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  1. What do I need to know about asbestos in my home?

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ID:	11333You probably don't think about asbestos exposure very often. The EPA banned its use in 1989, and after all the news articles about how asbestos causes cancer and mesothelioma, who would want to use it at all?

    But the ban was removed a few years later, and while contractors virtually never use asbestos in residential applications anymore, it remains in millions of homes, especially those built before the 1970s.

    Although asbestos in the home ...
  2. What’s the key to hiring a reputable locksmith?

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ID:	11332Locksmithing may be the ultimate emergency service. Like plumbers, electricians and other home service standards, when you need a good locksmith, you need one RIGHT NOW.

    But unlike those others, you may go decades without calling a locksmith for help. You probably have a go-to electrician and HVAC company ready to call, but when you're hiring in a hurry, you can easily find yourself at the mercy of the first locksmith you call.

    Furthermore, ...
  3. What mistakes should I look out for when planning a remodel?

    Whether it's a new addition, a kitchen remodel or major work elsewhere in your home, the path to that perfect remodel is littered with potential pitfalls. Keep a sharp eye out for these issues during your planning process, and look for a contracting professional to guide you through the process.

    1. Underestimating your budget

    Contractors say they see this time and again: Homeowners tend to get flustered and feel in over their heads when costs escalate and tough decisions ...
  4. How can I make my own mulch?

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    Laying mulch is a great way to give your plants a natural boost to keep them beautiful and healthy. If you're up for a DIY project, making your own mulch is more simple than you might think. In addition to being easy on your wallet, making your own mulch reduces waste by recycling resources you'd normally toss in the garbage bin. Just follow this simple, five-step process.

    Choose what you'll turn into mulch.

    Where you live and the time ...
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    Garden, Landscaping
  5. How can I prep my deck for summer?

    Warm weather, fresh air, al fresco dining – an outdoor deck is one of the best places to gather the family and enjoy all that summer has to offer. But even the most well-constructed deck needs regular inspection and maintenance. While a wood deck requires the most attention, composite decks also need care and upkeep. Here's a look at how you can prep your deck for the season and keep it in tip-top shape for years to come.

    Perform a self-inspection.

    Experts recommend inspecting ...
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    Patio and Outdoor
  6. How can I get the most out of my household appliances?

    Appliances lend a helping hand with everything from fresh laundry to a home-cooked meal. For how much we lean on them, it's easy to forget that our dishwashers, refrigerators, HVAC systems and washing machines need regular care and maintenance to do their jobs well. Whether your appliances are working overtime or you just use them occasionally, these tips can help you stay ahead of unexpected issues and extend their overall life.

    1. Load your washing machine correctly.

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    Kitchen
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