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Smart Homeowner

Become a smarter homeowner with these projects and tips that will help you conserve energy, be prepared for emergencies and save money throughout your home.

  1. How Old Is My House?

    Have ever wondered how old a house is? Whether you’re buying or selling—or just want to know what you have—here are two hints you can use to pinpoint a house’s age.

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  1. How to Replace a Hard Drive


    Hard drives rarely fail without warning. So if you hear buzzing, clicking or low-pitched squeals, your drive is about a day away from the big croak. Don’t worry, DIYers. You can replace the drive yourself and save all your data if you act fast.

  2. Home Emergency Preparedness Guide


    Learn to meet home disasters—both big and small—head-on without panic. Take effective action on burst pipes, flooded basements, kitchen fires, power outages, tornadoes, electrical storms and more. Tornado image: Ryan McGinnis/Flickr/Getty Images

  3. Whitewashing Stucco


    Do your stucco walls look dingy because they're stained and discolored, especially around gutter downspouts? Here's how to freshen things up by applying a coat of whitewash.

  4. Home Improvement Tips


    Tackling a remodeling project? Need some remodeling advice? Follow these tips for painless home improvement jobs.

  5. 10-Minute Home Repairs


    Water leaks? Wobbly chairs? Peeling wallpaper? It seems harder than ever to find the time to take care of the ordinary repairs every home needs. You're certainly not going to hire someone else to do them—that's not how we “handy” folks roll. Here are some common repairs that won't break your ...

  6. Tips to Restore Your Car's Interior


    Want to get top dollar when you sell your car? Dealers know that spiffing up the interior of a used car is the best way to command a higher price. Whether you're planning to sell your vehicle or just want to freshen up your daily driver, we'll show you how to slap the shabby off your vehicle's ...

  7. How to Replace a Rain Cap


    Older rain caps for metal chimneys and flue liners can deteriorate or fall apart, but installing a replacement cap is as easy as climbing onto the roof.

  8. How to Flush a Water Heater


    Have you flushed your water heater lately? This boring but important chore should be done at least once a year to remove sediment that accumulates on the bottom of the tank. That's especially true if you live in a hard-water area. The task is easy to blow off because it's out of sight—but skipping ...

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