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Keep Your Deck Beautiful with Wet & Forget

Now that you’ve chosen just the right deck for you and your family, you’re ready to enjoy many years of backyard barbecues and family get-togethers. But that enjoyment can be cut short if your deck suffers from algae, lichen, moss, mold or mildew. All of these stains are ugly, and some can cause even more problems: Algae creates a slippery surface that can lead to falls, and moss can damage the surface of your deck. […]

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7 Easy DIY Tips for the Budding Handyman

In today’s economy, even the tool-shy among us have been trying DIY on for size. After all, it’s pretty tempting to buy a pipe wrench and try to fix the leaky sink yourself when the average plumber charges $100 or more just to show up. Get in over your head with your DIY project, though, and you could end up with a broken sink AND thousands of dollars of water damage to your home. These […]

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Which Deck is Right for You? Choose Well for Years of Outdoor Bliss

Thinking of building a deck this year? You’re in good company: the Freedonia Group, experts in business trends, report that the demand for home decks is on the rise and should increase by 2.7 percent each year through 2014. There are so many types of wood to choose from, though, as well as alternate materials such as composite decking or aluminum. Choose the right material for your family’s needs, and you can expect many years of […]

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7 Natural Mosquito Repellents to Stay Safe and Happy Outdoors

After the warm winter and early spring the US enjoyed this year, we can expect to see a bumper crop of mosquitoes this summer. And, while the word “mosquito” comes from the Spanish for “little fly,” these diminutive bugs can cause super-sized problems. Mosquito bites can itch enough to nearly drive you batty, and scratching can lead to secondary infections. Mosquitoes also spread dangerous diseases such as encephalitis and West Nile Virus in humans. They […]

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Wet & Forget: Your Perfect Helper for Seal Coating Your Driveway

Whether your driveway is concrete or asphalt, regular seal coating will help it last longer and provide an eye-pleasing complement to your home’s landscaping. A little elbow grease now and then pays off, because seal coating limits a lot of the wear-and-tear your driveway suffers with the changing seasons. Landscaping expert David Beaulieu recommends seal coating asphalt yearly in colder climates, and concrete every three to five years. But watch out: If your driveway is stained […]

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4 Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom Stylishly Spacious

Your bathroom gets more use than most of the rest of your house, and it’s a room that many of your guests are likely to see during your next get-together. Unfortunately, many home designs scrimp on size when it comes to this underappreciated room. This leaves you with a space that feels cramped and seems to have few style possibilities. A crowded, stuffy and out-of-date powder room will hardly make a good impression on guests. […]

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How to Grow Tomatoes from Seed for an Inexpensive, Fruitful Garden

It’s no mystery why tomatoes are the most popular crop for home gardeners in the US. These deliciously healthy fruits are easy to grow and incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Homegrown tomatoes are perfect for salads, BLTs, salsa and much more–Diane S., an avid gardener and cooking enthusiast, tells us that it would take quite a fight to wrestle her beloved tomato press from her hands. Diane freezes her homemade tomato puree to use in “from […]

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Spring-Clean Your Gutters to Keep Your Home Healthy

You probably don’t think about your home’s gutters and downspouts very often, but a problem with your roof’s drainage system can leave you with a wet basement, a mosquito problem, puddles in your yard or even serious damage to your home’s foundation. Cleaning gutters isn’t on anyone’s list of favorite activities, but good gutter and downspout maintenance can save you a heck of a lot of headaches. Now that spring is here and we are […]

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