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We’re entering a time of year when there’s a lot to do, prepare and repair, and that means plenty of contact with customer service representatives. Whether they’re on the other end of the phone line at the utility company or making an in-person service call at your home, the quality of the...

Did you hear the one about the Connecticut homeowner who got an electric company refund of $10,500 after discovering she’d been paying to power two nearby streetlights for 25 years? True story, and even though it’s an extreme one, it’s a good reminder of the importance of understanding your...

Experts agree that the U.S. has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, but that’s no guarantee that what comes out of your tap is absolutely contaminant-free. What’s more, you can’t see, smell or taste most serious water quality problems. Hydrogen sulfide may give off a rotten...

Painting your home’s exterior is a great way to freshen up its look, maintain wood siding, and add curb appeal. But rushing past critical preparation steps and ignoring time-honored painting techniques can have the opposite effects, ultimately leading to a finish that doesn’t last. Cutting...

This summer’s record heat has led to a lot of discomfort, health threats and headache for people around the United States, but the one population that isn’t bugged by the high temperatures is bugs themselves. Hot weather is ideal for insect breeding and development, leading to even more pests...

As the tough housing market forces more homeowners to stay put rather than move, their remodeling plans are getting more personal than ever. A recent poll by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) highlights this home improvement trend, with 26 percent of respondents...

By now, your gas grill has probably been through several backyard bashes, family dinners and casual cookouts. Before the next round of cooking begins, take time to clean your grill for safe operation and dependable results. Here’s an easy five-step grill cleaning plan:

  1. Start by soaking the...

We all know that safety is job one when it comes to working with power tools and outdoor gear, but too many DIYers tend to turn a soon-to-be-deaf ear to reminders to wear hearing protection. Most hearing loss is cumulative, happening over a long period of time, and many common tools emit the...

Is summer your favorite season? Do you love the warm weather, fresh air and luscious produce that comes with it? Unfortunately, bugs feel the same way. Banishing bugs and other pests is a year-round challenge for homeowners, but this summer, try some natural methods for keeping the little...

Wondering what’s next in a world of smartphones, iPods and wireless everything? Could be the iBathroom, fitted with technology that can keep you connected or help you customize a momentary escape.

According to a recent survey from 11Mark, three-quarters of Americans are already taking their...

As many of our listeners may know, both Leslie and I truly feel both the pain and pleasure of home ownership.  My house has been an ongoing project I’ve been working on for most of my adult life.  It’s 126 years old and was built by my great grandfather.  Back then, most doors didn’t even have a...

If you live along the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts, your home’s windows can have a critical impact on the local environment this time of year. Starting in early May, thousands of sea turtle hatchlings break through their shells along beaches in these regions, and their first decision in life is...

As the weather turns warmer, millions of Americans take their cooking outside to enjoy the flavor of a barbeque gas grill. If you are in the market to buy a new gas grill this season, Consumer Reports recommends taking advantage of summer holiday promotions or end-of-season sales to find the...

Mother’s Day weekend is all about making Mom’s life easier and showing your appreciation for everything she does. One way to make her day is by using your DIY savvy to finally complete that lingering project or create something new in her honor. This season of freshening things up and getting...

With hurricane season approaching and any number of home threats waiting in the wings, it’s wise to take a closer look at your home insurance coverage. Many home insurers are minimizing their exposure to risk by trimming out standard elements that would otherwise do the same for you. Meanwhile,...

Record-low mortgage rates and affordable prices are encouraging many home buyers to get out and shop this season, but what if you’re looking to sell your home? The answer is to wait a little longer, if you can. The housing market has definitely improved in 2012, and the upswing is slated to...

Power tool use leads to thousands of injuries each year—injuries that can be prevented with a little care and planning. So before you power up to start those spring projects, ensure your success and survival with a power tool safety review:

·Choose the right tool for the job: Using the right...

Power tool use leads to thousands of injuries each year—injuries that can be prevented with a little care and planning. So before you power up to start those spring projects, ensure your success and survival with a power tool safety review:

·Choose the right tool for the job: Using the right...

You may know that an unattended stove or a lint-filled dryer create major appliance fire hazards. But did you know that millions of appliances have been recalled over the past five years because of product defects that could cause a fire? Your appliances can actually catch fire through no fault...

We cannot tell a lie…Every home needs maintenance and occasional improvement, no matter how famous the address. As we approach President's Day, it's a good time to consider the construction and renovation history of America’s “Money Pit” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C!

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