Fall-Winter Home Improvement 2011

15 Stories • Available July 2011
Checking Your Chimney

Checking Your Chimney

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a professional checkup on your chimney. Over time, weather extremes, moisture and even wild animal nibbling and nesting can damage the structure of your chimney

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Securing Window Seals

Securing Window Seals

When your window seals aren't a tight fit, they let cold air into your home and waste energy when your heating system has to work harder. That will cost you. So assess the seals on all of your wind

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Room Color Makeovers

Room Color Makeovers

In fall and winter, the days are getting shorter, the air cooler, and you're spending more time indoors -- which makes this the perfect time to tackle those room painting projects you didn't get ar

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Drab To Fab

Drab To Fab

Need a quick fix for a boring room? There's no need for a time-consuming remodel or expensive new furniture; it's all in the details. Transform that tired room and take your space from drab to fab

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Tight Fits

Tight Fits

When it comes to designing a small space, it takes some thinking outside the box. Jean Nayar, author of "The Happy Home Project," says she has learned to make good use of vertical real estate. Look

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Looking To Sell

Looking To Sell

Competition is fierce. Stroll down any neighborhood street and you probably will see at least one "House for Sale" sign. With so many choices, how can you make sure that a buyer will be drawn to yo

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Ice Dam Removal

Ice Dam Removal

Ice dams on roofs damage thousands of homes every winter. They are caused when warm air in the attic melts the underside of the snow on the roof. That's usually because of inadequate insulation and

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Practical Bathtubs

Practical Bathtubs

When a baby begins to crawl and walk, suddenly the most perfect house turns into a less gracious place. Out of the blue, a faultless living room has too much furniture, and the stairs down to the b

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Organizing Your Basement

Organizing Your Basement

How messy is your basement? Fall and winter can be the perfect time to get your space in order. According to a 2010 survey by the Soap and Detergent Association, 60 percent of Americans regularly e

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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

With energy costs continuing to rise dramatically, the cost of operating a home is becoming increasingly prohibitive. But there are ways homeowners can fight back and control their home energy cost

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Gutter Maintenance

Gutter Maintenance

It's important to perform periodic gutter maintenance on your gutter system to keep it working smoothly. Clogged or damaged gutters offer little aid for channeling roof water away from a home, and

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Free-standing Gas Fireplaces

Free-standing Gas Fireplaces

Free-standing gas fireplaces add warmth to your home and are highly energy-efficient. In particular, a direct-vent gas stove is ideal for providing supplemental heat to a portion of your home. Free

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Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution

Dear Pat: I am planning to do some remodeling on my house. With children, I am concerned about indoor pollutants, such as lead, formaldehyde and asbestos. What should I know about these before star

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Picture-perfect

Picture-perfect

Open the pages of any shelter magazine and you are likely to find stylish interiors with framed photographs on the walls. From small, colorful instant prints to black-and-white mural-sized images,

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Pet-proofing Your Home

Pet-proofing Your Home

If cozying up by the fireplace on a chilly autumn night -- a cat gently purring on your lap, a golden retriever sleeping at your feet -- sounds idyllic, chances are you probably have a pet or want

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Home Improvement Facts 1

Home Improvement Facts 1

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Home Improvement Facts 2

Home Improvement Facts 2

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Home Improvement Facts 3

Home Improvement Facts 3

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