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Lawn Strategies for Less Grass and More Free Time

Having a verdant lawn around your home is pleasing to your eyes but may not be so pleasing to your backs, legs and sweaty brow! We’re exploring the options you have for ditching the mower, or at least limiting the amount of time you devote to lawn care so you have more free time. Start working with your natural environment instead of fighting it to create a lovely look for your property.

Busy Family Makeover

We’re talking to an Interior Designer who has chosen to enlarge her family’s home in place instead of moving to a larger one. She expanded the home by almost 75% and kept living in the neighborhood she and her family loved. She tells us how.

Zinsser Odor Killing Primer

The smell of a dank, mildewed basement or a floor that has gone to the dogs, odor-wise, can now be banished with this effective odor-barrier paint from Rustolum. Lou explains how easy it is to freshen your living and storage space in this segment.

A Fire in Your Home: Things You Should Know

A fire can be one of the most costly and devastating things to happen to a family. Besides the obvious losses to the home, there’s the real risk of injury and death. Find out exactly how deadly a fire in your home can be, and learn the steps you need to take before a fire strikes to make sure you and your loved ones all make it out alive.

Resources for escape plans and fire prevention:

National Fire Prevention Association:

US Fire Administration

Common Voices

National Fire Sprinkler Association & Members

Etched Glass

We show you how to make elegant etched glasses for entertaining without spending a lot of money. You can easily personalize your next event or romantic evening together.


This is a great tool for traveling, hiking, large crowds or rock concerts! You can communicate on your cell phone with family and friends even if the Wi-Fi signal goes down. Watch this segment to see how it works.

Ask Lou Episode 169

Do you have a DIY or home improvement question? Well, go ahead and just Ask Lou.

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