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#AskAngie: How to Maintain an In-Home Fire Sprinkler System?

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Regular maintenance of a residential fire sprinkler system can, in many cases, be a do-it-yourself project. (Photo courtesy of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition)

Regular maintenance for residential sprinklers is fairly easy. In most cases, you can inspect and check an in-home fire sprinkler system yourself.

Holiday Gifts and Lights: Let Your Home Inspire You

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Consider gifting yourself by having a professional handle your home's holiday decorations. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Truly B. of Utah)

Around the holidays, let your house inspire gift-giving lightbulb moments. Here are some specific ideas, and other seasonal suggestions from home services pros.

Hope to Handle the Mental Burden of Cancer

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Experts recommend cancer patients get counseling for psychological and emotional distress if they feel overwhelmed. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)
Experts recommend cancer patients get counseling for psychological and emotional distress if they feel overwhelmed. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

The best way to cope with the stress of having cancer is to find the doctor and psychological support you need. Here are some resources to get you started.

Want to Start a Business? Try Top Spot of Arlington

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Arlington County could just be the best location in the nation to start a business. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Arlington County could just be the best location in the nation to start a business. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Arlington tops a new list of the best places for entrepreneurs to start a business. Try talking to a financial advisor to know if you're up for the challenge.

HVAC Standards: What's Changed in Your Region?

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If you are looking for the peak of heating and cooling efficiency and performance, a Frigidaire system can address your needs.
If you are looking for the peak of heating and cooling efficiency and performance, a Frigidaire system can address your needs.

The efficiency of your new furnace is one of the most crucial aspects of long-term performance for your unit. Learn what's recommended for your region.

Can Peanuts on Planes Be Dangerous? Mom Fights for Airline Allergy Awareness

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Amy Wicker, of Naperville, Illinois, discusses the risks of traveling with a child with severe food allergies at the 2014 Open Doors Disability Conference in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Amy Wicker)
Amy Wicker, of Naperville, Illinois, discusses the risks of traveling with a child with severe food allergies at the 2014 Open Doors Disability Conference in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Amy Wicker)

Flying on a plane can be dangerous if you have food allergies. One mother whose daughter can't breathe around peanuts on planes is fighting to reduce the threat.

Roofers Accused of Scams in 11 States Await Trial in Florida

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Carlton Dunko (Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff)

Alleged storm chasers who perpetuated roofing scams and insurance fraud across 11 states left homeowners with little or no repairs and the loss of millions of dollars, say Florida law enforcement officials who recently arrested eight people associated with Tampa-based NBRC Construction, also known as NBRC Roofing Company.

Stay Safe During the Holidays with These Electrical Tips

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Consider using a GFCI outlet for your decorations this holiday season to lessen your risk for electrical shock, says O'Brien. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Consider using a GFCI outlet for your decorations this holiday season to lessen your risk for electrical shock, says O'Brien. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with John O'Brien about safety measures to take during holiday decorating and how to tackle electrical issues.

Water Shutoff Valve Key to Stopping Damage

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Knowing where to shut off your water supply could save you time and money. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Broken water valves can make shutting off water a problem for plumbers in an emergency. Find the location of your home valve to save time and repair bills.

Whose Responsibility is it to Clear Sidewalk Snow in Chicago?

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A sidewalk covered in snow creates dangerous conditions for neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Jane L)
A sidewalk covered in snow creates dangerous conditions for neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Jane L)

Clearing local sidewalks of snow creates a safer environment for everyone. Residents of Chicago and some of its biggest suburbs can face fines for not doing so.

Three Chicago Neighborhoods Named Worst for Bike Theft

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Don't assume that just because your bike is parked off the street that it isn't a target for thieves. (Photo courtesy of member Alan M.)
Don't assume that just because your bike is parked off the street that it isn't a target for thieves. (Photo courtesy of member Alan M.)

Improperly securing your bike in the city is an invitation for theft. Preventing a stolen bike can be as easy as purchasing a couple of high-quality locks.

How Do Estate Sales Work?

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An estate sale professional will appraise, price and arrange everything you plan to sell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member J. Fletcher of Round Lake, Illinois)

Estate sale liquidators will appraise, advertise and coordinate a residential sale. An estate expert arranges items to attract buyers and discourage theft.

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice

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Braking or accelerating too fast can you leave you stranded. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Deborah S., Laconia, New Hampshire)

Driving in ice and snow can be treacherous. Mechanics offer tips to help drivers prepare for wintry condition on the road and how to drive in them.

The Truth About Dealing With Freezing Pipes

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PEX piping should not be installed where it could freeze, because eventually it will lose its flexibility and it could spring a leak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Matthew B. of Los Angeles)
PEX piping should not be installed where it could freeze, because eventually it will lose its flexibility and it could spring a leak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Matthew B. of Los Angeles)

Is there a plumbing pipe that can withstand freezing without bursting? PEX piping has many advantages, but over time, freezing and thawing can cause it to leak.

Why You Should Take a CPR Class

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Mark Fink of Indianapolis learns the necessary skills to save someone's life at an American Red Cross CPR class. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

CPR classes are conducted in person and online for a fee, yet many don't know the lifesaving skills. Learn how certification helped a man save his wife’s life.

Accessories: Essential to Stylish Room Decor

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Without accessories a room lacks personality and feels unfinished, says Marsh. (Photo by Kathryn Interiors, Inc.)
Without accessories a room lacks personality and feels unfinished, says Marsh. (Photo by Kathryn Interiors, Inc.)

Don't forget the accessories when interior decorating: they are essential elements of style and powerful components for creating beautiful, personalized rooms.

Will Wallpaper Trend Stick This Time?

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Wallpaper with a textured finish has been popular lately, says Denise Jordan of Jordan Wallcoverings. (Photo courtesy of Jordan Wallcoverings).

Home decorators and designers say wallpaper is gaining popularity again — for some rooms — with new designs, textures, formulas and all the old style benefits.

Second Opinion Saves Charlotte Couple's Countertop

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The uneven seam in the granite countertop was repaired and a new top installed on a kitchen island. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member L. Wolowiecki of Charlotte.)

Granite countertop seam could be repaired after all, leaving money and creativity for other improvements in the couple's new Charlotte home.

#AskAngie: Why is my Concrete Garage Floor Discolored?

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There are several causes of discolored concrete and a few possible fixes you can try. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paula B. of Richland, Washington)

Concrete pros say perfectly uniform concrete is not always possible, but excessive discoloration can occur for several reasons. Here are some possible fixes.

4 Skin Care Ingredients Worth the Investment

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It is very important to include a great moisturizer to help protect your skin, says Prischmann. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
It is very important to include a great moisturizer to help protect your skin, says Prischmann. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

A doctor picks four "superstar" skin care ingredients that you can feel comfortable investing in: sunscreen, Vitamin A, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids.

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