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Pet Owner's Guide to Vacuums

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Choose a vacuum cleaner that does not recirculate animal odors back through your home via the exhaust, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Central Vacuum Stores)
Choose a vacuum cleaner that does not recirculate animal odors back through your home via the exhaust, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Central Vacuum Stores)

A house full of pets is difficult to keep clean and makes your choice in vacuums very critical. Here is how to pick the right vacuum for your home and your pet.

A Level Foundation May Still Need Underpinning

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Relying solely on measurements to determine the condition of a foundation often leads to risks incurring further damage to a home, says Granott. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dale W. of Boones Mill, Virginia.)
Relying solely on measurements to determine the condition of a foundation often leads to risks incurring further damage to a home, says Granott. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dale W. of Boones Mill, Virginia.)

Measuring your foundation for levelness alone is not enough to determine if your foundation needs repair. A foundation expert will evaluate all the factors.

How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Move

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It’s always good to have a plan in place in case a winter storm or inclement weather derails your move, says Komorous. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)
It’s always good to have a plan in place in case a winter storm or inclement weather derails your move, says Komorous. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)

Moving in fall and winter can be cost-effective, but it has risks. Plan ahead with these tips to make sure your cold weather move doesn’t get blown off track.

Is Cracked Brick Always a Foundation Issue?

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 If your home has clay brick, this cracking could simply be caused by moisture in the environment, says Pruett. (Photo courtesy of Brick Doctor Corp)
If your home has clay brick, this cracking could simply be caused by moisture in the environment, says Pruett. (Photo courtesy of Brick Doctor Corp)

Are the bricks on your house cracking and you fear there is a problem with your foundation? That may not be the case. Learn why your bricks may be cracking.

Ultra Fast Internet Service Coming to Chicago

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AT&T will begin work on its ultra fast internet service in Chicago later this year. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
AT&T will begin work on its ultra fast internet service in Chicago later this year. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

AT&T announces plans to bring its 1 gigabit per second high speed internet to Chicago, offering the service to residential and small business customers.

Lead Paint Is Still a Threat, But It Shouldn’t Be

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Because of the health risks from lead paint, it's important to take extra steps when working a pre-1978 home. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

If you live in a pre-1978 house, be aware of the dangers that lead paint poses, even in the tiniest amounts. Children face the greatest risk. Follow these tips:

Odd Finds by Auto Detailers

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What does a goat, three (not so blind) mice and a large check have in common? They're related to just a few things detailers have found while cleaning out cars. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)
What does a goat, three (not so blind) mice and a large check have in common? They're related to just a few things detailers have found while cleaning out cars. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)

Auto detailers come across some strange finds during their everyday work. Guess what one highly rated detailer found running around a vehicle.

Should I Brush My Teeth with Baking Soda?

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Although a box of baking soda is inexpensive, it is probably better left under the kitchen sink, says Gausmann. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Although a box of baking soda is inexpensive, it is probably better left under the kitchen sink, says Gausmann. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Baking soda is a great cleaner and can do good things for your teeth when included in toothpaste, but there are a few things to consider before using it alone.

Avert Your Eyes: the Pain of Digital Eye Strain

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Experts suggest frequent breaks when focusing your attention on a digital screen.  (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Experts suggest frequent breaks when focusing your attention on a digital screen. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Spend your days looking at a computer screen? Make yourself aware of the symptoms of digital eye strain and soak up these prevention tips.

Chicago Tops Rat List Despite Increased Control Efforts

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A city of Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker baits rat traps in the city as part of stepped up rat control efforts. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)
A city of Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker baits rat traps in the city as part of stepped up rat control efforts. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)

Chicago has stepped up rat control efforts by 30 percent in recent years, but that's not enough to keep the city off the top of a list for rodent infestation.

Organic Tips to Control Pests in Your Garden

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If you are going to pay extra to eat things that aren’t exposed to chemicals, why are you exposing yourself to chemicals in your own yard, says Code. (Photo courtesy of Gardens By Larisa)
If you are going to pay extra to eat things that aren’t exposed to chemicals, why are you exposing yourself to chemicals in your own yard, says Code. (Photo courtesy of Gardens By Larisa)

Weeds and pests may be bugging you, but there are ways to fight them off without using harsh chemicals in your home and your yard. Take them on the natural way.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Landscape for Winter

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Fall aeration and overseeding helps to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn, says Haughtaling. (Photo courtesy of Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care)
Fall aeration and overseeding helps to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn, says Haughtaling. (Photo courtesy of Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care)

Fall is not a time to forget about your lawn and garden as it is the perfect time to prepare for winter so you can have a robust and colorful yard come spring.

3 Areas to Consider Rightsizing in Your Home

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If you examine why you eat out more often than you'd like, it may have more to do with lack of storage or preparation areas rather than a busy schedule, says Jaggers. (Photo courtesy of Staging Your Next Move)
If you examine why you eat out more often than you'd like, it may have more to do with lack of storage or preparation areas rather than a busy schedule, says Jaggers. (Photo courtesy of Staging Your Next Move)

You may be considering upsizing or downsizing, but it may be most effective to consider rightsizing. Here are three places to look for rightsizing in your home.

Baby Proof Your Home Without Any Installation or Purchases

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Childproofing your home can be expensive, but not every aspect has to break the bank.  (Photo courtesy of Violeta B. of San Antonio, TX)
Childproofing your home can be expensive, but not every aspect has to break the bank. (Photo courtesy of Violeta B. of San Antonio, TX)

These baby-proofing tips require very little time and no money, but can help keep your baby safe from harm in your home.

4 Steps to Pack Fragile Items Like a Pro

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Since lamps and vases require additional protection, bubble wrap is a necessity, says Shoushan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth C. of Washington)
Since lamps and vases require additional protection, bubble wrap is a necessity, says Shoushan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth C. of Washington)

Pack fragile items like vases and lamps securely to protect them during a move so they make it to your new home whole and undamaged with these expert tips.

7 Gym Exercises to Do If You Have Back Pain

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Try to find exercises that engage your core like using the TRX where you can strengthen the back muscles and also engage the core as you hold your position, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)
Try to find exercises that engage your core like using the TRX where you can strengthen the back muscles and also engage the core as you hold your position, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)

It can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise when you have back pain, but exercise and specifically these seven exercises can help eliminate your back pain.

Angie's List Expansion: 1,000 New Jobs by 2019

Angie's List to create 1,000 new jobs in the biggest expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters. The growth is partially funded by city and state incentives.

Do's and Don'ts for DIY Wedding Flowers

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Unless one of the helpers is a seasoned florist, avoid choosing a complex or artful style arrangement, says Cutler. (Photo courtesy of North Raleigh Florist)
Unless one of the helpers is a seasoned florist, avoid choosing a complex or artful style arrangement, says Cutler. (Photo courtesy of North Raleigh Florist)

Pinterest makes arranging your own wedding flowers look easy, but there is more to know before you pick up a bucket of flowers and some ribbon to be successful.

Is My Stuff Protected in a Rented Storage Unit?

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It's important to educate yourself about the storage facility’s policies regarding losses on the premises, says McClain. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Corey S. of Phoenix)
It's important to educate yourself about the storage facility’s policies regarding losses on the premises, says McClain. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Corey S. of Phoenix)

Before you place your belongings in a rented storage unit, it's important to know the policies. One highly rated provider shares the details about storage.

Why Should I Insulate My Crawl Space?

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The damage done by neglecting a crawl space is likely affecting you more than the eye can see, says Vallone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Nancy T. of Seattle)
The damage done by neglecting a crawl space is likely affecting you more than the eye can see, says Vallone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Nancy T. of Seattle)

It’s easy to do, but forgetting your crawl space can have plenty of negative consequences for the rest of your home from poor air quality to high energy bills.

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