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Expert Home Improvement Advice

by home expert, author and HGTV personality Don Vandervort


Hurricane Flood Disaster Recovery

Our hearts go out to Puerto Rico, Florida and all of southeast and coastal Texas as the residents experience flooding from hurricanes. Please pass along this handful of tips, which offer a few basic disaster survival strategies.

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How to Repair Your Asphalt Roof

Has your roof taken a beating? Now is the time to get it back in shape. More about repairing asphalt roofing…

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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…

Sump Pumps Buying Guide

Pump the water out of your basement and keep it dry! Check out the Sump Pumps Buying Guide

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Rain Gutters Buying Guide

How to buy the right rain gutters and mounting system for your house. See this expert, unbiased guide about buying gutters…

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Clean gutters and get them ready to handle heavy flow.

9 Quick Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

This article, written by Don Vandervort, was featured at US See ideas for curb appeal

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 Today’s Home Tip

CO Detector Boosts Safety
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Dual-power CO alarm plugs in and has a battery backup. It sounds if carbon monixide levels inside your home become dangerous.

Other Featured Content

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…

A Portable Generator Can Save You When the Power Goes Out

This portable generator buying guide can help you make a smart choice.

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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.

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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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


How to Aerate & Mow a Lawn

Get your lawn in shape. See more about how to aerate and mow a lawn…

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