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Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...

How to Make Homemade Plywood Storm Shutters

Windows are a key area to attend to for hurricane preparedness. Sliding glass patio doors and large picture windows need to be protected from both pressure and debris.  An easy way to do that is by making homemade storm shutters.  Here's how:

  • Step 1: If you're making your own shutters,...
Home Security

Filing a homeowners insurance claim is never a pleasant process. While you may hope you’ll never need to call upon the coverage of your homeowners insurance policy, in the event that you do it is important to properly file your claim. Attention to detail can be a challenge when you’re dealing...

Electric

Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, hosts of the nationally-syndicated home improvement radio show The Money Pit, know a thing or two about keeping homes safe.  

“Every week, I tell listeners how to prepare for extreme weather emergencies,” Kraeutler says.  “But, to be honest, I thought the...

Landscaping

Spring is here, and that means homeowners across the country are going to start picking up their shovels for a variety of outdoor projects: planting trees, installing fences, building decks, and more. However, a majority of Americans – 51 percent – who plan to dig this year will put...

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

You were smart.  You invested in a portable backup generator... and it's a good thing because you lived without power for an extended period.  Now that you have power back, what should you do with your portable backup generator so that it's ready to go next time you need it? 

The biggest...