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Build a Garage Door for Odd-Sized Garage Sep. 10, 2020

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Dear James: I had a detached garage built with a somewhat rustic exterior decor and blew past my bud... Read More

Turn Your Barbecue Grill Into a Baking Oven Sep. 09, 2020

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If you have an outdoor barbecue grill with a cover, you can turn it into an outdoor oven. Why would ... Read More

What You Need to Know About Buying Carpet Sep. 08, 2020

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It's not something you buy every day. But when it's time to buy carpet, you need to know your stuff.... Read More

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Sep. 03, 2020

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Closing a credit card account is not for the faint of heart. So, why bother? Oh, let me count the wa... Read More

Watt's Up? Sep. 02, 2020

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Tonight, take a tour through your house with all the lights out. See all those digital clocks and gl... Read More

A Robot Vacuum That Really Works -- and It's Inexpensive! Sep. 01, 2020

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Vacuuming sucks. Literally. One year, my idea of giving our adult sons robot vacuums for Christmas w... Read More

Kitchen Gadgets That Will Pay for Themselves in No Time at All Aug. 31, 2020

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I'm crazy about gadgets — everything from quirky can openers to smartphones. Hand me a Swiss A... Read More

When It Doesn't Pay To Be Cheap Aug. 27, 2020

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There is a predictable progression many of us go through as we make a decision to stop living beyond... Read More

How to Childproof a Forbidden Door, Plus More Great Reader Tips Aug. 26, 2020

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If you've ever had the need to prevent children from closing a door and unwittingly locking themselv... Read More

The Art of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich Aug. 25, 2020

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A surefire signal that I'm out of town is the big square burn mark in my best stainless skillet. Tha... Read More

How to Clean and Care For a Smoothtop Electric Cooktop Aug. 24, 2020

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When it comes to kitchen appliances, nothing says modern and sleek like a beautiful new electric smo... Read More

More Super Summer Slow Cooker Recipes Aug. 20, 2020

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In keeping with one of my favorite philosophies of food — "Life is uncertain. Eat dessert firs... Read More

Install a Wainscoting Kit for Beautiful Walls Aug. 20, 2020

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Dear James: I have always liked wainscoting on walls. The old drywall has dents and loose joint tape... Read More

Best Inexpensive Laptop Computers for 2020 Aug. 19, 2020

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If you or someone you love will be heading to college soon, a laptop will be absolutely essential. N... Read More

Outfitting Your Kids for School -- and Fundraisers, Too Aug. 18, 2020

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Have I been sleeping in a cave for 100 years? Sure feels like it. I just read that Americans' back-... Read More

Ask Me Anything: Pet Hair, Almond Milk Expiration and Window Heat Aug. 13, 2020

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My mailbox is full of great questions from readers — many of whom are battling similar issues.... Read More

How to Get the Kids' Rooms Organized Aug. 10, 2020

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With schools in the U.S. closing several months before the school year ended — and with it now... Read More

Great Reader Tips: From Orajel to Stain Removers to VIP Treatment at the Store Aug. 05, 2020

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ORAJEL NOT JUST FOR MOUTHS Our teenage daughter badly stubbed her toe, and we needed to clip the nai... Read More

Frozen Summer Treats Are Cool Aug. 04, 2020

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In these sizzling days of summer, it's tempting to load up the freezer with pricey frozen treats. Or... Read More

Your Very Own Hedge Fund Jul. 30, 2020

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Several years ago, when gas prices were at their highest in Los Angeles, I paid $4.26 a gallon ̵... Read More