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Angie’s List: Avoiding Roof Repair Rip-Offs

Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your roof. Heavy snowfalls, gusting winds, torrential rains and extreme temperatures all take their toll over time.

04/09/2015

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Consumer Reports: Your TV Can Spy On You

It’s likely you don’t think you’ve invited a spy into your home when setting up a new TV. But new Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs can record and share everything that’s viewed, whether it’s a broadcast or something streaming from the Internet. And some smart TVs can even track what DVD you’re watching.

04/06/2015

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Angie’s List: Custom Closets – Not Just For TV Housewives Anymore

They used to be reserved for houses of the rich and famous, but customized closets are one of the hot-ticket items for remodelers this year.

04/02/2015

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Consumer Reports: Costco Or Sam’s Club, Which Is Right For You?

If you don’t mind giant sizes and you have room to store boatloads of things such as paper towels, warehouse clubs are a popular shopping option.

03/31/2015

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Angie’s List: Sounding The Alarm On Home Security Systems

Recent FBI statistics reveal that nearly 9 million property crimes take place in the United States each year.

03/26/2015

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Consumer Reports: Best Portable Phone Chargers

Nothing says misery like being out and about, away from a power source, and your phone goes dead. Lots of companies are tapping into that fear, producing products for portable power.

03/18/2015

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Angie’s List: What To Do & Not To Do After A Traffic Accident

Cars crash every day. If injuries are involved, emergency responders are the first to be called. But what if it’s just a minor mishap that’s more inconvenient than life threatening?

03/12/2015

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Consumer Reports Rates Top Interior Paints

A fresh coat of paint can give any room a simple, spring makeover. Where it gets complicated is choosing the paint. Home improvement stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot stock not only different brands of paint, but even varying grades within brands.

03/11/2015

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Consumer Reports: Best Smoke & CO Detectors

There are basically two types of fires: smoky, smoldering fires that are best detected by alarms with photoelectric sensors and fast fires with flames that are best detected by alarms with ionization sensors.

02/27/2015

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Angie’s List: How To Survive A Remodeling Project

Contractors tell Angie’s List that 2015 is going to be a busy year for home improvement.

02/26/2015

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Class Action Lawsuits Filed Over Front-Loading Washer Woes

It’s supposed to make your life easier. But, your washing machine could be making a mess of things.

02/25/2015

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Angie’s List: How To Deal With Sensitive Teeth

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Especially if you have sensitive teeth.

02/19/2015

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Angie’s List: How To Deal With, Or Avoid, A Squirrel Invasion

You know how nice it is to have a warm home to go to when it’s cold and nasty outside?

02/12/2015

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Experts Detail Ways To Effectively Complain To Companies

When Angela Thompson bought her husband a tool chest from Sears, she had no idea the ordeal that was about to begin.

02/09/2015

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Consumer Reports Calls Sprint’s “Cut Your Bill In Half” Deal “Complicated”

A new promotion by Sprint aims to lure customers away from other carriers, but is it too good to be true?

02/05/2015

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