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Everything To Know About Chimney Caps

A chimney cap is an essential part of a properly functioning fireplace. Here's what you need to know about maintaining and replacing your chimney cap.

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How To Fix Summer Chimney Smells

After using your fireplace all winter, the hot, steamy days of summer can cause your chimney to really stink. Here's...


8 Scary Ways Your Fireplace Could Be Toxic

A roaring fire can really make wintertime more bearable. But could it be dangerous to your health? Sadly, yes. Here's...


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34 Silent Signs That Your House is Failing

Your house can't talk, but it can give you hints of failure, if you pay attention. Learn what your house...


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...

6 Home Problems Inspectors Hate to See and How to Fix Them

Reuben Saltzman, president of Structure Tech in Minnesota, identifies potential home problems and what to do about them.


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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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What Animal Is in My Chimney (And How Do I Get Rid of It)?

If noises from your chimney have you wondering what's going on in there, you could have unwelcome animals that need...



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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.

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Why You Need to Check Your Chimney Before You Cozy Up to the Fireplace

It's that time of year again! If you have a fireplace, here's a quick way to tell if your chimney...


Chimney 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...


What is a Chimney Pot?

Although the top of the chimney isn't often on your mind as you sit in front of a fire, you...

Clay Chimney Flue Liners Make Great Planters

To make these terra-cotta planters, go to a brick supplier and buy 3-ft. lengths of clay chimney flue liner.


How to Maintain and Repair Your Chimney

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.


How to Prevent Chimney Fires this Winter

Here's How To Avoid Chimney Fires this Winter


How Does Santa Get Into a House Without a Chimney? His Secret Key, of Course!

Just over 40 percent of the homes in America have fireplaces, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. So...


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...

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How to Work with Scaffolding Safely

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