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  1. 5 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Outdoors

    Girl swinging energetically outside in summer

    You don’t have to watch your kids every second while they play outside. You also can’t prevent all potential accidents. You can make sure they play as safely as possible, though, by taking a few simple precautions to make your yard safer. Follow the bel

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  2. How to Open Stuck Windows Painted Shut

    Windows with wood frames painted shut

    Do you have a window that you can't pry open? Or a few that suffer from smudges, streaks or torn screens? If so, it's time you got those windows looking and working like new. Here are some simple home maintenance techniques that will get your windows

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  3. How to Replace Front Door Hardware

    Front door decorated with wreath

    Because your home's front door is often the most commonly used, it requires some attention to stay in great shape. Fortunately, you can tackle door maintenance and repairs yourself without spending a lot of time or money.

    Install a New Door Lockset

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  4. How to Repair or Replace Window & Door Screens

    Screen door cracked open to balcony

    It’s spring — time to open windows and doors to let in some fresh air. While invigorating outside air is welcome inside, open windows and doors are a two-way street. Let in what you want and keep out what you don’t by installing screens on windows and d

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  5. How to Install an Attic Ventilator Fan

    Attic fan

    When it's hot outside, warm air builds up in the attic. This air has to escape so that your house can cool efficiently. Proper ventilation in the attic releases this excessive heat build-up, saving you money on home cooling. For effective ventilation,

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  6. How to Build a Picket Fence

    DIY white picket fence

    If you're looking for a way to enhance your front yard, consider adding a picket fence. It not only improves the aesthetic appeal of your property, but also allows you to create a functional way to frame your yard and other landscaping features.

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  7. How to Install a Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet

    New kitchen faucet pouring water

    Thinking about redecorating or modernizing your kitchen or bath? A brand new faucet adds instant pizzazz to the two most popular rooms in your home. If it's been a while since you replaced your faucets, you're in for a pleasant surprise — today's versions a

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  8. How to Paint Doors: Interior & Exterior

    French doors painted blue

    A fresh coat of paint can easily bring a scuffed and worn door back to life. And it's a simple project if you have basic painting experience around the house. We’ll walk you through the steps with all the tips you need. Be sure to click on the Project S

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  9. How to Organize Your Pantry

    Dried food jars in clean organized pantry

    The kitchen pantry is where you store food and other cooking essentials, so if it’s not organized properly, it isn’t being as useful as it could be. An organized pantry makes finding what you need to cook and eat much easier, and creates additional nee

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  10. How to Install a Doorbell

    Ringing video doorbell with camera

    Installing a doorbell is a home improvement project that requires little investment and just a little bit of time. You have a few options when it comes to doorbells. Wireless units are

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  11. How to Choose the Best Humidifier for Your Home

    Ultrasonic humidifier

    During winter, does it often still feel chilly, even with the heat on? Are you getting shocked by static electricity? Do you have nose and throat irritation? The heated air inside your home expands and pulls moisture away from everything it touches, and

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  12. How to Can Fruits & Vegetables

    Canning tomatoes, onion, and basil from garden

    If you’re a gardener, you’ve probably found that each season you have an excess of produce that your family can’t possibly eat before it goes bad. Have you tried home canning your harvest? Canning fruits and vegetables can cut down on waste and provi

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  13. How Light Affects Paint Color

    Window light on dark gray wall and red accent chair

    When starting any paint project, choosing paint colors that work within a cohesive color palette is half the battle. You also have to select a paint type, a paint finish and keep in mind how a room’s natural and artificial light may affect the colors

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  14. Holiday Decorating with Spray Paint

    Painted gold and silver pine cones

    If you’re looking for fun, crafty and creative ideas to decorate your home this holiday season, consider using spray paint to add a distinctive finish to just about anything. Whether you want to repurpose old ornaments, or create a dazzling, custom t

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  15. How to Unclog a Drain & Keep It Clear

    Faucet water splashing in repaired drain

    Regular maintenance and minor repairs to your drains are essential to keeping them clean and clear. Doing it yourself also can save you from an expensive visit from a plumber.

    Maintain Your Drains

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  16. Wall Borders: Accent a Room with Paint or Wallpaper

    Hanging wallpaper border near ceiling

    If you want to get creative when updating a room, try adding wall borders as an accent. Decorative stencils or papered borders are a clever and inexpensive way to give your walls a new look.

    Create a Border with Paint

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  17. 4 Tips to Make Small Rooms Look Bigger

    Small bright bedroom with curtains to ceiling

    Small can be cozy, but sometimes, having more room—be it real or perceived—is essential. Whether you live in an apartment or condo, or a small house or bungalow, you don’t have to feel like you’re enclosed in a smaller space. You can make any room in

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  18. How to Repair a Ceramic or Porcelain Sink

    Repaired porcelain sink

    The bathroom sink can receive a lot of wear from constant use and abuse. If your sink basin is chipped or cracked, you can fix it up without having to replace the whole sink. Follow these tips to learn how to repair porcelain and ceramic sinks.

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  19. Save Electricity & Money with Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

    Woman screwing energy-efficient light bulb into ceiling light

    New light bulb regulations set by energy efficiency legislation went into effect in January 2012. These regulations meant that older-style incandescent light bulbs had to be phased out for more energy-efficient bulbs.

    Why did this happen? Because

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  20. How to Strip Paint from Wood

    Paint scraper in pile of old paint removed from wood surface

    As wood surfaces in your home age, their finishes can begin to flake or fade away. Whether the wood is covered with stain, varnish or paint, stripping the old finish off to add new stain or paint can give your wood’s beauty a new lease on life.

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  21. How to Strip & Refinish Wood Furniture

    Woman sanding to restain wood furniture
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  22. How to Stain Your Banister

    Restained banister on wood stairs

    Over time, wood banisters start to show signs of wear and tear from constant use. Staining not only makes a banister look like new, but it also adds a layer of protection to the wood underneath the finish. Whether you're installing a new banister or you

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  23. How to Refinish Your Wood Dresser or Table

    Sanding and stripping an old table to restain

    Do you have an old dresser or table that you've considered tossing because the surface is damaged, dirty or faded? Why not recycle it by stripping the old finish and applying a new coat of stain.

    How to Refinish a Dresser

    Step 1: Choose

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  24. How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

    Refinishing wood floor with roller on extension pole

    Hardwood floors can add beauty and value to your home, but over time, they may become scratched, dull and worn-looking just from everyday wear and tear. If your floors look like they've seen better days, or if you have recently removed carpeting or other

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