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3 Big Benefits of Dust-Free Sanding Tools

For your next sanding project, whether you're sanding drywall or refinishing furniture, take a cue from the pros and use dust-free tools that will …

Woodworking

14 Plants That Thrive Even When Temperatures Rise

Does your garden wither and wilt as the mercury rises? Then you might be choosing the wrong plants for your geographical region. Instead, try a few …

United States

How to Drain a Toilet | Bob Vila

Whether fixing a toilet that’s running or leaking from the base, cleaning the tank, or replacing a unit that’s beyond...

Cleaning

15 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine

Hardy, shade plants and flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little light. Read on for a list of plants …

Plants

20 of the Best Pieces of Advice from Home Makeover Show

Reality TV has kicked our collective enthusiasm for real estate and home renovation into high gear and made DIY an attainable lifestyle. Who doesn’t …

Home Decorating

13 Simple Ways to Cut Your Home Cooling Costs

Staying comfortable through the summer often comes at a price (after all, air conditioning ain't cheap). If your energy bills have your blood …

Home Improvement

Mold in the Air Conditioner? How to Find It and Fix It

Determine the extent of mold growth in your AC and take the proper steps to remove the health hazard.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p><b>Q: There’s been a</b> …

Home Improvement

10 Things You Need to Keep Your Car Clean

You spend a lot of time in your car—the daily commute, the regular errands, road trips, and running to and fro. So, it makes sense that the car …

Cleaning

Makeover an Ordinary Outdoor Space with a Wall-Mounted Trellis

It's not news: You don’t need to have a huge backyard to enjoy greenery. The key is to embrace your vertical space, a...

Woodworking

All You Need to Know About Galley Kitchens

Understand the pros and cons of this narrow yet highly efficient design to see if it might work well for your cook space.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>The …

Kitchens

8 Appliances that Cost You a Fortune in Energy Bills

Households gobble up more than 30 percent of the electricity consumed in the United States. Sure, efficiency has improved over the years, but …

Home Improvement

9 Things You Should Never Buy for Full Price

Are you a coupon clipper? Do you have a membership at a warehouse club? Do you walk straight to the clearance rack when you shop for new clothes? If …

Shopping

Dos and Don'ts of Building a Fire Pit

Fire pits are a hot commodity! These attractive additions can dress up a drab yard with mesmerizing flames while serv...

Home Improvement

35 Lake Towns for a Weekend Adventure

Water is a welcome sight during warm-weather weekends, but the ocean isn't the only place to get your fill of the wet stuff. America is overflowing …

New York State

7 Best Garage Sale Buys for DIY Projects

Hit local sales for stuff you can upcycle with concrete to create the coolest home goods ever! <i><br>This content has been brought to you by Quikrete. Its</i> …

Washing Machines

5 Best Kitchen Flooring Options for a Renovation

The kitchen has become the hub of the modern home, not just a cook space but a gathering place for family and friends...

Home Improvement

Best Paint Stripper: How to Choose and Use the Top Products

Some paint prep is easier than others. On a piece of furniture with only a few isolated peeling patches, you can sim...

DIY

11 Reasons to Always Stop at Garage Sales

Some people love garage sales; others pass by without a second thought, writing them off as a jumble of other people's trash. If you’re in that …

Living Rooms

How to Get Rid of Moss in the Lawn

Banish patches of unwanted greenery and bring back the bladed beauty of your turf with these tips.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Low-growing greenery that …

Glyphosate

The Standard Countertop Height and When Follow It, Solved!

Take the guesswork out of your kitchen remodel with our foolproof guide to determining the perfect countertop height for comfort and ease of …

Home Improvement

12 Tried-and-True Tricks to Stamp Out Ants

Usually found marching along a kitchen sink, the tile near a baseboard, or outside on the porch by your welcome mat (some welcome!), ants are tiny …

Cleaning

Just Moved In? 11 Things to Do Right Away

You just moved into a new home—congratulations! Now that the moving truck is unloaded, you probably have a million things to do before getting …

Home Improvement

The 10 Best Things You Can Do for Your Lawn

A great-looking lawn doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work and lots of care to keep your grass healthy and green. Luckily, the secrets to fabulous, …

Gardening

10 Things Never to Do When You Grill

As temperatures rise, homeowners love firing up the grill and eating outdoors. Yet just as with indoor food prep, there are some important rules and …

Cooking

How to Remove Concrete Stains

Concrete driveways, patios, and garage floors may take a beating, but that doesn’t mean they must show the signs. Whi...

Cleaning

Ants in the Kitchen? 7 Ways to Kill Them

Q: I squashed an ant on my kitchen countertop this morning only to spot more circling the sink. Where did all of thes...

Cleaning

35 Patriotic Places to Visit This Fourth of July

Though we usually celebrate the Fourth of July with parties, picnics, and fireworks, it's important not to lose sight of the fact that Independence …

Black History

Make a Modern DIY Baby Gate (a photo tutorial) | Bob Vila

A lot of lifestyle adjustments need to be made when a baby comes along, and the house is no exception. In addition to...

Woodworking

All You Need to Know About French Polishing

If you’ve ever admired the extraordinarily glossy finish on an antique piece of wooden furniture or a wooden instrume...

Woodworking

The Best Kitchen Islands Under $500

The kitchen island is often the gathering spot in a home. Not just a functional place for cooking and storage, it's also where you typically wind up …

Home Depot