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Make the most of your time with tried-and-true techniques and the latest advances in DIY.

Beat the Heat with an Energy-Efficient Home

Beat the Heat with an Energy-Efficient Home

 

Saving energy and keeping your home comfortable go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, there are many ways to maximize your home’s efficiency in the summer. Keep your home comfortable and save money, too, with these energy-efficient tips.
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Hurricane Preparedness: Boarding Up Windows

 

If you're new to coastal living, this may be your first time boarding up windows in preparation for a hurricane. Yet, even old salts may be surprised to discover the best method depends on the materials used on your home's exterior. Find out about the options and the steps you can take to keep your home protected during a hurricane.
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Hurricane Damage: Dos and Don’ts for Restoring Your Home

 

Even if you’ve done everything possible to prepare, a hurricane can still surprise you. The sustained winds may be stronger than expected, the storm could linger longer than planned with more inches of rain, and the storm surge could be higher than predicted. While every situation is unique, there are some basic first steps...
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11 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Flooding

 

According to the National Severe Storm Laboratory in Norman, OK, flooding is the most common of all weather-related natural disasters. Even people who live in areas that have never flooded should have a plan in place. That’s because flooding can result from something as simple as a storm drain that typically diverts water being blocked.
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Flood Cleanup: First Steps to Reclaiming Your Home

 

It feels devastating when floodwaters enter your home. Still, the truth is flooding is pretty common in the McCoy’s states. While there’s no denying that flood cleanup is work, in most cases you CAN reclaim your home if it’s been flooded. What you’ll ultimately need to do depends not only on the amount of actual damage to your home...
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Creating the Ultimate Workshop for Your DIY Projects

 

Having a reliable space to work on DIY projects makes getting the job done a whole lot easier. Having the ultimate space makes it a pleasure. Follow these pro tips to create the workshop you’ve always wanted so you’ll have a DIY haven to work on all your masterpieces, big and small.
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Your Emergency Readiness Kit: What to Have on Hand

 

Recent events highlight that being prepared for emergencies is critical to the safety and comfort of your family. Even if you never need an emergency readiness kit (and we certainly hope you won’t!), the peace of mind that comes from being prepared is priceless.
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7 Paint Roller Tips the Pros Use

 

Painting a room in your home is a project most people tackle at some point. It might seem a bit daunting but with the right tools and techniques, you can get a beautiful, smooth finish. One of the most important tools is your paint roller.
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Create a Backyard Escape With a Wooden Pergola

 

Are you thinking about building a wooden pergola and creating a backyard escape? Wooden pergolas are one of the most versatile outdoor structures you can build. They are fairly easy to construct and can be used for everything from shade for your hot tub to an outdoor kitchen.
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How to Prepare for a Hailstorm

 

Along with the wildflowers and warm temperatures of spring comes the downside: hail season. While hailstorms can happen at any time of year, they are most common in McCoy’s states from March to May.
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Concerned About Hail Damage? Here's What to Do.

 

The strong winds, flying debris, and the wind-driven hail of a fast-moving hailstorm can result in real damage to your home — particularly to your roof, siding, and gutters.
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How To Get the Greenest Lawn

 

It can be frustrating when your neighbors’ lawns look lush and green while yours is struggling. But the grass doesn’t have to be greener on the other side! Let’s break down how you can get the greenest lawn and keep it that way all year long.
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9 Tips for a No-Fail Ceiling Fan Installation

 

Got an outdated fan in your living room, your kitchen, or maybe on your porch you look up at (or try not to look at!) and think, "I've got to get rid of that thing?" Now's the time. Replacing a ceiling fan is a quick and easy project that instantly updates any room.
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Garage Organization Systems for Messy Garages

 

Storage area? Workshop? Play space? A parking spot? If your garage is serving double -- or even triple -- duty, then you've probably got A LOT of stuff in there. And it can get out of control fast.
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4 Steps for Fixing Water Damage

 

You’ve identified the source of the water—a burst or leaking pipe and shut it off. Now what do you do? Water damage can be a big deal, but try not to panic. You’re not alone, and you can get help.
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Light Bulb Types: How Do You Choose?

 

Light bulbs are a household essential. You’d think buying them would be simple! But, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the large number of different light bulbs available. How do you choose the light bulb type that's right for you?
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Why You Should Prime Before You Paint

 

Have you ever wondered how professional painters get that incredible coverage with paint, even if they are painting a light color on top of a dark wall? There is one key ingredient to their success that can take your DIY paint project...
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3 Signs It's Time to Re-Caulk

 

Caulk is one of the most important elements in your bathroom or kitchen. It prevents water from ending up where it shouldn’t be. Often, though, caulk is one of those things we set and forget. Here are a few ways to know when it’s time to replace your caulk.
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How to Measure for Replacement Windows

 

You won't be replacing the windows in your home often, but it can be a BIG expense when you do. One way to keep the cost down is to tackle all or part of this home improvement project yourself. While it is a big job, it may not be as daunting as you think!
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10 Simple Steps for Preparing Concrete for Painting

 

You can dress up just about anything with a coat of paint. Yet, many homeowners hesitate to bring new life to a porch or entryway because it’s concrete. The truth is, you don’t have to settle for a stained, chipped, or just bland entry.
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The Top 12 Tips for Working Safely in the Heat

 

Here in the McCoy's states, it gets hot. Really, really hot. In fact, heat is the top weather-related threat to your health. Yet, most DIYers spend a lot more time prepping their homes for the surprisingly less dangerous...
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High Winds or Tornados: What You Can Do to Prep Your Home

 

If you live in “Tornado Alley” you’ve seen the damage tornadoes and high winds can cause. In fact, if you live anywhere within the McCoy’s states, you’ve likely experienced high winds occasionally.
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Assessing Tornado or Wind Damage to Your Home

 

When a tornado touches down in a neighborhood, the effects are often clear. Less newsworthy--and obvious--is the damage caused by straight-line winds. Even a home in good condition is susceptible to high wind damage.
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7 Quick Tips to Get Your Home Ready for a Freeze

 

If you’re one of those people who has a never-ending to-do list (and hey, how many of us born-to-builders don’t?!) then you probably know that feeling of waking up in the middle of the night, realizing there are projects...
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