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We get dozens of calls each year from listeners asking how to clean and protect natural stone countertops.  Most are surprised since they didn't expect that a natural, durable surface like stone would need much maintenance.

Truth be told, they do!  But if you learn to properly clean and protect...

Removing egg, toilet paper and spray string might sound scary if your home is a target for little devils on Halloween.  Here in the northeast, we have the added pleasure of cleaning up after “Mischief Night” – October 30th, just before Halloween – a night devoted to pranks like toilet-papering...

Lead poisoning affects millions of homeowners, particularly those with homes built prior to 1978.  Parents should take note that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 250,000 U.S. children have elevated blood-lead levels and often suffer devastating...

Tax credits offer homeowner valuable options for home improvement that can result in reduction of taxes owed the government, but time is running out as these energy saving improvements must be completed by the end of 2010.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has driven...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Living Spaces Photo credit: Brandon Dyles of Picture Perfect Inspections in Bartlett, TN (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter. When you can't fit into your attic hatch, you know it's either time to start that diet or to rethink the size of the...

Filed under: Exteriors & Facades, Essential Skills, Know-How, Outdoors Photo: David Grudzinski of Advantage Home Inspections in Cranston, RI (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter. Here's a drainage design that stopped short of an actual downspout. Sure, water is being...

Filed under: Home, Family Money, Saving Money Along with summer temperatures, your utility bills are bound to start heating up unless you take steps to help your home create a more efficient cool. According to the EPA's Energy Star program, almost 20% of a typical household's utility bill goes...

Filed under: Home, Family Money, Saving Money Along with summer temperatures, your utility bills are bound to start heating up unless you take steps to help your home create a more efficient cool. According to the EPA's Energy Star program, almost 20% of a typical household's utility bill goes...

Filed under: Home, Family Money, Saving Money Along with summer temperatures, your utility bills are bound to start heating up unless you take steps to help your home create a more efficient cool. According to the EPA's Energy Star program, almost 20% of a typical household's utility bill goes...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Essential Skills, Know-How, Living Spaces

Kevin Hawes of Assured Home Inspections in Calgary, Alberta (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter.

This rudimentary labeling pretty much sums up the homeowner's knowledge of which circuit breaker...

Filed under: Kitchen & Bath, Small Projects, Essential Skills, Know-How

Chris W. McDougall of Apex Home Inspection in Santa Cruz, CA (via The Money Pit. Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter You've heard of the term "everything but the kitchen sink"? Well someone seems to have used...

Filed under: Small Spaces, Exteriors & Facades, Living Spaces, Outdoors

Step right up! Photo: Max Curtis of MaxInspect in Livermore, CA (via The Money Pit). Used with permission of the ASHI Reporter.

This driveway is ideal for the four-wheeling enthusiast who wants to bring his hobby home -- and...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Insurance - Home Insurance Home safety and security is a top concern for most consumers, so it's no surprise the home security system industry is booming in this time of economic uncertainty and rising crime statistics. But while new technologies have made home...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Insurance - Home Insurance Home safety and security is a top concern for most consumers, so it's no surprise the home security system industry is booming in this time of economic uncertainty and rising crime statistics. But while new technologies have made home...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Insurance - Home Insurance Home safety and security is a top concern for most consumers, so it's no surprise the home security industry is booming in this time of economic uncertainty and rising crime statistics. But while new technologies have made home security...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green Mention wind power and you immediately think of giant wind farms, both on shore and off. But thanks to a new wind turbine design released at this month's National Hardware Show, getting wind power at home may become just as common as rooftop solar panels,...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Green Mention wind power and you immediately think of giant wind farms, both on shore and off. But thanks to a new wind turbine design released at this month's National Hardware Show, getting wind power at home may become just as common as rooftop solar panels,...