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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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 is trying to tell you with these silent signs.

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

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 May Be Living 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...


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.