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The 20 Weirdest Things You Can Do With Duct Tape  

More than simply a quick fix for leaky pipes, cracked windows, or torn fabric, duct tape can also lend its versatility and durability to your original DIY creations. Add to that, today's duct tape is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it the perfect low-cost material for creating decor, furniture, fashion, and storage accents around the house. Click through for a selection of practical, playful, and penny-wise DIY projects that you might have never guessed were made with hu

2017-07-28 07:08:07
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How To: Kill Ivy  

Characterized by its showy, star-shaped foliage, English ivy (Hedera helix) might seem a fine choice for landscaping ...

2017-07-27 09:54:40
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11 Crazy Colorful Homes We Love  

Curb appeal takes on a whole new meaning when a house is painted in cheerful, unexpected hues! Whether you're considering a face-lift for your own address, or simply searching for a reason to smile, scroll ahead to see these undeniably happy homes.

2017-07-27 08:58:05
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Power Sheds: How to Design and Build a Shed for Workshop Projects  

Every weekend warrior dreams of a convenient backyard structure that's spacious enough not only for storing tools but...

2017-07-27 05:56:41
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Video: 3 Fixes for a Shower Drain  

So you're taking a shower when you feel the water start to pool around your ankles. When that happens, you know the s...

2017-07-27 05:19:33
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How To: Clean a Fan  

Oscillating fans are a smart choice for cool comfort thanks to a side-to-side rotating mechanism that evenly distribu...

2017-07-26 08:11:02
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10 Things a Coffee Maker Can Do—Besides Brew Coffee   

Ah, your coffee machine! It's your daily savior first thing in the morning—because does anything smell better than a fresh-brewed pot of coffee? But the appliance also heats water up to around 200 degrees and is equipped with a hot plate that keeps the coffee at a consistent temperature of about 165 degrees (though some are adjustable), which means you can use it to do much more than brew up a pot of joe. Here are 10 things a coffee maker can do—besides brew coffee. (Just be forewarned tha...

2017-07-26 05:35:56
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Make Your Great Outdoors Great Again with 6 Easy, Clever Yard Hacks  

Most of the year, you practically ignore the backyard, choosing instead to focus your repair and improvement efforts inside your home. Then, ironically enough, when the calendar finally flips to summer, your shabby, neglected outdoor areas don't do much to inspire and motivate the small DIY fixes and upgrades that would make all the difference. Don't worry—you're definitely not the only one with a yard overdue for a boost. But if you really want to make progress, you need an action plan for sp...

2017-07-25 12:49:28
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Solved! What to Do About Water Stains on the Ceiling  

Q: I recently noticed some water stains on the ceiling of my living room. I'm not sure where they came from, but the ...

2017-07-25 02:06:01
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10 Surprising Ways You Can Void a Warranty  

From laminate flooring to your HVAC system, many big-ticket home items are backed by warranties. These guarantees offer peace of mind to consumers making a large investment, and they can often save money on repairs down the line. But despite their attractive promises, warranties can be baffling, especially if homeowners don't read the fine print or understand the details. There's nothing more disappointing than thinking a damaged item is covered only to find out that something you did or did...

2017-07-24 05:16:45
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Video: 10 Things You Didn't Know You Can Clean in the Washing Machine  

Convenience incarnate: That's one way to describe your washing machine. This hardworking appliance launders clothes, ...

2017-07-23 02:14:44
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10 Flowers That Attract Bees to Your Garden  

There's a lot of talk about bees today. Their populations are dwindling as their habitat is lost to development and their food supply is threatened by pesticides. While some might be happy that there's less risk of being stung, the truth is that bees are essential for a healthy environment, productive agriculture, and a big batch of backyard blooms. If you plant a bee-friendly garden you'll not only give these pollinators fertile foraging grounds, but enjoy a boost in the beauty of your ga...

2017-07-21 20:32:57
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All You Need to Know About Rain Gardens  

A rain garden is an excavated depression, surrounded on one or more sides by an earthen berm for water retention, and...

2017-07-21 04:02:34
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The Complete Guide to Decoding Laundry Symbols  

Take a look at your clothing tags before your next load of laundry. If you're lucky, they'll include a set of fine-pr...

2017-07-20 17:43:14
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The Best Tiny Towns in Every State  

The bright lights and swinging night life of the big city is fine for some, but others will appreciate the subtle pleasures of small town living. Here are some of the best small towns in America, whether you're looking to visit or settle down.

2017-07-20 02:40:20
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Video: How to Remove a Stripped Screw  

Operating a screwdriver is so easy a child could do it—so why can't you remove that stubborn screw no matter how hard...

2017-07-19 10:29:06
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How To: Change a Shower Head  

An old and corroded shower head not only looks unattractive to shower underneath, but the outdated model can be costi...

2017-07-18 21:58:50
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13 Unusual Ways to Use What's in Your Spice Rack  

You already know the value of spices for giving the dishes you love that perfect savory or sweet taste, but you may not know that many of the spices found in your spice rack are good for more than just seasoning foods. In fact, they're good for many things that have nothing to do with food. We've rounded up 13 unusual uses for the spices in your kitchen. Click through to find out how to get the most out of your spice collection.

2017-07-18 16:47:40
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11 Air Conditioning Mistakes That Spike Your Bills  

Nowadays, more than 90 percent of homes and virtually all businesses in America use air conditioning to beat the summertime heat. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the country. Given the overwhelming prevalence of AC, most people think they know how to maintain their system properly, whether it's central air, a window unit, or ductless mini-splits. But, surprisingly, many homeowners fall victim to common...

2017-07-18 10:20:22
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Solved! The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors  

Q: I never gave much thought to cleaning my cherry wood floor until I noticed how dingy it had become! What's the bes...

2017-07-17 13:08:51
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How To: Upgrade Your HVAC—Without Giving Up Your Ducts  

Have your monthly energy bills risen in recent years? Are some rooms stubbornly hot in the summer or too cold in the ...

2017-07-17 11:49:37
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11 AC Mistakes that Spike Your Bills   

Nowadays, more than 90 percent of homes and virtually all businesses in America use air conditioning to beat the summertime heat. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the country. Given the overwhelming prevalence of AC, most people think they know how to maintain their system properly, whether it's central air, a window unit, or ductless mini-splits. But, surprisingly, many homeowners fall victim to common...

2017-07-17 11:34:15
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The Dos and Don'ts of Building a Shed  

A backyard shed frees up your home and garage by storing cumbersome essentials like your riding mower, hedge trimmers...

2017-07-17 11:04:47
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How To: Prep and Paint a Wall with Only 4 Tools  

Paint offers one of the lowest cost and least time-intensive ways to perk up a living space. However, all of the time...

2017-07-17 03:59:36
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The Dos and Don'ts of Mixing Concrete  

Concrete holds a place of honor in both the professional construction and do-it-yourself worlds. When mixed correctly...

2017-07-17 03:05:57
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Cool Tools: The Hands-Down Easiest Way to Hang Almost Anything  

However elegant the outcome, hanging art, photos, or mementos on drywall can be a painstaking process. During the bal...

2017-07-17 01:33:35
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The 10 Most Surprising Things You Can Buy at Sam's Club  

Everyone knows about the bulk toilet paper and large bottles of ketchup you can get from Sam's Club. But a lot of people don't realize that the popular chain offers a much wider selection of products. From cool gadgets to fine jewelry there's a lot you can snag from Sam's Club—even if you don't have a membership. Check out these 10 seriously surprising buys you can get from the wholesale club.

2017-07-14 11:52:56
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Video: These Bad Habits Could Burn Down Your House  

You know the basics of fire safety: Check the fire extinguisher, douse a grease fire with baking soda, never leave an...

2017-07-14 10:44:21
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Buyer's Guide: Portable Air Conditioners  

In the ambient heat of summer, nothing beats walking inside to a blast of chilled air. But while air conditioning pro...

2017-07-14 02:33:31
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Shed Shopping? 5 Things You Need to Know First  

We're all prone to occasional impulse purchases, but a shed should not be one of them. While more and more folks are ...

2017-07-13 12:01:21
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All You Need to Know About Landscape Fabric  

Whether you're new to gardening or have been at it so long your thumb is a deep shade of green, you may have seen rol...

2017-07-13 09:51:01
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Here's What Your Home Appliances Looked Like 100 Years Ago  

Today's pricey, high-tech gadget may be tomorrow's has-been, little more than the seed for some cooler innovation to come. That was certainly the case with these once cutting-edge home appliances of the past. Take the percolator, for instance. Sure, it's been supplanted by Mr. Coffee and Keurig, but it was a high-tech invention in its time. Take a tour through these 11 appliances that were considered state-of-the-art when they were introduced. While some are truly obsolete, you may find others r

2017-07-13 06:43:20
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Video: How to Clean Grout  

Stained grout ages your home and makes your kitchen and bathroom tile look dirty, even when not. If your previous att...

2017-07-12 17:22:28
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4 Ways Your Roof Can Save You Energy  

For many of us, our attitude toward the roof is pretty much "out of sight, out of mind. " It's only when something bi...

2017-07-12 13:36:09
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11 Ways You May Be Inviting Burglars Into Your Home   

Despite taking every precaution, some homeowners unwittingly attract burglars to their property. According to the FBI, the average financial loss from a burglary is more than $2,000—but loss of property is just the tip of the iceberg. Intruders can put your family at risk, and the aftermath of a break-in can cause a great deal of emotional distress. With vacation season in full swing, it pays to take a closer look at your home security measures. Here are 11 ways that homeowners unintentionally...

2017-07-11 16:12:50
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How To: Clean an AC Filter  

Though often overlooked, HVAC air filters are responsible for a mighty important job: keeping dust, dirt, and other d...

2017-07-11 14:52:28
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These Popular Plants Might Actually Be Bad for Your Garden  

Invasive plants are a special breed. It's not that they're aggressive, crowding out their neighbors; nor are they weeds, which are just plants that are growing in the wrong place. Invasive plants are non-natives that grow so quickly that they take over entire habitats. "Hard-core gardeners know about these plants, but many people introduce them by accident," says gardening expert Melinda Myers. Afraid of ruining your local habitat? Beware of these 10 plants you probably didn't know are i...

2017-07-11 07:27:19
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7 Unusual Household Uses for a Utility Knife  

If you're like most people, you probably have a handful of utility knives stashed around the house somewhere—in junk drawers, garage cabinets, or toolboxes. These handy hand tools are inexpensive and indispensable for making razor-sharp cuts just about anywhere. While you probably reach for a utility knife when it's time to slice open a box, you may not know just how versatile a professional-quality retractable utility knife from Hyde Tools can actually be! Click through to see some unusual ...

2017-07-11 05:05:46
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11 Ways You're Accidentally Inviting Burglars Indoors   

Despite taking every precaution, some homeowners unwittingly attract burglars to their property. According to the FBI, the average financial loss from a burglary is more than $2,000—but loss of property is just the tip of the iceberg. Intruders can put your family at risk, and the aftermath of a break-in can cause a great deal of emotional distress. With vacation season in full swing, it pays to take a closer look at your home security measures. Here are 11 ways that homeowners unintentionally...

2017-07-11 01:27:51
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Summer Is the Best Time for These 6 Home Improvements  

If you've been thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this summer, don't delay! The dog days of summe...

2017-07-10 16:01:48
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These 10 Everyday Items Create Unbelievable Concrete Designs  

Want to make your own concrete decor and furnishings but have no idea how to get started? Sure, you can buy concrete-specific molds from the hardware store, but you can skip the commute—and start and finish your project sooner—if you cast your creations in materials you already have on hand. And, believe it or not, there's a bevy of household materials under your roof that can serve as concrete molds for sleek tables and chairs, cool garden planters, dazzling light fixtures, and much more. I...

2017-07-10 11:32:22
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Solved! What to Do When Your Lawn Mower Starts Smoking  

Q: Recently, my mower started billowing smoke when I powered it up, so I shut it off immediately. Why is my lawn mowe...

2017-07-10 01:41:22
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10 Low-Cost Solutions for an Ugly Lawn  

Has your lawn seen better days? From overgrown weeds to brown patches, an unkempt yard might be bringing down your curb appeal a few notches. But before you shell out the money to hire a pro to fix it—or worse, give up on your lawn completely—check out these affordable solutions. All your yard needs is a little (cheap) TLC.

2017-07-08 03:07:56
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How To: Level a Yard  

A yard with lumps and bumps is not only unattractive, it's also a potential safety hazard with ample opportunity to c...

2017-07-06 18:28:52
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9 Clever Landscaping Hacks for Your Best-Ever Yard  

A well-maintained yard lends major curb appeal to your home, but creating a picture-perfect lawn and garden is no easy feat. If your yard could use a little refreshing, take a look at these 9 clever landscaping hacks—all of which save time, effort, and money!

2017-07-06 12:30:52
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Video: 9 Home Cleaners to Borrow From the Pantry  

Did you know that tartar sauce makes a brilliant copper cleaner? Or that a slice of the bread is your secret weapon w...

2017-07-06 07:23:29
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New AC? 5 Top Factors for Sizing Up Your Needs  

Do you find yourself raising your eyebrows at higher-than-normal energy bills? If your old air-conditioning system se...

2017-07-06 06:05:13
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Old House, New AC: Your Best Bet for a Seamless Retrofit  

Having once lived in a charming and historically significant Victorian home, I'm quite familiar with the compromises ...

2017-07-05 12:38:31
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Do These 8 Things and Never Pay for Plants Again  

Gardening can be an expensive habit. But if you know where to look and whom to ask, you may be able to populate your landscape with free plants, shrubs, and trees. Check out our favorite tips and tricks for getting your garden plants for free.

2017-07-05 03:54:10
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How To: Remove Sweat Stains  

Yellowing on your favorite dress shirt or old tee typically suggests that it's time to add it to your rag collection....

2017-07-05 03:04:56
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Solved! What to Do About Brown Grass  

Q: I started seeing brown patches on my lawn at the end of spring. They seem to have grown in size and number since t...

2017-07-03 06:20:23
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The Best Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Your Garden  

Whether you do it yourself or you pay a landscaper, maintaining a vibrant garden and lush lawn requires time, effort, and money. One way to cut back on the energy and resources you put into your yard is to incorporate ground covers into the landscape. These low-lying perennials offer practical purposes—fill up bare spots, ward off weeds, and prevent erosion—while also adding to your home's curb appeal. Check out these favorite ground covers that will require little effort on your part once...

2017-06-30 09:07:24
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Buyer's Guide: Tower Fans  

During the summer months, many homeowners use a fan to assist in circulating indoor air and increasing the comfort le...

2017-06-30 09:03:56
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Enter Bob Vila's $5,000 Beat the Heat Giveaway with Fujitsu General Today!  

During the summer months, many homeowners escape from the stifling heat by blasting their air conditioner. Unfortunat...

2017-06-30 08:27:38
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The Best U.S. Cities for a Summer Staycation  

How can you have an amazing vacation without paying for airfare or spending hours in transit? Just stay put—if, that is, you're lucky enough to live near one of these 20 action-packed cities. According to a recent poll, these cities ranked the highest for their staycation value—a score based on their options for recreation (like parks, hiking trails, and golf courses), food and entertainment (such as nightlife, zoos, and museums), and rest and relaxation (public beaches, spas, and ideal summ...

2017-06-30 04:44:25
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5 Reasons to Replace Your Window Treatments ASAP  

Everyone loves summer for its long, relaxing days and the prospect of endless fun. But if you're torn between lazing ...

2017-06-29 04:30:41
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The 9 Most Unconventional Ways to Use an IKEA Shelf  

Who doesn't like a good IKEA hack? If you've got an IKEA hack itch to scratch, take a look at these brilliant if unorthodox uses for IKEA shelves. They might just inspire your next IKEA shopping spree.

2017-06-28 12:05:46
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10 Things You Didn't Know Sawdust Can Do  

If you're an avid woodworker, you know that cutting, screwing, sanding, drilling, and similar activities produce a lot of sawdust. All that wood waste can be a headache. It seeps into cracks and crevices along the floor, finds its way inside your gloves and clothes, and coats your workshop with a fine patina of pulverized wood. Sure, you can get rid of it with a thorough vacuuming and a once-over with a damp mop, but the next time you're confronted with piles of sawdust, think twice before you...

2017-06-28 05:52:46
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Which Is the Right Type of Water Filter for You?  

Americans enjoy easy, take-it-for-granted access to some of the cleanest, clearest water in the world. Still, even wa...

2017-06-27 20:09:58
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The Dos and Don'ts of Mixing Concrete  

Concrete holds a place of honor in both the professional construction and do-it-yourself worlds. When mixed correctly...

2017-06-27 10:18:11
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How To: Get Rid of Snakes  

They may be perceived as sneaky, slimy, and scary, but most snakes are not dangerous to humans. And, to their credit,...

2017-06-27 05:06:51
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11 Things That Make Any House Feel Old and Outdated  

Some home design features from the past have a charm that makes them feel historic or vintage. Others? They haven't quite stood the test of time. A trend that was so ubiquitous in one particular era that it instantly dates your home can be a flag to friends (or future homeowners, if you're thinking about selling) that you haven't renovated in decades. Of course, you may not care if your home is on trend. If you absolutely love a quirky feature, by all means keep it. But if you're planning ...

2017-06-26 08:59:53
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All You Need to Know About Coffered Ceilings  

Inspired by a Baroque and early Renaissance architectural style in which a roof's framework exposed overhead beams cr...

2017-06-26 03:07:22
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Solved! What to Do If Your AC Stops Cooling  

Q: I've just turned on the air conditioner for the summer, but have yet to get comfortable. The appliance circulates ...

2017-06-26 01:27:12
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10 Cheap Ways to Bring the Beach to the Backyard  

During the dog days of summer, hot weather and sunny skies may make you wish you could be at the beach every day. Unfortunately, little responsibilities, like having a job and taking care of a family, can come in the way of that. If you can't make it to the beach, the next best thing is bringing the beach to your backyard. Check out these 10 essentials that will make lounging at home feel like you're relaxing on the sandy shores.

2017-06-24 05:19:50
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Video: 9 Mistakes That Make Your Home Dustier  

In some homes, it seems like a thin layer of dust has settled over your tables, shelves, and other surfaces almost as...

2017-06-24 02:54:40
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8 Backyard Projects That Start with a Bag of Concrete  

Now that the mercury's rising—but not yet too high—it's the perfect time to amp up the landscaping and spruce up the patio in preparation for a summer filled with play, relaxation, and fun with family and friends. But what about those outdoor projects you only dream about? You know, the ones you've delayed for lack of time, energy, or money. Whether you've been angling for a stylish side table, a whimsical walkway, or a fire pit that's too hot for words, you can build all these artful accent...

2017-06-23 07:01:29
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DIY Lite: A Space-Saving Solution for Any Indoor Garden  

While houseplants look simply lovely on a window ledge, the space available there can be fairly limiting—you might fi...

2017-06-22 13:52:26
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How To: Prep and Paint a Wall with Only 4 Tools  

Paint offers one of the lowest cost and least time-intensive ways to perk up a living space. However, all of the time...

2017-06-22 13:51:28
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The Dos and Don'ts of Building a Shed  

A backyard shed frees up your home and garage by storing cumbersome essentials like your riding mower, hedge trimmers...

2017-06-22 13:37:19
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How To: Make and Use Your Own Deer Repellent  

Deer are delightful romping through the forest but can wreak havoc in a garden, decimating vegetables, fruit trees, l...

2017-06-22 13:36:14
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10 Smart Ways to Snag Free Stuff for Your Home  

Maintaining a home can be pricey. Between furnishing the interior, keeping up with regular maintenance, and improving curb appeal, costs can skyrocket. But there's no need to break the bank for a picture-perfect home. With some patience and a little legwork, homeowners can score these 10 in-demand items for free.

2017-06-22 13:24:14
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Rescued from Ruin: 9 Extreme Makeovers You Need to See  

When a home is extremely dated or downright dilapidated, you have many more options than just moving or taking a wrecking ball to it. As these remarkable makeovers prove, a well-planned and well-executed renovation can transform even the most ramshackle dwellings into elegant residences.

2017-06-22 13:24:02
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Video: 7 Unusual Uses for Beer  

Many people reach for a bottle of brew to refresh themselves on a hot day. Fewer will crack open a cold one to clean ...

2017-06-22 13:14:13
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All You Need to Know About Types of Insulation  

Insulation is a vital component in any home that aims to be energy-efficient. Typically placed in areas where air esc...

2017-06-22 13:09:50
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It's Not Me, It's You: The 10 Toughest Houseplants to Keep Alive  

Are you a serial houseplant killer? If you've earned a reputation as a brown thumb, it might be your choice of houseplant that's to blame. While some plants are easy to maintain (think: pothos, snake plant, and peace lily), others require extensive and specific care that leave you at your greenery's beck and call. For a vibrant indoor garden, stop bringing these plants into your home, and choose something a little easier to maintain.

2017-06-22 13:05:24
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The 15 Smartest and Smallest DIYs You Can Do for Your Home  

You don't have to spend a lot of time and effort to keep your house in top condition. Some of the best improvement projects don't require pulling permits or hiring pros. We've put together a list of the smartest, but smallest, DIYs you can take on to boost your home's potential and your quality of life. These practical projects won't eat up an entire weekend—just a bit of time here and there. Click through to learn how you can improve your home one tiny upgrade at a time.

2017-06-22 13:02:19
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5 Simple Fixes for Worn Concrete  

Concrete is one of the most durable construction materials around, but faulty installation, everyday wear and tear, e...

2017-06-22 12:55:04
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Solved! How High to Hang Pictures  

Q: I recently framed my son's graduation photo and want to display it in my living room. If I hang it too high, I'm a...

2017-06-22 12:54:54
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How To: Clean Brick  

The naturally distressed patina of brick adds to its desirability indoors and out, but too much dirt accumulation can...

2017-06-22 12:40:39
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Solved! The Best Time to Plant Grass Seed  

Q: I'd like to lay some grass seed this year, but I don't want to get the timing wrong and create more work than nece...

2017-06-22 11:49:42
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All You Need to Know About the Waterfall Countertop Trend  

In the world of contemporary kitchen and bathroom design, few aesthetic innovations have stirred as much interest as ...

2017-06-22 11:48:34
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Video: Don't Keep These 11 Things in Your Bedroom  

How healthy and safe is your bedroom? The answer may surprise you. If you're keeping some of these seemingly innocuou...

2017-06-22 11:46:26
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Solved! The Best Flooring for Dogs  

Q: I'm considering a complete overhaul of the floors in my home, but I'll need something that stands up over time to ...

2017-06-22 11:39:56
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15 Tiny Beach Bungalows for Your Next Vacation  

Baseball may still be America's pastime, but during the heat of summer, going to the beach probably comes in a close second. This popularity keeps beachfront properties among the most coveted—and costly—in the country. But why splurge on a sprawling waterside rental when you can nab a tiny home just steps from the beach for a fraction of the price? What these 15 dainty dwellings lack in size, they more than make up for in comfort, affordability, and above all, close proximity to a fun and re...

2017-06-22 11:23:23
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5 Things to Know Before Installing a Brick Backsplash  

Once a purely practical feature to guard against everyday spills and splatters, brick backsplashes are now desirable ...

2017-06-22 11:22:21
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How To: Use a Table Saw  

Anyone serious about woodworking or DIY eventually wants to add a table saw to their power tool arsenal. Named for th...

2017-06-22 11:21:19
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Living Remotely: 12 Stunning Homes in the Middle of Nowhere  

Eager to escape the hustle and bustle of urban sprawl or the cookie-cutter homes of suburbia, some house hunters pack their bags and travel to remote reaches of the country in search of secluded homes that lie beyond the gaze of neighbors and passersby. Whether hidden in hillsides, tucked away in trees, or perched on canyon lands, these unconventional nests in no-man's-land offer privacy, quiet, and the wonders of nature to anyone adventurous enough to seek them out.

2017-06-22 11:15:55
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Video: How to Water Your Lawn  

There are many factors that contribute to a green and lush lawn. Healthy turf grass starts with choosing the right se...

2017-06-22 11:12:32
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Enter Bob Vila's $3,000 Paint Your House Giveaway with Hyde Tools Today!  

During the summer months, many homeowners seek ways to upgrade their home's curb appeal - and perhaps nothing beautif...

2017-06-22 11:10:18
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Flip Your Fridge to Save Money—and the World!  

[bobsays_inset]The electricity bill comes at the end of the month. You open it (perhaps begrudgingly), pay the amount...

2017-06-22 11:10:18
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7 Tools with Hidden Talents  

You've got your toolbox organized and know just what to grab when you've got a job to do. But wouldn't it be great if your go-to hand tools had other uses that made them even handier? The best tools are ones that come packed with extra utility that lasts well beyond the end of the current DIY job. We asked the folks at HYDE—who specialize in ingenious devices that tackle more than just one task—to share some of their tools' hidden talents. Read on and add to your arsenal of multipurp...

2017-06-22 11:01:40
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Video: 5 Things You Can Do with Lemons  

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Buying a new mattress can be an overwhelming experience—not to mention a big investment. In recent years, homeowners who walk into a mattress store have enjoyed countless benefits, such as a wide variety of options, trial periods, money-back guarantees, and (in some cases) much lower markups than in years past. Still, despite the improved consumer experience, it pays to be an informed customer. Here are 10 tips to help you rest easy when buying a new mattress.

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Even though most homeowners set a budget before they start a remodeling project, the final cost of renovations can end up being thousands more. Why? Well, one big culprit is the fact that when you break down walls, you can uncover all sorts of surprising problems, from shoddy fix-ups by the previous owner to unexpected plumbing and wiring issues—and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Be prepared! Review these 10 sneaky costs of home remodeling that you could encounter in your next renovati...

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