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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

Life Expectancy of Home Appliances

Just how long can you expect the appliances in your home to last? That question often doesn’t come up until the food in your freezer feels soft or you’re standing in a shower without hot water. We tend to take … Continue reading

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Home To Do’s in JUNE

This is a busy time of year with graduations, family events and change of season chores, but use this list of 10 items – basically cleaning, maintaining and inspecting – to get off to a good summer of enjoying your … Continue reading

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Landscape Advisor

The property around a home, whether it’s a small bungalow or a sprawling estate, requires regular maintenance to ensure its appearance and upkeep. Routine work is needed for any landscapes whether it’s a modest garden or a lavish landscape. These … Continue reading

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Fly Old Glory with a Flagpole in Your Yard

To see Old Glory waving in the wind always brings a sense of pride. If you’re considering adding a flagpole to your yard, a good choice is a telescoping pole with aluminum sections that slide up and down and snap … Continue reading

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Mosquitoes and How to Use Drainage Solutions to Get Rid of Them

Here’s advice from Dr. Drainage, civil engineer Ryan Larsen, at NDS, Inc. with suggestions for homeowners to prevent mosquitoes from ruining outdoor spaces. These budget-friendly ideas will spare you the nuisance and discomfort of pesky mosquitoes outside your home. 1. Eliminate … Continue reading

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Month of May Home Checklist

Take a look at these 13 items to get your house and garden in good shape. While the weather is getting warmer we’re all drawn outside to get busy cleaning out the weeds and fertilizing the garden beds. In the … Continue reading

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Prevent Thunderstorm Damage to Your Property

Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months so the experts at American Modern Insurance Group offer homeowners these tips to protect their properties and families. “When it comes to thunderstorms, thoughtful planning and preparation are essential,” said … Continue reading

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