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Trends for Today’s “Smarter” Home Sunrun, a leading home solar company in the U.S., today announced a partnership with home design expert Genevieve Gorder, and real estate experts Drew and Jonathan Scott, to show homeowners how connected technology is increasingly influencing trends in home design, energy consumption and ultimately, property value. The home design TV stars will spend the summer illustrating how consumers can leverage the latest connected technologies to maximize the aesthetic and financial value of their homes. As part of the partnership, now through July 11, homeowners can visit www.sunrun.com to enter for a chance to meet Gorder…

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Deer are beautiful animals, but they can wreak havoc on your yard, especially in the spring and summer months. When spring arrives, deer begin roaming the land more freely for food, which includes eating the plants in your yard. Deer love to taste plants, whether they are tasty garden fruits and vegetables or decorative shrubbery. They will take a bite of a plant just to see if they like it. The problem is that they pull new plants out of the soft ground, whether they like them or not. This destroys your plants and keeps the deer coming back for…

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Spring is in full swing and summer is near, which means that all your friendly little neighborhood bugs and insects are coming out into the world to enjoy the warm weather. This can be very daunting as you try different ways to eliminate them. But before you extinguish as many as possible, make sure that you are leaving the “good” bugs alive and well in your garden, yard and bushes. There are quite a few of these positive-impacting bugs that can actually help you out by eating their harmful peers and positively affecting your garden’s ecosystem. Ladybugs The ladybug, otherwise…

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I’ve often wondered why a creature as beneficial as the spider looks so horrific. Whenever I encounter one, the feeling of revulsion is often followed by an immediate need to find a sound-hearted sole to take it outside and far away from me. However, the reality is that spiders are extremely helpful critters, especially in our homes. They control the populations of other bugs such as mosqiutoes, ants, flies and gnats that can be a nuisance inside. And outside, they protect our gardens from aphids, mites and beetles. Just a few of the thousands of types of spiders are considered…

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When we think of pests, most of us think of the ubiquitous presence of ants, roaches, poisonous spiders, rats, mice and, of course, termites. On top of that, there are many other critters that are considered pests depending on your environment and your attitude. In the desert, for example, we have had rattlesnake problems, scorpion infestations and even geckos. In cities, certain birds such as pigeons and starlings are considered pests. In some places of the country, pests include alligators, bats, geese, coyotes, deer and rabbits. It doesn’t matter how beautiful your home looks from the outside if it could…

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Bugs are pests not because they’re tiny, and not even because they like to hang out in packs. Bugs are pests because they hide. They’re sneaky, and they know how to make themselves scarce. But if you know how to root them out and find their hiding places, you can get rid of bugs in your home and garden areas. Bed Bugs One of the most high-profile home pests are bed bugs, properly known as Cimex lectularius. That’s Latin for get out of my house. That’s a jest, of course, but it’s no joke that you don’t want bed bugs…

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Here on DoItYourself.com we enjoy providing a place where home improvement novices and experts can come together to share ideas and advice. Inside our Forums, users can browse threads to see what exchanges are taking place on a topic of interest or start their own dialogue by posting something for the community to take part in. With over 250,000 members and counting, this resource is quite active so each week we highlight one of the conversations that may just help you with that next DIY project. Different sized holes in your drywall require different solutions. When you’ve done something you…

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You would be hard-pressed to find a DIYer without a can of this in their garage or tool kit. WD-40 is known as the “can with a thousand uses,” and for good reason. The lubricant displaces water and penetrates oil, making it perfect for everything from greasing hinges and removing sticker residue to loosening stubborn hardware. Created in 1953 by a chemist who wanted a product to prevent corrosion, the ingredients remain secret to this day….

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After 18 some-odd years of feeding and housing a child until they finally leave the nest and go off into the world, parents can have a variety of different reactions. Parents with only one child may be tempted to keep their son or daughter’s room exactly as it is, but the majority who have more than one child and are not quite so sentimental about the former living space may want to convert that room into something they can actually get use from. There are a number of things to be done with this newly unoccupied room. One that may…

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Father’s day and graduations have been lumped together by the marketers of family dinners and retail knickknacks, but as a dad of a recent grad, I saw the team-up as an opportunity for imparting some fatherly survival advice (or delivering what could be my last lecture). As you graduates leave the nest and have to fend for yourselves, there are a few simple tasks you should know how to perform so when problems arise you can handle them without paying someone to do them for you. Just knowing you have these tools at your disposal will help you face unfamiliar…

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