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The 15 Smartest and Smallest DIYs You Can Do for Your Home

You don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort to keep your house in top condition. Some of the best improvement projects don’t require pulling …

Home Improvement

The Best Outdoor Furniture for Under $100

Anyone who has spent any amount of time shopping for patio, porch, or deck decor knows that outdoor furniture can cost as much as indoor …

Furniture

Video: 8 Cleaning Mistakes Everyone Makes

Some homeowners are under the impression that the only wrong way to clean is to not clean at all. Not so. There are s...

Mistakes

German Smear 101 and How to Get the Look at Home

Are you looking for a way to update your home’s dated bricks without painting over them? Check out one of today’s hottest design trends: German smear.<p>…

Home Improvement

Rescued from Ruin: 9 Extreme Makeovers You Need to See

When a home is extremely dated or downright dilapidated, you have many more options than just moving or taking a wrecking ball to it. As these …

Houses

How to Water Your Lawn

These tips will help you become your own lawn specialist—because a healthy lawn doesn't happen by accident.<p>There are many factors that contribute to …

Landscaping

Bad Neighbors: 11 Plant Pairs Never to Grow Side by Side

As many a green thumb knows, there are certain plants you should never grow together. Some plants hog all the sunlight, others zap nutrients from the …

How To: Make and Use Your Own Deer Repellent

Deer are delightful romping through the forest but can wreak havoc in a garden, decimating vegetables, fruit trees, l...

Gardening

How to Cut Sheet Metal

Avoid accidentally bending, scoring, or gouging the metal in your next DIY project when you use the tools and technique outlined here.<p>Photo: …

Product Design

Safety Check: 5 Tips to Protect Your Deck from Disaster

Extend the lifespan of your favorite outdoor feature—and ensure the safety of all those who enjoy it—by following these best practices for deck …

Fresh Garden Trends

If you're bored with your garden, this is the perfect time of year to switch things up. Do you want a garden good enough to eat? Are you looking to …

Gardening

9 Signs You Need to Replace Your Fridge

The refrigerator is a major investment and an absolute necessity. If you splurge for a high-quality model, this household staple can last as many as …

Kitchens

Smelly Dishwasher, Solved! - How to Lose the Odor

With so many food particles swirling around, your dishwasher is bound to pick up some unwanted scents over time. Follow this quick fix to clear the …

Dishwashing

The 10 Best Things You Can Buy for Your Laundry Room (for Under $50)

If you must do laundry (and you must), you might as well make the chore as easy as possible. We've rounded up the best buys to make your laundry room …

Hacking

Buyer’s Guide: Lawn Fertilizers

Whoever said, “The grass is always greener on the other side” probably wasn’t using the right stuff. When it comes to...

Gardening

Video Tip: 5 Things You Can Do with Lemons

This common fruit can be used for a variety of uncommon purposes.<p>When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade—clean house, instead! This versatile …

Beverages

14 Inventive Ideas for a Perfect Porch

Your porch can be so much more than just a landing pad on the way in or out of your house—it can be a place to unwind, entertain, and make a great …

Houses

Video: Don't Keep These 11 Things in Your Bedroom

How healthy and safe is your bedroom? The answer may surprise you. If you're keeping some of these seemingly innocuou...

Bedrooms

Video: How to Clean Vinyl Flooring

Beloved for their economy and durability, vinyl and laminate flooring are two of the most popular flooring types avai...

Home Improvement

Doorway Casing 101

As few as three pieces of trim can greatly improve a room's style and sense of architecture. Before you set out to dress up any interior door or …

Home Improvement

14 Easy DIY Living Room Updates Anyone Can Do in a Day

Is your living room languishing because you think you just don't have the time to spruce it up? Well, think again! If you have a day—and a design …

How To: Get Rid of Rabbits

While children love big-eared Bugs Bunny chomping on a carrot, gardeners can identify closely with his cartoon nemesi...

Gardening

11 Weird Ways to Use Wine

“Leftover wine” may seem like a freak of nature, a mythical beast along the lines of fairies and unicorns. But sometimes, even the most dedicated …

Wine

How to Mow a Lawn

Make cutting the grass a faster, more efficient process—and keep your turf in tip-top shape—with these techniques.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>If you’ve got …

Landscaping

Buyer’s Guide: Portable Grills

Homeowners who host frequent outdoor gatherings tend to have strict opinions about what kind of backyard grill keeps ...

BBQ

Best Flooring for Dogs, Solved!

Furry friends can wreck havoc on your floors. When you get a do-over (or start from scratch), select one of these top flooring options to spare …

Pets

10 Things Never to Flush Down the Toilet

Every so often homeowners flush something they shouldn’t, causing the toilet to overflow and maybe even harming the pipes in the process. When the …

Hacking

Buy or DIY: 8 Instant Seating Ideas for a Full House

When entertaining a crowd it's important to have plenty of snacks, lots of ice and, above all, ample seating. However, all those extra chairs can …

DIY

It's Not Me, It's You: The 10 Toughest Houseplants to Keep Alive

Are you a serial houseplant killer? If you've earned a reputation as a brown thumb, it might be your choice of houseplant that's to blame. While some …

Plants

Organize Closets with 11 Things You Already Own

Organizing your closet can seem like a daunting task, especially when you consider how expensive store-bought organizing solutions can be. Keep your …

Hacking