| Dec 23, 2013
| 12:30 PM
So-called "vampire" TV set-top boxes that devour more power than some refrigerators are on their way out -- at least, most of them are.
Big cable and satellite TV providers and their manufacturing partners have agreed to curtail energy-hungry boxes for...
| Jul 24, 2013
When you think of KitchenAid, chances are the first thing that comes to mind are their iconic stand mixers in an array of brilliant colors. KitchenAid introduced its heavy-duty mixers in 1919, and ever since they've been known as solid kitchen workhorses....
| Aug 6, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Working in the yard, running, playing softball ... summertime activities can turn you into a sweaty, dirty mess. Not only you, but your baseball cap as well.
So how do we clean it?
Some caps are made to be washed; other cheap versions are hardly worth...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Maintenance emergencies seem to happen at the most inopportune times.
The boiler conks out during the coldest day of the year. A frozen plumbing pipe bursts on a holiday. The 25-year-old roof sprouts a serious leak just as the reserve account was...
| Sep 1, 2013
Sick of $450-a-month gas and electric bills for their Baltimore County rowhouse, James and JoAnn Allis replaced their old, inefficient air conditioner. And their windows and doors. Then they added insulation in their home's many leaky spots and coated...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:32 AM
If your car's air-conditioning system blows only warm air on hot days, it's probably because it is low on refrigerant, and the most likely cause is a leak somewhere in the system. Though many vehicle owners think they need to......
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR TIM: Many roofs in my neighborhood, mine included, are covered with black streaks. What's causing this to happen, and can the roofs be cleaned? I'm able to walk on my asphalt shingle roof with ease, but am afraid of hurting the shingles by cleaning...
| Jul 26, 2013
Cleaning in most homes concentrates on kitchens and bathrooms. But what about the room with a car? On top of dirt and debris from the street, garages are often the most used entrance, and may include a washer and dryer, recycling bins, a home shop, and...
| Sep 17, 2013
Q: How can the home cook make gelato?
—Jack Kane, Chicago
A: Yes, the home cook can make gelato. The process is pretty much the way you'd make ice cream at home. Just follow the instructions that come with your ice cream maker.
| Sep 26, 2013
| 2:49 PM
NASA engineers have built a device that uses radar to detect heartbeats in the rubble of collapsed buildings, with technology typically used to explore other planets. The FINDER device, developed with the Department of Homeland Security, could help...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Gung hei fat choy! That's the traditional Cantonese greeting (roughly translated as, "Wishing you great happiness and prosperity!") heard in midwinter with the arrival of the Chinese New Year, a lunar holiday falling this year on Sunday, Feb. 10.