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Don’t Fall Prey to These Rookie Roofing Mistakes

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Getting the maximum lifespan out of your roof comes down to both the materials and the crew applying them. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)
Getting the maximum lifespan out of your roof comes down to both the materials and the crew applying them. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)

Hiring an experienced roofer will not only ensure a quality product; it will help you avoid expensive problems that could threaten the structure of your home.

Social Media: 5 Tips to Protect Privacy

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Many social media sites allow you to adjust your privacy settings. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Whether you're on one social media network or several, it's important to protect your privacy. Check out these tips for social media security.

Tips for Protecting Your Windows XP Computer

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Upgrading PCs that originally came with Windows XP to a newer Windows version is a real possibility for many, says Geier. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Upgrading PCs that originally came with Windows XP to a newer Windows version is a real possibility for many, says Geier. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Worrying how to protect your older computer? It's true there will be no more Microsoft Windows XP updates, but these 6 tips can improve your computer security.

5 Tips to Keep Pavers Looking New and Elegant

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Grab a broom and sweep the dirt and debris off of your paving stones as often as you can. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)
Grab a broom and sweep the dirt and debris off of your paving stones as often as you can. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Pavers are low maintenance. Keep your paver walkway or patio clean with regular sweeping and some soap and water. Use a sealer to keep pavers looking like new.

Need a personal trainer? 10 questions to ask

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Finding a personal trainer to keep you accountable may be the difference between sticking with your program or dropping off after 4 weeks. (Photo by Medical Fitness Pros)
Finding a personal trainer to keep you accountable may be the difference between sticking with your program or dropping off after 4 weeks. (Photo by Medical Fitness Pros)

If you need help getting in shape in the New Year, a personal trainer can provide valuable knowledge and guidance whether you work out at home or at the gym.

Overcoming the Fear of Color in Home Decor

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Consider a bold color for an accent wall to create a dramatic impact without overpowering the entire room. (Photo courtesy of Paint Color Help.com)

Brighten up your home with paint and accessories. Don't live with a beige interior design because you're scared of color. This expert gives some decor ideas.

New construction is walkable, but with nowhere to walk

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Walking -- to somewhere or just for fun -- is part of the appeal of new and old neighborhoods in Charlotte. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Walking -- to somewhere or just for fun -- is part of the appeal of new and old neighborhoods in Charlotte. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Survey finds people in new construction walk more, but in Charlotte, some of the most walkable neighborhoods have older homes, nearby stores and restaurants.

7 Steps to Avoiding Injury on a Ladder

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Falls from ladders tend to increase during the fall holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Orthopaedic)
Falls from ladders tend to increase during the fall holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Orthopaedic)

Choosing the right ladder and putting it in the right place are two important steps to staying safe while climbing for decorating, cleaning or other chores.

Bathroom Renovation Results from Collaboration Between Couple, Contractor

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Homeowners, designers and contractors can work together to make a remodeling project a success. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angel T. of Charlotte)
Homeowners, designers and contractors can work together to make a remodeling project a success. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angel T. of Charlotte)

Charlotte couple worked with a reliable, highly rated contractor for the job, but also made their own choices for tile, lighting, cabinets and decor.

Faulty Foundation? Repairs Not Always an Option

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FEMA is stepping in to provide financial relief after several homes were left uninhabitable due to a recent landslide. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
FEMA is stepping in to provide financial relief after several homes were left uninhabitable due to a recent landslide. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Finding problems with your foundation early may save thousands of dollars and your house itself. Mudjacking is one option for homes resting on concrete slabs.

DNA Leaves Dog Owners Holding the Poop Bag

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Poop bags (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Technology helps track down dog owners who don't clean up after their pooch. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

DNA testing is a new way apartment complexes and condo buildings hold dog owners accountable for picking up after their pet. If Fido poops, you better scoop.

Should You Hire a Plumber for D.C. Gas Lines?

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Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)
Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)

Hiring a specialty plumber for your natural gas lines can be a smart move, but it's best to first check with your local gas company to see if they allow it.

Heating Bill Still High? New HVAC System May Be Improperly Installed

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Without proper installation, your HVAC system will perform well below rated energy-efficiency levels. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Science and Technology)
Without proper installation, your HVAC system will perform well below rated energy-efficiency levels. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Science and Technology)

You may not be getting the most out of your energy-efficient HVAC system. Find out how improper installation can cause your heating bills to skyrocket.

LED Lights Keep D.C. Zoo Burning Bright This Holiday Season

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Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)
Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)

LED lights are popular for holiday decorating because of their low electricity use and heat output. Find out if it's a smart year-round choice for your home.

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Guide PDF to learn more about protecting your home, health and vehicle this winter. (Guide illustration by Matt Mukerjee)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

How Can a Kitchen Design Pro Help You?

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A professional kitchen designer will be able to create an effective design based on your top priorities. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions)
A professional kitchen designer will be able to create an effective design based on your top priorities. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions)

Have you always wanted to design your dream kitchen? A professional kitchen designer can help you to visualize and plan the perfect cooking space for your home.

What Causes the Brake Warning Light to Come on?

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If your brake warning light illuminates on your dash, you should take your vehicle to a mechanic to determine the problem. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

If your car's brake warning light comes on, you should have it checked out immediately. Here are a few reasons the brake light comes on.

New Bathroom Allows Couple to Age in Place

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Creating a functional bathroom with no threshholds to trip over was important to the homeowners. (Photo courtesy of Cook Remodeling & Custom Construction)

Arizona couple chooses to hire high-end remodeler to renovate their bathroom with new shower and more so that they can age in place.

Chicago Planners Lead White House Holiday Decoration

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First Lady Michele Obama and daughter Sasha and Malia greet this year's official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot fir from Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
First Lady Michele Obama and daughter Sasha and Malia greet this year's official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot fir from Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

For the fifth consecutive year, Near North Side company agencyEA coordinated the volunteer efforts to adorn the White House for the holidays.

Moving Old Houses Preserves Indiana History

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The Cotton-Ropkey House in Indianapolis predates the Civil War. It's for sale for $1, but must be moved off the property. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)
The Cotton-Ropkey House in Indianapolis predates the Civil War. It's for sale for $1, but must be moved off the property. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

Relocating a home? You'll need more than just a structure relocation company. Many moves involve architects and engineers. Get all the details here.

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