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Preparing for fall and winter pests: How to keep wildlife and insects out of your home

(BPT) - For many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find shelter from the colder temperatures ahead. In some cases, this shelter is the same place that keeps your family warm and dry.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Monday 08/25/2014
5 common weatherization myths ... busted
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Last winter’s visit from the polar vortex made for bone-chilling blizzards and teeth-chattering temperatures. If this year is anything like the last, drafty homes and high thermostat settings will accompany the freezing weather. Unfortunately, many homeowners get cold feet when it comes to weatherizing their homes, citing various reasons why they don’t just get it done. Here are five common weatherizing myths you should overcome to help you get ready this winter:

Thursday 08/21/2014
Tips to keep tools in top shape
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - From painting supplies to gardening and hand tools, buying well-made home improvement tools can help improve project results. The tools you use may be an investment, so you’ll want to take care of them to ensure they last for more than just one project.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Auto insight: What makes synthetic oil different from conventional oil?
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - There was a time when you were considered a “responsible” vehicle owner if you changed the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles and had your tires rotated every other oil change. It turns out that while it is good practice to maintain your vehicle on a schedule, breaking out of that traditional oil change mind set and utilizing premium synthetic oil can ultimately save you time and money.

Monday 08/18/2014
Simple DIY projects that save your home from water damage
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Rain, hail, ice, flooding – these are all the result of seasonal weather changes. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or you experience daily downpours and dropping temperatures, now is the best time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the upcoming months.

5 fast fixes for a fabulous bath
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders.

Friday 08/15/2014
4 ways to discover the design potential of the '5th wall'
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Millennial homeowners: Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

3 reasons now is the time to get vaccinated
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Vaccines protect you from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Yet most adults in the United States are not fully vaccinated. Like many, you may not even realize that there are vaccines recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job and other factors.

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