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Season Pass: Invest in Home Theater System to Watch Chicago Bears, Your Budget

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A great game day experience doesn't have to cost a fortune. Quality picture and sound can be obtained with the right TV and sound bar. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sonya B.)
A great game day experience doesn't have to cost a fortune. Quality picture and sound can be obtained with the right TV and sound bar. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sonya B.)

Advancements in home theater technology such as Ultra HD TV can make football fans feel like they're at Soldier Field on game day, even if on a limited budget.

7 Tips to Protect Your Eyes from UV Radiation

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Whether it’s a cloudy or sunny day, summer or winter, it is equally important to take specific measures to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, says Pientka. (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Eyes of Boynton Beach)
Whether it’s a cloudy or sunny day, summer or winter, it is equally important to take specific measures to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, says Pientka. (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Eyes of Boynton Beach)

When heading out into the sun, it’s not just your skin that needs protection from the sun’s UV rays. Always protect your eyes against UV, even in winter.

2 Common Reasons Your AC Freezes Up

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A dirty filter like the one on the left is often the cause of an air conditioner freeze up, says Hubbert. (Photo courtesy of Champion AC)
A dirty filter like the one on the left is often the cause of an air conditioner freeze up, says Hubbert. (Photo courtesy of Champion AC)

Avoid that terrible moment when your air conditioner freezes up and stops working on the hottest day of the year by recognizing these common causes of a freeze.

10 Tips for Surviving Your Remodeling Project

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begin by reviewing the scope of your project with your contractor to make sure that you both are on the same page, says Marsh. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Interiors, Inc.)
begin by reviewing the scope of your project with your contractor to make sure that you both are on the same page, says Marsh. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Interiors, Inc.)

While you dream about that new kitchen, you may not be thinking about the details and mess the comes in the remodel. Follow these tips for a smooth experience.

Contractor Remodels Kitchen and Bathroom with Wife’s Help

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The microwave sits in a cabinet the contractor converted to house it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jennifer L. of Edmond, Okla.)
The microwave sits in a cabinet the contractor converted to house it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jennifer L. of Edmond, Okla.)

This homeowner tackled a kitchen remodel and a bathroom remodel. Some highlights include a new backsplash in the kitchen and tile floors in the bathroom.

Homeowner’s Basic Landscaping Updates Make Big Difference

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Flat stones enhance the look of the plant bed. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Yi C. of Oklahoma City)
Flat stones enhance the look of the plant bed. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Yi C. of Oklahoma City)

Landscaping on a budget isn't a lost cause. This homeowner spent wisely and transformed her backyard with perennial bushes and stone pavers around plant beds.

Namaste: Chicago Airports Offer Yoga Rooms for Stressed-Out Travelers

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Travelers through Chicago's Midway and O'Hare airpots can head to yoga rooms at both airports to relieve stress while awaiting flights. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviation)
Travelers through Chicago's Midway and O'Hare airpots can head to yoga rooms at both airports to relieve stress while awaiting flights. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviation)

Need a sanctuary from the chaos of Midway Airport or Chicago O'Hare? Both Chicago airports now offer yoga rooms to help passengers relax before boarding flights.

Home Remodel Includes Stamped Concrete Driveway and Patio

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The project included the driveway, patio and two walkways. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dwaine M. of Renton, Wash.)
The project included the driveway, patio and two walkways. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dwaine M. of Renton, Wash.)

This homeowner's stamped concrete driveway, created with a slate stamp, is comprised of three colors. The project also included a stamped concrete patio.

Contractor Provides Out-of-This-World Landscape Design

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The homeowner gave her landscaper pictures from magazines for design inspiration. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Joanne B. of Shoreline, Wash.)
The homeowner gave her landscaper pictures from magazines for design inspiration. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Joanne B. of Shoreline, Wash.)

When this homeowner hired a landscaper to work on her lawn, she filled out a questionnaire explaining her tastes. The result, a landscape design she loves.

A Comprehensive Guide to Plants That Discourage Deer

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There are many deer resistant plants available which can be purchased at your local nursery and garden store, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel S. of Springfield, Massachusetts)
There are many deer resistant plants available which can be purchased at your local nursery and garden store, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel S. of Springfield, Massachusetts)

If deer won’t stop munching on your yard, you can try adding some of these deer-detering plants to your landscaping to make them think twice about coming back.

6 Tips for Seeding Your Lawn

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September to October is the ideal time to seed your lawn, says Hildreth. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lindsey S. of Virginia Beach, Va.)
September to October is the ideal time to seed your lawn, says Hildreth. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lindsey S. of Virginia Beach, Va.)

Fall is the time to seed your lawn for lush grass next year. Here are the top tips you need to know to grow an award-winning lawn for next season.

How to Take Down a Wasp Nest

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If you have any doubts, fears or, above all, allergies, play it safe and call in the professionals to deal with wasps, says Goodson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Jack A. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
If you have any doubts, fears or, above all, allergies, play it safe and call in the professionals to deal with wasps, says Goodson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Jack A. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

With proper precaution and protection, a homeowner is capable of removing a wasp nest, but don’t understand the danger posed by stinging insects.

3 Rat Diseases You Should Know About

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One mouse or rat may seem harmless, but they cause diseases deadly to humans, says Dorfman. (Photo courtesy of the National Pest Management Association)
One mouse or rat may seem harmless, but they cause diseases deadly to humans, says Dorfman. (Photo courtesy of the National Pest Management Association)

Aside from chewing your walls and leaving messes in your closets, rats and mice carry dangerous diseases that can easily be passed on to humans.

How to Work Well with an Interior Designer

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A lot of stress and misunderstanding during a project stems from a lack of communication, says Marsh. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Interiors, Inc)
A lot of stress and misunderstanding during a project stems from a lack of communication, says Marsh. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Interiors, Inc)

The relationship you create with your interior designer will be the key to a successful design project that avoids frustration and miscommunication.

3 Pet-Friendly Plants that Keep Pests Away

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Plants like citronella are known for the pest-repelling properties but can also be toxic to dogs and cats, says Goodson. (Photo by David Becken)
Plants like citronella are known for the pest-repelling properties but can also be toxic to dogs and cats, says Goodson. (Photo by David Becken)

Naturally repel pests from your home with plants. And you can rest easy with these pest-detering picks because they are also safe for your pets.

Moving to Chicago? You're Not Alone, Mover Sees Spike in Chicago Moves

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Chicago has become the No. 1 destination for people on the move, according to a study by the country's largest moving company. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Chicago has become the No. 1 destination for people on the move, according to a study by the country's largest moving company. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Industries like healthcare, finance, insurance and technology are enticing young professionals to move to Chicago in greater numbers than ever, study reveals.

3 Steps to Keep Roaches Out of Your Home

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Roaches seek warm, moist and dark places to make their homes, says Goodson. (Photo courtesy of National Pest Management Association)
Roaches seek warm, moist and dark places to make their homes, says Goodson. (Photo courtesy of National Pest Management Association)

Avoid that terrifying moment of discovering cockroaches skittering across your floor by following these simple tips to protect your home from infestation.

Hand Sanitizer or Soap: Which Is Better?

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Washing with soap and water excels at removing debris that can harbor bacteria and can aid in the transmission of disease, says Miller. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Washing with soap and water excels at removing debris that can harbor bacteria and can aid in the transmission of disease, says Miller. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

With back-to-school germs upon us, you may be wondering whether soap or hand sanitizer is better. Find out when each is best from a highly-rated dermatologist.

Charlotte flooring company resolves mismatched wood problem

Penalty Box, Resolved or Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie’s List complaint resolution case against Hughes Floor Covering in Charlotte.

Can Replacement Windows Increase My Home's Energy Efficiency?

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In addition to adding to your home's efficiency, replacement windows also offer safety and aesthetic benefits, says Sublousky. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jan A. of Minneapolis)
In addition to adding to your home's efficiency, replacement windows also offer safety and aesthetic benefits, says Sublousky. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jan A. of Minneapolis)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Jim Sublousky about the energy efficiency benefits of replacement windows and how to manage the project.

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