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Building Codes Getting Tougher in Effort to Save Energy

Adding insulation to a home's ceiling

In Ohio, the standard for basement insulation has been raised from R-10 to R-5. Image: Katie & Ian/Flickr

New building codes promise energy savings for home owners, which offset the homes’ often higher price tag. Would you buy a new or existing home? Read More

A Splinter-Free Deck for a Carefree Summer

An old deck in need of treatment

Avoid splinters by properly maintaining your deck this summer. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

Splinters from decaying decks are downers. Here’s how to stop — and recover from — a deck attack. Read More

Turn Off the Video Games and Turn Your Kids into Nature Reporters

Boy using binoculars as a nature reporter

What to do with the kids during the summer? Consider turning them into nature reporters! Image: North Cascades National Park/Flickr

When your kids whine, “I’m borrrrrred” during school breaks, sign into plant and animal tracking websites and teach them about nature. Read More

Black & Decker Coffeemakers Recalled, Citing Cut, Burn Hazards

Recalled coffeemaker

These Black & Decker coffeemakers are being recalled because the handles can break easily. Image: CPSC

Black & Decker under-the-cabinet coffeemakers are being recalled because coffee pot handles can break and cause burn and laceration injuries. Read More

Yikes! Asbestos in the House! What to Do? (Closed)

Abating asbestos in the Curbly home

The discovery of asbestos threw a wrench in Bruno's remodeling plans. Image: All image in this blog post courtesy Curbly

Our intrepid guest blogger and rehabber Bruno Bornsztein must make a big decision when he finds asbestos behind the walls of his century-old fixer-upper. Comment for a chance to win $100! Read More

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