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Digital Spring Cleaning; Cyber Tips to eliminate digital Clutter

NEW YORK (AP) — Spring cleaning isn’t just about tossing old furniture and torn clothing: It’s a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure you’re protected against hackers. That means evaluating all your passwords – and changing them if you haven’t in a while. You’ll also want to update your software and take stock of your personal information on devices and online. A little “cyber hygiene” can go a long way in guarding yourself from identity theft or other Internet attacks. Earlier, we shared some tips on securing your smartphone and protecting yourself against phishing...

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7 Home Maintenance Troublespots to Take Care of Today

    Okay, okay, I admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. The signs of potential trouble were there, yet I chose not to take them seriously. For quite a while, I’d been finding it more and more difficult to turn my key in the front door lock. I tried wiping the key down with a little olive oil and cleaned out the lock faceplate … which was full of dog hair. But I avoided taking the plunge and calling an actual handyman (or woman). Until I ended up locked into my apartment. Pretty scary for a minute there....

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Working from Your Home Office: the Unwritten Rules

  Just Google “the rules of telecommuting (aka working from home)”and you’ll find a ton of material out there on the interwebs. Here’s the thing, though — almost all of it focuses on zoning laws, company policies, and tracking work hours. That’s all well and good, but what about you, Joe or Jane Telecommuter, and your wellbeing? Fret not, there is a whole list of rules that will help you to survive and thrive as a work-from-home employee. They just haven’t appeared in written form … until now, that is! Make sure you can breathe. Fine, go ahead and cram...

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Fencing That’s More Than Just Functional

Security, privacy, animal-proofing … there are all kinds of excellent reasons to install a fence on your property. But one quality of fencing that’s not so commonly mentioned is its remarkable ability to add distinctive character and beauty to your yard. A handsome fence will even increase your home’s curb appeal. Whether you are about to construct a new fence or you’d just like to give your existing one a little facelift, consider the following suggestions. Choose a Nice-Looking Material to Build a New Fence Wrought iron has long been a top choice for strong, hardwearing fencing. However, this...

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7 Home Maintenance Troublespots to Take Care of Today

    Okay, okay, I admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. The signs of potential trouble were there, yet I chose not to take them seriously. For quite a while, I’d been finding it more and more difficult to turn my key in the front door lock. I tried wiping the key down with a little olive oil and cleaned out the lock faceplate … which was full of dog hair. But I avoided taking the plunge and calling an actual handyman (or woman). Until I ended up locked into my apartment. Pretty scary for a minute there....

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Heat Your Home Addition with Electricity

  Adding a room to your home may be a dream come true … but trying to heat that same room can turn into a nightmare. You might or might not be able to hook up the newly added room to your current heating system with the help of round flexible ducting (you’ll need to install a wall vent in the home addition, of course). Even if you succeed, however, you could well find your furnace is inadequate to handle the increased demand. This problem is difficult to resolve short of buying a new furnace. So how about heating the new addition to your home with...

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The Ultimate Green Moving Guide

  Yes, it’s true. Pulling up stakes and moving is an awful lot of work. No matter how much you are looking forward to life in your new home, change is difficult and stressful. That doesn’t mean you should forget about your green goals, though. Minimizing the wear and tear on our planet when you move is really not so hard. Just follow some — or all — of these 10 tips for an eco-friendly move. Choose a green new home. There are so many environmentally friendly angles to focus on when selecting a new place to live. Perhaps...

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Remodel Your Only Bathroom: Maximum Gain, Minimum Pain

    Remodeling any part of your house has a well-deserved reputation as … shall we say … one of life’s more stressful experiences. This is especially true of a bathroom remodel, which demands a high degree of skill in a limited amount of space. And when the bathroom you’re making over is the only one in your home, it’s all the more nerve-racking. Here are our suggestions for getting the most out of the experience, while minimizing the disruption to your household. Choose the right remodeler. You’ll want have the job completed quicklyand professionally, so drop the idea of...

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Plan the Perfect Patio: What You Must Know

Yes, the warm weather will return … eventually. And in the meantime, you can keep yourself busy and happy dreaming of balmy days and evenings outdoors. If your summer vacation plans include a new patio, do your homework now. That way, you’ll be prepared with all the facts you need when it comes time to start the actual construction. Check out this must-know list of patio building basics. Location, Location, Location Here’s how to pick the perfect place for a patio: Give careful thought to what you and your family want most when it comes to open air living....

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How to Keep Your Home Warm When It’s C-C-Cold Outside

  Freezing weather outdoors … cozy and warm inside your home. For many folks, that’s a picture of the ideal winter conditions. Cranking up the furnace is one possible way to get that comfort you crave, but the cost, in terms of environmental impact and astronomical energy expense, is out of the question. There are plenty of simple ways, though, that you can stay pleasantly warm indoors while still being energy- and pennywise. Weatherproof your garage doors. If your garage serves as anything besides just a place to park your car — crafts room, office, or just general man...

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Guide to Mounting Your Flat Screen TV

  In the old days, it was easy. When your grandparents bought a TV, it came with its own little Mid-Century Modern stand. They could even roll the whole deal from one spot to another if they chose. But nowadays, televisions are no longer just a piece of furniture. No, plasma, LED, and LCD TVs are huge and hungry for space. (The largest to date is Panasonic’s gargantuan 152-inch flat screen.) How to mount your new flat panel TV in the best spot? Use our handy guide. Heat An extremely common location to hang a television is over the fireplace. While that may...

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Popsicle Stick Projects Are Not Just for Kids

Somehow it’s like asking which is your favorite part of an Oreo — the chocolate cookie layers or the white stuff in the middle. Popsicles have long been a childhood favorite, but whether you like them better for the frozen sugar water part or for the wooden stick depends on your POV. “Who would prefer the stick?” you might ask. Why, crafters and hobbyists, of course. Those flat sturdy sticks are perfect for building all manner of interesting things. But you don’t have to wait for a long hot summer and slowly save them up. Instead, you can purchase...

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