House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately

A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost you a lot of money.

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How to Clean a Chimney

Cleaning tips for a wood-burning fireplace chimney.


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How to Install a Gas Fireplace

Complete DIY instructions for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace



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Your Guide to Winterizing Everything

From cars, boats and lawn mowers to pools, gutters and grills. Here's how to winterize everything around your home.

Fireplace Cleaning: When to Clean a Chimney Flue

How often to remove creosote to prevent chimney fires and do a fireplace cleaning.


How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers: Woodpecker Deterrents

While woodpeckers are easy on the eyes and favorites of birdwatchers, you really don't want them around your home. Woodpeckers...

How to Use a Charcoal Chimney

No need for chemicals such as lighter fluid, start your grill with a charcoal chimney instead. Here's how to use...


Chimney Maintenance

Make your chimney last for decades with a few hours of simple maintenance


Installing Chimney Flashing

Leak-proof your chimney using this traditional, time-tested flashing method.


Here’s How To Avoid Chimney Fires this Winter

Here's How To Avoid Chimney Fires this Winter

How to Replace a Rain Cap

Keep your metal chimney dry


How to Stop Chimney Water Leaks

Stop inside-the-chimney waterfalls


How to Handle Efflorescence on Brick Chimneys

Moisture moving through bricks causes white mineral deposits on the brick surface and in the case of a chimney, it...


How to Work with Scaffolding Safely

How to rent, setup and use scaffolding when you have to work on your roof, siding or chimney.