Recent Home Improvement Articles

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Home Improvement
Shelley Frost

Why Does My Bathroom Smell Like a Sewer?

Is the smell in your bathroom a little off (and not for obvious reasons)? Troubleshoot bathroom sewer smells with this guide.

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Home Improvement
Gwen Case

Are There Different Types of Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are dreaded pests that bring images of bulging eyes and dirty brown bodies to mind. But what if you see a bug that doesn't quite match your mental picture of a roach?

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Home Improvement
Sandy Hess

Alert: Here's What to Know About Sump Pump Alarms

A sump pump alarm is an electronic device that monitors the water level in your sump pump’s basin. While the sound of this alarm doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an emergency, it does mean you need to take action.

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Home Improvement
Michael Franco

Can You Leave Small Appliances Plugged in?

The decision to leave small appliances plugged in when not in use is a balancing act between convenience and energy conservation. This guide can help.

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Home Improvement
Shelley Frost

Does Your Home Need a Sump Pump?

Do you need a sump pump? That depends on several factors, including the weather where you live and whether you have a basement.

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Be Your Own General Contractor. Here's How

Traditionally, people hire general contractors to oversee and manage projects. Being your own general contractor means you take on this role yourself, and handle all the responsibilities and risks involved.

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Home Improvement
Elizabeth Michael

What Are Those Tiny Bugs in My House — and, More Importantly, How Do I Get Rid of 'Em?

While some common small black bugs are more frustrating than harmful, others can spread germs and cause wicked bites. Here are some helpful tips to identify and eliminate small bugs in your house. 

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Home Improvement
Rowan Guthrie

Being Your Own General Contractor: Pros and Cons

Being your own general contractor is one way of reducing your costs, and there’s the added benefit of knowing the project is your own. However, for every upside, there’s a countering downside.


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