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Shortage of Workers Impacts Skilled Trades

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Craig King, a student at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, works to square cabinet doors. (Photo by Garett Fisbeck)

Hiring skilled workers, especially for heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing, drywalling or tiling jobs, is getting tougher, experts say.

How to Avoid Towing Scams

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Car owners should take the time to research towing companies before they need one, to ensure they find a company that has a reputable history. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa G., Anderson, Ind.)

If you find yourself needing to hire a towing company, make sure to do your research. Some companies may have unethical business practices and hidden charges.

What to Know Before a Plumbing Emergency

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It pays to pick your plumber before you absolutely have to, and to know tricks of the plumbing scam trade. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

It's a good idea to get to know a good plumber before you have a plumbing emergency. Also, watch out for these red flags of possible plumbing-related scams.

Lead Paint Is Still a Threat, But It Shouldn’t Be

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Because of the health risks from lead paint, it's important to take extra steps when working a pre-1978 home. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

If you live in a pre-1978 house, be aware of the dangers that lead paint poses, even in the tiniest amounts. Children face the greatest risk. Follow these tips:

The Angie's List Guide To Fall Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Fall Maintenance Guide to get started on protecting your home from potentially damaging winter weather. (Graphic design by Matt Mukerjee)
Download the Angie's List Fall Maintenance Guide to get started on protecting your home from potentially damaging winter weather. (Graphic design by Matt Mukerjee)

When tree leaves and temperatures begin falling, it's a sign winter is on its way. Use this fall maintenance checklist to protect your home from winter damage.

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