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What Is a Split-Receptacle Outlet?

credit: Toma<p>A split receptacle allows you to operate a light from a wall switch while having a free outlet that's always on.<p>Why You Might Need a …

Home Improvement

Choosing the best lighting for your kitchen and bath

Homeowners get a lot of bright ideas in two of the most important rooms in their homes -- the kitchen and bathroom -- so it makes sense that these …

Home Ownership

Best Dishwashers 2018: 5 of the best dishwashers | Trusted Reviews

<b>Does anybody actually like washing dishes by hand? It’s time-consuming and it doesn’t actually save you much water compared to the best dishwashers.</b> …

24 Best Memorial Day Appliance Sales You Won't Be Able to Pass Up

With Memorial Day right around the corner, that means the best Memorial Day appliance sales are <i>finally</i> within our reach. Whether you're looking for a …

Low-voltage deck lighting can be an easy install for homeowners

<b>Q:</b> I’m going to tackle rebuilding my deck soon and have seen lots of photos of low-voltage deck lighting. I’m afraid of electricity and don’t feel I have the skills to do this part of the project. Can you impart any wisdom that will instill the courage in me to try to do this wiring? Have you …

The Best Air Conditioners to Save You from the Heat This Summer

Summer is coming.<p><i>Here at Esquire, we believe your living space should be a reflection of who you've worked so hard to become. All it takes are a few upgrades. These are the stylish (and functional) items worth buying to make your house a place you're proud to call home.</i><p><i>Up now: air conditioners for</i> …

These scraping machines remove flooring with ease

These scraping machines by Blastrac remove floor coverings to prepare for new flooring. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>These scraper machines remove floor coverings.<p>Blastrac makes three different scraping machines.<p>Scraping the covering is the first step in installing new flooring.<p>What …

Making the Most of a Tiny Kitchen on a Tiny Budget

The one-bedroom apartment that Laura and Ian Greig bought in Miami Beach last year had something that many New Yorkers can relate to: a very small kitchen that hadn’t been touched since the 1980s.<p>Unevenly spaced appliances lined one wall of the narrow, 67-square-foot space, leaving no room for a …

A Bugs Home

This tiny apartment in Taipei, Taiwan, is a bachelors dream. With a limited floor area of just 46 square metres (498 square feet), the architects …

Major Curb Appeal Mistakes That'll Scare Away Potential Home Buyers

Bold Colours<p>1/10<p>1/10<p>Photo Credit: Getty Images<p>Bold colours can be fun for sure, but when it comes to curb appeal they can do more harm than good. …

Home Improvement

Best Dishwashers Grid

Best Dishwashers<p>1 of 5<p>Bosch 300 Series SHSM63W55N Dishwasher<p>The Bosch 300 Series is one of the most reliable dishwashers you can buy. It features an …

Get a Handle on Home Maintenance With This Checklist

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist<p>Staying on Top of Chores Saves Repairs Later<p>Updated February 26, 2018<p>A big part of the American dream is owning …

Home Improvement

Before & After: A Dark Galley Kitchen Sees The Light

Lindsay and Tim's New York apartment had a lot going for it: 9 foot ceilings, windows on three sides, a plum location on Central Park West, and a …

Living Rooms

The top acne spot treatments, according to 7 dermatologists

Stressed out because you have a pimple or do you have a pimple because you’re stressed out? Either way, when a zit surfaces, there’s no point in …

A Marble-and-Brass Laundry Room in Small, Medium, and Large

What would it be like to apply luxe kitchen materials and storage to the laundry room? The design team at Fisher & Paykel, the New Zealand-based …

Noon Smart Lighting System

"Let there be a pleasant light” seems to be the premise from the start-up that designed and developed this smart lighting system. Noon Home made a …

Volkswagen Refuses To Buy Back The Stripped-Out Car Right Now

Tonight, Joe Mayer, the Cincinnati car salesman who stripped down his diesel 2010 Volkswagen Golf prior to his court-ordered buyback appointment, got …

Away Carry-on

Founded by two former Warby Parker executives, Away Luggage aims to be the ultimate carry-on for travelers. Their debut product is the sleek …

New Fitness Wearables Go Way Beyond the Fitbit

Fitbit may not have started the fitness tech movement, but it sure moved it forward.<p>While equipment like treadmills and stationary bikes are …

Taylor Swift Could Bring In $1 Million A Day

"1989" is the title of Swift's most recent album. It's also the number of dollars she generates every three minutes.<p>Taylor Swift makes as much money in a day as most people would make in a year in their wildest dreams.<p>The Express reported that Swift's entertainment empire has already made $318 …

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Nike Air Odyssey Ltr

Originally released by Nike in 1987, the classic Nike Air Odyssey LTR has been rejuvenated with some sleek colorways, including this "Cargo Khaki” …

Arrange your iOS home screen any way you like with Makeovr

There's no way anyone can dispute the claim that Android is better than iOS when it comes to customization options. Beyond the ability to install launchers and overhaul the entire look of an Android device, users are able to arrange icons however they please on the home screen.<p>But iOS users aren't …

These smart power switches let you use Siri to turn on anything in your home

iDevices' Switch and iHome's SmartPlug are among the first HomeKit products<p>Back in June, Apple announced plans to let your iPhone start controlling smart home products, and here at CES 2015, we're finally starting to see some products that it can control. iDevices' Switch (seen above) and iHome's …

Schlage's new smart lock lets you open your door with your voice

Smart locks are starting to become big business, with even Sony (Sony!) muscling in on the action. If, however, you'd like to buy a model from a company with any sort of reputation for security, then Schlage Sense might be the door furniture for you. Simply bolt this thing onto your front door and …

The World’s First Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Looking for a truly unique speaker for your home? The Om/One actually levitates above its base while it pumps out your favorite tunes wirelessly, making for a talking point that speaks for itself.<p>This isn’t just a crazy concept: the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker is for real, and on sale right …

You can already preorder a 24-karat-gold iPhone 6

Anyone who has attempted to preorder an iPhone knows the hassle of either waiting in a long line at an Apple store or staying up till some ungodly hour to catch the online preorder window.<p>Apple is expected to launch its next smartphone, the iPhone 6 , in the coming months. So what if I told you you …

Mobile Technology

Video Gamers' Aggression Born From Frustration, Not Violence: Study

If you've ever screamed in rage or thrown down a controller after missing a jump in a video game or getting shot from across the level, new research exonerates your behavior. It's not violent games that make people angry and aggressive — it's <i>difficult</i> ones.<p>The research, from the University of …

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Home Design: Wall Baskets For Bath Towel Storage

Do you want to have washcloths at arm’s length in your bathroom? Here is an innovative solution in this respect. Take a look at the photos: what can …