Spring/Summer Home Improvement 2011

15 Stories • Available March 2011
Looking Up

Looking Up

Looking for a way to finish off that room? Look up. Whether painted, wallpapered or stenciled, a finished ceiling gives any room a fresh look for not a lot of money. "A ceiling that completes and

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Clean House 101

Clean House 101

Realistically, it should take just a few hours to clean a typical family home. The key to speeding up the process? It's all in the preparation. With the right game plan, you -- and your family -- c

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

You've got the right highchair, the perfect stroller and the safest car seat money can buy, but don't overlook the one place baby spends most of her time -- the nursery. Create a comfy, cozy sanctu

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Hidden Funds

Hidden Funds

Jamie Novak sees hidden cash in surprising places -- that junk drawer in your kitchen, for example. Those expensive rechargeable batteries are buried in the back somewhere, but you can't find them

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Insulation

Insulation

When the temperature soars during the summer months, it can seem as if your air conditioner never gets a break, and when your cooling systems and fans never turn off, your energy bills may just bre

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Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning

It makes sense that cleaning the air ducts in your home is a smart way to eliminate air pollution and reduce allergens, molds and toxins, but the Environmental Protection Agency wants you to explor

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Anti-allergen Vacuum Cleaners

Anti-allergen Vacuum Cleaners

Dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria -- all of these things can contaminate the air you breathe inside your home. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air

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A New Lawn

A New Lawn

Over time, lawns can begin to look a little long in the tooth. Insect damage, weed infestation and drought can play havoc on a lawn. Many homeowners think the only solution to restoring a lawn is t

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The Deck

The Deck

Your deck takes a lot of abuse from the elements. Rain, snow and the sun can work together to destroy your outside living space if left unchecked. It is extremely important to address wood decking

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Roof Leaks

Roof Leaks

Roof leaks can occur for a variety of reasons. They typically start out small and grow over time to be larger problems. That said, even a small roof leak can cause major damage to your home. Beside

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Exterior House Painting

Exterior House Painting

Exterior house painting is one of the most difficult projects to schedule and complete from a weather perspective. To complete the job, you must have an ambient air temperature of between 50 F and

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Your Home Office

Your Home Office

As kids, most of us dreaded the seemingly endless amount of homework assigned by our teachers and the hours upon hours of sitting at the kitchen table studying, memorizing and writing. As grown-ups

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A Brick Mailbox

A Brick Mailbox

Dear Pat: Kids drove by and destroyed my mailbox with a bat. I always have liked the appearance of a lighted brick mailbox. What are some of the design basics to build a strong brick mailbox? -- Br

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Sliding Closet Doors

Sliding Closet Doors

Sliding closet doors can be the beautiful beginnings of a terrific storage area. They can hide a utilitarian alcove, or they can divide a room into multipurpose uses. Decorate in the style you want

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Paying For A Project

Paying For A Project

In today's housing market, many potential home sellers are wondering whether to update their houses before putting them on the market or to try to sell them "as is." "As you have heard, remodeling

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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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