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Matt Schmitz

VIDEO: Your Ceiling Fan May Be Turning in the Wrong Direction!

Changing the direction of your ceiling fan as the seasons change helps keep your home more comfortable while conserving energy and saving money on your utility bills. And doing so is as easy … as it is breezy. Watch this video to learn how.

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Team eLocal

Should You Tip Your House Cleaner?

You may wonder if you should tip your cleaner after they’ve finished tidying up your home. The answer to this question depends on the types of services you're requesting.

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Michael Franco

Hit the Deck! How to Clean Decking

Keeping your deck clean is important — both in terms of aesthetic appeal and increasing its longevity. Here's what you need to know about deep-cleaning your deck.

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Michael Franco

Why Did My Air Conditioner Freeze? (And What Can I Do About It?)

Sometimes, your AC unit can freeze, causing it to malfunction and potentially suffer damage that can not only hurt your physical ease, but your financial comfort as well. Here's how to fix this issue.

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Michael Franco

How to Get Spots Off Your TV

We all want a couple of bright spots in our day — just not the kind that appear on our TV screen. If your TV has spots, here's what you need to know.

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Michael Franco

Why Does My Dishwasher Smell?

If your dishwasher smells, it usually means that grease and food particles are trapped somewhere in the unit. Here's how to de-stink.

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VIDEO: Know Your Android or iPhone Smartphone's Serial Number? You May Need It!

If you need to have your smartphone serviced or repaired, you may be asked for the serial number. Do you know your phone’s serial number? Of course you do, right? It’s 2, 4 … niner … OK, well, what ultimately matters is that you know how to find it. Watch this video to learn three ways to find the serial number on your iPhone and three ways to find the serial number on your Android smartphone.

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Lauren Leazenby

VIDEO: Got a Recalled Product in Your Home? Here's What You Should Do...

You saw it in your news feed, and now you’re panicking a little: One of the products in your home has been recalled. That can be pretty jarring to hear. You may use the product every day, and you had no idea it might be dangerous. So what should you do if you find out you’ve got a recalled product on your hands? Watch this video to find out.

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