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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.

If You Pop, Stop: Recognizing Biceps Tendon Tear

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Unfortunately, many people underestimate the severity of an injury to their biceps tendon and delay seeking treatment. (Photo by The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group)
Unfortunately, many people underestimate the severity of an injury to their biceps tendon and delay seeking treatment. (Photo by The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group)

Knowing how to tell "it's just a sprain" from a serious biceps tendon tear can mean the difference between a successful surgery and lasting arm muscle weakness.

Blown Transformer Sparks Fire, Power Outage

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Delivering electricity to your home can be a complicated process that's often taken for granted. (Photo courtesy of OSHA)
Delivering electricity to your home can be a complicated process that's often taken for granted. (Photo courtesy of OSHA)

A fire in a wooded section of Bethesda was started by a blown transformer. Hundreds of Pepco customers were without power as firefighters battled the blaze.

Are Trampoline Parks Safe for Your Children?

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The most important thing when it comes to trampolines is to be aware of the risks and the safety guidelines to minimize your child's risk for injuries, says Jacobs. (Photo by The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group)
The most important thing when it comes to trampolines is to be aware of the risks and the safety guidelines to minimize your child's risk for injuries, says Jacobs. (Photo by The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group)

There are risks with trampolines and many activities kids like to do. Being aware of safety guidelines can help parents to minimize the risk for their children.

Snow Still on Your Sidewalk? D.C. Says Shovel or Face Tickets, Fines

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Keeping your sidewalks and walkways free of snow this winter could save you from D.C. fines. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Janett D.)

Washington snow scofflaws be warned! D.C. will now issue tickets and fines on the spot for failing to shovel your sidewalk after snow. Here's what you'll pay.

Chimney Sweeps Share 5 Bizarre Flue Finds

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Chimney sweeps say soot isn't the only thing they find in chimneys. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James C. of Minneapolis)

There's nothing better than an evening by the fire, but have you ever wondered what's hiding in your chimney? Three chimney pros share odd things they've found.

To Fully Winterize, Look Outside the House

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You'll probably enjoy the season more if you know you've winterized inside and outside your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Fred C. of Bloomington, Indiana)

To winterize: Seal windows, have your furnace checked and gutters cleared. But don't forget to also look outside your home when preparing for the cold.

How Do I Know if I Need New Struts?

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When your car's struts wear down, it can affect your car's handling and turning ability. (Photo illustration by Steven Shepard)

Over time, your struts will begin to wear down. Highly rated mechanics talk about some of the warning signs they need replaced and how much they cost.

D.C. Suburb Puts Focus on Smart Growth

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Montgomery County, Maryland's Rockville library serves as an educational and community hub. (Photo Courtesy of Montgomery County Libraries)
Montgomery County, Maryland's Rockville library serves as an educational and community hub. (Photo Courtesy of Montgomery County Libraries)

Montgomery County, Maryland isn't your typical suburb thanks to its thriving economy, proximity to D.C. and an emphasis on smart growth instead of urban sprawl.

Are You Making These Septic System Mistakes?

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Just as your car requires regular maintenance, your septic system needs maintenance on a regular schedule as well, says Mills. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diana N. of Chicago)
Just as your car requires regular maintenance, your septic system needs maintenance on a regular schedule as well, says Mills. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diana N. of Chicago)

Not thinking about your septic tank could lead to a breakdown at the worst possible time. Learn some basic septic system maintenance tips to avoid problems.

How We Told the Kids Mom Had Cancer

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Tim Sheehan and his late wife, Cathy, pose with their children (from left) Nicole, Audrey and Ethan and dog, Toby. (Photo courtesy of Tim Sheehan)
Tim Sheehan and his late wife, Cathy, pose with their children (from left) Nicole, Audrey and Ethan and dog, Toby. (Photo courtesy of Tim Sheehan)

Tim Sheehan discusses his wife's battle with acute myeloid leukemia and how they communicated the illness with their kids by being honest and realistic.

Tips to Keep Your Carpets Clean With Pets

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From the moment we bring home a new pet, nothing will ever be the same again ... and that includes our spotless carpet. But there are ways to survive the puppy potty training stage. (Photo by Cornerstone Chem-Dry)
From the moment we bring home a new pet, nothing will ever be the same again ... and that includes our spotless carpet. But there are ways to survive the puppy potty training stage. (Photo by Cornerstone Chem-Dry)

You can keep your carpet clean with pets. How? Be prepared, recognize your new puppy's potty-training limitations -- and know when to call in a professional.

Dental Emergencies: What to Do, When to Call

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When dental emergencies occur, be prepared and know where to get help, says Petrusha. (Photo by Petrusha Family Dentistry)
When dental emergencies occur, be prepared and know where to get help, says Petrusha. (Photo by Petrusha Family Dentistry)

Accidents happen — and knowing what to do during a dental emergency could be the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Learn how you can be prepared.

Home Upgrades to Help You Age in Place

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Levered door knobs are a good choice for accessibility, because they are more easily opened and closed. (Photo by Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard)
Levered door knobs are a good choice for accessibility, because they are more easily opened and closed. (Photo by Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard)

As you age, you may prefer to remain in your own home. By making a few additions and doing some remodeling, your home can remain accessible as you grow older.

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