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Pool Safety Tips for Children

For much of the country, Memorial Day marks the start of outdoor summer fun, like backyard barbecues, beaches and parties. Unfortunately, this holiday also marks the riskiest time of year for pool drownings. Drowning is the leading cause of death to young children and can occur quickly, often...

Deck and Patio Repair

If your decking was installed with nails that are slowly coming loose, pounding them back in is only a temporary fix. The better solution is to remove the loose nails and replace them with deck screws. These are easily installed with an inexpensive attachment to your power drill and will ensure...

Deck Design Ideas for Safer Structures

Building a deck may seem like a rather simple home improvement project. But if you don’t build your deck correctly, it could become very dangerous. Here are five deck design ideas to make sure your deck is safe:

Deck Design: Multi-level decks can be very attractive, however keep in mind this...

Deck and Patio Planning and Building

This spring and summer, thousands of homeowners will perform the necessary maintenance for their wood decks. They'll strip, sand and stain their decking and railing to help revive the looks and preserve the structural integrity of the deck.
 
For Will Spivey, a homeowner in western North...

Green Home, Saving Energy

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...

Mosquito Proof Your Yard

Mosquito bites can quickly ruin a backyard barbeque, and place your family and friends at risk of diseases like the West Nile Virus. The good news is that there are many things you can do to make your back yard less inviting for a mosquito infestation.

Mosquitoes need only two things to...

Get ideas for transforming your yard into an outdoor living area, with tips on building decks and patios, designing outdoor kitchens and outdoor theaters, and mosquito-proofing outdoor living areas. Find out how to maintain and repair porches and decks, and learn how to clean outdoor furniture.