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Home Improvement
Michael Franco

Hit the Deck! How to Clean Decking

Keeping your deck clean is important — both in terms of aesthetic appeal and increasing its longevity. Here's what you need to know about deep-cleaning your deck.

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Home Improvement
Matt Schmitz and Lauren Leazenby

VIDEO: Know Your Android or iPhone Smartphone's Serial Number? You May Need It!

If you need to have your smartphone serviced or repaired, you may be asked for the serial number. Do you know your phone’s serial number? Of course you do, right? It’s 2, 4 … niner … OK, well, what ultimately matters is that you know how to find it. Watch this video to learn three ways to find the serial number on your iPhone and three ways to find the serial number on your Android smartphone.

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Lauren Leazenby

VIDEO: Got a Recalled Product in Your Home? Here's What You Should Do...

You saw it in your news feed, and now you’re panicking a little: One of the products in your home has been recalled. That can be pretty jarring to hear. You may use the product every day, and you had no idea it might be dangerous. So what should you do if you find out you’ve got a recalled product on your hands? Watch this video to find out.

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Matt Schmitz

VIDEO: 8 Easy Steps for Giving Your Oven Some Overdue Lovin'

If you’ve neglected your oven and need to wipe away your kitchen’s dirty little secret fast, we'll show you how. Watch this video to learn eight easy steps for givin’ your oven some overdue lovin’.

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Home Improvement
Matt Schmitz and Lauren Leazenby

VIDEO: Why You Should Never Stick a Knife in the Toaster (and 10 Other Electrical Safety Tips)

Some 400 people per year in the U.S. are electrocuted. That's in addition to 50,000 electrical fires, resulting in 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries and well over a billion in property damage. Follow these 10 household electrical-safety tips to avoid getting an unwanted jolt of reality.

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Rat Problem? Here's How Much It'll Cost to Get Rid of 'Em

Understanding how much a rat exterminator costs can help you plan your budget, so you're ready if you encounter the telltale signs of infestation.

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Home Improvement
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Should I Be Home While My Roof Is Being Repaired or Replaced?

Staying at a hotel adds to the already high cost of roof repair or replacement. Depending on the situation, you may not need to leave your home while the roofers work.

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Home Improvement
Michael Franco

How to Fix a Shaky Ceiling Fan: 3 Problems That Might Be Causing the Wobble

Fixing a wobbly ceiling fan is something you can most likely take on yourself without any major tools or equipment. Here’s how.


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