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Shades OK if not fixing windows

Dear Jim: I should replace my old windows for winter, but I cannot afford more debt now. Is installing insulating window shades...

November 11, 2017 1:00 am


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Carpet care keys

As you prepare for the holiday season, you might be looking around and thinking that your carpet could use a good cleaning before guests...

November 11, 2017 1:00 am


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Decorative doorbells strike a chord

Before electricity, doorbells rang via a complex rigging of mechanical pulleys. Visitors pulled a rope or turned a key-like affair...

November 7, 2017 1:00 am


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Praying mantises plentiful in state

Q: I found several praying mantis egg cases in my garden this year. Someone told me not to remove them as the insect is...

November 4, 2017 1:00 am


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An air of comfort

With the holidays on the horizon, it's time to get guest-ready. That means testing out that old air mattress – and maybe finding a...

November 4, 2017 1:00 am


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Flea market finds

Arriving at a sprawling flea market on a crisp Saturday morning can be exciting. So many potential treasures might be hidden among the...

October 28, 2017 1:00 am


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Help nourish Pollinators in winter

Winter and early spring are lean times for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage.

October 28, 2017 1:00 am


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Maximizing storage space

People seem to fill whatever space they have available. So whether you have a house that was built 50 years ago with little storage or...

October 21, 2017 1:00 am


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Look before leap to new home

If you're looking to move, Kim Ward suggests that you go to the neighborhood you are thinking about moving into and look...

October 16, 2017 1:00 am


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Bringing some color into your kitchen

Conventional wisdom says to use neutral colors or simple wood stains for anything as permanent as kitchen cabinets. Homeowners craving a...

October 12, 2017 1:00 am


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Kids do home work

Flipping houses has become a nationwide real estate trend. It's something that usually adults do as it involves buying a home, lining up...

October 12, 2017 1:00 am


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Insect can be a real stinker

It's fall, which means those horrible stinkbugs are once again finding their way inside your house. There are ways to control these...

October 9, 2017 1:00 am


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Get chimney cleaned, inspected then fix it

Dear Jim: We use our wood-burning fireplace for heat. It has not been cleaned out for years and we noticed bad spots on the...

October 7, 2017 1:00 am


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Terror or tradition?

Before they even know whether the candy will be top-notch or king-size, trick or treaters are drawn to houses decked out for...

October 2, 2017 1:00 am


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White mulberry tree is invasive

Q. I have a mulberry tree in my backyard. My one neighbor says it is an invasive tree, and another says it is a native...

September 30, 2017 1:00 am