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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...

Decorating and Design

Simple holiday safety tips could make the difference between a peaceful or disastrous holiday season. Trees, lights and holiday cheer make this such a special time of year, so don't let your celebrations turn to tragedies because of dangerous decorations, faulty fireplaces or other common...

Pests

It is February and right about now, the wind is howling - right through doors and windows! From steam boiler checks to clearing ice dams, here's how to protect your home from the elements this February, one weekend at a time:

Weekend #1:  Clear ice dams.  Much of the United States has seen...

Tips on Fall Home Maintenance Projects
Fall home maintenance projects are all about protecting your home and preserving safety and comfort indoors, which you get your home ready for winter. Grab a few tools and a half an hour now to tackle one of the following chores, and you’ll thank yourself warmly a few months down the line. 
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Interior Remodeling

Here's an easy way to make cleaning a fireplace screen part of your regular cleaning routine. Once or twice a season, use a cleaning solution of 1/8 cup liquid dishwashing detergent per quart of water to remove the caked on dirt.  Gently scrub the fireplace screen with a soft bristle brush and...

Cleaning

November is here, and that means the leaves have just about all left the trees, but hopefully are not still stuck in your gutters! The holidays are just around the corner and it's a terrific time to get your home ready for some company, too. Here's where to begin. 

Weekend #1:  Chimney and...