

Do you live in a home with a gas water heater? Stay informed on regular maintenance, common repairs, and when to replace your system with this helpful 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 Does a Dehumidifier Work?

Dehumidifiers help keep your home comfortable and free of mildew and mold. Keep reading to learn how they work and why you need one.

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How Does a Self-Cleaning Oven Work?

Don’t want to clean your oven manually? Check out our extensive guide on how a self-cleaning oven works and what a typical cleaning cycle looks like.

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Gas vs. Electric Stove: Which Is Better?

What’s the difference between a gas and electric stove? Keep reading to compare the two types of stoves and learn more about their efficiency, safety, and general costs.

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How to Clean Oven Racks

Cleaning your oven racks may seem like hard work, but with a bathtub and cleaning materials, it’s easier than it seems. Read our guide and learn how to clean oven racks.

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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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7 Most Common Plumbing Problems

General plumbing problems can be very costly for homeowners and can waste gallons of water. Many of these problems are easy to fix on your own with the right tools and basic know-how.

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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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Roof Cleaning 101

Is your roof covered in leaves, needles, moss, mold, algae, or lichen? Learn the best roof cleaning methods for your home and how much the process costs.

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How to Find Your Water Shut-Off Valve

Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located? Learn how to find your water shut-off valve and how to turn off your home’s water supply.

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5 Garbage Disposal Cleaner Ideas

Dirty disposal? Learn different ways to clean your garbage disposal and how often you should be cleaning it to keep it working well and void of odors.

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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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How to Read a Water Meter

Reading your water meter regularly will help you understand your utility bills and catch a water leak before it gets out of hand.

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What Is a Home Energy Audit?

Going green is certainly trendy, but an energy-efficient home has more appeal than the clout. Learn what a home energy audit is and how it can benefit you.

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How to Winterize a Pool

Before the freezing temperatures set in for the winter months, pool owners should follow these steps to winterize their pool to avoid later frustration and damage.

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Radiant Floor Heating

Say goodbye to noise and allergens with radiant floor heating. Learn how radiant heating works, how much it costs, and if it’s right for you and your home.

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How to Insulate Windows

Prepare for cooler weather by learning how to insulate your windows. Here are eight different methods to try.

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The Complete Guide to Basement Waterproofing

Learn what basement waterproofing is, the types of methods involved with the process, when you should waterproof your basement, and why it’s important.

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How to Unclog a Toilet

Clogged toilets are extremely frustrating and seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Learn how to unclog a toilet in just a few simple steps.

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How to Unclog a Sink

After you use your sink, whether in the bathroom or kitchen, you might notice how the water is draining more slowly, or not at all. Here are several DIY fixes to help you unclog your sink.

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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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How to Clean an Oven

A clean oven will perform better, deliver quality tasting food, and prolong the life of your appliance. Getting a grime-free oven isn’t as hard as you think—follow this guide to learn how to clean yours.

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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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Anatomy of a Water Heater

Here's everything you need to know about your home's water heater from top to bottom. House Method covers the parts, the purposes they serve, and how they work.

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5 Most Common Problems for Homeowners with Pools

Owning a pool is great. From pool parties to just cooling off with your family. But owning a pool can be hard. Read about the most common problems homeowners with pools face.

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How to Find a Stud Without a Stud Finder

There are plenty of ways to find a stud without a stud finder—here are five simple techniques.

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How to Paint a Room

A fresh coat of paint can breathe fresh life into your space. Here are the basics of how to paint a room.

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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.

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Car Window Replacement: DIY or Hire an Auto Glass Specialist?

The windows on the side and rear of your car aren’t as prone to chips and cracks as the windshield, but they do get cracked and broken in accidents and break-ins.

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How to Install Solar Panels: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Read through our step-by-step solar installation guide to learn how to install solar panels, including how to determine if you should go solar and what to expect from professional solar installation.

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Flood Damage Restoration: What to Do After Your Home Floods

Let’s look at what you should do if your home is flooded to restore your property and steps you can take to prevent flood damage in the future.

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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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Complete Guide to Tile and Grout Cleaning

With a little preventative maintenance—about a half hour each week—you can reduce the buildup on your tiles.

Upholstery cleaning for white couch
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Your Ultimate Guide to Upholstery Cleaning

Regular upholstery cleaning removes dirt and grime buildup from your furniture so that it’s clean and maintained.

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How to Clean a Rug: At-Home and Professional Rug Cleaning Options

Cleaning your rugs is more important than you may realize, especially if you have kids, pets, allergies, high foot traffic, or noticeable odors.

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Carpet Cleaning Guide: DIY or Hiring a Pro

You may not see the dirt, dust, or crumbs embedded into the spaces between carpet fibers or in the cracks in your upholstery, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

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Common Reasons for Furnace and Heater Repairs

Problems and issues will arise with your heater and furnace—some you can handle, and others where it makes good sense to hire a professional.

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8 Ways to Fix a Clogged Drain

When your drain is clogged and water won’t flow, try these eight tips to fix a clogged drain prior to calling a plumber.

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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.

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How To: Home Window Repair

Here’s everything you need to know about home window repair, from replacing a screen to repairing leaks and rotten sills.

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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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Best Home Tech for 2019

From robot vacuums to smart home hubs, energy-monitoring tools and more, here are the smart home devices that are worth your money in 2019.

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A New Fireplace Without a Renovation? That’s a Thing Now

Meet the smokeless, ventless, sootless, odorless, wood-free fireplace that can be added to just about any home.

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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 Organize a Closet When You Don’t Have One

How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.

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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 Running Toilet

Plumbing is an area of home repair that many homeowners and renters choose to stay away from. But some projects, like dealing with a running toilet, are fairly simple to handle on your own. Learn how to fix a running toilet with this troubleshooting guide.

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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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Mold Testing 101

Find out everything you need to know about mold testing—whether you need it, when to get it, what to expect, how to find a professional to perform the job, and how much it costs.

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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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Guide to Home Weather Stripping

Stay warm through the winter by weather stripping your doors and windows to prevent drafts and keep energy bills under control. Details on weather stripping cost, types, and installation.

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How to Flush Your Water Heater in 8 Simple Steps

Flushing your water heater gets rid of sediment buildup and increases system efficiency. Learn how to flush your water heater in these eight simple steps.

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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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Furnace & Heater Troubleshooting Guide

Your comprehensive furnace and heater troubleshooting guide—identify the source of the problem and determine whether to call in the the professionals.

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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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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in water damage to your home. Here’s how to prevent your pipes from freezing, what to do if you suspect a frozen pipe, and what to do if a pipe bursts.

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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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Guide to Energy-Efficient Windows

Learn what you should be looking for when shopping for energy-efficient windows, how to read an energy efficiency rating, and how to pick windows for your home.

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Types of Energy-Efficient
Home Heating

We explore four types of energy-efficient home heating systems, how they work, overall cost, and how to choose the best one for your home.

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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 Make Stainless Steel Cleaner

Stainless steel attracts dirt, grime, and fingerprints easily, so regular cleaning is necessary to maintain its shine. We’ve collected three stainless steel cleaners you can easily make at home.

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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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