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How Jackhammers Work

You've probably been irritated by jackhammer noise at some point, but have you ever stopped to think about these marvels of concrete-busting power? Without them, demolition would be a whole lot more difficult.

How Bug Spray Works

Our world is full of insects, and our first response to seeing one is usually to reach for a can of spray to zap it. Is this good idea? What's in your typical can of bug spray? And, could it harm you, too?

Can I use interior paint for exterior surfaces?

Is one gallon of paint the same as the next? Not really. Find out if you can use that interior latex you fell in love with on the outside of your house, too.

10 Tricks for Painting Your Home's Exterior

Painting the outside of your house can seem pretty daunting, but you can save a lot of money doing it yourself. This article will give you the tools to get started.

10 Tools You Need to Paint Your Home's Exterior

It takes more than a can of paint and a brush or roller to paint the outside of your house. Here are some other must-have tools to make the job look more professional.

How often should I repaint the exterior of my home?

Your home is your castle, but unlike a castle, it probably requires a couple of coats of paint now and again. How frequent should your paint jobs be, and why?

10 Things Not to Do When Painting Your Home

Summer doesn't seem as fun when you have an endless exterior house-painting job looming over you. To make it more enjoyable, let's play a game where we predict the house-painting mistakes you're about to make.

Exterior Painting

View colorful exterior painting pictures to get inspiration for your next home improvement project.

Why would you throw a fire extinguisher?

The middle of an emergency is a lousy time to realize that fire extinguishers are more than a point-and-shoot proposition. Think you could manage one that you lob at the local inferno?

Should you turn your heat down when you're not home?

As you leave for work on a winter morning, you may wonder whether to turn off your heat, turn it down or let it maintain a cozy temperature. Which will save the most energy and money? The answer might surprise you.

What causes pipes to burst when they freeze?

If you live in an apartment building, you're sure to see a sign put up by management to keep your faucet dripping when the weather report forecasts freezing temperatures. But why is that? How does a dripping tap keep pipes from bursting?

10 Home Repairs That Can Seriously Break the Bank

Most expensive home repairs come from items we don't pay attention to every day – like the roof or foundation. And yet, routine maintenance is often very cheap. Which items should you focus on most to avoid costly replacements and repairs later?

Housecleaning Habits to Teach Your Kids

Teach your kids good housecleaning habits that that will last a lifetime.

Honey Do: Cleaning Jobs Perfect for Dad

Delegate these chores to your partner to make your cleaning routine go more smoothly.

Housecleaning Tricks Mom Never Told You

Share these smart cleaning ideas with your mom and she will thank you!

How to Clean a Marble Tile Shower Floor

Keep your marble looking like new with these simple tips.

How to Clean a Water Softener Resin Tank

Keeping your water softener clean prevents costly repairs.

How to Clean Bathtub Jets

Avoid the bacteria and soap scum in your bathtub jets with these simple cleaning tips.

What is the Best Way to Clean Mold Off Your Shower?

Clean shower mold simply and effectively before it becomes a bigger problem than it needs to be.

How to Clean Lime from Windows and Other Surfaces

Lime spots from hard water can show up on just about any surface in your bathroom. But getting rid of those ugly marks isn’t usually too difficult, especially if you make it part of your regular cleaning routine.

How to Clean Lime and Calcium Streaks on Your Tub

Keep your tub free of streaky lime and calcium deposits.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips

Spend less time in the laundry room with these easy tips.

5 Tips for Cleaning Shower Heads

Keep your shower head clean with these tips.

DIY Backsplash: How to Update Your Kitchen in a Flash

Add tile to your kitchen backsplash to make a big impact without spending a lot of time (or money!).


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