The natural beauty of plants and flowers is a favorite ingredient of holiday decorating, but it can also be hazardous to your health. Some plants that look festive can cause skin irritation from simple handling, and others have berries and leaves that can be fascinating but dangerous to children...

This week, many of us have full houses and tightly timed schedules for getting a beautiful, bountiful Thanksgiving feast on the table. All this activity may spark some unplanned home emergencies, so while you’re giving thanks for everything that goes right, be prepared to act in case any of the...

Filing a homeowners insurance claim isn’t the most pleasant process, but it goes much more smoothly when you give attention to the details. Every step you take ensures that you get the most out of the coverage you’ve paid for, and the following will ease your way to a properly filed...

In its recent “Green, Inc.” news series, USA Today uncovered shortcomings in the U.S. Green Building Council’s popular LEED standards for sustainable design and building.

The exposé describes how a program that’s supposed to represent Leadership in Environmental Design also appears to be tied...

You may know that replacing windows boosts a home’s energy efficiency, but new models can also be better for your health. If your home was built prior to 1978, your current windows are likely finished with lead-based paint and exposing your family to harm on a daily basis. Research has shown...

Do you have an escape plan in case of fire in your home? According to a survey by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only one third of American households have developed and practiced such a plan. What’s more, many of us overestimate the amount of time we’ll have before a fire...

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...

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