Keeping your chimney clean and functioning properly is key to hours of family fun in front of a crackling fire.

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    A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost you a lot of money.

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    6 Home Problems Inspectors Hate to See

    Reuben Saltzman, president of Structure Tech in Minnesota, identifies potential home problems and what to do about them.

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    Why You Need to Check Your Chimney Before You Cozy Up to the Fireplace

    It's that time of year again! If you have a fireplace, here's a quick way to tell if your chimney...

    Fireplace Cleaning: When to Clean a Chimney Flue

    How often to remove creosote to prevent chimney fires and do a fireplace cleaning.

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    How to Clean a Chimney

    Cleaning tips for a wood-burning fireplace chimney.

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    While woodpeckers are easy on the eyes and favorites of birdwatchers, you really don't want them around your home. Woodpeckers...

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    No need for chemicals such as lighter fluid, start your grill with a charcoal chimney instead. Here's how to use...

    What is a Chimney Pot?

    Although the top of the chimney isn't often on your mind as you sit in front of a fire, you...

    Clay Chimney Flue Liners Make Great Planters

    To make these terra-cotta planters, go to a brick supplier and buy 3-ft. lengths of clay chimney flue liner.

    Chimney Maintenance

    Make your chimney last for decades with a few hours of simple maintenance

    Installing Chimney Flashing

    Leak-proof your chimney using this traditional, time-tested flashing method.

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    How to Install a Gas Fireplace

    Complete DIY instructions for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace

    Here’s How To Avoid Chimney Fires this Winter

    Here's How To Avoid Chimney Fires this Winter

    How Does Santa Get Into a House Without a Chimney? His Secret Key, of Course!

    Just over 40 percent of the homes in America have fireplaces, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. So...

    How to Replace a Rain Cap

    Keep your metal chimney dry

    How to Stop Chimney Water Leaks

    Stop inside-the-chimney waterfalls

    How to Handle Efflorescence on Brick Chimneys

    Moisture moving through bricks causes white mineral deposits on the brick surface and in the case of a chimney, it...

    How to Work with Scaffolding Safely

    How to rent, setup and use scaffolding when you have to work on your roof, siding or chimney.