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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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 why.

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 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...


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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...

Fireplace Cleaning: When to Clean a Chimney Flue

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