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How to Buy a Water Softener

Tired of hard water spotting your dishes, clogging your pipes, and negatively affecting bathing and laundry? This expert, unbiased water softeners report will help you choose the right water softener.

How to Find and Fix a Roof Leak

Expert advice on how to find, troubleshoot and fix a roof leak, including what to do in a roof leak emergency.

How to Buy a Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves look similar to wood stoves or fireplace inserts, but the similarity ends there. Instead of burning wood, they burn small pellets typically made from recycled wood shavings.

Featured Buying Guide: Metal Roofing

How to buy metal roofing, with in-depth consumer reports on metal roof materials and types, advantages and drawbacks to consider when buying metal roofs Read more…

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HomeTips’s founder, Don Vandervort, is a nationally-known home improvement expert with more than 30 years of experience. More…expert advice logos

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How to Install / Build

Project Guides show you how to install and do home projects from start to finish.

Yard & Garden Advice

Yard & Garden Guides help you plant, grow, and improve your yard from fence to patio.

How Things Work

How Your House Works is an illustrated guide to the inner workings of your home.

 Today’s Home Tip

Plan the perfect fence! You can meet your needs AND be a good neighbor. MORE…

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Heavy rails and lattice panels form a striking two-sided fence along this property line.


Gas Hot Water Heater Repairs

Gas hot water heater need repair? If your gas water heater doesn’t heat, get hot enough, or stay lit, this expert DIY advice will help you fix some of these problems yourself.

How to Plant & Grow Flowers

Don’t have a green thumb? This will help you get started in making your yard beautiful. MORE…

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How to Install Wallpaper

Apply paste to the back of the wallpaper strip.



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