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Are Bottle Rockets a Serious Fire Danger?

Be careful when you celebrate this Independence Day.

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How To Cut Drywall With a Tape Measure and Knife
Your guide to mastering that slick-looking method the pros use to sa…
What Causes That Condensation on my Ceiling?

Why those water spots appear and how to get rid of them.

What You Need to Know About GCFI Outlets

What's better, a GCFI outlet or a GCFI circuit breaker?

Senior Home Editor Roy Berendsohn will answer all your home improvement needs.
Pumping a Septic Tank: Does That Dead Chicken Trick Actually Work?
Putting a chicken carcass in your septic tank will not get you out of the need to empty it. Here, home editor Roy Berendsohn gives advi…
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What's Better, a Backup Generator or a Backup Battery?

Here's what you want to have when the power goes out.

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Why Your Christmas Lights Keep Flickering

You may be overdue for a more modern set of lights.

Can the Power Company Trim Your Trees Without Your Permission?

What to do if you spot a little unauthorized trimming.

Are My Old Wooden Windows Wasting Energy?

Poorly maintained and loose-fitting wood windows are like having a hole through the side of your house.

How to Stop Your Wooden Deck From Splintering
The important thing is to go easy. Those splinters typically result from poor deck care, which allows the wood to deteriorate, followed…
How to Unclog a French Drain

This isn't an unusual problem.

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What To Do About Your Mole Problem

Get them out of your yard once and for all.

Why Your Central AC Isn't Moving Enough Air

PM's senior home editor explains what might be up with your air conditioner.

Can I Drill Holes With an Impact Driver?

PM's senior home editor has the answer.

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How to Install a Lock on Your Sliding Door

Popular Mechanics' senior home editor solves your most pressing problems.

What To Do if Your Water Purifier Is Making a Funny Noise

Water purifiers use ultraviolet lamps to zap germs.

Should You Be Using Architectural Shingles on Your Roof?

They are thick, heavy, weather-resistant, and, of course, more expensive.

You Ought to Try This Great Tool Sharpener

In praise of the Norton Utility File.

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Why Your Deck Stain Is Peeling Off

It could be one of two reasons.

How to Get Rid of Those Weird Marks on Your Lumber

"I bought some lumber that has cup-shaped marks on its face. "

What Is Wood-Truss-Roof Construction, Anyway?

If your home inspection says you have to have, then you should learn what it is.