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Bob Vila is the home improvement expert widely known as host of TV’s This Old House, Bob Vila's Home Again, and Bob Vila. Today, Bob continues his mission to help people upgrade their homes and improve their lives with advice online at His video-rich site offers a full range of fresh, authoritative content – practical tips, inspirational ideas, and more than 1,000 videos from Bob Vila television.

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What's That Sound? 7 Creepy House Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

Houses groan, creak, and pop on a regular basis. Here’s how to tell whether that noise you’re hearing is something serious.

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How to Care for Your Lawn This Fall

While other times of year call for a fast-acting liquid fertilizer, it’s best to apply a slow-release granular fertilizer in autumn.


10 Projects to Do Before October is Over

Bob Vila recommends tackling these home tasks before the cooler weather really sets in.

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How to Carve the Best Pumpkin on the Block

To ensure your jack-o’-lantern is primed for Halloween, follow these tips.


How to Remove Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

Bob Vila answers a reader’s question about removing wall-to-wall carpeting.

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Getting Your Home Ready for Trick-or-Treaters

Consider these tips to ensure a fun and safe Halloween night.


Choosing the Right Rake for the Job

Autumn is here. Don’t forget that annual rite of yardwork passage: raking.

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Outdoor Lighting 101

Add beauty and security to your home exterior with planned landscape lighting.

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7 Steps to Closing Up Your Summer Home

Before departing for the season, there are a few essential things you can do to help protect your house through the cold months ahead.

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Making the Shift: Teen's Room to Guest Suite

At some point, you’ll probably want to convert your now-absent teen’s bedroom into a space you can use.

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5 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Jeff Devlin, host of DIY Network’s “I Hate My Bath,” shares the mistakes he sees most often and how you can avoid them in your home.

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11 Home Hazards to Avoid

To keep your home truly safe, be aware of these hazards and consider how they can be remedied.

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Staying Put vs. Moving Out: The Remodeling Dilemma

When the construction crew arrives, is it time to go? Experts and homeowners weigh the pros and cons.


How to Create a Pet-Friendly Home

From cat rooms to dog houses, here are some simple ways to keep pets safe and comfortable in your home.


Unpacking Tips to Maximize Storage in Your New Home

Taking time to develop a plan for your unpacking can definitely pay off in the long run.

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