How to Make Steep Stairs Safer

Having a multi-story home is amazing. You've got tons of storage space, plenty of room to host if you've got guests over and a façade that's to die for. Unfortunately, if you have steep stairs, you may find yourself actually…
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Ways to Prevent Falls in the Kitchen

There are certain areas in the home where people are more prone to falls — bathrooms and kitchens top the list, of course, because of the combination of hard floors and water. Those who are home alone, including small children…
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How to Prevent Summer HVAC Breakdowns

Can you imagine living without air conditioning in the summer? For some, that’s the reality, whether they need to cut costs or have experienced a summer HVAC breakdown. In fact, some people choose not to have air conditioning at all.…
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Kitchen Storage Ideas for the Messy Home

Kitchen Storage Ideas for the Messy Home

It doesn’t matter if your kitchen is large or small. You no doubt have a lot of stuff that needs to be stored. From pots and pans, appliances and utensils to spices and food, your kitchen has a lot going…
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Caulking Tips for a Watertight Seal

Caulk is a basic necessity for any homeowner. It’s one of those household essentials, like duct tape or scissors. As one of those just-in-case DIY supplies, caulk is handy for a variety of projects and repairs. The last time caulk…
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How to Paint Your Interior Trim

Ever since you were small, the end of winter marked certain things — time to dig out flip-flops, trim split ends and dust off your bike to prepare it for the open road. Now that you have your own pad,…
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Should I Finance My HVAC Unit?

When your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs to be replaced, it’s probably not giving you heat or cool air — or it has quit completely. Still, whether or not to purchase a new HVAC unit is usually…
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Should I Renovate or Rebuild My Home?

You saw its potential from day one. The shuttered windows, north-western exposure and sweeping elm standing guard out front. You’d lived in enough closet-sized rentals to know that whatever it took to make this sweet space your own — you…
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Got Mice? Here’s What to Do

Mice are bad news. They leave urine and feces everywhere they roam, including countertops and cabinets where they could come into contact with your food. If bacteria aren’t enough of a problem, they can chew through food containers, electrical wiring…
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How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceilings gained notoriety in the ‘60s as a decorative trend designed to hide minor structural flaws and inconsistencies. Over the years, this immediately-identifiable textural finish has morphed into an anachronistic look that catches dirt, cobwebs and cringe-worthy critique. Adding…
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