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10 Places You’re Forgetting to Winter-Proof

10 Places You’re Forgetting to Winter-Proof

Water damage from burst pipes and cracked fittings can be devastating. In fact, it’s one of the primary causes of homeowner insurance claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute. To head off problems before temperatures plummet, turn off the water supply...

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Video: 7 Genius Ways to Use Ice Cubes

Video: 7 Genius Ways to Use Ice Cubes

You reach for it when you need to relax with a cold beverage or soothe a bruise, but ice has many unusual uses that go beyond the norm. You can add ice cubes to your cleaning routine, use it while you garden, or even employ it as a tool for home improvement. There’s a...

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7 Tips for Quick and Easy Cleanup After Dinner

7 Tips for Quick and Easy Cleanup After Dinner

If the dishwasher is already loaded and the sink is full of dirty dishes, your post-dinner mess has already doubled in scope. Make your life easier by making sure the kitchen is clean before you start cooking. Unload the dishwasher, clear out the dish rack, and take...

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Buyer’s Guide: Chest Freezers

Buyer’s Guide: Chest Freezers

Photo: istockphoto.com Whether you have a large family to feed, do a lot of hunting or fishing, or simply tend to grocery-shop in bulk, a chest freezer—which offers additional cold storage to the freezer in your overstuffed kitchen fridge—can be a wise purchase. While...

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How To: Drill Into Brick

How To: Drill Into Brick

Photo: istockphoto.com Decorative brick adds warmth and beauty to your home, but its tough surface shouldn’t deter you from hanging your artwork, curio cabinet, shelving, or a heavy flat-panel TV. You don’t even have to call in a professional to mount them! You just...

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Expecting Snow? Do These 7 Things ASAP

Expecting Snow? Do These 7 Things ASAP

Before the snow starts to fall, finish up cold-weather maintenance tasks around the house. Insulate pipes, walls, and attics as needed, paying particular attention to pipes on your home’s exterior. Trim back branches that could fall on your property during a storm,...

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What's the Difference? Drywall vs. Plaster

What's the Difference? Drywall vs. Plaster

Photo: istockphoto.com If you’re thinking of taking on a wall construction project in your home, you’ll likely hear of two options: drywall and plaster. Newer homes tend to feature drywall, a material comprised of gypsum sandwiched between two sheets of paper and...

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