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Angie's List: Proper Fireplace Maintenance TipsIf your fireplace and chimney haven't been inspected recently, it can be an accident waiting to happen - even if yours burns gas instead of wood.
Consumer Reports Investigates Tire Tread-Wear ClaimsConsumer Reports tested the tread life of 47 tires — two samples of each — to check tread life claims by manufacturers.
Consumer Reports: Should You Buy An Ultra HD TV?Consumer Reports seeks to answer if now is the right time to purchase an ultra high-definition television or hold off.
Consumer Reports: Apple Laptops Least Likely To Have Problems With AgeIf you have an older laptop, prepare for it to stop working. Consumer Reports’ latest survey found that laptops more than three years old are much more likely to break.
Consumer Reports: Cutting Teen Car Insurance CostsGetting a driver’s license is a big milestone for teenagers and their families. But along with that is the worry of rocketing insurance premiums.
Angie's List Highlights Current Bathroom TrendsYour bathroom can say a lot about you as a homeowner. Angie's List has a look at some of the current trends that are here to stay.
Angie's List: Tips For Hiring Right Contractor The First Time Talk to homeowners who've remodeled and most may tell you how hard it was to find the right contractor or provide stories about what went wrong.
Retailers, Consumers Don’t Always Agree On Definition Of “Lifetime Warranties”When you buy something with a lifetime warranty, you might expect it's going to last a lifetime, but customers and retailers don't always agree on the definition of "lifetime.”
Consumer Reports Tests For Best & Safest Vinyl FlooringVinyl flooring is long-lasting and inexpensive, but there have been a lot of questions lately about the safety of it.
Consumer Reports Issues Safety Alert For Ground BeefAmericans eat a lot of ground beef. Last year, we bought more than 2 billion pounds of it in supermarkets and big-box stores. But that hamburger you’re grilling could contain harmful bacteria, and unless you cook it thoroughly, it could make you sick.
Consumer Reports Tests For Best DehumidifiersIf you need a dehumidifier, now is a good time to buy one. The new federal energy standards mean dehumidifiers use a lot less energy than they used to.
Consumer Reports Tests Best & Worst Ways To Keep Mosquitoes AwayLots of products claim to protect you from pesky mosquitoes. But many of them contain chemicals you don’t necessarily want to spray on yourself or your kids.

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