Home & Garden

There’s no place like home—especially when it’s in tip-top shape. We’ve rounded up the best cleaning and organizing tricks, affordable decor ideas, DIY hacks, and more. Warning: Once you’ve got everything just the way you want it, you may never want to leave!

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Exhaust-Fan Condensation

I have an exhaust fan in my second-floor bathroom. The system runs through the ceiling and then turns at a...


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Whole-House Fans

Is it true that a whole-house fan can effectively circulate air in a house?


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Checking an Exhaust Fan

An exhaust fan was installed in the bathroom last year. I heard that they should be periodically checked for efficiency....


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Attic Renovation

I want to finish a room in my attic, but the bathroom fan from below obstructs the floor. Do I...


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Bathroom Mildew

The bathroom in my house has neither a window nor an exhaust fan. As a result, a considerable amount of...


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Wall-Mounted Exhaust Fans

I want to install an exhaust fan in my bathroom. Can I buy a fan that will attach to the...


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Attic Condensation

There are condensation spots on the ceiling of the addition to my house. The addition is ventilated with a turbine...


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Ventilation Systems

I need to improve the air quality in my house. Why are there so many different ventilation systems to choose...

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Gas or Electric?

I installed an electric furnace at the cottage and added a heat pump to provide air conditioning. I want to...


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Removing Walls and Ventilation

I plan to remove a wall in my living room. I am concerned about my ventilation system because there is...


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Mold

I have mold in my windows and in the corners of some of the rooms of my house. How dangerous...


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Wall Discolorization

I have noticed some discoloration on the north wall in my house. The discoloration comes in streaks running vertically from...


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Dust and Air Filters

I have a problem with excessive dust in my house, and I want to install an electronic air filter to...


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Sick Building Syndrome

I often feel unwell in my own home, but never when I am next door, house-sitting at my neighbor's. I...


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Cold Walls

The north wall in our house is unusually cold yet it is full of insulation. What's wrong and what can...


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Stucco Siding

We are thinking about moving to an area in British Columbia that has few brick houses but many stucco siding...

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Painting Vinyl Siding

I want to change the color of the vinyl siding on my house with a coat of paint. What kind...


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Painting Lap Siding

Can I paint my wooden lap siding with a brush or a roller?


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Removing Caulking

The silicone caulking on the aluminum siding of my house needs to be replaced. What is the best way to...


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Repairing Lap Siding

What is the best way to repair rotten wooden lap siding?


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Aluminum Siding

I have made several attempts to clean the aluminum siding on my backyard workshed, without much luck. Is there a...

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Cleaning Siding

When I try cleaning the siding on my house, I always end up with ghostlike dirty streaks running vertically up...


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Shingles

I want to lay new asphalt shingles on my roof. How far should the shingles overhang the edge of the...


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Mold and Shingles

I have recently noticed some green mold on my shingled roof. What should I do to remove it, and what...


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Fiberglass or Asphalt Shingles

I want to install new shingles on my roof. Which ones are the best to use, fiberglass or felt-based asphalt...


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Concrete Steps

How can I patch concrete steps so that the concrete won't chip and break off every spring?


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Chimney-Wall Condensation

I changed my standard brick fireplace to a gas one. I installed a liner on the inside of the chimney,...