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Garden chores for the dog days of summer

August is a hot, miserable time of year — in my opinion anyway. Plants struggle with the heat and lack of rain, pets migrate with the shade in the yard, and we quickly move from air conditioned vehicles to air conditioned buildings.

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Home Fix: How important are yearly termite inspections?

Q: We have lived in our older (80-year-old) home for over 30 years. We've had yearly termite inspections with only clean reports. How important is it to keep up with yearly inspections? The cost now tops $300 annually and includes basically a 15-minute flashlight check of crawl space and basement. How likely are we to develop termite problems at this point in the life of this house?

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How to keep your home from looking dated

Trends happen to the best of us, as they should. Everyone should relish the style of their current era, live in the moment and make memories in their own heyday. Unfortunately style isn't eternal, and sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home (or how few trends you fall for), your interior decor becomes dated, and the look you once loved doesn't work as well.

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Plumber: High hopes for low-height toilet

Q: Dear Ed: I am a loyal reader and remember an article from the past about toilet tank height. I have a very old low-profile toilet and above the tank is a built-in cabinet with drawers and storage. I cannot remove the cabinet without going into a remodel of my bathroom. Do they still make toilets with very low tanks? Please help, the old toilet is leaking on the floor!

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Fountains make a splash

Fountains have been around since Roman times. In the ancient world, they were purely functional, employing springs or aqueducts to provide water for drinking, bathing and cleaning to even the smallest villages. Modest, centrally located and fed by gravity, public fountains were the focus of a simple communal existence.

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Style at Home: 3 looks we love for fall mantels

As a chill enters the air, the days grow a bit shorter and the fall colors begin to appear everywhere you turn, it's time to layer up your fireplace mantel with a drop-dead gorgeous fall display. Here are three of our favorite looks to inspire you as you decorate your home for fall.

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A home with whimsy to spare

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A giant neon bowling-alley sign is the shining North Star of Rod's Enatai neighborhood. (As in, "Hang a left after the giant neon bowling-alley sign.") You can see how that might happen: The thing is 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, nice and high in the living-room window and - repeated for emphasis - neon.

Videos

How to plant a simple garden

T’s European editor Rita Konig shares her add-as-you-go strategy for building a backyard oasis.
The New York Times
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