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9 Products You'll Love If You Totally Hate Cleaning  

Nothing spoils a lazy Saturday like a list full of chores. The only way to avoid a weekend cleaning spree is to space out the work and tidy up throughout the week. Although the prospect of cleaning every day may be too much for the cleaning-averse to bear, the right cleaning tools can lighten the load. More than that, these clever products could actually make cleaning fun.

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2018-04-14 09:39:04



9 Bold Rooms that Will Make You Rethink Black Paint  

Not so long ago, many homeowners steered clear of black paint, considering it too heavy and overpowering. But the dark shade has recently become a go-to interior design choice, popping up everywhere from living room mantels to kitchen cabinets to bathroom walls. Intrigued? Check out these 9 boldly black rooms, which may inspire you to pick up a paintbrush.

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2018-04-14 07:24:08



What's the Difference? Concrete vs. Asphalt Driveways  

If you've had enough of the ruts, cracks, and stains of your current driveway and are considering installing a new on...

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2018-04-13 18:47:25



From Bridges to Stadiums: 13 U.S. Icons That Are Falling Apart  

America is a veritable treasure trove of famous bridges, lighthouses, stadiums, and other architectural wonders that are as historically and culturally significant as they are artful. Yet the triple threats of vandalism, neglect, and harsh weather have reduced some of these stalwart structures to crumbling ruins. Here's a selection of great American landmarks that have, for various reasons, lost their looks yet retained their importance.

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2018-04-13 13:47:11



Buyer's Guide: Electric Mowers  

If you're ready to upgrade to a new lawn mower but aren't sure you want a traditional gas-powered model, consider goi...

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2018-04-13 11:05:49



3 Key Steps to a Concrete Floor Refresh  

Concrete is one of the most durable construction materials around, but the characteristic dull gray of a concrete sla...

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2018-04-12 20:22:57



Such Great Heights: 15 Homes Built on the Top of the World  

Looking to escape the commotion of city streets without going off the grid? Get inspired by these lofty lodgings, whose eye-popping elevation provides a taste of the high life.

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2018-04-12 16:59:47



12 Plants That Will Make Your Garden Smell Great  

Love the sweet smell of spring? Infuse your garden with these 12 fragrant flowers, and you'll be greeted with beguiling aromas whenever you leave the house.

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2018-04-11 04:40:50



6 Types of Shingles to Consider, and the Pros and Cons of Each  

Looking at replacing your roof sometime soon? One of the first decisions you'll need to reach is choice in design. In...

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2018-04-11 01:59:42



The 8 Best Plants for Your Bedroom, and Why  

Houseplants are more than just decorative accents. These natural household helpers reduce carbon dioxide and dust levels, and look great while doing it. But did you know that the mere presence of certain plants in your bedroom can actually help you sleep better? Just pick one or two of the sleep-promoting candidates that follow, and see if a little bit of greenery by your bedside will give you a more restful night.

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2018-04-11 01:50:13



50 Products For Quick Fixes Around the House  

As any homeowner knows, no one can prepare you for the burden that comes from realizing that every creak, crack, scratch, and clog in your house is something that you and you alone will need to fix (or pay someone else to fix). If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, take a look at this list for clever little products that promise to resolve myriad problems around the house.

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2018-04-11 01:49:51



Solved! What to Do About a Leaky Refrigerator  

Q: There's a small daily puddle on my kitchen floor that seems to be coming from my refrigerator—not from anything in...

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2018-04-11 01:24:35



7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement  

Basements were once used solely as utility rooms that housed furnaces, laundry areas, and overflow storage for seasonal items, tools, and sometimes even root vegetables. Today, with the high cost of above-grade living space, many homeowners choose to finish parts of their basements to serve as living areas. While this is a great way to gain more space, if characteristic basement problems aren't resolved first, occupants of these finished spaces may be exposed to a higher risk of some health prob

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2018-04-11 01:07:52



How To: Cut Pavers  

Pavers—be they brick, stone, or concrete—are a pleasing alternative to large expanses of plain concrete, adding visua...

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2018-04-11 01:04:02



How To: Remove Grout Haze  

If you notice a cloudiness suddenly appear across your tiled surfaces only days after a bathroom renovation, it's pro...

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2018-04-07 04:14:37



10 Reasons You Don't Need a Green Thumb to Have a Beautiful Garden  

Even without the perfect growing conditions or abundant acreage, you can create a wow-worthy landscape. In fact, the surprising secret to success isn't actually green—it's gray. While keeping plants alive and forcing buds can take a lot of guesswork on correct placement, temperatures, sunlight, and water, concrete often offers much more control on the finished products you make for your lawn and garden. Scroll through to see no-fuss DIY planters, lawn decorations, furnishings, and hardscape fe...

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2018-04-06 18:56:13



13 Homes from the Original Colonies that Still Stand Today  

America may have 50 states now, but a little less than 250 years ago it consisted of just 13 colonies. Even today, there are some amazing homes built during the colonial period that still stand proudly. Despite war, neglect, and the passage of time, these homes serve as a reminder of the early settlers from countries throughout Europe who influenced the course of United States history.

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2018-04-06 17:29:04



20 American Towns with Perfect Weather  

From scorching heat to bone-chilling cold, unbearable weather conditions wreak havoc throughout the United States. Yet some fortunate towns enjoy blissful climates in all seasons, making them ideal vacation or retirement destinations. We scoured climate data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding cloud cover, sunlight, and temperature to pinpoint 20 cities with the best year-round weather patterns. Time to start packing for your next weekend getaway!

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2018-04-05 07:48:05



What's the Difference? Quartz vs. Quartzite  

Quartz and quartzite, two high-end countertop materials derived from quartz, are so often confused that even retailer...

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2018-04-04 15:06:18



All You Need to Know About Sunken Living Rooms  

Recessed living areas known as sunken living rooms—and their cozier cousins, conversation pits—spread like wildfire d...

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2018-04-04 12:24:15



Solved What to Do When Your Electrical Outlet is Not Working  

Q: When I plugged my cell phone charger into a kitchen outlet, my phone didn't start charging as it normally does—rat...

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2018-04-04 11:22:23



The 8 Most Common Reasons DIYers End Up in the ER  

Your home is a refuge from the dangers and anxieties of the outside world—or is it? Statistics indicate that Americans are more likely to be injured at home than just about anywhere else. According to the National Safety Council, 23.8 million preventable injuries occurred in homes in 2016, and most of these were caused by the injured party's own mistakes. Minimize your risk of injury around the house by avoiding these common—and in some cases, fatal—missteps.

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2018-04-04 02:41:09



Bob Vila Radio: Sod Success  

Laying sod isn't a trivial, low-effort project, but careful preparation makes the job a whole lot easier and signific...

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2018-04-04 01:43:32



12 Reasons a Realtor Might Not Want to Work with You  

Most homeowners are under the impression that real estate agents are dying to list their houses and that they'll do virtually anything to get a listing. Yet, while agents need a steady supply of houses and commercial buildings to sell, they're not always eager to get just any listing. In fact, there are a number of reasons a real estate agent will turn down a listing. Keep reading to find out why a real estate agent might not want to work with you.

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2018-04-03 19:23:15



10 Ways You're Killing Your Curb Appeal  

Never underestimate the importance of curb appeal. Not only does your home exterior give a first impression to guests, it can also influence real estate transactions by attracting potential buyers. Unfortunately, though, some common eyesores can leave your facade looking worn for wear. Check out these 10 mistakes that are killing your home's curb appeal, and learn how to banish the blemishes for a picture-perfect landscape.

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2018-04-03 11:58:22



All You Need to Know About Fabric Wallpaper  

Fabric wallpaper is the perfect option for renters and homeowners who want a temporary solution to blah bare walls. S...

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2018-04-03 02:37:53



The 10 Most Indestructible Dishes You Can Buy  

Elegant dinnerware elevates any dining table, but clumsy homeowners may often find themselves with broken glasses, shattered plates, and dented mugs. To save yourself from dangerous and costly dishware dilemmas, check out these 10 indestructible items, which are built to last for years.

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2018-03-31 13:55:47



Enter Bob Vila's $3,000 Home Design Giveaway with Houzz TODAY!  

During the spring season, many homeowners are looking to freshen up their living space. That's why we partnered with ...

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2018-03-31 11:38:42



11 Easy Ways to Save Time on Your Spring To-Do List  

With warmer temperatures finally on their way, we all want to kick back and have fun. But between heavy-duty spring cleaning inside the house and all the accumulated upkeep and repairs outdoors, your to-do list is longer than ever. To help speed things up, we've put together some smart and simple time-saving strategies guaranteed to make quick work of your toughest chores—both inside the house and out in the yard. Get busy now, and in almost no time you'll be able to put up your feet and e...

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2018-03-31 11:27:44



14 DIY Project Materials Hiding in Your Backyard  

Sometimes you don't need to go much farther than your back door to find the supplies you need for your DIY projects. Check out these ingenious creations for the home and garden that utilize raw materials from your very own backyard.

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2018-03-31 09:10:36



16 Times Shiplap Made the Room  

You've certainly seen it—but you may not know what it's called or how versatile it is. Shiplap is a series of grooved wooden boards joined horizontally to give a rustic, cozy appearance. While it has plenty of traditional looks and uses, shiplap is getting a makeover as contemporary designers learn to capitalize on its clean lines to enhance a variety of interiors.

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2018-03-30 05:16:12



11 Clever Ways to Hack Your Kitchen Appliances  

Each kitchen appliance has a designated purpose, whether it's toasting bread, making coffee, heating up food, or mixing ingredients. But clever homeowners can think outside the box and use their appliances to accomplish a multitude of unexpected tasks. Did you know, for example, that you can clean hardware in your Crock-Pot and wash throw pillows in your dishwasher? Check out these 11 genius ways to hack your appliances.

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2018-03-29 20:50:24



9 Unusual Tips for Your Cleanest Windows Ever  

Washing the windows can be a dreaded chore. If you're using conventional cleaning products, removing those stubborn streaks from the interior and exterior of clear glass is especially tricky. Paper towel leaves behind fibers that gunk up the window and commercial cleaners might not be the most effective choice. But with a few changes to your cleaning routine, you can have your windows looking sparkly and spotless year round.

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2018-03-29 19:33:02



10 Secret Ingredients to Make Your Garden Grow  

Healthy plants don't happen by accident. To grow strong and verdant, plants need sun and water as well as soil that has sufficient nutrients... and that's where commercial fertilizer comes in. Fertilizer puts badly needed nutrients back into the soil, but it can be harsh on plants, and it's costly too. To give your garden—and your wallet—a break, try one of these home remedies instead. These simple soil additions deliver a unique set of nutrients that benefit everything from ornamentals to v...

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2018-03-29 18:45:16



Bob Vila Radio: How to Protect Your Home When You're Not There  

Heading out on vacation? Ensure that your home remains safe and sound while you're away. Here are some crucial items ...

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2018-03-29 15:16:13



Bob Vila Radio: Figuring Out When to Fertilize  

When's the best time to fertilize your lawn? Opinions do vary but generally speaking, most agree that it's best to fe...

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2018-03-29 12:45:06



The Best Tiny Beach Towns from East to West  

Life in a large beach town comes with big crowds, long lines, and lots of noise. There are, however, plenty of small seaside spots from coast to coast that offer stunning ocean vistas and fun attractions without the annoyances you find at more populated destinations. Click through for our picks for the best tiny beach towns in the United States.

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2018-03-29 11:10:18



Buyer's Guide: Reel Mowers  

Manual reel lawn mowers may invoke nostalgia for the good old days before powerful riding versions arrived to wake th...

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2018-03-29 10:50:48



The Biggest Outdoor Design Trends of 2018—So Far   

A yard is more than grass that you have to mow, it's an extension of your living space. Homeowners who commit time and money toward landscaping their yard not only get a great return on their investment, but on average they're happier with the results of their outdoor renovation than they are with indoor remodeling projects like redoing the kitchen or bathroom. Get a head start on revitalizing your yard by checking out the biggest landscaping trends of 2018, according to landscaping expert Mis...

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2018-03-29 10:38:54



8 Surprising Things You Never Knew You Can Vacuum  

Whether you use it to clean the carpet, hardwood floors, or back seat of the car, a quality vacuum is an essential item in your cleaning arsenal. However, if you're vacuuming only in these few spots around the house, you're not making the most of your machine's cleaning power. Read on and see why your vacuum cleaner is the perfect tool for trapping dirt in some of the most commonly overlooked areas of your home.

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2018-03-29 09:44:32



The Best Places to Buy Plants Online  

A trip to the garden center is a rite of spring for green thumbs. There's the smell of soil in the air, knowledgable staff to help you choose the right greenery for your yard and, of course, plenty of plants for the taking. But if your local nursery doesn't sell the variety of plants you need, or your demanding schedule leaves you with precious little time to shop, there's always the internet. You might not think it, but there are plenty of online shops that will deliver live plants right to you

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2018-03-29 08:18:28



Love Old Houses? These Are the AirBnBs for You  

Do you have an appreciation for historic homes and old-time architecture? Then consider booking your vacation lodging through Airbnb. The virtual hospitality service, which connects users with rental properties around the globe, has many listings that date back at least 100 years. We've rounded up our 15 favorite historic Airbnbs across the country, lodgings that include colonial taverns, Civil War-era cottages, and so much more. These charming dwellings can be yours for the night with the cli...

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2018-03-29 05:46:19



Bob Vila Radio: Surveying Your Soil  

Got your sights set on a major building project? Not so fast. First, you need to know more about how the site soil wo...

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2018-03-29 05:13:22



11 Ways to Hack Your Kitchen Appliances  

Each kitchen appliance has a designated purpose, whether it's toasting bread, making coffee, heating up food, or mixing ingredients. But clever homeowners can think outside the box and use their appliances to accomplish a multitude of unexpected tasks. Did you know, for example, that you can clean hardware in your Crock-Pot and wash throw pillows in your dishwasher? Check out these 11 genius ways to hack your appliances.

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2018-03-28 21:10:49



How To: Polish Wood Floors  

Think about the beating your wood floors endure on a daily basis: high heels, pet nails, children's toys, and shiftin...

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2018-03-28 14:44:44



Solved! What Is a SEER Rating?  

Q: My 15-year-old air conditioning unit finally gave up, so I'm in the process of shopping for a new one. I've heard ...

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2018-03-28 11:15:44



9 Things Your Contractor Never Wants to Hear  

From HVAC repair to electrical upgrades, some home improvement projects require the help of a professional. But even though contractors are well versed in repairs and remodeling, they can face serious losses if they take on projects for unscrupulous, unrealistic, or simply clueless clients. If you want to stay within your budget, keep on schedule, and maintain morale on your next big construction or renovation project, avoid saying these 9 things to your contractor.

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2018-03-27 05:56:57



The Dos and Don'ts of Replacing a Toilet  

Thanks to their solid construction and simple design, toilets often outlast other bathroom fixtures, but they don't l...

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2018-03-27 04:50:45



18 Small Towns That Changed America  

Despite their modest populations, small towns have made their mark on our nation by spawning political or cultural movements, popularizing traditions, and at times altering the very course of history. Click through for a closer look at the small but mighty cities that have influenced the culture and history of the United States.

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2018-03-26 12:23:16



All You Need to Know About Death Cleaning  

My late mother did something in the mid-'80s that horrified me and my four siblings: She set all of her china, crysta...

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2018-03-26 05:42:25



The 10 Best AmazonBasics Products for Your Home  

If you shop on Amazon, you already know it's a one-stop shop to buy brand name home goods and pantry staples. But did you also know that Amazon sells its own private label products at prices that are priced comparably or lower than other brands? Here are some of the most interesting and essential buys from Amazon's own line of products.

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2018-03-26 03:03:41



Bob Vila Radio: Basement Flooding Damage Control  

Basement flooding easily ranks among the top ten homeowner nightmares. Though recovering from a flood certainly isn't...

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2018-03-24 08:41:26



9 Tricks for Your Cleanest Windows Ever  

Washing the windows can be a dreaded chore. If you're using conventional cleaning products, removing those stubborn streaks from the interior and exterior of clear glass is especially tricky. Paper towel leaves behind fibers that gunk up the window and commercial cleaners might not be the most effective choice. But with a few changes to your cleaning routine, you can have your windows looking sparkly and spotless year round.

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2018-03-24 04:14:35



Don't Quit Your Day Job: 10 Tips for Wannabe House Flippers  

You've heard the story: Someone purchases a run-down house below market value, fixes its flaws, and sells the remodeled property for a hefty profit. But while this rags to riches tale is alluring, house flipping is a risky business full of potential roadblocks. Before you commit to a fixer-upper, remember these 10 tips that will help keep your budget—and your stress—under control.

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2018-03-23 21:21:46



11 Selfish Reasons to Make Friends with Your Neighbors  

Creating a desirable neighborhood requires commitment and participation from the people who reside there. When you get to know your neighbors, you'll not only feel more comfortable around them, you'll also be able to help one another improve the community. Click through to learn the 11 biggest advantages of being a friendly neighbor.

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2018-03-23 20:14:21



Bob Vila Radio: Drive Away Stains on Your Driveway  

Nobody buys a house for its driveway. But there's no denying it—an attractive driveway adds curb appeal. If yours has...

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2018-03-23 18:57:11



10 Building Code Violations Your Home May Be Guilty Of  

Building codes promote safety and uniformity, but they're usually enforced only during construction and remodeling projects. If you live in an older home—or if you undertook a DIY renovation without acquiring a permit—your property might not comply with modern regulations. This can be a big problem: Certain violations can screw up a home sale, put your family at risk, or result in a fine from your local building authority. Wondering if your humble abode is up to standard? Check out these 1...

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2018-03-23 18:35:30



Bob Vila Radio: The Right Plunger for Your Plumbing Repair  

Stopped-up drain? Overflowing toilet? For these and many more plumbing repairs, homeowners reach for the plunger—a tr...

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2018-03-23 17:58:30



Bob Vila Radio: Best-Bet Flooring Options for Pets and Their Owners  

Pets may be great companions, but they're not always kind to their owners' homes, and that's especially true of floor...

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2018-03-23 15:06:24



12 Outdoor Upgrades That Make Your Home More Valuable  

Exterior upgrades enhance the look of your property and can offer recreational benefits. Not every renovation, however, produces a return on investment, and some upgrades (like swimming pools) make your home less attractive to potential buyers. If you want to refresh your yard and build equity at the same time, consider one of these 12 outdoor projects guaranteed to boost property value.

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2018-03-23 11:10:20



Buyer's Guide: Pole Saws  

In order to stay healthy and look their best, trees need occasional pruning to remove broken branches and thin out de...

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2018-03-23 06:40:32



Paint Your Home One of These Colors to Make It Sell for More  

Selling your home? If so, never underestimate the value of curb appeal. Buyers will often pay a premium for the prettiest house on the block, and paint color plays a huge role in that determination. Check out these 10 paint colors that increase the value of your home, and consider giving your exterior a colorful facelift before putting out the "For Sale" sign.

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2018-03-23 02:43:28



How To: Paint Bathroom Cabinets  

If your bathroom vanity has gone dingy with heavy use and exposure to moisture—or it's just looking dated—paint can c...

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2018-03-22 20:32:51



15 Historic Houses You Can Rent on Airbnb  

Do you have an appreciation for historic homes and old-time architecture? Then consider booking your vacation lodging through Airbnb. The virtual hospitality service, which connects users with rental properties around the globe, has many listings that date back at least 100 years. We've rounded up our 15 favorite historic Airbnbs across the country, lodgings that include colonial taverns, Civil War-era cottages, and so much more. These charming dwellings can be yours for the night with the cli...

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2018-03-22 18:14:44



Bob Vila Radio: Top Tips for Patching Peeling Paint  

If you painted an interior wall not too long ago but have noticed that it's already peeling, cracking, or flaking, he...

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2018-03-22 11:03:41



10 Reasons Every DIYer Needs a Pry Bar  

Lugging around a heavy toolbox gets old after a while, but you often need half a dozen tools just to complete even a simple do-it-yourself repair. Make it easier on yourself! You can reduce the number of tools you need to carry (and buy) if you select hardworking tools that have multiple functions. Take the humble pry bar, for example. Its L-shaped ends can apply leverage, lift, scrape, and even spackle. Haven't given any thought to a pry bar's versatility before? That's probably because yo...

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2018-03-22 06:06:37



America's Lowest Property Taxes Are in These 12 States  

How much are you paying in property taxes? Depending on where you live, your property taxes may be modest, or they may actually be higher than your mortgage payment. If you're feeling the property tax pinch, maybe it's time to seek a little tax relief by moving to a less costly region. Check out some cheaper options by browsing our list of the 12 states with the lowest effective property tax rate.

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2018-03-21 06:40:02



How To: Remove Scratches from Plastic  

Any plastic—windows, headlights, patio furniture, and more—is susceptible to scratches as a result of normal wear and...

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2018-03-21 02:29:04



Solved! How to Get Rid of Pink Mold in the Shower for Good  

Q: I was alarmed to find pink mold in shower grout of the guest bathroom recently.  Is this as bad as the toxic black...

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2018-03-20 11:20:16



10 Building Code Violations Hiding in Your Home   

Building codes promote safety and uniformity, but they're usually enforced only during construction and remodeling projects. If you live in an older home—or if you undertook a DIY renovation without acquiring a permit—your property might not comply with modern regulations. This can be a big problem: Certain violations can screw up a home sale, put your family at risk, or result in a fine from your local building authority. Wondering if your humble abode is up to standard? Check out these 1...

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2018-03-20 02:48:42



10 Secret Ingredients to Make Your Plants Grow Faster  

Healthy plants don't happen by accident. To grow strong and verdant, plants need sun and water as well as soil that has sufficient nutrients... and that's where commercial fertilizer comes in. Fertilizer puts badly needed nutrients back into the soil, but it can be harsh on plants, and it's costly too. To give your garden—and your wallet—a break, try one of these home remedies instead. These simple soil additions deliver a unique set of nutrients that benefit everything from ornamentals to v...

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2018-03-20 01:13:53



What's the Difference? Vinyl vs. Aluminum Windows  

Homeowners who are considering replacement windows have more choices in materials, finishes, and styles today than ev...

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2018-03-17 19:53:52



11 Online Shops for Cheap, Rare, or Easy-Care Plants  

A trip to the garden center is a rite of spring for green thumbs. There's the smell of soil in the air, knowledgable staff to help you choose the right greenery for your yard and, of course, plenty of plants for the taking. But if your local nursery doesn't sell the variety of plants you need, or your demanding schedule leaves you with precious little time to shop, there's always the internet. You might not think it, but there are plenty of online shops that will deliver live plants right to you

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2018-03-17 18:53:02



12 Things to Toss ASAP When You Clean Out Your Garage  

For many people, the garage is a black hole. Rarely used belongings disappear into its dark depths, and homeowners completely forget about them—that is, until spring cleaning rolls around. Take control of your cluttered garage by purging these 12 items. You'll barely notice their absence, and you may even free up enough space to park your car in there again!

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2018-03-17 10:10:28



The 7 Biggest Landscaping Trends of 2018  

A yard is more than grass that you have to mow, it's an extension of your living space. Homeowners who commit time and money toward landscaping their yard not only get a great return on their investment, but on average they're happier with the results of their outdoor renovation than they are with indoor remodeling projects like redoing the kitchen or bathroom. Get a head start on revitalizing your yard by checking out the biggest landscaping trends of 2018, according to landscaping expert Mis...

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2018-03-16 13:29:36



Buyer's Guide: Wood Filler  

Cracks, divots, holes, or rot can crop up on wooden surfaces due to ordinary wear-and-tear, accidents, and during do-...

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2018-03-15 20:37:20



12 Incredible Homes That Were Built By Their Owners  

Building a custom home isn't for the faint of heart, but across the globe there are daring DIYers who take on the challenge, roll up their sleeves, and raise the roof on their own home with their own two hands. Here are 12 of the most impressive owner-built homes we've ever seen. Maybe they'll inspire you to DIY a dwelling of your own!

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2018-03-15 10:45:41



All You Need to Know About Asbestos Floor Tiles  

Asbestos, a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral, was a common element in construction materials due to its resili...

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2018-03-14 11:27:53



How To: Fix a Hole in a Door  

Hollow core doors—consisting of a lightweight wood frame covered with composite veneer—are affordable (around $50 per...

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2018-03-14 06:23:40



How To: Dispose of Paint Thinner  

Composed of mineral spirits, turpentine, and acetone or other solvents, paint thinner effectively does its job of thi...

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2018-03-13 21:40:22



The 7 Most Annoying Things About Buying a Home  

Buying a home is a major milestone. By the time someone puts in an offer on that dream home, there have already been months of careful budgeting, scouring listings, and attending open houses. Soon after making that bid, however, buyers learn that real estate transactions rarely go down without a hitch. Here are the 7 most annoying things about buying a home, with tips for making the process less of a burden.

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2018-03-13 19:59:19



All You Need to Know About Knockdown Texture  

The knockdown drywall finish, an early 1990s successor to popcorn and orange peel textures, has remained a hit with h...

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2018-03-13 19:57:12



All You Need to Know About PEX Pipe  

Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), a type of flexible plastic, is currently replacing traditional copper and galvanized...

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2018-03-13 19:20:58



5 Reasons Not to Buy Replacement Windows (...and Go with Window Inserts Instead)  

A homeowner's to-do list can seem endless, especially come spring. Paint the exterior. Mow the lawn (again and again ...

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2018-03-13 19:07:55



How To: Frame a Bathroom Mirror  

The bathroom mirror is essential, but "essential" doesn't have to be synonymous with "boring. " Is yours plain and wi...

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2018-03-13 18:22:19



Buyer's Guide: Ladders  

Replacing a burned-out light bulb in your foyer, hanging a family portrait, cleaning the gutters—there are just some ...

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2018-03-13 16:39:09



How To: Test for Mold  

Ever walked into a bathroom and paused to question the mustiness of the space? It's not news that those damp quarters...

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2018-03-13 16:30:22



Solved! How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?  

Q: I just moved into an apartment that has a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, but I'm not sure if it still works. So...

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2018-03-13 16:17:09



How To: Dispose of Dry Ice  

Solidified carbon dioxide—better known as dry ice—is commonly used to freeze food or keep it cold longer than regular...

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2018-03-13 15:52:20



8 Surprising Things You Should Be Vacuuming  

Whether you use it to clean the carpet, hardwood floors, or back seat of the car, a quality vacuum is an essential item in your cleaning arsenal. However, if you're vacuuming only in these few spots around the house, you're not making the most of your machine's cleaning power. Read on and see why your vacuum cleaner is the perfect tool for trapping dirt in some of the most commonly overlooked areas of your home.

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2018-03-13 15:17:19



All You Need to Know About Dormer Windows  

Located on the sloped side of a roof, a dormer window brings natural light into an attic, loft, or any room with a va...

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2018-03-13 14:48:01



How To: Paint Formica Countertops and Cabinets  

It's a dilemma shared by many homeowners: Yes, those tired Formica countertops and cabinet doors in the kitchen or ba...

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2018-03-13 14:36:01



How To: Clean Stovetop Drip Pans  

Kitchen surfaces are bound to get messy from meal prep, but arguably none more than your stovetop. Take a good look a...

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2018-03-13 14:11:58



Enter Bob Vila's $3,000 Outdoor Living Giveaway with Plow & Hearth!  

As snow melts and temperatures rise, homeowners everywhere start preparing their property for spring. The checklist i...

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2018-03-13 12:41:42



The Backsplash Remedy You Never Knew You Needed  

Tile backsplashes defend kitchen and bathroom walls from moisture, collecting dirt, grime, mildew, and mold in the pr...

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2018-03-13 12:04:43



How To: Shellac Wood  

Shellac is a versatile, non-toxic wood finish that enhances the natural grain while adding smoothness without the pla...

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2018-03-13 11:33:16



How To: Connect PEX to Copper or PVC  

Today, with the help of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe, plumbing work has become more efficient for professiona...

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2018-03-13 11:22:19



Buyers Guide: Wet/Dry Vacuums  

No longer strictly for the workshop, wet/dry vacuums have become a necessary convenience all around the house. A wet/...

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2018-03-13 10:16:02



Buyer's Guide: Plungers  

It happens to all of us at some point or another. A shower drain backs up and refuses to empty out the tub, a sink fi...

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2018-03-13 08:14:09



Solved! What to Do About Sulfur Smell in the House  

Q: Recently, I've noticed a vague sulfur smell in my house. It comes and goes, and I'm not sure where it's coming fro...

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