Keeping your chimney clean and functioning properly is key to hours of family fun in front of a crackling fire.

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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 how to stop the stench!

    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...

    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 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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    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...

    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...

    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.

    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 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...

    How to Work with Scaffolding Safely

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

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