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Remove Stains From Walls Before You Paint

It’s the first commandment of painting. Here’s how to wash seven common stains off your walls. Painting instructions often warn: Remove stains from walls before painting. But they never say how. Any cleaning rookie can wipe off dust and cobwebs. But it takes a cleaning pro to scour grease stains, watermarks, and kids’ crayon and…

Home Remodeling: 6 Improvements to Increase Home Value

Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell. Dreaming of stainless this and marble that, with a dash of hip color? Sloooow down. See what your wallet has to say first. Some projects will protect your dollars more than others, especially if you’re planning…

Plumbing Emergencies

In a plumbing emergency, you’ll need to stop the flow of water quickly. To do this, you and each member of your family needs to know the location of the shutoff valve for every fixture and appliance, as well as the main shutoff valve for the house, and how they operate. If the emergency involves…

Leaking Pipes

Leaking Pipes A higher than normal water bill might be your first indication of a leaking pipe. Or you might hear the sound of running water even when all your fixtures are turned off. When you suspect a leak, check the fixtures first to make sure all the faucets are tightly closed. Then go to…