Mastering The 10-Minute Tidy

For many people, the thought of straightening up their house sends shivers down their spine. They try everything they can to put it off, from diverting to Netflix binges to watching TikTok cat videos. But then, things pile up, making the idea of tidying up even more unbearable.

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Can't Find The Doorbell Transformer? (We Can Help)

Doorbells can be an afterthought in a home, a method of simply alerting the homeowner to a potential visitor. There are also times when the doorbell can stop working, and an immediate solution may not be evident.

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How Long Does It Take To Get Approved For An Apartment?

Going apartment hunting can be one of the most exciting things, no matter your age. Once you’ve done all the work to find the perfect place, it’s time to put in an application. Nobody likes waiting longer than they needed to move into their new home. 

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Window Air Conditioner Leaking Water Outside? (We Have A Fix)

The air conditioning of our home can play an integral role in daily life. Especially in warmer climates or during the hotter months of the year, air conditioning that is working properly can make life a lot more comfortable. Perhaps you have begun noticing that your air conditioner is leaking water. So, what do you do? How do you fix this?

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How To Tell If Glass Is Tempered Or Not (Here Are the Details)

Strengthened safety glass is a critical safety material for use in homes, commercial buildings, cars, and more. Tempered glass is about three to four times stronger than traditional “annealed” glass. The panel’s strength is increased by undergoing extreme thermal or chemical processes.

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Spackle Vs. Joint Compound: Which Is Better For Covering Holes?

When repairing sheetrock, or prepping walls for paint, you have the option to use spackle, and joint compound. Each one has its uses, so we’re going to break down the differences between the two, as well as when to use them.

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How Do I Know When It’s Time To Clean My Oven?

Your oven is essential for everything from an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner to a simple frozen pizza. You can bake cookies or broil vegetables with relative ease as long as your oven is functioning properly. In order to ensure your oven cooks consistently and evenly, you need to make sure it is clean and free of burnt debris. But exactly how do you know when it is time to deep-clean your oven?

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How Much Does It Cost To Replace The Bearings In A Washing Machine?

Bearings are responsible for your washing machine running smoothly. Unfortunately, after years of heavy use, the bearings in your washing machine will eventually give out. Luckily, you can forego having to replace your washing machine and instead replace the bearings.

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How To Keep Outdoor Extension Cords Dry

Having your own space outside can be relaxing. It can also be the perfect gathering spot during the summer! Especially if you hook up some ambiance lighting and music! The only drawback to your oasis is the varying weather conditions. What if it rains? How do you keep your extension cord dry?

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How To Start An HOA In An Existing Neighborhood

If you’ve just moved into a new home, there might be a homeowners association to join. Homeowners associations are known for beautifying neighborhoods and raising property value. However, not all communities come equipped with one from the outset.

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Radiant Floor Heating Water Heater Vs. Boiler: A Real Comparison

Some people swear by Water Heaters as a cheaper alternative to Boilers for radiant floor heating. Like most topics in home improvement – both options have their merits.

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How To Measure For A Replacement Swing Canopy (Quickly & Easily!)

Having a canopy porch swing can be a game-changer when it comes to social gatherings like dinners, barbeques, and cocktail hours. They also add additional comfort to your personal leisure time. Canopy porch swings are cozy, casual, and a great way to relax and comfortably enjoy the fresh outdoor air while covered by the shade of the canopy.

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How To Clean Acrylic Paint (Off Brushes, Clothes, and More!)

Cleaning paint can be a headache. When acrylic paint dries, it dries hard, into an almost plastic-like form. This can make it hard to restore a brush that has dried or get paint out of something like clothing.

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How Do You Bypass A Washing Machine Door Lock?

Technology is great but sometimes it can be a problem. For example, if your washing machine has a lid lock sensor that locks automatically, that is awesome, right? But what if your washing machine thinks the lid is open when it is shut? The washing machine will not work until you convince your machine that it is shut.

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Where Are Milwaukee Tools Made? (hint: It's Not Just the USA)

The name Milwaukee Tools sounds distinctly American, but as with many big brands, that isn’t entirely the case. Milwaukee is one of the biggest tool brands today, so it makes sense that their large-scale production exists beyond the United States. So, where are Milwaukee Tools made?

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Is It Illegal To Knock On Someone's Door?

In the age of cellphones and the Internet, we’ve become unaccustomed to the idea of a knock at the door. From the other side, is it weird to just go up and knock on someone’s door anymore? Is it Illegal? Are you trespassing?

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How To Block A Neighbor's Security Camera (Secret Tip!)

Did you just discover that your neighbor’s security camera has a perfect view of your property? Before you panic, think about it logically. Chances are that your neighbor wants to keep their property safe and doesn’t realize it’s pointing at your property.

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How Many Return Air Vents Do I Need?

When you have central air and heat, air vents are typically in each room. Some large rooms have two or three. But what about the return air vents? Do you need one of them or more for each room?

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Why Is My Goodman Furnace Pressure Switch Stuck Open?

If your furnace is showing an open pressure switch error, don’t panic! While the pressure switch is an important safety feature, an open pressure switch is usually an easy and inexpensive fix. 

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How Safe Is An Apartment During A Hurricane?

Natural disasters affect 160 million people worldwide each year. While things like tornados, wildfires, and hurricanes are inevitable for some regions, it’s a good idea to prepare your home. If you live in an apartment, it can make these events seem a lot more frightening. 

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Is My Furnace Blower Motor Bad? (Here Are Some Telltale Signs)

With the weather quickly taking a turn to the colder, the topic of heating quickly becomes a priority. If you’re like most people, having a furnace that’s going bad might be an issue you want to take care of sooner rather than later. One of the more common issues people deal with is a bad HVAC blower motor. But, how can a casual DIYer figure out if a furnace blower motor went bad?

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Do Appraisers Look Inside Of Closets?

Whether you’re preparing to purchase a home or need to know your current home’s worth, you need an appraisal. A professional appraiser looks at a home inside and out and comes up with a value for the property. As part of their job, appraisers look at all aspects of your home, but do appraisers look inside of closets?

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Why Does My Hot Water Heater Only Runs Lukewarm?

If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing that is better at night than experiencing a nice hot bath. We often don’t give our water heaters enough credit in that department, or appreciate how much they do until we notice that things aren’t doing too well in that department. Having your water running lukewarm might be okay if you’re in the kitchen, but it’s still pretty bad when you’re trying to run a bath and should be cause for concern. Ever wonder what could cause this?

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Can You Mix Kerosene And Home Heating Oil?

If there’s one thing that took me by surprise, it was the sheer variety of fuels that are used to heat up a regular home and provide power to it. Two of the more common fuels that you can use are home heating oil and kerosene. Both are used to bring up heat in a home, so some people might feel the need to pool the two together. But, is this really a good idea?

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How To Drain A Keurig Coffee Maker (3 Simple Methods!)

If you own a Keurig coffee maker, you likely enjoy its ability to quickly provide you with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. This convenience is why many so many people have Keurigs in their homes, as opposed to conventional coffee makers. Your Keurig’s fast delivery of warm water is due to the fact that it stores approximately a cup of water within the housing.

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Can You Put Cardboard In The Oven? (Find Out Now!)

If you ask most families, there’s nothing quite like having a home-made frozen pizza straight out of the oven. Of course, prepping said pizza can vary from household to household. Most frozen pizzas will come with some cardboard that’s left at the bottom of the pie to help retain the pizza’s shape during transport. The problem is, most people can’t figure out what to do with said cardboard. Is it oven-safe?

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My Cat Has Worms, How Do I Clean My House?

Pets are wonderful companions. The unconditional love and laughs they constantly provide are irreplaceable. Still, there is a downside to sharing your home with a pet that doesn’t know how to use the toilet.

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Burst Of Black Water From Faucet? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

The water coming from our faucets may be purified, but that doesn’t mean it is pure. City water often has fluoride in it, and the pipes in your home can put other minerals in your water, too. Sometimes this can cause water discoloration, especially if you turn the water off for a period of time.

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Can You Wash A Moving Blanket? (Find Out Now!)

Moving blankets protect your furniture from scratches, dents, and any other damage during the moving process. Whether you recently rented a moving blanket or invested in one, it’s useful to know how to care for it.

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Top Tips For Organizing Your Pantry So Your Food Doesn’t Expire

One of the best and most thorough ways to ensure none of your pantry items expires is to clean and organize your pantry regularly. To properly clean and organize this space in the kitchen, you must remove everything from the shelves.

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Who Gets The Good Side Of The Fence?

A fence can really enhance your property, but it can also cause arguments with your neighbors. Chiefly because many fences are supported rails and posts on one side of the fence and a smooth surface on the other. And this generally means only one person gets the side with the smooth surface often known as the good side.

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How Long Does A Rice Cooker Take?

Thanks to appliances like the rice cooker, we’re able to make what used to be a frustrating process into an easy one. There are so many different rice cookers on the market; it can be hard to choose which one to buy. While they all work relatively the same, some come with unique and special features. 

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Can You Put Converse In The Dryer? (Find Out Now!)

Converse shoes became extremely popular during the ‘90s, but the popularity never really went away, unlike other fashion trends. However, the fact that these are canvas shoes makes them a bit harder to clean. While they’re generally safe on the cold, fragile setting in the washer, should you put Converse in the dryer?

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How Many Bedrooms Should A Family Of 4 Have?

You’ve been thinking about this for a while now: Eventually, you would love to have two adorable babies with your partner. But first thing first, you need a house that will allow you to build a happy family. So, you’ve probably wondered how many bedrooms would you need if you have a family of four.

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What Is The Best Direction For A Backyard To Face?

When you’re building your home, you are in control of everything, including the orientation of your house. That small detail is something most people don’t think about but can make a huge impact on how you experience your home. After all, the direction your house faces will impact your heating, parking, as well as the amount of sunlight you get. So, what is the best direction for a backyard to face?

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How To Clean Shower Doors With WD-40 (Step-by-Step Guide)

Over time, showers can become a haven for hard water spots and soap scum. If you have a glass shower, the shower door in particular can become a tough spot that seemingly collects with nasty, gross scum.

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How to Cover Exposed Romex

Around 90 percent of homes within the United States are wired electrically using ROMEX, the trade name for non-metallic (NM), sheathed cable. This type of wiring system is simple to run and very convenient. However, it’s essential that you do not have any exposed ROMEX in your home and the wiring should be completely covered.

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Can An Integrated LED Light Bulb Be Replaced?

LED lights have revolutionized the energy efficiency of lighting fixtures. Integrated LED lights give homeowners a unique lighting setup that can last for a decade in many cases. So, can an integrated LED light bulb be replaced?

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How To Install Door Trim With Uneven Walls

When it comes to renovation projects, there are so many variables in play that any one of them could throw a project off balance. This is because most of them require precise measurements and even surfaces to pull off accurately. Sometimes, you’ll have to deal with uneven walls, but what if you’re installing door trim? How do you install door trim with uneven walls?

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How To Ignore Bad Neighbors [5 Ways to Deal With Them]

Bad neighbors are the bane of the homeowner’s existence. Unfortunately, oftentimes it is difficult to know how to deal with this common nuisance. In the event that you can’t get rid of them, your best bet is to ignore bad neighbors.

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Why Is My Bedroom So Dusty?

Dusting your home is a chore that never goes away. Some parts of your home likely get dustier than others, and it can be quite difficult to keep up. Many homeowners have asked themselves the question: why is my bedroom so dusty?

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What Can I Put Between The Stove And Refrigerator Space?

When you’re redoing your kitchen, you may be presented with some minor problems when it comes to figuring out the layout. Once in a while, you end up with a gap that’s just difficult to work with. For many of us with a “row-style” kitchen, this gap area is between the stove and the refrigerator. So, what can you put there to make things easier for people who are cooking in your kitchen?

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How To Remove Sharpie From Wood (7 Ways To Do It!)

In many situations, a good Sharpie can come in handy. However, while a permanent marker can be an asset sometimes, it can be a pain in others. If the wrong surface gets marked (like your antique wood table), it can be quite tricky to remove Sharpie from wood. After all, there is a reason they call it “permanent.” F

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Got Water In The Bottom Of The Dishwasher? (We Have A Fix!)

If there is still water in the bottom of your dishwasher after it is done running, don’t freak out. There are ways to fix it. And it is often a minor issue that you can fix yourself.

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Refrigerator Trips GFCI In Garage? (Here's What You Can Do)

If you’re a frequent party host, parent to a big family, or simply store many cold beverages at home, you probably have an extra refrigerator in your garage. Often referred to as a “beer fridge,” garage fridges are a handy way to store the overflow from your kitchen fridge or bulk items that you’d like to have cold and ready to pop open. Some people even use garage refrigerators to freeze meat throughout the winter or store frozen meals for days when you don’t feel like cooking.

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Can I Use A 24V Transformer On A 16V Doorbell?

It can be tricky to pair a transformer with a doorbell if you struggle to get enough power or volume. Doorbells come with specifications about their power requirements, but some homeowners want to use an overpowered transformer. So, can you use a 24V transformer on a 16V doorbell?

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How To Remove Duct Tape Residue (8 Ways To Do It!)

Duct tape may arguably be the most versatile tool around. There’s a good chance that you will find it in most homes and toolboxes across the world because of said versatility and affordability. Moreover, duct tape can stick in a similar fashion to glue for quality adhesion.

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How To Clean A Garage Floor

It’s no secret that garage floors get dirty quite quickly. Dirt, dust, rust, debris, oil, and grease stains are common in any garage, and they can be tough to get rid of. Many homeowners understandably struggle with how to clean a garage floor.

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Can You Put Mesh Laundry Bags In The Dryer?

Mesh laundry bags are a must-have for washing your most delicate pieces of clothing. However, can you throw the same mesh laundry bag in the dryer afterward?

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How Long To Let An Air Conditioner Settle (Find Out Now!)

Bringing an air conditioner into your home is a cause for celebration. Enduring the heat may become a thing of the past thanks to your new appliance. Don’t go cranking up the air conditioner right away though. Doing so could potentially lead to some issues.

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Do Smart Plugs Save Energy?

Countless homeowners have done everything that they can to transform their houses into smart homes. It’s easy to overlook certain simple devices that make it easier to go about your day as a homeowner, such as smart plugs. So, do smart plugs save energy?

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How Many Gallons Are In A 100lb Propane Tank?

It is ideal to know exactly what you’re doing when you buy or fill a propane tank. That is especially true for a large, 100-pound propane tank which is quite useful but can be tricky to understand. So, how many gallons are in a 100-pound propane tank?

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Can You Leave Old Furniture On The Curb?

You cannot legally leave your old furniture on the curb. It’s considered a hazard to put furniture on the street, and you can receive fines in some states and municipalities. There are exceptions to the rule if you call your trash collection service and request a large item pickup.

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How To Clean Sediment Out Of A Water Line

If there’s one thing plumbers hate, it’s sediment. Sediment in your water line will cause your boiler to act out, increase the chances of clogging, and even change the flavor of your water. Most people assume they can’t actually do anything about sediment buildup but this isn’t very true. It’s possible to lean your sediment out of your water line and reduce the impact it has on plumbing.

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Should I Buy A House With Asbestos Siding?

Many people recoil at the thought of being near asbestos. But you might be surprised to learn how common it is in older homes. If you’re thinking about buying a house with asbestos in the siding, the best thing to do is be informed. Learn more about it and the potential risks.

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Does Magic Eraser Work On Grout?

Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser really does live up to its name, and any cleaning guru will agree. Magic Eraser can remove nicotine stains from walls, clean up stubborn stains on tables, and even remove Gorilla Glue. It’s safe to say that most people use Magic Eraser as a go-to product for all things cleaning related, but grout’s a little different. It can be demanding. So, can Magic Eraser tackle grout problems too?

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What Flooring Goes With Knotty Pine Walls?

Knotty pine is one of the most classic natural materials used in home decor, lending itself easily to several styles. That often makes it hard to decide exactly how to design a room around it.

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Whirlpool Dryer Won't Start? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Nothing ruins wash day like a broken appliance. Not that wash day is much fun to begin with. But when you have a problem, it just makes it that much worse. You get all your wet clothes into the dryer and turn it on and… nothing happens.

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How To Remove A Dresser Drawer That Uses A Center Metal Slide

Drawers are essential to home organization. Instead of having random items scattered all over the place, you can store them in drawers for safekeeping.

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Hardwood Flooring Cost | Installation Cost Per Square Foot

Hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular due to their beauty. They match with any wall color and help to spread the natural light coming in through the windows. Some people are even replacing their carpets with wood floors. If this is something that interests you, how much will it cost?

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