Maintenance & Repair

  1. How to Clean & Store Garden Tools

    Lawn and garden tools ready for cleaning and storage

    You don't have to wait until the end of the season to protect your tool investment. It's good practice to rinse your tools off after each use, dry them thoroughly and apply a light coat of oil to all metal parts. Use a stiff-bristle brush to clean stubborn,

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  2. String Trimmer Maintenance & Safety

    Well-maintained string trimmer or weed wacker

    String trimmers, also known as “weed wackers,” “weed eaters,” “weed whips” and a host of other names, are essential lawn tools and should be as big a part of a lawn care arsenal as a lawnmower. While the lawnmower usually does most of the heavy lifti

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  3. Proper Tool Maintenance

    Workshop with clean, organized tools

    If you take care of your tools, they will return the favor. Proper care and routine maintenance of your hand tools and power tools makes any home improvement or repair project easier, safer and more successful. Proper tool care

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  4. 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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  5. How to Hang Christmas Lights

    Hanging Christmas lights on roof

    Energy costs go up in winter as you try to keep out the seasonal chill. When you add holiday lighting displays to your electric bill, your energy spending can really add up. You can conserve energy and reduce costs by swapping out old light strings with

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  6. Chainsaw Maintenance & Safety

    Chainsaw cutting log outside

    A chainsaw can save a lot of time and effort when working on a project that requires one. While they offer convenience and efficiency, they

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  7. 7 Tips to Decorate Safely for the Holidays

    Holiday decor near fireplace

    Decorating your home for the holidays, both inside and out, is a fun and festive family activity. Do it with safety in mind to keep both your loved ones and your home safe from fire, electrical and other hazards this holiday season.

    Fire Safety

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  8. Pressure Washing Your Home: Starter Guide

    Pressure washing stone walkway

    Pressure washers are ideal for thoroughly and powerfully cleaning almost any surface that is covered with caked-on dirt, grime and grease. They aren’t meant to be used like a garden hose — you have to know how and when to use one so that you get the job

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  9. First-Aid for Roof Leaks

    Installing roofing to prevent roof leaks

    Your roof was designed to protect your home from bad weather, not invite it in. But age, the elements and wear & tear can damage your roof, allowing water to seep inside. If your roof does spring a leak, you've got to spring into action — left unchecked, a

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  10. 5 Tips to Winterize Your Home's Exterior

    Patio furniture covers in snow during winter

    It’s time to get ready for cold weather! Before the first frost hits, prep your home's exterior with these simple projects. They’ll prevent damage to your home during the long winter months.

    Step 1: Clean and Repair Gutters

    In late fal

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  11. How to Seal a Driveway

    House with sealed asphalt driveway

    A driveway is a big homeowner investment in curb appeal, as well as dollars spent. When it’s stained, cracking or crumbling, it can really bring down the appeal of your home’s exterior. However, you can prolong a driveway’s lifespan and delay spending a for

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  12. How to Replace a Toilet

    Installing new toilet

    If your toilet is out of date and not very water-efficient, it may be time to start over by installing a new one. Here's how:

    Step 1: Empty Toilet

    Shut off the water to the toilet. If you don't have an angle stop shut-off valve by your

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  13. Guide to Lawn Mower Safety and Maintenance

    Guide to Lawn Mower Safety and Maintenance

    Before using a new lawn mower, it’s important to understand the basics of proper operation and maintenance. Doing so will keep everyone safe and help you get the most out of your investment.

    Are Lawn Mowers Safe to Use?

    Since millions o

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  14. Rising Waters: How to Keep Your Home Safe from Flood Damage

    Rising Waters: How to Keep Your Home Safe from Flood Damage

    Did you know that flood damage in the United States has cost home and business owners nearly $75 billion in the last three decades? It's difficult to imagine, but those images of flooded homes and neighborhoods are a harsh reality millions face.

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  15. Find the Right Lawn Mower for Your Needs With This Handy Guide

    Find the Right Lawn Mower for Your Needs With This Handy Guide

    The key to keeping a pristine yard is to have the right lawn mower. With so many different types of models on the market, however, it can be difficult to choose the right mower for your unique situation. A lawn mower is a big investment, and you don’t w

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  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 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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  21. How to Install a Window AC Unit

    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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  22. 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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  23. How to Weather Strip Windows & Doors

    weather stripping 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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  24. 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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