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Project Lab: Can a jigsaw compete with a CNC plasma cutter? Making the DiResta portable bandsaw stand

Do you really need to spend thousands of dollars on a CNC plasma cutter to make intricate cuts in hard steel? Andy investigates. Read more



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Blood ties

For some there was something more powerful than the prospect of a cheap house to entice them -- like DNA and ancestry. Read more

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Overcoming stereotypes

While Tabbone may have found the process relatively simple, things have been less smooth sailing for New Yorker Kenny Sanchez, who purchased a home in Zungoli, Campania earlier this year. Read more

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Holiday escape

Morgane Guihot, who hails from near the city of Nantes, France, was among the first buyers to snap up the €1 deals being offered in Mussomeli, a beautiful town deep in the heart of Sicily where narrow, ancient streets cluster around a crumbling hilltop citadel. Read more

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Act now to eradicate mosquito hangouts

Wet springs are a boon to garden plants but also create a lot of watery nooks for mosquitoes to breed. The voracious skeeters need ridiculously little moisture to reproduce, so take time to wander your estate to look for any sources of standing water, no matter how small. Read more

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Encourage stink bug doom with nectar-producing plants

Is there anything more frustrating than an army of shield-shaped stink bugs sucking the strength out of your tomatoes or zucchini? One day your plants look healthy, and the next they are decimated by this aptly named garden pest. (One good squish and you’ll know what we mean.) Read more

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Protect monarchs with native milkweed

Monarch butterflies are fussy eaters that dine only on milkweed, so to boost their dwindling numbers, gardeners have been busy sowing milkweed plants in their yards. Now there’s news that some milkweeds are more hindrance than help, according to Ron Vanderhoff, general manager of Roger’s Gardens nursery in Corona del Mar and a board member of the Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Read more

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Life hacks: 10 secret Amazon Prime benefits you may not know about

Want an iPhone for just $5 a month? Or do you need some tips for taking full advantage of your Amazon Prime account? Here's some help. Read more

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These people bought $1 houses in Italy. Here's what happened next

Catching up with some of the pioneering buyers who did what most of us have only been willing to daydream about to discover whether it's be… Read more

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5 items you should never leave in a freezing cold car

With much of the country experiencing cold temperatures this week, it appears some special precautions are in order. Here are a few items t… Read more

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It seemed like a deal too good to be true. A new house -- and potentially a whole new life -- for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar. Read more

CHECK THE FUEL LINE

One insider tip for making sure your gas line is uncompromised is to brush the outside of the gas tubes with soapy water and then run the gas. If you see any bubbles along the tubes, there are leaks and the tubes need to be replaced. If you see bubbles where the tubes connect into the grill or gas tank, these might just need tightening. Read more

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2) A Bit of Blue

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3) Balance It Out

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