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  1. How to Repair Foundation Cracks

    House foundation cracking from water damage

    Your foundation literally supports your entire house, so you have to make sure it is sound. Not only do cracks in your foundation look bad, but they can also lead to the eventual loss of structural integrity, which can mean high-cost repairs. Take a look

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  2. How to Reduce Echo in a Room

    Quiet living room with plush sofa and curtains

    High ceilings and sound-reflecting surfaces, such as glass, stone, tile and hardwood often can produce unwanted echoes in your home. If you find the reverberations distracting, you don’t have to break the bank to find ways to dampen your rooms’ lively aco

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  3. How to Hang a Heavy Mirror or Picture

    Large heavy mirror mounted above desk

    Mirrors and heavy art pieces add a lot to your home’s décor and interior ambiance. But they need to be hung properly to keep them from falling and getting damaged or inflicting damage to your wall or floor. Here’s how to hang items on your wall and ensu

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  4. How to Hang a Chandelier

    Ornate black chandelier in white living room

    Chandeliers radiate elegance and accent entryways, dining areas and other rooms. Installing one or any other heavy pendant-style light is not much different than standard fixtures but they can often be hefty and cumbersome to handle while making wiring

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  5. How to Install Landscape Lighting

    Landscape garden with LED lighting

    Highlight your house and yard when the sun goes down while boosting home safety and security. Check out these ideas for adding landscape lighting and using energy-efficient, low-voltage outdoor fixtures. Everything you need for the project is available

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  6. How to Install Outdoor Floodlights

    Outdoor flood lights on house at night

    Installing exterior flood lights is a great way to add security, safety and nighttime curb appeal to your home. Whether you need extra light in dark corners of your yard, or around walkways

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  7. How to Install a Programmable Thermostat

    Smart home thermostat installed in modern house

    A programmable thermostat is a great investment for your home. It allows your HVAC system to regulate temperature settings automatically, making adjustments for different times of the day or night. This can save you a great deal of money on utility bills.

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  8. How to Install a Clothesline

    Umbrella clothesline in yard

    Since the invention of the electric clothes dryer, the number of households that rely on clotheslines to dry clothes has steadily decreased over the years. Hanging your clothes up to dry is easier on the environment and your wallet because it saves you

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  9. How to Install a Ceiling Fan

    Vintage-style ceiling fan

    Ceiling fans are a great way to save money on energy costs by helping your air conditioner work less. In fact, they use 5% less energy than an air conditioner and about the same energy as a 100-watt light bulb. Not only do ceiling fans circulate the cool

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  10. 6 Green Laundry Tips (Without Giving Up Your Washer & Dryer)

    Happy baby in laundry basket with clean sheets

    Laundry is inevitable, but practicing green laundry tips can help you complete this necessary task while staying conscious about the effect it has on the environment and your budget. Here are some eco-friendly laundry cleaning and drying tips to get you

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  11. How to Repair Cracks in Concrete

    Caulk fixing concrete crack

    The wear and tear from foot traffic and the elements takes its toll on walkways and driveways. Concrete can start to crack and crumble, looking unsightly and presenting a potential tripping hazard. Follow these steps to repair cracks in your concrete

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  12. How to Install a Mailbox

    Mailbox installed in front yard along sidewalk

    Putting in a post-mount mailbox is a simple way to add to your home's curb appeal and to put your personal stamp on your property.

    Step 1: Choose a Post-Mount Mailbox

    Before you begin, contact your local post office to check mailbox

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  13. How to Repair or Replace Exterior Wood Trim

    Stone ranch with white trimmed window

    Wood trim around exterior windows and doors can begin to wear, warp and rot over time. This can not only look bad, but trim in disrepair can allow water to get underneath and create further damage. While the elements will take their toll, you can make

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  14. 4 Rules to Boost Your Curb Appeal

    Curb appeal from home maintenance and landscaping

    There are simple, economical ways to add color and interest that will instantly boost curb appeal. You can clean your fence, mailbox, door and house numbers, hang window boxes packed with colorful flowers and plant ground cover under trees. But if you

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  15. How to Weather Strip Windows & Doors

    Sealing window with foam tape

    A drafty home is also an inefficient home. To conserve energy and make your home more comfortable, it helps to keep cold and warm air where they belong by applying weather stripping

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  16. 7 Tips to Winterize Your Home's Interior

    Insulated home in winter snow

    Winter is coming and it's time to prepare your home for the coming chill. There are a few things you can do to help take the bite out of what lies ahead. Sealing leaks in windows and doors and checking your furnace, water heater and chimney will help

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  17. How to Install a Window Air Conditioner

    Air conditioner installed in window

    If your home doesn't have central air conditioning, you don't have to sweat it out all summer long. Window-mounted air conditioners cool, circulate and dehumidify the air to make your home

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  18. How to Choose a Furnace Filter

    Replacing furnace filter

    Furnace filters help keep your HVAC system’s parts clean and running efficiently while also scrubbing the air that the system blows throughout your home. You can prolong the life of your heating and air conditioning components and breathe easy by periodically r

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  19. How to Clean & Maintain a Furnace

    Installing clean filter to maintain furnace

    Once a year you should take some time to perform a checkup on your natural gas furnace. Routine maintenance and cleaning will help you ward off the cold, keep heating bills low and make your home more energy-efficient. You can also save money by doing

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  20. How to Insulate Your Attic

    Attic insulation keeping house warm

    If you feel that your home heating and cooling costs are going through the roof, it could be that your attic needs to be better insulated. Proper attic insulation can make your home more cost- and energy-efficient by keeping warm and cool air where it

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  21. Interior Car Detailing in 6 Quick Steps

    Vacuuming front car seat

    While the condition of your car’s exterior usually makes the first impression, you don’t want to neglect its interior. A good rule of thumb is to keep the inside of your car just as clean and tidy as the inside of your home. To do this, start making int

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  22. How to Change Your Car's Oil

    Pouring new oil into car engine

    The most important routine maintenance you can perform on your vehicle is to change the oil regularly. You don't have to rely on quick-lube shops or mechanics. You can do it yourself, save money and get it done right. Keep reading to find out how.

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  23. Exterior Car Detailing in 6 Quick Steps

    Cleaning car tire with soapy sponge

    Outside of your home, your car is probably your most important investment. It takes a year-round beating from general wear and the elements. This wear and tear will show if you don’t regularly care for and maintain it. Whether it’s cleaning, waxing or

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  24. How to Replace Your Cabinet Hardware

    Renovated kitchen with new faucet and sink

    If you want to refresh your kitchen or bath but don't have the time or money to spend on a complete overhaul, try replacing old, outdated cabinet hardware. These may seem like small changes, but the effect they can have on your kitchen and bath's appeal

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