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Deck fireplaces are "hot" outdoor accessories! We've five tips for installing one of these fireplaces on your personal patio.

By Alia Hoyt

In the summer, it's only fitting to invite your friends and family over for a bash on your deck. But to keep it in party-ready mode, you have to take care of it.

By Emilie Sennebogen

If you want to scare a homeowner, there's one sure way to do it: Mention the word termite. It's important to always keep an eye out for them. Here's what to look for.

By Sara Elliott

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Hot tubs are ideal for lounging with a drink or relaxing with your partner. But there are several things you need to know before you buy.

By Terri Briseno

Just because you don't find bugs in your home very often doesn't mean they're not swarming around its foundation. And we're not just talking about termites.

By Danielle Fisher

If you're like most people, you spend a decent amount of time avoiding household cleaning chores. But if you split them up into two- or three-minute chunks and do them during commercial breaks, they suddenly become no big deal.

By Alison Cooper

Keeping a clean kitchen isn't just about appearances. It's about good health. What steps should you always take to keep your food and your surfaces clean?

By Denise Harrison

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Once a rare luxury, the home sauna has been picking up in popularity. But it's still important to choose a sauna that fits your price range, needs and building codes.

By Julia Layton

There are roughly 91,000 species of insects in the ground, the air, on your plants, and in all of the nooks and crannies of your home. Find out how to kick them out and keep them out.

By Emilie Sennebogen

While you could chase a fly around with a swatter (or a shoe) all day long, one of the best ways to combat flies is to go after them where they breed.

By Patrick E. George

Summertime is all about getting as much sun and fun as possible -- and what easier place to get both than your own backyard? Here are some things that could make your summer patio that much brighter this year.

By Marie Willsey

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Ants sure know how to ruin a good time, and picnics don't have the market cornered. They can be anywhere from your recycling bin to your bathroom.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Outdoor furniture is as varied and unique as the cushions that will decorate it. There's a lot to look for, and we'll help you know what to buy!

By Sara Elliott

Low-flow toilets -- including dual-flush models -- are now the only kinds of toilet you can buy in the United States. How much water and money do they save you, anyway?

By Alison Cooper

The deadliest aspect of a hurricane is the storm surge. So is there any way to protect your property from this powerful force?

By John Perritano

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Wanna sleep better at night? Find out how to disinfect your mattress because it's actually pretty nasty.

By Beth Brindle

Your kitchen sponge is probably loaded with germs. But before you toss it (and more money) in the trash, try disinfecting it instead.

By Beth Brindle

Those green and brown stains in your toilet aren't your fault. They got there through the minerals in your water. The question is, how do you make them disappear?

By Debra Ronca

Have you ever watched those old advertising videos from the '50s and '60s demonstrating futuristic home technologies? They're a hoot, but you have to wonder: How come those innovations didn't pan out?

By Shanna Freeman

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If ants ever invade your house or yard, you'll be well-armed for dealing with the problem -- and keeping your pets safe -- if you follow this set of anti-infestation tips.

By Christopher Lampton

One of the biggest complaints among apartment renters is being able to hear the sound from the people you share your walls with. Here are a few ways to help you deal with the noise.

By Christopher Neiger

Bidets have never been popular in the United States, so "comeback" might not be quite the right word. But there's definitely a growing grassroots effort in support of them -- and it's coming from a perhaps surprising group.

By Alison Cooper

Is this surreal, modern design your idea of a futuristic home? While some look like this, others would surprise you. We scope out 10 that you might want to live in today.

By Shanna Freeman

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Nobody likes to clean the bathroom. But if you clean a few things every day, it will make those dreaded deep cleanings a snap.

By Danielle Fisher

Cockroaches are nasty little critters and one of the worst things about them is you never know where they're hiding. We'll tell you 10 places they could be.

By Terri Briseno