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Why Wireless Signals Won’t Work in Some Homes

Pete asks, “I just bought a house, and I can’t seem to get a wireless Internet signal to transmit from one room to another. What could be causing this?”

There are several reasons your wireless signal won’t work, including metal plaster lath in your walls. Read on to find out more.

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How to Grow Ornamental Grasses in Your Yard

Ornamental grasses can add a touch of grace and beauty to your landscape – especially as other plants begin to die back in fall, leaving the gorgeous seed plumes to wave and rustle in the breeze. Read on to find out how to grow ornamental grasses in your yard.

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Which Way to Face Soffit Eave Vents?

Don asks, “What direction should the fins face on soffit vents, toward or away from the house?”

It’s best to face soffit vents in toward the house. Read on to find out the reasons why.

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Do Radiant Foil Barriers in an Attic Save Energy?

Murray asks, “Do radiant foil barriers in an attic really work, and will they reduce my heating and cooling bills?”

Radiant barriers can reduce your cooling costs a bit, if you live in a hot climate, but are no substitute for attic insulation. Read on to find out more.

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How to Protect Your Home from Solar Flares and Solar Storms

The sun’s magnetic and sunspot cycles are expected to peak in 2013, bringing a stormy season to our solar system and an increase in sun related damage here on Earth. Read on to find out how to protect your home and electronic gear from damage caused by solar flares and solar storms.

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How to Grow Crape Myrtles in Cold Climates

Lois asks, “Can I grow a crape myrtle indoors in a cold climate as a houseplant?”

Crape myrtles aren’t suited to grow as houseplants, since they need a period of winter dormancy. However, there are ways to grow crape myrtles in colder climates. Read on to find out how.

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How to Protect Natural Wood Exterior Doors from Sunlight

Van asks, “I have a solid wood oak door that faces west. The sun is brutal on the finish. Is there anything that will help?”

Clear finishes don’t hold up well against direct sunlight, but there are a few solutions you can try. Read on to find out more.

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Mold growing on wall under windows.

Testing for Mold: Scam or Worth It?

While having your house thoroughly inspected for mold can be helpful in uncovering underlying moisture and humidity problems that need to be repaired – such as plumbing, roof, or foundation leaks – merely testing the air for mold can be a waste of money. Read on to find out why.

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