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Consumer says Tacoma company's security system failed

Penalty Box, Resolved or Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie's List complaint resolution case against BCD Comms of Tacoma, Washington.

Homeowner Says Contractor Didn’t Install Gutter Guards

Penalty Box, Resolved or Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie's List complaint resolution case against View Ridge Gutter Service.

4 Unusual Sources of Lead in Your Home

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When most people think about exposure to metallic lead, they typically focus on lead-based paint, but lead can be lurking in many other household items, says Dalsing. (Photo courtesy of Testudo LCC)
When most people think about exposure to metallic lead, they typically focus on lead-based paint, but lead can be lurking in many other household items, says Dalsing. (Photo courtesy of Testudo LCC)

If you are looking for lead in your home, you need to be suspicious of more than just that peeling paint. Here are four unexpected sources of lead.

10 Reasons Pavers Are the Perfect Upgrade for Your Landscape

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All you need to do to keep paving stones looking great is sweep and wash with water, says Starr. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)
All you need to do to keep paving stones looking great is sweep and wash with water, says Starr. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Thinking of making the move to pavers in your driveway or landscape? One highly rated provider shares 10 reasons why this change can be a great one.

How Can I Ensure That My Home Is Free of Lead Dust after a Remodel?

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It's ideal to agree beforehand that the contractor will be responsible for cleaning the work area until it is dust-free, says Dalsing. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Greg O. of Dallas)
It's ideal to agree beforehand that the contractor will be responsible for cleaning the work area until it is dust-free, says Dalsing. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Greg O. of Dallas)

You may be so excited about what’s in your new kitchen, you may not be wondering what is in the dust left behind by your contractor and that may be dangerous.

How going tankless in D.C. could get you into hot water

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Tankless hot water heater in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Tankless water heaters offer energy savings, as well as saving space in your home. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Tankless water heaters offer convenience and savings for those in the Washington area who are considering switching from the traditional tank option.

How's Your Bike Fitting? Let a D.C. Bicycle Shop Ride to the Rescue

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Bike in window in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Opt for a fitting session before taking your new bike home. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Washington-area bike shops can show riders how to improve bicycle performance and enjoy a more comfortable ride with a variety of custom bike fitting sessions.

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Professional Caregiver

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In many situations a senior can remain at home as long as they get help with things like bathing, dressing, housekeeping and meal preparation, says Paradise.
In many situations a senior can remain at home as long as they get help with things like bathing, dressing, housekeeping and meal preparation, says Paradise.

In-home elder care is an option growing in popularity to help care for aging loved ones, but you need to be extra careful who you let in your home for the job.

How to Make Kitchen Appliances Last Longer

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Proper maintenance of kitchen appliances will help them reach or surpass their expected life spans. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member R. Edward P. of Los Angeles)
Proper maintenance of kitchen appliances will help them reach or surpass their expected life spans. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member R. Edward P. of Los Angeles)

Appliance repair experts who’ve earned top ratings from Angie’s List members offer advice for what it takes to keep your kitchen appliances in good condition.

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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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.

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