Expert Home Improvement Advice

by home expert, author and HGTV personality Don Vandervort

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How to Make Your Christmas Tree Last

If you go to the expense and effort of buying, transporting, setting up, and decorating a Christmas tree, it only makes sense to keep it thriving as long as possible. See our expert advice on making your Christmas tree last…

Start by buying the freshest Christmas tree you can find—in fact, cut it yourself if possible.

 

Now Is the Time to Buy a 4K TV—But Which One?

Between the holidays and sports, there is no better time to check out the latest high definition flat screen televisions. See our expert 4K TV Buying Guide… Time to buy a 4K TV - Stewart Wolpin - Image

 

5 Home Projects To Do Before Cold Weather Arrives

It’s time to button up your house and get its heating system working comfortably and efficiently. See more about projects to do before the weather turns cold…

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9 Quick Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

This article, written by Don Vandervort, was featured at US News.com in July. See ideas for curb appeal

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10 House Painting Rules You Should Never Break

Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, check out these painting rules

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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 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…
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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…

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…

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…

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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 Today’s Home Tip

How to Choose a Paint Brush

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Check the bristles of your brush for proper “flagging” (like split ends in hair) and consistent bristles.

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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...

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

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