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Angie’s List: How To Properly Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

In today’s Angie’s List report, how to avoid those dreaded clogs by properly using and maintaining your garbage disposal.

07/02/2015

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Consumer Reports Issues Word Of Warning About Rent-To-Own Stores

Looking for an affordable way to buy that new refrigerator or living room set? Shopping at a rent-to-own store may seem like the best option if you’re short on cash. But, Consumer Reports warns that some of those so-called deals could end up busting your budget.

06/30/2015

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Consumer Reports’ Tips For Better Audio On Cell Phones

For many people, trying to hear a cell-phone conversation can be challenging. In Consumer Reports’ tests, no cell phone has received an excellent or even a very good rating for voice quality.

06/26/2015

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Angie’s List: How New Floors And Amenities Can Turn Your Garage Into A Party Palace

It’s graduation season, but hosting a large gathering in a small space can be tough. If you can’t add on to the back of your house, maybe upgrading the garage is the answer.

06/25/2015

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Consumer Reports Rates Best Water-Saving Appliances

This summer brings with it lots of hot weather, and in many parts of the country continued drought. Forty states now expect water shortages over the next decade.

06/23/2015

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Consumer Reports: Top-Rated Facial Sunscreens

Sunscreens will help keep you from wrinkling. Consumer Reports tested six facial sunscreens. They contain the same active ingredients as regular sunscreens, but they’re made to be lighter and less greasy and they cost more per ounce.

06/19/2015

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Angie’s List: Investing In Solar Energy

Brett Johnson loves his home and plans to be in it the rest of his life.

06/18/2015

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Angie’s List: Carpet Cleaning Tips From An Expert

Have you ever tried to clean coffee out of your carpet? How about wine or even blood? It’s no easy task.

06/11/2015

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Consumer Reports Issues Recommendations For Push Mowers

Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other retailers. Its testers have pushed them more than 50 miles to help you find the best mower for your yard. They rated each mower on how well it can cut in different modes — mulching, bagging, and side discharging.

06/05/2015

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Angie’s List: Protecting Your Dog From The New Flu Strain

A new strain of flu is affecting thousands of dogs all over the country. At least six in the Chicago area have died.

06/04/2015

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Angie’s List: Sod Or Seed For Lush, Green Lawns?

Everyone wants a lush, green lawn. But, what’s the best way to achieve it – sod or seed?

05/28/2015

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Angie’s List: Patios And Decks

New home buyers are looking outdoors when house hunting, so having a great deck or patio is important when trying to sell.

05/21/2015

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Coffee Crud: Harmful Bacteria Found In Coffee Makers

Millions of Americans wake up each day and enjoy a cup of coffee. But, you may be getting more than just caffeine.

05/18/2015

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Angie’s List: Tips For Choosing A Storage Shed

This week’s Angie’s List report offers tips on choosing a storage shed.

05/14/2015

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Consumer Reports Tests Safer, Effective Insect Repellents

Mosquitoes and ticks are a nuisance, but even worse, they can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme. Now, some types of those insects are responsible for carrying new diseases — chikungunya and Powassan.

05/13/2015

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Does It Really Do That?

Some of those infomercials that you see on TV make certain products look like things you just can’t afford to live without; but do they really live up to all the hype? Before you invest, […]

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