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5 Ways to Keep Your Food From Spoiling During a Power Outage

5 Ways to Keep Your Food From Spoiling During a Power Outage

10 Hazards You Haven’t Thought of at Home

Learn more about the hazards you haven't thought of at home


100 Plumbing Goofs and Other Scary Stuff

A plumbing problem is no laughing matter, but it is fun to see the problems before they're solved. Check out...


What’s Wrong With This Picture? Plus a Trick Question

We’ll show you the problem—and the fix.


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10 Things You Should Never Touch in Your House

Sometimes a DIYer has to know their limits.

Garage Storage: How Much Weight Can Trusses Take?

Check out this heavy-duty garage storage system.


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Fact or Fiction: Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Clean, safe water is vital for drinking, cooking, bathing and more, yet most people barely give it a thought. Here's...

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Fact or Fiction: Is Cheese the Best Bait for Mice?

It may seem natural to bait mouse traps with cheese, but experts say you'll have better luck luring your resident...


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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You Won’t Believe What Could Be Growing in Your Tap Water

Researchers found bacteria in tap water can actually proliferate if a faucet has gone unused for a few days. Luckily,...


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Fact or Fiction: Why Can’t You Put Metal in the Microwave?

Can you really set your microwave on fire? It depends. (And no, you shouldn't try this at home to test...

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If You Live in an Old House, There Could Be Razor Blades in Your Walls

If your house was built before 1970, it's likely there are razor blades in your walls. Here's why.


10 Products You Can Buy at Home Centers That Actually Violate Building Code

As a DIYer, you need to know which products meet building code and which ones will fail an inspection. These...


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15 Things Home Inspectors Wish You Knew

These things home inspectors wish you knew can help sellers prepare for a home sale and make buyers aware of...


15 Hidden Dangers in Your Home You Should Never Ignore

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is not the philosophy to live by when you're a homeowner. The plumbing...


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Fact or Fiction: Are Nonstick Pans Safe?

According to a new report, certain nonstick cookware releases “forever chemicals” into the food we eat. Here’s what you need...

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8 Best Home Security Lights

Don't be left in the dark! You'll know exactly what's going on around your home when you invest in top-rated...


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Should You Have Air Quality Monitors in Your Home?

An indoor air quality monitor can detect dangerous gases, chemicals and particulates in your home. Find out how they work...


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Dirty Facts About Winter Clothing (and Tips for Keeping It Clean)

Keep safe and healthy this winter by cleaning your cold-weather outerwear more often to stop the spread of germs and...


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What You Need to Know About Egress Windows

To convert your basement into a bedroom, you'll need an egress window. Discover what they are and why they're so...


Can Homeowners Insist Contractors Wear Masks In Their Homes?

Social interaction is an essential part of most home repairs, but can be dangerous in the midst of a pandemic....


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12 Everyday Items That Can Be HUGE Security Risks

Unfortunately, in today's super-connected world your personal information is at a higher risk than ever. But adjusting some of your...


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New Countertop Appliance Claims to Kill Coronavirus on Household Items

Luma and Luma Pro aim to deliver 99.9 percent effectiveness in killing germs, bacteria and viruses — including the coronavirus.


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What to Know About Home Saunas

Considering adding a home sauna? Here's what you need to know about cost, installation and maintenance.

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10 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace

Resist the temptation to burn anything in your fireplace but firewood — particularly garbage. You should never burn these 10...


Ladder Stabilizers

Work faster and smarter—and feel 10 times safer!


How to Work with Scaffolding Safely

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