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How to Repot a Plant

How to Repot a Plant

Plants, like people, can outgrow their living space. While the plant may not seem large, the roots may be struggling for room, so it’s a good idea to repot growing house plants annually. Having potting mix, a trowel and the new pot handy. Many also like to wear gardening gloves. Repotting can get messy, so…

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How to Unclog a Drain

How to Unclog a Drain

Kitchen and bathroom drains do a great deal of work around your home, so if they’re clogged, you’ll notice right away. These clogs typically happen as a result of built-up debris in your pipes — everything from crumbs or hair to dirt or grease. We all know the warning signs. The sink takes a little…

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How to Green Up Gift Wrapping

How to Green Up Gift Wrapping

Did you know that half the paper consumed in the U.S. every year is for wrapping and decorating items. According to a Stanford University finding, it is estimated that we create five million tons of waste from wrapping materials. Wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and boxes fill up a big portion of that too-stuffed trash bin….

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How to Replace Your Furnace Air Filter

How to Replace Your Furnace Air Filter

If you’re a first-time homeowner, you might not realize there’s a filter in your furnace that needs changing. And even if you do, you might not know it needs to be replaced every few months to keep your furnace running at peak efficiency—and to help prevent pollutants from entering your living space. The filter in…

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How to Green Up Halloween

Halloween traditions can generate some serious waste. All that candy generates one serious bellyache—and lot of plastic trash from leftover wrappers. This year, why not swap one of them for something a little more eco-friendly, like making your own decorations or mixing up some homemade face paint? Here are some ways to green your Halloween without…

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How to Clean Rain Gutters

How to Clean Rain Gutters

Gutters should be cleaned twice a year – more often if you have a lot of overhead trees or if you live in a rainy climate. If you have a single-story home distanced from power lines and you can safely work on the ladder or roof, then you may be able to clean your gutters…

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Replace or Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets: The Options and Costs

Replace or Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets: The Options and Costs

Refacing might be “superficial,” but the results and savings are dramatic. Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are replaced to match or complement the new veneer. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding complete the transformation. What are the…

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Declutter Your Home: Why Being Organized Saves You Money

Declutter Your Home: Why Being Organized Saves You Money

If you’ve ever accrued a late fee after losing a bill, thrown away spoiled peaches you forgot to eat, or bought yet another pair of sunglasses because you couldn’t find yours, then you know being disorganized can cost you money. At best, clutter in the home causes mistakes, late fees, overdue payments, and missed deadlines….

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5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes From Exploding this Winter

5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes From Exploding this Winter

New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it’s just not something renters deal with; prepping pipes for winter is often the…

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