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How to Compost Without Attracting Pests

A few simple tips will keep both small and large creatures away.

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How to Get Rid of Old Appliances

Help save the planet — you might even make some money in the process.


Make Your Home Safer With Security Plants

From high hedges to thorny shrubs and prickly flowers, all-natural ways to keep intruders away.

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10 Things Never to Buy at Yard Sales

Pass up that bargain couch, mattress, crib and car seat.

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Before You Dig That Hole, Dial 811

Underground electric wires and gas lines can pose safety hazards. Calling this number will help you avoid catastrophe.

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10 Surprising Ways to Help the Planet

After you’ve done the obvious, consider these steps.

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Timber! 7 Signs a Tree May Be About to Fall

Learn how to spot dangerous tree and what to do about it.

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How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Tips for luring these masked invaders out of your house, and what you can do to keep them away.

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Not Too Bright: Are You Using the Wrong Light Bulb for That Lamp?

Screw in the wrong bulb and you could be screwed.

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What To Do After a Flood

Once the floodwaters recede, follow these tips for safely returning to your home and dealing with the damage.


6 Smarter Ways to Light Up Your Home

A few easy, inexpensive tweaks can make your home safer.

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Is Your Backyard Playset Safe?

A simple inspection can help keep your kids safe from injury.

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5 Products Dangerous to Children That Could be Lurking in Your Home

If you have one of these products, either get rid of it or see whether there's a way to make it safe.

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How to Create an Allergy-Friendly Garden

By choosing the right plants, you can enjoy your yard in spring and summer without sneezing your head off.

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10 Home Safety Mistakes to Stop Making Now

Chances are you’re guilty of one of these safety fails.