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Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile - Which to Choose?

Discover the similarities and key differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles so that you pick the right one for your next project. Once you've …

Home Improvement

17 Log Cabins We Love

The rugged beauty and fuss-free style of log cabins made them one of the most beloved American home archetypes of all time. Today, the wooden …

Cabins

How to Clean Oven Racks

In even the cleanest of kitchens, this fixture often goes unwashed. For a cleaner home, it's time to finally give your oven racks the TLC—and elbow …

Design

How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

Banish this pretty yet pernicious weed with one of three trusted methods.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Creeping Charlie—also commonly known as ground ivy—is …

The 10 Most Dangerous Plants for Your Pet

You may be surprised at the number of very common plants—both indoor and out—that are toxic to pets. Check out our list of landscaping stalwarts that …

How To: Use a Table Saw

Anyone serious about woodworking or DIY eventually wants to add a table saw to their power tool arsenal. Named for th...

Power Tools

10 Sneaky Hidden Costs of Home Remodeling

Even though most homeowners set a budget before they start a remodeling project, the final cost of renovations can end up being thousands more. Why? …

Home Improvement

Solved! How High to Hang Pictures

Q: I recently framed my son's graduation photo and want to display it in my living room. If I hang it too high, I’m a...

Home Decorating

10 Things Always to Keep Near Your Kitchen Sink

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the sink is the heart of the kitchen. From meal prep to clean up, you spend a good amount of time near …

Kitchens

Video: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back

Which projects are on your home improvement wish list? A modern kitchen? Maybe bathroom update or a basement remodel?...

Home Improvement

10 Affordable Landscaping Projects You Can DIY in a Day

Always a day late and a dollar short of achieving the landscape of your dreams? Skip the call to the professional landscaper, and instead dedicate …

Gardening

Best Hammock - Buyer's Guide

Are you looking to kick back in a hammock this summer? Before hitting the stores, check out our guide to learn more about styles, sizes, and …

15 Doable Designs for a DIY Patio Table

Adding a chic coffee table, an elegant end table, or a rustic dining table to your patio or porch is a must if you want to stretch your living space …

Furniture

How To: Move a Refrigerator

When you’re starting out in a new home or renovating the kitchen in your current one, the time may come when you must...

Hacking

8 Things to Know Before You Set Foot in a Plant Store

Buying plants is a lot of fun, but be sure to do your homework before you head out to the nursery. A little planning will give your new plants the …

Gardening

How To: Get Rid of Ticks

Ticks are a fact of outdoor life throughout the United States. These blood-feeding arachnids become active every year...

All You Need to Know About Types of Insulation

Insulation is a vital component in any home that aims to be energy-efficient. Typically placed in areas where air esc...

Home Improvement

10 Smart Ways to Snag Free Stuff for Your Home

Maintaining a home can be pricey. Between furnishing the interior, keeping up with regular maintenance, and improving curb appeal, costs can …

Freebies

12 Double-Duty Products You Never Saw Coming

Double-duty furniture and appliances can save you money by doing the work of two fixtures for the price of one. Not only that, but they're a no …

Solved! The Best Decking Material

Q: I’m putting a new deck on my house and I want to make sure it is constructed properly. What is the best decking ma...

Home Improvement

Video: 7 Plants Never to Grow in Your Yard

Just because the plant is beautiful, doesn't mean it belongs in your yard. Many popular plants available at your loca...

Gardening

10 Pricey Gadgets That Are Worth Every Penny

Every year, new high-end gizmos flood the market. Some gadgets prove invaluable and others are quickly forgotten and never missed. So how to know if …

Gear & Gadgets

The 10 Best Colors for a Brighter Basement

In the ongoing quest for more living and storage space, homeowners often overlook the basement. But this neglected space can be incredibly versatile. …

Home Decorating

How To: Mud Drywall

"Mudding," the process of applying multiple thin coats of drywall compound to the joints and screw indentations in ne...

Dive Into These 12 Luxurious Pools

A pool is a perk many homeowners long for, and most imagine soaking up the sun while dipping their toes in the water. But indoor pools bring a whole …

Houses

Video: America's Most Photographed Homes

American architecture might not be as old as the kinds you'll find on other continents, but it certainly is stunning....

Architecture

Video: What to Do If You've Been Skunked

Find yourself in a stinky situation? If a skunk strikes close to home (or in your home!), take action against the unp...

Home Ownership

10 Surprising Things You Can Do with a Plastic Straw

Drinking straws seem to have only one purpose, but they have become a DIY darling. It’s not hard to see why: They’re produced in an endless range of …

Hacking

How to Wash a Sleeping Bag

Trust your down or synthetic summertime slumber essential to this comprehensive cleaning routine.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Your sleeping bag is your bed …

Sewing

Solved! Here's How Long It Takes Paint to Dry

Q: I'm about to refresh my living room walls, but I've seen different opinions on how long to wait between coats of p...

Home Improvement