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How to Trim Out-of-Reach Trees

Here’s how you can modify a pair of bypass loppers and trim high, hard-to-reach tree branches.

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Ice on a home roof

How to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Home

Glistening icicles hanging from gutters and eaves look beautiful, but they can be destructive. Here’s how to prevent them from forming.

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A Year of Simple Solutions

Today’s Homeowner is looking back at the little things that made last year a little bit simpler. We compiled a list of Joe Truini’s top ten Simple Solutions of 2018 that are sure to help you around the house.

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Paint chips

My Dream Job: Naming Paint Colors

I’ve given up on many childhood aspirations, including certain dream jobs, such as astronaut (I’m prone to motion sickness) and swimsuit-model suntan applicator (I’m cocoa butter intolerant). But, there’s one dream job I still covet: I want to be the person who names paint colors. Read on to find out why.

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Frozen water pipes are a real concern for homeowners. When uninsulated water-supply pipes are exposed to frigid air, the water inside can freeze, expand, and rip open the pipe. Read on to find out what you can do to reduce the chance of your pipes freezing.

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Warming Up to Energy Savings

As the weather turns colder, homeowners search for ways to reduce energy consumption in an effort to lower their heating bills. And we’re talking about significant expense, with an average in 2009 of about $1,200 to heat a home, a 65% increase from five years before. Read on to find out more.

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City in the Philippines

One Absolutely Brilliant Idea

A program called, Isang Litrong Liwanag, which translates to “A Liter of Light,” has brought interior lighting to slums throughout Southeast Asia by using empty one-liter soda bottles to create roof-mounted solar skylights. This is DIY ingenuity at its very best! Read on to find out more.

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Hey Irene, Thanks for Nothing!

As Hurricane Irene roared up the eastern seaboard, it blew through western Connecticut and passed directly over our home. We received a month’s worth of rain in less than a day with sustained winds of over 75 miles per hour that raked the landscape for hours. Read on to find out more.

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