Avoid Bed Bugs During Holiday Travel, Learn Where to Find Domestically-Manufactured Tool, and Make Sure Your Gas Fireplace is Safe

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Bed bugs like to hitch rides back home with travelers – so make sure you’re not one of them.  Contribute to the American economies by knowing how and where to find American-made tools.  Use our safety checklist to make sure your gas fireplace is safe – and properly maintained –  before you fire it up this season. Plus, get answers to your home improvement questions about, painting siding, roofs, crawl space and garage insulation, tile options, foundation cracks.

How to Build a Kitchen Island, Five Resolutions for First Time Homebuyers, Sleek, New Kitchen Cabinet Trends, and more

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Learn options for building a kitchen island to get more work space and storage in your kitchen.  Find out about a new trend in kitchen cabinets making its way to the US from Europe and Asia.   A sleek, modern look in a dark finish for your cabinets will help bring your kitchen up to date.  Plus if you’re looking to buy your first home, but aren’t sure where to start – learn about the five first time homebuying resolutions.  And get answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing peeling paint, travertine floors, solar roofs, chimneys, rotted door frames, tiling a shower, roof options, removing trees, weatherproofing window A/C units, wallboard options, PVC piping.

Replacement Window Efficiency Guidelines, Caring For Trees in Spring, Getting a Better Night’s Sleep, How to Get Product Safety Recall Information and more

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Learn the difference between low-E and U-value when shopping for replacement windows to get the windows that are most energy efficient.  Find out what you need to know to care for the trees in your yard during a very wet spring thaw.  Discover the bedroom secrets to getting a good night’s sleep. Learn how to get info on product safety recalls.  Plus gets answers to your home improvement questions about, basement refinishing, dock staining, metal roof installation, finishing a basement/crawl space, cleaning granite countertops, exterior bricks, tile a bath.

Tile Flooring for a Bathroom: Porcelain or Ceramic?

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If you are planning a bathroom update, learn why ceramic tile is the more affordable choice compared to porcelain. Get tips on choosing a glazed ceramic tile with epoxy grout for a floor that is easy to clean and maintain, and will hold up over time in a home with kids and pets.

Top Trends from the International Builders Show, Getting the Most Return on Your Home Improvement Investment, Setting a Home Maintenance Budget, Going Green in a Few Easy Steps and more

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Learn about the top five trends for 2014 from the International Builders Show, including an increased demand for a high tech home.  Learn what home improvements will bring you the best return on your investment.  Find out how much money should be put aside each year for your home maintenance and repair budget each year.  Get easy tips for going green just in time for St. Patrick’s Day plus get answers to your home improvement questions about, winter home repairs, window repair, cracked moldings, driveways, installing electrical outlets, toilet noises, cracked flooring tile