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by home expert, author and HGTV personality Don Vandervort

Checklist for Central Heating Systems

How to keep your home’s forced-air or hydronic heating system working smoothly. See the checklist…

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12 Ways to Get Your House Ready for El Niño

This winter’s prediction that El Niño will pound the southern United States and the East Coast to New England with above-average precipitation means it’s time to get your house in order . More about getting ready for El Niño…

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Clean gutters and get them ready to handle heavy flow.

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Furnace Troubleshooting & Repairs

By keeping your furnace working well, you can save energy and money—and keep your household warm! If your furnace is in ill repair, it probably won’t work when you need it most. More about furnace repair…

How to Buy a Water Softener

Tired of hard water spotting your dishes, clogging your pipes, and negatively affecting bathing and laundry? This expert, unbiased water softeners report will help you choose the right water softener.

How to Find and Fix a Roof Leak

Expert advice on how to find, troubleshoot and fix a roof leak, including what to do in a roof leak emergency. More about roof repair…

How to Buy a Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves look similar to wood stoves or fireplace inserts, but the similarity ends there. Instead of burning wood, they burn small pellets typically made from recycled wood shavings. More about pellet stoves…

Gas Hot Water Heater Repairs

Gas hot water heater need repair? If your gas water heater doesn’t heat, get hot enough, or stay lit, this expert DIY advice will help you fix some of these problems yourself. More about fixing a water heater…
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Metal Roofing

How to buy metal roofing, with in-depth consumer reports on metal roof materials and types, advantages and drawbacks to consider when buying metal roofs More about metal roofing…

See Through Walls with This Smart Phone Camera Add-On

Check out all of the things you can do with an inexpensive thermal imaging camera. For example, you can see the energy leaks around windows and doors or (a lot more fun) you can see your dog in the backyard at night. MORE…

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How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

Thinking about installing kitchen cabinets? These illustrated step-by-step instructions will guide you step by step. More about installing cabinets...

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Screw through structural parts of the cabinet back into wall studs for solid support.

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