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Thursday, March 25, 2010 01:49 pm

Bright ideas for spending your tax rebate: on your new home

 So, you’ve closed on a home and that federal first-time homebuyer’s tax credit should be coming your way soon. Now what?First of all, realize it might take several weeks for the tax-...
Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:58 pm

Popular incentives for first time and ‘move up’ homebuyers end April 30, 2010

The warm prospect of more affordable home prices, attractive mortgage rates and a stable economy will likely draw more real estate shoppers to the market this spring. But it’s the opportunity fo...
Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:55 am

From clueless to homeowner

Considering the available incentive programs, low interest rates and low home prices, the number of first-time homebuyers in the market has increased to approximately 47 percent, up by more than 10 pe...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 04:54 pm

A programmable thermostat helps keep heat in balance

During winter and summer, it is difficult to keep all the rooms comfortable for my family. They are either too warm or too cool, and it varies throughout the day. What is my best option to fix this? ...
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 08:26 am

Ways to camouflage defects in a plaster walls

Our house has plaster walls with many minor cracks. Is there a special paint that will camouflage these cracks? I can’t afford to replace the walls. Texture paint, a heavy-bodied paint that lea...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 11:38 pm

Don’t rely on price as an indication of effectiveness

I need to get a room air cleaner for my son’s allergies. I see advertisements on television for expensive ones with no fans and others called “HEPA.” How can I tell which air cleaner...
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 05:25 am

Stoves that rely on wood-pellet or corn fuel are energy efficient

I use my fireplace for extra heat, but it is a hassle. I am considering getting a corn or wood-pellet stove instead. Are they energy- efficient and low-maintenance? What are my options? A wood-pellet...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 01:51 pm

Readers suggest cats, duct tape, and glue traps

Untitled Document A recent item on dealing with an infestation of crickets in a basement brought so many ingenious tips from readers that the subject seems worth a follow-up. ...
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 03:14 pm

When windows aren’t enough, try fans, air exchangers, or “fresheners”

Dear Gene: My townhouse sometimes has a stale odor. I can’t open the windows for ventilation because they have no screens. What do you suggest? I would certainly take steps to install screens i...

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