Maintenance & Repair

  1. How to Insulate Basement Walls

    Installing thick insulation in basement walls

    Your basement could be costing you money. Because concrete, stone and other foundation materials are poor insulators, you're most likely losing heat — and the energy you pay for to heat your home — through your basement walls. Adding insulation can kee

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  2. How to Repair Basement Leaks

    Leaky concrete basement

    The basement is the foundation of your home, so rightfully you worry if you see moisture on walls or floors. If not taken care of, it can spell major problems.

    Don't panic if you have a leak. You can waterproof your basement to dry it up and hold

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  3. How to Clean Windows, Inside & Out

    Cleaning window with microfiber cloth and spray

    When windows are extra dirty, they make better doors. Keep sightlines clear and your home looking sparkling clean by washing your windows at least twice per year. Keep reading to learn how make your windows look like they were cleaned by professionals.

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  4. 5 Garage Storage & Organization Tips

    Bright clean garage with organized shelves

    Garages often seem to be the catchall location for stuff that needs to be stored. If your car stays outside because you have too many belongings hoarded in the garage, get it organized now by following a few simple steps.

    Step 1: Purge Your Garage

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  5. Eco-Friendly Bathroom Updates

    Eco-friendly bathroom with wood vanity and plants

    If you’re thinking of going green around your home, the bathroom is an ideal place to start. Because much of the water used in your home flows through here, installing low-flow fixtures conserves water and helps you save money on your water bill. But g

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  6. How to Caulk a Shower or Bathtub

    Man caulking bathtub with caulk gun

    The caulk in and around your bathtub or shower doesn’t last forever. At some point, you have to replace the caulk to keep the wall, tub and tile joints sealed and watertight. There is no need to call in a handyman—it’s something most DIYers can accom

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  7. How to Fix a Sticking Door

    Screwing door hinge to fix sticking door

    A sticking door is a nuisance, but not one that can’t be remedied if you take the time to figure out why it’s happening and then apply a fix. Whether it’s humidity, a settling house or hinges that need some care, you can fix a sticking door using these

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  8. How to Install Bathroom Safety Grab Bars

    Person holding bathroom safety grab bar

    Showers, tubs and toilets can be slippery when bathroom areas are wet and everyone could use a hand safely getting in and out of the bath sometimes. Install a “grab” bar this weekend and get a grip on bathroom safety.

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  9. 3 Steps to Declutter & Organize Your Closet

    Clothes organized in closet shelves, drawers, and baskets

    Closets often end up as catch-alls for things you want out of the way — or they become cluttered when you add new wardrobe items and neglect to clear out the old. Organize your closet now to get control of your belongings and achieve some peace of mind, a

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  10. How to Lay Bathroom Tile

    Laying colorful tile on bathroom floor

    If your bathroom tile is outdated, cracking or otherwise unappealing, there’s no need to pay someone to replace it. It’s something any DIY-er can do with the right tools and know-how. Keep reading to learn how to lay bathroom tile on your bathroom flo

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  11. Laundry Room Organization Ideas

    Little kid opening cabinet in laundry room

    When storage space in your home is minimal, your belongings often end up stacked and stowed in places like the laundry room. Because of its utilitarian nature, this room often becomes a prime place for storage when space has been maximized in other areas.

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  12. How to Clean Tile Grout

    Cleaning bathroom tile grout with toothbrush

    Nothing makes a tile floor or wall look grungy like dirty tile grout. Although tile surfaces may be cleaned often, buildup of dirt, debris and mildew can collect in the porous surface of tile grout over time and cause discoloration. Take time to periodically

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  13. How to Clean & Season Your Cast Iron Skillet

    Roasted marshmellows in clean cast iron pan

    A seasoned cast iron skillet means more than the number of years you’ve put it to good use cooking delicious dinners for your friends and family. A seasoned skillet has a layer of cooking oil or grease that has been baked into its cooking surface, providing a

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  14. 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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  15. Storage Ideas for Small Spaces & Homes

    Small kitchen organized with wall-mounted shelves, drawers, and pegs

    Small homes or apartments can make storing all of your belongings a difficult task. Sometimes you have to think unconventionally and make use of the unused space in your home to come up with storage solutions. Here are some tips on how to find more storage

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  16. 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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  17. 9 Spring Cleaning Tips

    Woman spring cleaning organizing linens in wire baskets

    Ready to start your annual spring-cleaning project? We’ve got tips to clear the clutter in your laundry room, closets and basement. Be sure to click on the Project Shopping List to stock up on everything you need to freshen your home for spring.

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  18. Holiday Decoration Storage Ideas

    Christmas ornaments stored in sturdy container

    Decorating is one of the most enjoyable things about the holidays. Having your decorations organized at the beginning of the season and at the end when putting everything away makes you more likely to remain in good cheer. Here are some great tips and

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  19. 4 Organization Tips for Your Desk & Home Office

    Clean organized desk and bookshelf in bright room

    They say that disorganization is a sign of a muddled mind. If you feel your home office desk reflects this, maybe it’s time to get your desk organized and make it easier to get things done. Even if your desk isn’t full of clutter, the tips below can hel

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  20. How to Groom Your Dog

    Trimming hair of Yorkshire Terrier

    Your dog is another member of your family. You wouldn’t let your children go around unkempt and unhealthy — the same should go for your four-legged friend. Making sure he is clean, well-groomed and in fine fettle is better for him and everyone that liv

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  21. How to Build DIY Utility Shelves

    Man building plywood shelves from scratch

    Looking for a simple and inexpensive way to neatly store all that extra "stuff" in your house?

    Building a basic utility shelf unit is a small project you can do yourself to get your home organized. These shelves will put an end to haphazardly

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  22. 6 Storage Ideas When You Have No Closet Space

    Hallway organized with clothes rack, shoe organizer, and shelf
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  23. Moving 101: Follow a Packing Checklist

    Taping moving box shut

    It’s said that moving is one of the most stressful events in our lives. It’s an exciting but daunting task with one eye on the future and one set on getting there. It doesn’t have to be intimidating though. As long as you prepare in advance and take

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  24. Get Organized for Back to School

    Dad and son playing before going back to school

    Summer’s almost over and it’s time for you and the kids to start switching into school mode. Start the year off right by getting your home organized before classes resume. It’ll help you remain ordered throughout the year to stay on top of things and a

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