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Will winterizing lower my heating bills?

Q: What percentage can I expect my heating bill to drop if I put plastic sealer on my windows, foam self stick seals on my doors, and use spray foam insulator to plug up cracks in my walls.

A: You can generally save 5 to 10% on heating costs by taking those simple and...

Squirrel walking on top of a wooden fence.

Squirrels enjoy wooden fences, too. (Photo: Flickr/stab at sleep)

Which wood should I use for a backyard fence?

Q: Which wood would you choose for doing a backyard fence, and why? I'm considering $500 for Douglas fir, $560 for some kind of treated wood, not stained, and $660 for redwood, not stained. Also, how long should it last?

A: It saddens me to tell you this (being a wood...

Large oak tree in a field. Many branches, but no leaves.

(Photo: Flickr/Martin Pettitt)

Should I plug an aging oak tree hole with concrete?

Q: I have a large oak tree that has a decayed hole at the bottom, which is home to a copperhead snake. Is it safe to fill the hole in with concrete? I have heard pros and cons about this. How should I treat that decayed hole? (I also have jasmine planted at bottom of tree. Should I pull...

3 steps for planning a large home repair project

When it comes to home repair, there's nothing more important than the planning process. Large repairs can not only be expensive, they can be risky depending upon the age of your home and what it is that you plan to do.

Pull it off properly, however, and the right repair can make your...

Sleek side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator next to white counter with wine bottle and glasses.

(Photo: Flickr/LGEPR)

How to stop a refrigerator beep after a power outage

Q: I have a Frigidaire side-by-side model#GLHS38EJB0. My problem started after a power outage. Once power was restored the refrigerator has a constant beep. There is power to the fridge lights, no temperature display. I don't hear the compressor or the condenser fan.


Single red rose in the midst of several leaves.

(Photo: Flickr/John Liu)

Tips to know before planting roses in a container

Q: Can roses be planted in a container? If so, is there a specific variety that does best?

A: Yes, roses can be grown in containers, but how you go about it will depend on your climate. In Southern areas, clay pots to prevent overheating work best. In the North, heavy...

Steaks, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts on hot grill.

(Photo: Flickr/Kristopher Volkman)

How do infrared grills compare to propane ones?

July 01, 2013

Q: Are infrared grills any good, or should I stick with propane?

A: Infrared burners while the latest new thing (since the patent expired a while back) have a few advantages over a typical burner configuration, but on balance they really don't do anything better than a...

(Photo: Flickr/Rachel Medina)

Best ways to stop condensation on your windows

Q: How can I stop condensation on my windows at night?

A: The condensation is caused by low temperatures on the glass, and high relative humidity in the home. The lower the temperature of the glass and the higher the humidity, the more condensation. If you currently have...

Woman watering plants with a watering can.

Tips for growing an organic garden above the ground

Q: I want to grow an organic garden but want to actually have it above the ground. If I place the raised garden frame securely on posts, what can I use for the bottom of the garden bed? Also, how do I prevent too much water from gathering at the bottom? I want to make three 8' x 5'...

Dirty, white tile floor that has been damaged by mold.

(Photo: Flickr/Angela Schmeidel Randall)

Can I mix bleach, vinegar, and MEK to kill mold?

Q: Will spraying a mixture of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), vinegar, and bleach be a safe mixture to kill mold that grew from a house flooded with salt water?

A: The short answer is "No!" MEK is a solvent and is EXTREMELY flammable. If you go around soaking the house with it...