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 Clean Your Dryer Vent: Prevent Damage With These 5 Simple Steps
    cleaning out drier vent with vacuum

    If your spring-cleaning list includes deep cleaning the laundry room, be sure to include cleaning the dryer vent. When your dryer’s vent becomes clogged, the appliance won’t dry your clothes properly. Cleaning it out also increases your household's saf

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  17. Top Tips for Easily Fixing a Wobbling Ceiling Fan
    Ceiling fan getting repaired

    Wobbling and shaking ceiling fans can be noisy and annoying. If you are looking for solutions for how to fix a shaky or wobbly fan, you came to the right place. Although it is

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  18. Before the Storm: How to Prepare for Hurricanes at Home
    photo of hurricane

    One of nature's most potent forces, the hurricane, often catches homeowners by surprise. Not only do coastal communities face punishing winds, but storm surges can also cause rising tide levels and floods. Even inland, many areas see storm damage, flooding,

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  19. How to Clean and Seal Concrete to Make It New Again
    Powerwasher cleaning concrete

    How do you make concrete look new again? Can you clean anything off concrete? Many homeowners find themselves asking these questions at some point. Fortunately, most stains can be cleaned off concrete with the right tools and methods. This guide will

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  20. DIY Toilet Repair: How to Fix Any Toilet Issue
    Man fixing common DIY toilet issues

    Trying to find a plumber today can be difficult. There may be fewer plumbers in rural areas, and the demand for their services is high in urban areas. What is the typical cost to fix a toilet? Homeowners spend an average of $250 having a professional

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  21. Achieving Ideal Home Humidity
    Window with condesation from high humidity in house

    Most people pay close attention to indoor air temperature. Feeling uncomfortable due to temperature is an easy problem to identify. However, it can be harder to connect humidity to home issues or discomfort. It does have several potential effects on both,

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  22. The Complete Guide to a Safe Home With the Right Fire Extinguisher
    Fire Extinguisher in kitchen

    Fire extinguishers have varied ratings and categories to tackle different types of fires, making selecting the right one for your home challenging. The good news is that information is available to simplify your decision.A good rule of thumb is to keep

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  23. How Do You Prepare for Wildfires? Wildfire Preparedness Checklist
    wildfire preparedness

    About 4.5 million homes are at risk of being burned in a wildfire, and nearly one-half are in California. In 2021, California, Texas and North Carolina had the most wildfires. Anyone who lives in an area where there is significant risk of a wildfire must

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  24. Cleaning Up After a Flood: A Full Guide to Water Damage Restoration
    Flooded Living Room

    Excessive rain and flooding create a nightmare situation for homeowners. In addition to wreaking havoc on personal belongings, floods can weaken the structure of a house. Also, water damage often leads to mold if you don't properly clean the the interior

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