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8 Signs You Should Get a Roof Inspection

Here are some of the warning signs it might be time to take a closer look at the roof over your head.

Stop Believing These Summer Maintenance Myths

Believing these myths might actually be costing you money!


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What to Know About Finishing Your Attic’s Flooring

Got an unfinished attic you'd like to convert to living space? Flooring matters. Learn which attic flooring approach makes sense...


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Pros and Cons of Attic Insulation Types

What’s the best attic insulation? That depends on your definition of “best”. An expert home inspector goes through which attic...


15 Weird Objects Our Readers Found Lurking Behind Their Walls

From old newsprint to weapons to mummified animals, we asked our readers to show us treasures they found behind the...

Working With Metal-Clad (MC) Cable

MC cable is easier to work with than rigid conduit and offers protection from fire, vibration, gnawing pests and physical...


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.

Parts of Your Home Prone to the Most Winter Weather Damage

Knowing where your home is most vulnerable and taking precautions can save you thousands of dollars in repairs next spring.


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What to Know About Attic Ladders

Do you have unused storage space in your attic? Install an attic ladder to reclaim it.


Comparing Flat Roof Vents and Turbine Vents

Is one type better than the other?


How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

A gabled roof looks great from the outside and adds space and light inside.

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What to Do After Hail Damages Your Roof

Don't get ripped off when storm chasers blow into town to repair roofs and broken windows. Here's what you need...


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Saving Energy: Blown-in Insulation in the Attic

Save $1,000 on labor and cut your heating bills with blown in attic insulation.


How to Install Under Cabinet Lighting in Your Kitchen

Add dramatic under cabinet lighting in a weekend without tearing up your walls to install the wiring.


5 Things You Need to Know About Vermiculite

If your home was built before 1990, you might have vermiculite insulation in your walls or attic.


How to Handle Full-Span Ceiling Truss Problems

What to do if you see signs of truss lift. Look for signs of seasonal movement first.

Roof Venting Basics

Roof venting 101


How to Insulate an Attic Door

Insulate an old attic door with inexpensive fiberglass and tape


Cathedral Ceiling Insulation

Foam ceiling insulation is an excellent solution where moisture is a problem.


Seeing ‘Through’ Insulation

When you need to work in a specific spot in the attic (to mount recessed lighting, for example), drill a...


13 Basic Home Improvement Skills DIYers Must Know

Save yourself from numerous problems at home by memorizing these hacks.


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Energy Conservation: Know the R-Value of Insulation

Want to save money, energy and feel warmer this winter? Insulate your house the right way using these simple tips.


How to Clean Soffit Vents

The best way to clean soffit vents is with compressed air