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Get a Chimney Inspection Before Lighting that Fire

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A chimney inspection covers every part of the structure, interior and exterior. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David G. of Portland, Oregon)
A chimney inspection covers every part of the structure, interior and exterior. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David G. of Portland, Oregon)

Chimneys, fireplaces and vents need to be inspected at least once per year. Even an unused chimney needs to be checked for possible animal nests or damage.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Reveals Weed Problem in Latest Campaign Ad

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)

Dandelions and other unsightly weeds are ruining the appearance of the Illinois governor's Chicago lawn. We've got grass tips he can use get it under control.

12 Tips for Conquering Clutter in Your Office

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Whether it is at home or at your office, your desk is meant to be the hub of your productivity, but it also becomes a dumping ground, says Fein. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Chandra T. of Los Angeles)
Whether it is at home or at your office, your desk is meant to be the hub of your productivity, but it also becomes a dumping ground, says Fein. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Chandra T. of Los Angeles)

Your office is supposed to be where productivity happened, but it is often overwhelmed with paper piles and other clutter. Clear your desk with these 12 tips.

When Is It Necessary to Test for Hard Water?

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Most cities publish a water report annually which can be viewed online for free by anyone, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kiran G. of Dallas)
Most cities publish a water report annually which can be viewed online for free by anyone, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kiran G. of Dallas)

Is a water hardness test necessary to determine which softener is right for you? One highly rated provider explains why this may not be the case.

Don't Just Kick the Tires: 3 Considerations Before Buying a Classic Car

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Classic Cars Charlotte (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Bob Crawford restored his 1965 Corvette Roadster, shown at the Matthews Auto Reunion and Motorcycle Show. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Classic car enthusiasts at Matthews Auto Reunion say to follow your heart, but keep an eye on your spending limits when it comes to restoring vintage vehicles.

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Lawn care
Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

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Finding the right contractor for your home makes all the difference, says Helbing. (Photo courtesy of Air-Tro, Inc.)
Finding the right contractor for your home makes all the difference, says Helbing. (Photo courtesy of Air-Tro, Inc.)

Be sure you have hired a quality contractor by being an informed customer. These six questions will help you pick the best contractor for your job.

7 Tips to Block Pests Looking for a Winter Home Inside Yours

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Some of the most common overwintering pests are mice, ladybugs, stink bugs and spiders, says Scherzinger.
Some of the most common overwintering pests are mice, ladybugs, stink bugs and spiders, says Scherzinger.

Many types of pests from mice to stink bugs will try to take up a winter residence in your home. Prepare your house now to prevent an infestation.

Are Stink Bugs Invading Your Home?

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Stink bugs enter homes through windows, door jams, dryer vents and foundation cracks. (Photo provided by Purdue Extension Entomology)
Stink bugs enter homes through windows, door jams, dryer vents and foundation cracks. (Photo provided by Purdue Extension Entomology)

Stink bugs commonly invade homes in the fall. Here are six tips you need to know to prevent an infestation of stink bugs in your house this season.

Consumer says West Palm Beach pest control company didn’t remove snake

Penalty Box, Resolved, Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie's List complaint resolution case against All Star Animal Removal, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Waukesha remodeler modernizes 1960s bathroom

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Angie's List member Thomas P. of Brookfield, Wisconsin, says he paid a local remodeler $11,000 to renovate his 1960s bathroom. (Photo courtesy of member)
Angie's List member Thomas P. of Brookfield, Wisconsin, says he paid a local remodeler $11,000 to renovate his 1960s bathroom. (Photo courtesy of member)

Residential Remodelers Group in Waukesha replaced all the fixtures and the tile in the 1960s bathroom of Angie's List member Thomas P. of Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin company creates pondless waterfall feature

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Aquatica built a pondless waterfall for Angie's List member Dale G. in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of member)
Aquatica built a pondless waterfall for Angie's List member Dale G. in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of member)

Angie's List member Dale G. hired Wales-based Aquatica to install a pondless waterfall feature in the backyard of his Cedarburg, Wisconsin, home.

Falling piece of dead tree prompts homeowner to call for help

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Faigen says he and his fiancée enjoyed watching the workers high in the trees. (Photo courtesy of Josh Faigen)
Faigen says he and his fiancée enjoyed watching the workers high in the trees. (Photo courtesy of Josh Faigen)

Angie's List member Josh Faigen called Timber Hill Tree Service of Charlotte, N.C., to remove dead wood from 10 large trees that were a threat to his home.

Cancer patients receive free house cleaning

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Cleaning for a Reason works with local house cleaners to provide four free cleanings to patients undergoing cancer treatment. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Cleaning for a Reason works with local house cleaners to provide four free cleanings to patients undergoing cancer treatment. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Cleaning for a Reason partners with local house cleaners to provide four free cleanings to patients while they undergo chemotherapy treatments.

Bathroom remodel includes granite countertop, ceramic floor

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Cudney says that the workers hoisted a cabinet section through the window when it wouldn't fit through the bathroom door. (Photo courtesy of Alan Cudney)

This bathroom remodel is one of many jobs Alan Cudney has called on Jerry Grady Construction to do, ever since having him install a ceiling fan 15 years ago.

Consumer says Lake Worth company left recessed lighting installation incomplete

Penalty Box, Resolved, Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie's List complaint resolution case against Palm Beach Property Pros of Lake Worth, Florida.

Consumer and Boynton Beach moving company agree on refund

Penalty Box, Resolved, Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie's List complaint resolution case against Move On Demand of Boynton Beach, Florida.

Expert tips to hire the best plumber for your home

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Developing a relationship with a plumber who understands your home can aid during future plumbing emergencies, says Illy. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Harlan W. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Developing a relationship with a plumber who understands your home can aid during future plumbing emergencies, says Illy. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Harlan W. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Terry Illy about hiring a plumbing during an emergency, replacing water heaters and much more.

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

Watch out for Scams When Searching D.C. Area for a Bathtub Refinisher

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Bathtub refinishng in D.C.
Skill and quality products are key to successfully refinishing a bathtub. (Photo courtesy of Porcelain Tub Restorations)

Bathtub refinishing is popular in Washington, D.C., but beware of scammers who promise cheap work but then disappear instead of standing by their warranty.

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