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Three Ways to Build a Campfire

Here's how to light a roaring campfire on the first try, then put it out when you're done.

What is Heat Lightning … and Is It Dangerous?

Ever seen flashes in the sky on a hot day you can't quite explain? You might be witnessing what some...


10 Things To Look for When Buying a Used Boat

A used boat can save you thousands, compared to the cost of a new boat. But, as with a used...


How To Stay Safe During a Flash Flood

Flash floods are dangerous and can hit out of nowhere. Are you prepared for a flash flood?


How to Repair a Garden Hose

Fix leaky garden hoses quickly and cheaply.

If You See a Painted Purple Fence, This Is What It Means

Knowing about purple paint laws can help you stay on the right path when driving or hiking in an unfamiliar...


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5 Lessons We Learned While Building a Deck

When you build a deck from the ground up, you're going to learn some things. Here are some of the...

Building a Deck: What’s Involved

A quality deck starts with a sturdy, well-built frame. These are some of the key things to keep in mind...


The Best Alternatives for Products and Materials Facing Supply-Chain Issues

Everything seems like it's out of stock this summer. Here are reliable alternatives to some things that are in high...


30 Tips for the Perfect Labor Day BBQ

Gather everyone around for one more cookout of the summer this Labor Day, and keep these tips in mind to...


13 Grilling Mistakes That Could Make You Sick

Summer doesn't officially start until your first barbecue. Keep everyone safe and healthy with these grilling guidelines.

Which Exterior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?

Not all exterior renovation projects are created equal. These are the ones that add the most value at resale.


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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider....


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Discover the Truth About Common Hummingbird Myths

Should you add red dye to hummingbird feeders? Find out as we separate hummingbird myths from hummingbird facts.


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Yard Safety Tips for Commonly Used Equipment

Injuries can occur if the right safety precautions aren't adhered to while using lawn and garden equipment. Here are simple...


10 Mistakes You’re Making to Attract Mosquitoes to Your Home

Don't leave a welcome mat for mosquitoes to swarm your home!

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What Regions and Zones are Best for Growing Hostas?

Hostas can grow in a wide range of U.S. regions and zones. Here are the areas where they absolutely thrive.


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If You See a Dryer Sheet in Your Mailbox, This Is What It Means

There's actually a really good reason for it...


5 Food Storage Tips for Camping Trips

How to keep your food supply safely stored while you're out camping in the wild.


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10 Best Plants for Hydroponic Gardens

How does your garden grow? To its max potential, if you choose the easiest and best plants for hydroponics.


How to Keep Deer and Other Pests Away from Your Hostas

Deer, rabbits and other animals love hostas just as much as gardeners. Here are some easy ways to keep these...


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10 Azalea Flower Bed Tips and Ideas

Azaleas are the star attraction in many gardens and yards. Learn how to make the most of yours with these...


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Tips for Deck Repair and Maintenance

Here are our tips to give your deck a face-lift, not a teardown.


10 Ways to Landscape Without Planting Something

Don't have a green thumb? Here are some great landscaping options that don't require planting.

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10 Dos and Don’ts of Hydroponic Gardens

Just getting started with a hydroponic garden? Here are some basic rules of thumb to keep your system working properly...


The Most Essential Products for New Homeowners

From cleaning supplies to tools, here's a list of everything you'll need for your new home.


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When Should I Fertilize My Lawn?

The more you know, the more your grass will grow. Here are the best ways to maximize your lawn fertilization...


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20 Home Renovations That Instantly Increase Your Home Value

These are the top renovations that increase home value. Some are easy and inexpensive updates that you can do over...


13 Rules of Etiquette All Good Neighbors Need to Follow

Because civilization is built on neighbors being civilized to each other.


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14 Things Your Neighbors Will Never Tell You

Even if you consider your neighbors your friends, there are some things they will simply never tell you. These 14...