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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Granite Tile Countertop

Solid granite countertops are hugely popular, and for good reason: they are beautiful, sturdy, and natural. However, they are also expensive and nearly impossible for a do-it-yourselfer to install. Installing granite tiles, however, is well Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

Planting Groundcover in Early Spring

Groundcovers are a living carpet of plants that cover the ground, hold the soil in place, and are often used where other plants don’t do well. They can be herbaceous or woody and grow in full sun to full shade. Some can take light foot Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Backup Power Systems

Do you live in an area prone to power outages? Are you tired of being cold or hot, or dealing with being "disconnected" after ice storms or wind storms? A backup power system can keep your home powered up regardless of external Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

What is Pollination?

Many recent books about pollinators read like entomology textbooks or native-plants-only manifestos. They don’t always take into account gardeners’ busy lives or everyday gardening realities. Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Is There a Urinal in Your Future?

Sustainability is the name of the game today. How are we going to keep moving forward without using up all our resources? And of course, for everyone who lives in the American West, water is what it's all about. Are we missing a relatively Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Soundproofing a Room

There are many reasons to soundproof a room, basement, or garage. Noisy hobbies like woodworking, the more and more common home theater or gaming den, the thudding of your runner on a treadmill, and simply a desire to crank the volume to 11 Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Grow Moss: Tips for Terrarium Gardens

In addition to their versatile shapes and sizes, terrariums can feature a beautiful array of plants, from dainty ferns and fascinating air plants to miniscule succulents and eye-catching tropicals. One of the main characters in many Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Make a Snowflake Fossil

Part of a snowflake’s captivating beauty is its fleeting nature: a snow crystal forms and disappears in the blink of an eye. While this poetic impermanence is a lovely parallel to the nature of snow—and seasons, in general—there’s a similar Read More

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Farming + Rural Living
Farming + Rural Living

The Farmall Tractor: Production During World War II

As World War II dawned on the horizon, innovation of the tractor made tremendous strides and the Farmall evolved even more rapidly, including one of its best-selling models: the 1939 Model H. In its fully updated and expanded second Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Compression Shutoff Valves

An important feature of your home's plumbing is the shutoff valve. Shutoff valves allow you to turn off the water supply to individual fixtures or areas without turning off the main line shutoff. Every fixture in your home should have its Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Malt Grains for Homemade Beer

As authors Wendy Tweten and Debby Teashon so perfectly state in their new book, Gardening for the Homebrewer: brewing and gardening are good companions. After all, both are natural forces set into motion, then guided by the human hand. Read More

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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

Barnyard Kids: Raising Rabbits

Raise your hand if you know—or are!—a kid who likes animals. And keep your hand in the air if that kid would love nothing more than to raise farm animals! Kids all around the world are responsible for raising and caring for the farm Read More