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Install the Perfect Paver Patio

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It's important a paver patio slopes away from your home to avoid water draining toward your foundation. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Consider these 5 tips from a hardscaping expert if you plan to put in a new paver patio. Find a quality contractor who follows all of these recommendations.

Moving to a Smaller Space? Get the Skinny on Downsizing your Home

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Make downsizing from a large home into a smaller one as stress free as possible by establishing a plan and sticking to it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tammie R. of Highland Park, Ill.)

Moving from a big house into something much smaller? Highly rated professional organizers offers tips to take the intimidation out of downsizing your home.

Landscaping tips for small yards

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Landscaping a small space is easy with the proper know-how. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathleen K. of Chicago)

Do you live in an apartment or home with a small yard? Learn how to landscape a small space, how much plants cost and how to care for those plants.

How Often Should I Replace My Engine Filter?

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Experts recommend replacing your engine air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. (Photo courtesy © Thinkstock)

Your car's engine air filter should be replaced when it gets dusty or dirty enough. But don't let a mechanic convince you to replace it too frequently.

Will Your Home Insurance Cover Water Damage?

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 Water damage as a result of poor maintenance is considered neglect and may not be covered. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brock G. of Richfield, Ohio)
Water damage as a result of poor maintenance is considered neglect and may not be covered. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brock G. of Richfield, Ohio)

Water everywhere ... are you covered? Water damage is the most common homeowner's insurance claim. It can go beyond flooding to include backups and pipe damage.

Condensation in Your Home? Don’t Blame Windows

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Windows do not cause condensation; they just happen to be the place where moisture is most visible. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta D. of Riverbank, California)
Windows do not cause condensation; they just happen to be the place where moisture is most visible. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta D. of Riverbank, California)

When you see condensation on the glass, it’s natural to blame the windows in your home. But it's not that simple. A pro explains how to discover the real cause.

Why Choose Pavers Over Stamped Concrete?

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Pavers come in a variety of textures and colors.  (Photo by Go Pavers)
Pavers come in a variety of textures and colors. (Photo by Go Pavers)

Trying to decide between pavers and stamped concrete for your patio or driveway? Learn more about durability, earthquake resistance and other key issues.

Timber! How to Tell if Your Tree is About to Fall

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Preventing fungus can be as simple as trimming branches for more light and air to flow through. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Preventing fungus can be as simple as trimming branches for more light and air to flow through. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

How can you tell if Mother Nature is about to take down one of your trees? Learn the signs that indicate a tree is in decline and may succumb to the next storm.

DIY Drywall Repair Tips from an Expert

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Medium-sized holes can be patched in much the same way as smaller holes, but will require a patching kit to ensure a smooth finish. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Medium-sized holes can be patched in much the same way as smaller holes, but will require a patching kit to ensure a smooth finish. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

You may prefer the lived-in look, but a hole in the wall makes your home look a little too lived in. A pro tells how to repair a hole yourself and save money.

How to Develop Positive House Cleaning Habits

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Getting the whole family involved in house cleaning duties can help make the process quicker and more fun, says Boardman. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)
Getting the whole family involved in house cleaning duties can help make the process quicker and more fun, says Boardman. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

On this episode of the Chat with the Experts podcast, we talk with Mandy Boardman about how to get your home clean after the holidays and keep it that way.

Create a Versatile Kitchen for Entertaining

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With the right seating, a kitchen island can serve as your kitchen table. Remove the chairs and it becomes a serving area for entertaining. (Photo by Moss Building & Design )
With the right seating, a kitchen island can serve as your kitchen table. Remove the chairs and it becomes a serving area for entertaining. (Photo by Moss Building & Design )

Would you like a versatile kitchen that works well every day, as well as for holidays and entertaining? Consider these upgrades, so your guests will feel at home and you’ll feel relaxed.

Laser Hair Removal: 8 Things You Should Know

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Do not wax, thread or pluck the hair for at least four weeks before your laser procedure. (Photo by Karen Geswein)
Do not wax, thread or pluck the hair for at least four weeks before your laser procedure. (Photo by Karen Geswein)

Unwanted hair: We tweeze, pluck, wax, shave, thread and epilate it. We spend countless hours and hundreds — maybe thousands — of dollars on hair removal tools.

Related: 5 common cosmetic procedures

Some Carbon Monoxide Hazards are Unique to Winter

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When your furnace’s sidewall vents are blocked with snow or ice, they can push poisonous carbon monoxide into your house. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Robert K. of Fairfax, Virginia)

Homeowners must be vigilant about carbon monoxide hazards throughout the year. But winter brings a unique safety concern tied to high-efficiency furnaces.

How to Get the Most from Your Dishwasher

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If your dishwasher has never been cleaned or it has a lot of lime buildup, you need to do a deep cleaning. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
If your dishwasher has never been cleaned or it has a lot of lime buildup, you need to do a deep cleaning. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

A dishwasher can use less energy than washing dishes by hand, but only if it's running efficiently. Learn how dishwasher maintenance can ensure top performance.

The Ornish Diet: A Spectrum of Weight-Loss Choices

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One aspect of the Ornish diet is controlling stress, through activities such as meditation or yoga. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic)
One aspect of the Ornish diet is controlling stress, through activities such as meditation or yoga. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic)

Based on Dr. Dean Ornish's book "The Spectrum," the Ornish diet focuses on choice over restriction while also emphasizing the role of activity and lowered stress in weight loss. But can the program really deliver?

A Nanny's Tips for Hiring the Perfect Nanny

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Look for a genuine love for and interest in children when interviewing a potential nanny. (Photo by Ellen Miller)
Look for a genuine love for and interest in children when interviewing a potential nanny. (Photo by Ellen Miller)

Finding the best nanny to care for your children starts with checking for experience and good references. And observe how the kids get along with the candidate.

Know What You Owe: Taxes on Social Security

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The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

Collecting Social Security payments? As much as 85 percent of benefits could be taxable in some situations. Learn more before it's time to file your taxes.

7 Steps for Cleaning Your Home to Sell

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Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)
Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)

One of the most important parts of "staging" your home to sell is getting it squeaky clean. Follow these 7 professional cleaning tips to get your house noticed.

What You Eat Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth

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Wait about 30 minutes before brushing after eating — the contact of bristles and teeth will increase the destructive nature of acid. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Wait about 30 minutes before brushing after eating — the contact of bristles and teeth will increase the destructive nature of acid. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Your teeth not only can reflect what you eat ... some foods and drinks can damage tooth enamel, which protects the delicate inner structure of your teeth.

Is Your State Working to Reduce Drug Overdoses?

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Maryland is launching a new initiative aimed at lowering the number of fatal drug overdoses. (Photo by Sara Cozolino)
Maryland is launching a new initiative aimed at lowering the number of fatal drug overdoses. (Photo by Sara Cozolino)

Maryland hospitals will now work closely with health departments and addiction specialists as part of a new initiative to reduce the number of drug overdoses.

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