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Runners Ready? Marine Corps Marathon Lottery Set for March

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Runners in the Marine Corps Marathon follow a course along D.C.'s most famous monuments. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps)
Runners in the Marine Corps Marathon follow a course along D.C.'s most famous monuments. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps)

Runners need luck if they want a spot in the Marine Corps Marathon next year. The field is limited to 30,000 participants so a lottery is planned for March.

Take Steps To Ensure Best Carpet Installation

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Do some research before choosing a carpet installer so you avoid surprises and hidden fees. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

There's more to picking carpet than choosing style, color and manufacturer. Here's what to know to be sure the installation goes well and you avoid hidden fees.

How to Choose the Right Interior Shutters

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Interior shutters boost privacy and allow you to control how much light comes in. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa B. of Chandler, Ariz.)

Interior shutters attach to your windows and let you control how much light comes in or out. Learn about shutter styles, materials and installation costs.

Is It Time to Replace Your Old Gas Furnace?

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New furnaces also have more safety controls and sensors than older furnaces, says Unsdorfer. (Photo courtesy of Central Heating & Air Conditioning Co.)
New furnaces also have more safety controls and sensors than older furnaces, says Unsdorfer. (Photo courtesy of Central Heating & Air Conditioning Co.)

Learn how to know when it's time to replace your furnace, and to determine what type will replace it. Expect to see higher efficiency and lower heating bills.

How to Clean Vertical Blinds

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Scrub vertical blinds with a sponge and warm, soapy water for the initial cleaning. Then maintain with a gentle vacuum or dusting every week. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Scrub vertical blinds with a sponge and warm, soapy water for the initial cleaning. Then maintain with a gentle vacuum or dusting every week. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Oh, the curse of cleaning window treatments! It’s a dirty job that must be done to eliminate dust and allergens in the home. Here’s how to clean vertical blinds

How to Clean Vinyl Siding

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Especially if your home's vinyl siding is in the shade, it will require regular cleanings to prevent mold and mildew from appearing. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)
Especially if your home's vinyl siding is in the shade, it will require regular cleanings to prevent mold and mildew from appearing. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Vinyl siding is durable and easily cleaned. It just takes some elbow grease, or a high-powered pressure washer! Either way, read up on how to best clean vinyl.

How to Clean a Mattress

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A light vacuuming of your mattress every month will help minimize dust mites and dander. (Photo by David Massey)
A light vacuuming of your mattress every month will help minimize dust mites and dander. (Photo by David Massey)

A good night’s sleep is so important, why would you want to sleep on a dirty mattress? Here’s how to keep dust mites and allergens at a minimum.

Should I Be Preapproved Before Home Shopping?

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Aside from knowing the maximum purchase price you qualify for, there also are several other benefits to preapproval, says Goldhirsh. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul N. of Houston)
Aside from knowing the maximum purchase price you qualify for, there also are several other benefits to preapproval, says Goldhirsh. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul N. of Houston)

Getting preapproved for a loan before you go house hunting can make the process much easier, and prevent any last-minute mortgage surprises before you buy.

How to Clean a Shower Head

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Remove the shower head every few months and soak it overnight in a bowl of vinegar to dissolve any sediment buildup. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Remove the shower head every few months and soak it overnight in a bowl of vinegar to dissolve any sediment buildup. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

Who doesn’t like a hot steamy shower? Make sure the water is coming at you full force by cleaning the shower head every so often. Here’s how.

How to Clean a Yoga Mat

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The best way to keep your yoga mat from getting too funky is to wipe it down with antibacterial wipes after every yoga session. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
The best way to keep your yoga mat from getting too funky is to wipe it down with antibacterial wipes after every yoga session. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Does your yoga mat stink? It’s hard to get your inner peace on when you can barely stand to inhale during a yoga class. Tips on how to best clean a yoga mat.

How to Clean a Computer Keyboard

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Don't neglect to clean your computer's keyboard every once and awhile — add "can of compressed air" to the grocery list. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Don't neglect to clean your computer's keyboard every once and awhile — add "can of compressed air" to the grocery list. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

Does your computer need a good dusting? Or did you just spill a soda on the keyboard? Either way, review these tips on how to keep your keyboard clean.

How to Clean a Jetted Tub

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To clean the inside of the jets in a Jacuzzi, add a drop of dishwasher detergent to the water and run the jets for awhile. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)
To clean the inside of the jets in a Jacuzzi, add a drop of dishwasher detergent to the water and run the jets for awhile. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Are you ready to relax in your Jacuzzi, jetted or hot tub but not sure if it’s clean enough for a soak? We explain how to clean those jets.

How to Clean a Glass Shower Door

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A glass shower door is one of the hardest things to keep clean. Be sure to wipe it clean after every use to help prevent hard water stains. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
A glass shower door is one of the hardest things to keep clean. Be sure to wipe it clean after every use to help prevent hard water stains. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Tired of hard water stains clouding your glass shower door? It takes diligence, but it is possible to keep a glass shower door clean. Find out how.

How Do I Clean THAT? Tips to Clean 8 Odd Things

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You need some odd tools to clean the oddest items around the house, including toothpicks, pumice stones and Magic Erasers. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
You need some odd tools to clean the oddest items around the house, including toothpicks, pumice stones and Magic Erasers. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Are you wondering how to clean that odd item in the house? Highly rated housecleaners give us the dirt on the best way to clean that hard-to-clean thing.

Trim the Fat from Online Weight Loss Advice

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Many seeking to shed pounds start their search online. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

Forget the quick-fix claims that came up when you Googled weight loss. Here's how to sift through virtual information on shedding pounds to find reliable input.

Why Is My Car Vibrating?

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Several things, from bad rotors to uneven tire wear, can cause your car to vibrate and leave you gripping the steering wheel to try to control it. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

If your car vibrates while you drive, it could indicate a problem from the engine to the tires. Find out the top reasons why your car vibrates.

New Year, New You: 15 Ideas for 2015

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Follow these 15 tips to be a better you in 2015! (Illustration by Leslie McFarland)
Follow these 15 tips to be a better you in 2015! (Illustration by Leslie McFarland)

Struggling to come up with a New Year’s Resolution you won’t abandon? Skip the diet, and resolve to be a better you. Check out our 15 ways to do so in 2015.

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.

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