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Water Safety

20 Tips for Pool Safety

There is absolutely no way to over-emphasize the importance of making your pool safe for children. A backyard swimming pool, while beautiful to look at and fun to use during the hot summer months, can be extremely dangerous for our little ones. Drowning happens quickly and mostly without any cry for help.

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Backyard Swimming Pools

A backyard swimming pool can be a homeowner's greatest luxury. See what safety factors and design options you should take into consideration when buying a pool.

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Drip Systems

Drip-pity-do!
Why a drip irrigation system is right for you.

Are you concerned about wasting precious water with your current sprinklers? Do you have plants on an odd-shaped, narrow, or sloped area that is difficult to water? Do you want to learn how to keep your garden irrigated but conserve water at the same time?

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Staying on Budget

Help, this Renovation is Getting Out of Control!
Tips for Saving Time and Money on Your Remodel—Cost Busters

As projects go, it was about as big as they get: homeowner Maggie McGee had budgeted $400,000 for a major remodel of her New York house. She was expanding, yet trying to retain the home's architectural character. The project was projected to take four to six months to complete.

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What's the Perfect Gift for Mom? You!

Give your time and her home an upgrade.

Moms are sentimental by nature: who else would save clay imprints of your hands, your messy Valentine's Day card, or the woven potholders you made her in seventh grade? Whether or not they're still on display, you can bet that any project you did for her holds a special place in her heart. These gifts last because they come from a special place—the heart of her child.

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What Mom Taught Me: This Jane learned everything she needs to know about renovation from her mom.

Everything I Know about Renovating a House I Learned from My Mother

Stop and think about all the things we have learned from our mothers. Sometimes we learn from example and sometimes we learned what not to do from mom's mistakes.

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Creating a Dream House Journal

The House I Really Want...Creating a Dream House Journal

We all have a vision of our ultimate dream home, the place where we wish we could live. It might be a little Spanish bungalow, a turn of the century Victorian with a wrap around porch, a modern glass box, a 50s ranch house, a condo in town, a townhouse in the country or anything in-between. It is your dream, not ours.

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What Stinks? Cheap, Easy and Natural Methods to Freshen up Your Home

Odor remover

You don't have to be an aromatherapy aficionado to know that smells have the ability to trigger strong emotions and associations. Baking bread can bring you back to the comfort of your grandmother's cottage while freshly cut grass can return you to childhood summer camp. Unfortunately, it also works in the other direction: a neglected garbage can under the sink may take your mind to the city dump on a hot day.

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Tool Box Tune-Up

How a little workshop spring cleaning will make life easier all through the summer.

We all know how valuable having the right tool for the job can be. The right tool can mean everything when it comes to working smartly, safely, and quickly. Now that spring is here and you are thinking about all those projects you've been putting off all winter, do yourself a favor and devote just a little time to inventory your tools, update your collection, organize what you have and repair, recharge, oil, clean and take care of your gear.

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Creating Your Dream Home: How a HELOC can make it happen

Equity financing can tap your home's hidden value to help pay the piper--or the builder.

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