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Home Improvement
Matt Schmitz

VIDEO: How to Open Your Garage Door Manually

When your garage-door opener fails to open the garage door, it’s like: “C’mon, man, you had one job to do!” You’re gonna need to do more than say “open sesame!” — but don’t worry, opening your garage door manually is almost as easy as saying the magic words.

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Home Improvement
Matt Schmitz

VIDEO: How to Unclog Your Bathtub Drain in 7 Simple Steps

As you shower, down the drain goes that bodily grit, grime, sloughed-off skin, shampoo residue and hair — all of which collects and congeals into a vomitous glob that can stop up your plumbing. Here’s how to extract the obstruction.

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Home Improvement
Team eLocal

How Much Does It Cost to Replace an AC or Furnace Blower Motor?

Generally, you can expect your motor blower to last between 10 and 20 years, although it could have a longer or shorter life span depending on the condition of your unit. Here's a look at replacement costs.

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Home Improvement
Team eLocal

Can You Clean Up Smoke and Water Damage Yourself?

You can sometimes clean up water, fire and smoke damage yourself. Discover when to tackle the clean-up on your own and when to call a professional.

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Home Improvement
Michael Franco

How to Remove These 6 Common Household Stains

No matter how fastidious a housekeeper you are, stains will happen. Here's how to deal with them so that your well-kept home can continue to look its best.

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Home Improvement
Lauren Leazenby

Stay Safe While Shoveling Snow: 8 Tips for Homeowners

Shoveling snow causes thousands of injuries and up to 100 deaths per year. Here's how to stay safe while doing this dreaded winter chore.

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Home Improvement
James Fitzgerald

Gut Check: Here's How to Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters should be a regular seasonal maintenance task. Did you know you don't need a ladder to clean your gutters? This guide covers both cleaning methods.

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Home Improvement
Team eLocal

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Painter?

Painting is more challenging than it looks. Therefore, it may be worth hiring a professional painter, instead of redecorating, yourself. 

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