How to Control Gnats Outdoors

How to Control Gnats Outdoors

Trisha asks, “My back yard is infested with gnats, and it’s driving me nuts! Could you please help?”

While we frequently use the word “gnats” to refer to any number of tiny winged insects, true fungus gnats are small nonbiting insects that are drawn to wet, rotten organic matter. Read on for more.

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How to Make Your Home Secure from Burglary and Break-In

By following these simple DIY home security suggestions, you can greatly reduce the chance that your home will be subject to burglary or break-in while you are at home or away. Read on to find out how.

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Danny Lipford on CNN

Danny to Appear on The Early Show and CNN

National home expert Danny Lipford will appear on The Early Show on CBS Friday, August 28, 2009, to highlight the winners of Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s “Home Improvement Challenge.” Danny will also discuss security measures to protect your home on CNN’s “Your Bottom Line” with Gerri Willis. The show will air on HLN Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30, 2009, at 3:30 pm ET and the following week on CNN.

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Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvement Challenge 2009 Winners

Better Homes & Gardens Home Improvement Challenge 2009 Winners

Better Homes and Gardens received over 3,000 entries in their 2009 Home Improvement Challenge. A number of impressive home improvement projects competed for more than $60,000 in prize money in categories that ranged from kitchens and baths to renovation and decorating.

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Peach Harvest

Peach Harvest

Mmmm, peaches – the ultimate taste of summer! My favorite way to eat a peach is outside on the porch, leaning over the edge, with peach juice running off my elbows. Mid- to late-summer is the best time to find tree-ripened peaches at your local farmer’s market or roadside stand. Read on for tips to finding the best ones.

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How to Repair Small Holes in Drywall

Lisette asks, “I want to paint my house, and I have several holes to patch from hanging paintings. What do I need to do?”

Start by tapping the hole with a crown head hammer to slightly dent the wall around it. Read on to find out more.

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How to Remove Smells and Odors from Drinking Water

Dean asks, “When we use the hot water in our new home, there is a very strong smelly odor. Please help.”

There are several possibilities for the unpleasant odor in your water, including the material the pipes are made of and the water supply itself. Read on to find out more.

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Combining an Attic Vent Fan with a Roof Ridge Vent

Ron asks, “We installed a ridge vent and a solar powered vent fan on our roof. I noticed you said that these two systems should not be combined. Should we remove one?”

Combining an attic vent fan with a ridge vent is not recommended since it can reverse the natural flow of hot air in the attic. Read on to find out more.

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