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man carving snow sculpture
You may have seen elaborate sculptures made from sand or carved in ice, but what about snow? While building a snowman may be a traditional winter activity, creating a snow sculpture could offer a new challenge this year. Even if you are a first-timer, following these simple tips can help you make a snow sculpture your whole…
close-up of a residential septic tank system.
It’s a home feature that can make prospective buyers nervous: a septic tank. Part of a home’s wastewater system, a septic tank is found in households that aren’t served by municipal sewers. Instead, these standalone systems are designed to dispose of and treat the household’s wastewater independently, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If you’re…
phoenix light rail train
In New York, the subway is the popular mode of public transportation. In Boston, it’s the “T,” and in Los Angeles, riders jump on the Metro. Nearly every established city in the country has a public transit system used by thousands of people every day— and Phoenix is no different. More than 49,000 people use the Phoenix Metropolitan Light Rail System on…
Water running from showerhead.
If you’re looking for ways to cut expenses, you may be wondering how you can reduce your water bill. The average person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). From showering and washing dishes to watering the garden, water usage can quickly add up. If you unnecessarily leave…
Model of house with blueprints and hard hat.
While not every home renovation works in the exact same order, you may want to follow a certain course to help avoid unnecessary work. For example, you don’t want to close walls and paint, only to realize you need to add a new plumbing stack that requires going behind the wall again. Many renovation projects involve multiple steps. Here are 10 common steps…
Coffee cup on table by fireplace.
Homeowners typically know they need to protect the outside of their homes from winter weather extremes. But what about maintenance to help you stay comfortable and safe inside when the temperatures drop? Here are some considerations on where to start. Thermostat Ranges Energy.gov suggests using a programmable thermostat to maintain certain temperatures throughout the day. You may want to set yours…
20 Days to Ready: Fix Up a First Aid Kit (Day 9)
20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks. ASSIGNMENT: Compile a First Aid Kit First aid kits are a…
man clearing off snow from driveway.
For many parts of the country, winter means snow. It’s beautiful to look at and kids often like to play in it, but it also usually requires shoveling. Snow blowers can help with some of the work, but sometimes you’ll still need a shovel, says Consumer Reports. But shoveling is not safe for everyone. While some…
family of three walking around the park..
Moving can be a lot to handle, especially if you’re relocating with your kids. If your family is in the process of a move, here are some things to think about to help you settle in. 1. Get Schooled Selecting a new school for your child can seem daunting. If you’re unsure about where to…
brown door looking out the window.
If you have a fenced-in yard, a doggie door can be a convenient amenity for your pet. It allows your four-legged friend to go in and out of the house as needed without getting you involved. This can be especially helpful if you are gone for extended periods during the day. Getting a dog door…