Don't Try This At Home -7 Terrible Pinterest "Hacks"

You can learn a lot of helpful hints, tricks and hacks on Pinterest, but while there are plenty of great ideas available out there, the site is also loaded with a number of hoaxes, misleading instructions and more.

Leaving A Magic Eraser in Your Toilet Won't Clean It

Everyone would love a way to clean their toilets without scrubbing, but you can bet that if the cleaning industry doesn't offer such a solution that there isn't one out there. (Think about it, that would be a huge seller).

Putting a small square of Magic Eraser in your toilet overnight won't clean those rings and spots, but it will waste your money. If you hate scrubbing your toilet, buy some of those tabs you put in the tank or some Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel -you'll still have to scrub occasionally, but at least you can make it less frequent.

Don't Use Coke to Clean Your Toilet

There are a lot of websites that suggest using Coke in place of traditional cleansers for your toilet because the phosphoric and citric acids will break down any germs in your toilet. The problem? Well, the Mythbusters broke this one down and found it to be bunk, but even if it did work, this cleaning site reminds us that there are cleaners with both phosphoric and citric acids that are drastically cheaper than Coca-Cola.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Isn't a Miracle Pan Cleaner

A popular pin on Pinterest swears that a paste made between baking soda and hydrogen peroxide works as a "miracle" pan cleaner, but the sad truth is that it not only fails as a miracle, but also as a cleaner at all.

A Banana Won't Fix A Scratched DVD

Bananas are great -just not for fixing scratched DVDs or CDs. Again, I've tried this and had no luck, and neither did this blogger.

A Wooden Spoon Won't Stop Your Pan from Boiling Over

Here's one I've tested for myself and can assure you it doesn't work. Wonder How To actually explains the science behind this hack and how putting a wooden spoon over a pot of water about to boil over will only help for a minute before gettin your spoon covered in frothy boiled water in addition to your stove top -and eventually ruining your wooden spoon.

Mountain Dew Won't Make a Camping Lantern

There are so many glow-in-the-dark pin hacks out there. Unfortunately, just about all of them are bogus -especially those suggesting Mountain Dew can be made to glow so bright it can be used as a camping lantern. While there are a few recipes out there, they are all bogus and here is one test proving that the mixture doesn't glow at all.

Borax is Not A Natural Ant Killer

It seems logical that Borax would kill ants if they ate it and that ants might eat something with Borax in it if it also had sugar mixed in. Unfortunately, as this blogger demonstrates, it just won't work. The good news? There are dozens of other great things you can do with Borax.

Remember, just because someone posts a picture and claims it's a brilliant life hack doesn't mean it will actually work or save you any time. If you want some tricks that actually do work, check out this list of surprising cleaning hacks.

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11 of the Strangest (Both Good and Bad) Airbnb Listings

Airbnb is filled with some fantastic and nightmarish properties and some just plain weird ones. Here are a few of the strangest both on the good and bad side.

The All-In-One Apartment

This startlingly strange space no longer listed on the site looks ok at first glance, especially when you read the list of amenities. It's only when you notice the shower in the kitchen and, even worse, the toilet right beside the bed that you realize that something is just not right here. For $35 a night in Paris, it's a great deal -assuming you're comfortable smelling your own business after using the bathroom.

Steve's Backyard

This listing has since been pulled, but while live, a man named Steve offered the generous luxury of staying in his backyard. You had your option of pitching your tent in Steve's backyard for only $80 a night. Don't have a tent? Steve would even rent you one and give you breakfast for an extra fee. You even had access to his house bathrooms.

Jeff Goodby's Office Chair

You might not know who Jeff Goodby is, but he is famous for being the man who created the "Got Milk" slogan. Now you can rent his chair from 9-5 on Friday while Jeff is out of the office. What you do with that time is up to you.

The First Ever "Tesla Hotel"

"Cozy" might be the best term for this situation, but "comfy" or "affordable" it is not. This is Steve Sasman's Tesla ad he thinks it seems reasonable for people to pay $85 a night to sleep in his garage on the air mattress in the car's backend. As for amenities, Steve threw in access to satellite radio and a few battery-operated candles so you can really enjoy the camping experience.

A Van in NYC

Sure it might not offer a bathroom, but this van does promise guests a view -supposedly one of The Empire State Building. For only $28 a night (including a $6 cleaning fee), guests could stay right in Queens, close to Manhattan in a clean, warm bed -inside an inoperable van.

A Tent in Mountain View, CA

Only a block away from Google X, this impressive listing is only $46 a night. The only problem? It's simply a tent in someone's backyard. The listing was originally put up by John Potter, a freelance Web developer, who meant it as a joke but was shocked when people started lining up to book the space. He ended up removing the listing eventually when demand got too high.

1 Square Meter House

One thing this rental could never be accused of is having a misleading title. It is simply a 1 square meter dwelling with a nightstand and wifi. You can even carry your tiny home wherever you want. Best of all? It's by far the most affordable option in Berlin, going for only one Euro a night.

The Open Book

Ever wish you could operate a quaint bookstore in Scotland? Then here's your chance to pretend to own your own adorable bookstore while sleeping in the apartment upstairs. You'll have your own volunteer staff and in you'll need to commit to keeping the store open 40 hours a week and updating the blog, but how you operate things is completely up to you.

A Land Boat

Sure it's a boat, but it isn't floating on the water. This crazy property in Marina Del Ray, CA is totally grounded and entirely unique and located on the backend of a boat converted into an apartment building. Of course, if you want to be on the water, you don't need to go far since the land-based ship is parked only a block away from the beach.

A Floating House

Don't like the look of a boat but wish you could sleep floating on water? Then check out this full 2 bedroom home that floats along the waters of the famous Thames. Complete with a yard decorated with a dog house and real apple tree, this adorable floating home was part of a contest by Airbnb to drum up business in London.

A Night in the Catacombs

Not many people would fantasize about sleeping in the world's largest graveyard, but when it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of a Halloween contest, you can bet people were chomping at the bit to get their chance to stay in the Paris catacombs. Sure the space probably has rats, no heater and no bathroom, but when else will you get the chance to sleep in one of the world's creepiest destinations?

Of course, that's not the only time Airbnb has converted a surprising space into a once-in-a-lifetime sleeping space. They also did the same with Fenway Park, an Olympic ski jump and the home court of the Chicago Bulls.

There are certainly some strange listings on Airbnb, both good and bad. If you want to roll the dice and try one of the spaces for yourself, here's a $20 credit to get you started. Of course, if you prefer a more traditional hotel, here's our list of the most unique hotels in the world and another list of some of the strangest hotel rooms available.

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9 Surprising Household Uses for Everyday Foods

You might just be amazed at what kind of great cleaners you have hiding in your pantry and fridge. In fact, lots of foods double as helpful household products. Here are a few you likely have in your kitchen right now.

Tea is Perfect for Cleaning Wood Floors

Even if you're not a big tea drinker you should still be buying and brewing tea if you have hardwood flooring. That's because it makes an excellent floor cleaner that won't strip the wood of either its finish or its patina.

Walnuts Can Remove Scratches on Wooden Furniture

Simply rubbing the meat of a walnut onto a scratched furniture surface can easily hide the scratches from sight by adding a perfect layer of polishing oil to the damaged area.

Vodka is a Great Bathroom Cleaner

Vodka isn't just great for making cocktails where you can't taste the alcohol -it's also great for disinfecting and killing mold and mildew. That makes it an ideal bathroom cleaner. Use it on shower curtains to prevent mildew, use it on toilets and sinks to clean and sanitize, and use it to clean your floors completely.

Baking Soda Can Clean & Deodorize Your Microwave

You probably know baking soda is handy when it comes to absorbing odors in the kitchen, but did you know that microwaving a bowl filled with water and baking soda is a great way to deodorize and steam clean your microwave? Just wipe down the appliance after zapping the concoction for a few minutes.

Bread Makes a Great Wall Cleaner

Use some stale bread rolled into a ball on wall smudges and you'll soon realize they work almost as good as those fancy Magic Erasers -and for a fraction of the cost.

Peanut Butter Makes A Great Goo Remover

The oils in peanut butter are perfect for loosening up stubborn gunk like gum, label residue or other sticky messes. To use, just apply a thin layer of peanut butter to the affected area, let sit for 10 minutes and then return to scrape away the mess.

Mustard Can Remove Skunk Smell

Ran over a skunk or had one spray your house? Mustard powder and water can help -just be prepared to do a few coats depending on how bad your property was skunked.

Ketchup is a Great Brass Polish

You might not think of ketchup when you think "clean," but on brass and gold surfaces, the slight acidity and soft texture makes it a perfect polish. Just apply the ketchup to the surface, let it sit for a minute and then use a soft cleaning rag to remove the ketchup.

Flour Can Polish Stainless Steel

Kitchen appliances, sinks and all other types of stainless steel products can be easily polished up with nothing more than your basic baking flour. Just wash the item with regular cleanser and then apply flour and buff it out like you would with car wax.

Can't stop now? Well, we have plenty more cleaning ideas for bread, lemons, vodka, vinegar and salt in this cleaning hacks article -so get to your kitchen and break out some edible cleaning supplies already.

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8 Super Easy Halloween Decorations You Can Make Last Minute

We've been posting a lot of great ways to prepare for Halloween, but if you're a bit of a procrastinator, don't worry you still have time to get decorating. Here are some great ways to get your home ready for Halloween just in time.

Glowing Hands

Here's a creepy trick that looks cool but couldn't be simpler, just take a glass votive candle holder, put in a lit LED flameless tea light, put a rubber glove over the candle holder and then use a straw to inflate it. That's it! These cool hands can make a great addition to any Halloween party or outdoor cemetery display.

Floating Ghosts

Spooky ghosts in your front lawn can be easy and inexpensive to make. Just grab some Styrofoam balls, spray adhesive, garden stakes, black construction paper and light cotton cloth from your local craft store and follow this tutorial from Practically Functional.

Specimen Jars

It's insanely easy to make a cool collection of specimen jars for Halloween. Just round up some interesting items like toy snakes, plastic skeleton parts, cauliflower, vienna sausages, etc., and some old, empty bottles and jars with labels removed (I prefer mason jars, but just about anything will work). Put a few drops of food coloring into the bottom of the jar, drop your "specimens in the jars and then add water up to the rim and seal. You can choose to print out labels, distress them and attach them to the jars with Modge Podge for an extra spooky effect, but unmarked jars look plenty creepy too.

Specimen Wall

This specimen wall looks delightful and is a lot simpler to make than you might imagine. Just buy cheap plastic frames from the 99 cent store along with some fun, spooky specimens and then use a glue gun to put the specimens on the frames.

Bloody Towel

This spooky bathroom decor is as simple to create as you might imagine -just wet your hands in some fake blood and then use a white towel to wipe it away (use an old dumpy one or get a cheap one from your local 99 cent store).

Bloody Window Clings

You can buy pre-made window clings at the store, but this cool DIY can show you how to make your own custom  handprint clings with little more than saran wrap, glue and food coloring.

Plastic Pumpkin Tree Decorations

We're all familiar with the classic orange pumpkin Halloween pails, but the miniature versions make great decorations even if you aren't using them for trick or treating. Just tie the pails to your tree's branches and then put a lit flameless LED tea light on the inside.

Boarded Windows

A little cardboard, some paint and some tape are all you need to make your windows look like they've been boarded up to keep intruders out. Wiccan Make Some Too can show you how.

These aren't our only last minute Halloween decoration ideas, we have more from a few years ago. Of course, if you want to put in a little more time and effort but don't want to feel like your time is being wasted, here are some great decorating ideas that can work for Christmas and Halloween alike.

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17 Great Food Ideas for Your Halloween Dinner Party

We previously featured some great ways to decorate your table for a great Halloween dinner party, but if you're looking for some ideas on what to serve, we've got you covered on that end as well.

Frankenstein Dip

This dip is simply to die for -a layer of spinach and artichoke dips adorned with blue tortilla chips.

Spider Deviled Eggs

There are plenty of recipes for spider deviled eggs out there, but this one by The Hair Pin takes the idea to a whole new level of reality.

Batty Wontons

Wontons are always delicious, but they can also make a delightfully spooky snack when adorned with cream cheese, olives and pink peppercorns.

Spicy Bat Wings

There's nothing scary about boring old chicken wings, but serve them in pairs and call them bat wings and now you have a party appetizer worthy of a scream queen.

Monster Mucus

Possibly one of the most disgusting-looking foods on this list, but also most luxurious, this delicious treat simply takes two dozen shucked oysters and serves them in one laboratory tube for chilling effect.

Baked Brie Spiderweb

Not Quite Nigella has tons of Halloween recipes in this great party round up, but perhaps the most delicious and most spooky is this great spiderweb brie snack that seems deceptively simple to make.

Science Lab Dumplings

Served in a test tube and covered in a little chile sesame sauce, these pork and shitake dumplings look downright disgusting, but a quick review of the recipe will convince you that they are anything but.

Carrot Rice Balls

These cute jack-o-lanterns are made mostly with carrots and rice and decorated with black olives and green bell peppers.

Specimen Jars

These may look too real to want to spoon down your throat, but these sweet and savory specimen jars by Evil Mad Scientist Labs are actually entirely delicious delights perfect for any demented dinner party.

Meat Hand

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes make for a great main course and when it happens to look like a roasted human hand -all the better!

Rat Brownie Bites

These nasty treats are surprisingly tasty as they are actually brownies in disguise. Not Quite Nigella can show you how to make them for yourself.

Monkey Brain Cake

Sure it's inspired by an Indiana Jones film, but this terrifying dessert makes a great addition to any ghoulishly great dinner party.

Cake Ball Brains

Are your friends like ravenous zombies? Then load them up with their own private bloody brain. These great cake balls even feature the great effect of gooey cherry blood.

Zombie Brain Jell-o Shots

These delightful Jell-o shots combine the best of both desserts and cocktails with the flavors of raspberries, sweetened condensed milk and hazelnut liquor.

Bloody Syringe Drinks

It's always good to offer a special cocktail alternative for those that don't drink and even better when you can use the ingredients for other cocktails. By loading grenadine into syringes for Shirley Temples, you can also have them ready for tequila sunrises, just keep Sprite, orange juice and tequila on hand for guests to customize their drinks accordingly.

Blood of Vampires

This blood red cocktail is as beautiful as it is spooky and with the amount of booze it contains, it's sure to leave your guests with a haunted feeling the next morning.

Candy Corn Martini

With orange, yellow and white, this tasty cocktail looks just like a piece of candy corn -only drastically more tasty.

Want to put some pumpkins out for your party? Here are some fun and delightfully unconventional carving techniques you may want to try.

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7 Amazing Gravity-Defying Buildings

Some people prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, but sometimes people live with their heads in the clouds and these incredible architectural creations are the structural equivalent of the later.

The Balancing Barn, Suffolk

With 50% of this vacation home my MVRDV balancing off the ground, it's amazing the thing can stand, much less support the weight of furniture and a family. As if to prove just how sturdy the structure is, it even features a swing dangling from the far end of the home.

Sharp Centre for the Ontario College of Art and Design, Ontario

Set above the rest of the college like a table placed above a box, this incredible design college looks like it's walking around on stilts. Rod Robbieof Robbie/Young + Wright Architects and Will Alsop of Alsop Architects received all kinds of awards for this crazy creation so their vision certainly paid off.

Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Austria/Italy

The open-ended museum straddles not only the air and land, but also the Austrian-Italian border, making it a fitting tribute to its surroundings. The building almost looks like a natural feature, resembling a massive, blocky bolder eroded from the hill below after centuries of wear and tear.

Rohner Port Building, Rotterdam

The majority of this impressive building is completely off the ground, with little more than stairs connecting it to the world below. Baumschlager-Eberle constructed the unique design in order to maximize the land space beside the port while still offering the administration ample working space. As a bonus, if the land is flooded (which happens often in the area), the office inside remains safe and dry.

Cube Houses, Rotterdam

One of the most famous architectural attractions in Rotterdam, this crazy housing project features buildings with the tops of the homes turned 45 degrees from the ground. Dutch architect Piet Blom created a distinctive dizzying design that remains popular to this day.

Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Canada's famed stadium that almost left the city of Montreal bankrupt may be considered by many to have been a huge waste of money, but there's no denying that the structure is now one of the most iconic aspects of the Montreal skyline. In fact, the Montreal Tower beside the stadium is the world's largest leaning tower, reaching (and tilting) 575 feet in the air.

The Totally Tilted Apartment, Clermont-Ferrand

Of course, if you really want to defy gravity, it's hard to beat this completely vertical apartment floor plan created as an advertisement for Ikea. On the downside, you can't actually live there.

Love these crazy creations? Then don't miss our roundup of some of the weirdest buildings in the world and if you just want to live in the trees, you'll also enjoy our list of amazing tree houses for adults.

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8 More Horrifically Haunting Halloween Decorations

Last year we brought you 14 amazing Halloween decorations that might just give your trick-or-treaters nightmares. Because we just can't get enough creepy Halloween goodies though, we've collected a few more horrifically wonderful props to terrify more visitors this October.

Hunchback Skeleton

A step ladder with a paint shelf serves as the base for this surprisingly easy and entirely creepy prop. You can find an entire how-to on Haunt Forum.

Packing Tape Sculptures

The cool thing about this ghostly effect is that it requires little more than packing tape and a little clever lighting. The translucent body is a great way to add ghosts to your graveyard in no time and if you don't have the required mannequin form to make a full size one, you can even just use your own arms to form creepy ghost hands that come out of your walls.

Intricate Headstones

It's easy to get Styrofoam headstones at local retailers, but if you want something that doesn't look totally generic, try making your own. If you want to add a chillingly real accent, you can even use silk flowers with granite spray paint like this Halloween Forum user.

Creepy Crypt

Real graveyards aren't limited to just tombstones, they also feature creepy crypts. Now you can set your fake cemetery apart from the rest with a hauntingly real crypt adorned with the shape of a mourning woman.

Stone Gargoyle Columns

If you're going for a graveyard theme, you may as well make some creepy cemetery entrance columns. With this cool Instructable, you can make your own stone-like columns complete with gargoyles.

Hell Hole

It's always scary to see the dead crawl out of the grave, but when that haunted soul is actually crawling out of hell, that invokes a whole new level of terror. This terrifying effect is sure to scare the pants of your visitors.

Flayed Skin Tablecloth

Plenty of people wish they had more time to enjoy dinner with their families, but far fewer wish they had the chance to eat more meals with the family from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This tablecloth is sure to terrify your guests just as much as the iconic human-skin apron worn by Leatherface himself.

Boneyard BBQ

If a tablecloth of human skin doesn't seem quite cannibalistic enough for you, then you can always try roasting a human over a spit. This great tutorial from Yard Haunt can show you how to put the whole thing together -including a nice flame to roast your meal on.  

If this still doesn't satiate your Halloween DIY spirit, then don't miss our full Halloween archive where we have some great ideas ranging from pumpkin carving techniques to tastefully creepy table settings.

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11 Rugs to Set Your Home Apart

As The Dude can tell you, a good rug can really tie a room together. These fantastic floor coverings are a great way to add a little more personality to your home.

After Matisse

We love a good collection of colors and this wonderful rug that invokes thoughts of the great modern artist Matisse is adorned with a rainbow of hues.


If you prefer your colors in organized stripes rather than piles of squares, then check out this awesome Rosenberry Rooms rug.

Modular Masterpiece

No matter what size or color you need, EntreDesign can custom-make an impressive modular crochet rug for you out of recycled fabrics from the Portuguese textile industry.

Land Carpet

Most of us can't afford to fly every day, but if you just can't get enough of the views from above, you'll absolutely want to get your hands on these brilliant designs by Florian Puncher. You can even select a view from specific countries.

Worlds Apart

You don't need to invest in a telescope to enjoy the beauty of space -just incorporate this beautiful rug by 2SweetsHomeDecor into your space.

Space Invader

Of course, if you prefer to enjoy your views of space from an arcade cabinet, you won't want to miss this charming rug featuring everyone's favorite 8-bit alien.

Plush Tiger Skin

There was a time that having a dead beast on your floor was the epitome of masculinity. This charming plush tiger skin rug turns that idea on its head and makes it an ideal way to decorate a child's room.

Wooden Bear Skin

If you wish for your own fun hunting trophy rug with a more adult vibe, enjoy this amazing plush bear skin that looks hard wood floor.

Climbing Leopard

Diane Von Furstenburg knows her fans have a wild side, which is why precisely why she introduced this seriously cool leopard rug.

Monarch Fire

Few things are more beautiful than a migration of monarch butterflies and now you can enjoy the sight on a daily basis by bringing them into your home thanks to this rug by Alexander McQueen.

Shadow Steps

Learn to dance the tango while pretending to be on a beautiful cobblestone street in Europe at sunset thanks to this cool black and white design by A/R Design.

If you're looking for a great rug to welcome people to your home (and to wipe your feet on), don't miss our round up of geeky doormats.

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9 Fall Home Maintenance Musts

Summer is all but over and as we've all heard, "winter is coming." In order to prep for the upcoming cold weather, there are quite a few things you can do to prep your home and you'll want to start early so you don't have to do them when it's already freezing.

Do Some Yard Work

Autumn leaves are beautiful, but they can also create quite a mess. Rake up excess leaves and compost the leftovers and then mulch the majority of them to add nutrients to your lawn -you may want to sprinkle some over garden beds as well. Once all the leaves have fallen, don't forget to clean out your gutters and inspect them too.

When you're done mulching the leaves, it's time to move on to your garden. Remove the dead annuals and prepare your perennials for winter by adding a layer of mulch, making sure to leave the center of the plant clear to prevent rot. If you want to move your perennials, this is the perfect time of year to do it. Remember to plant or bring in any plants living in clay planters and to empty the dirt from those not in use because freezing temperatures easily crack planters filled with soil.

Lastly, trim your trees to avoid potential problems caused by falling branches during violent winter storms.

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Protect Your Equipment and Outdoor Furniture

Remove or cover any window air conditioning units and put a cover on central cooling units. Clean and then store outdoor furniture and grills or apply protective covers. Clean your mower, leaf blower and weed trimmer and drain the gas tank before putting them away for the season.

Consider Painting

Now that summer's humidity is gone and winter's freeze has yet to set in, it's a perfect time to paint. Even if you aren't considering a new hue, check exterior walls for peeling or blistering paint. If you notice any, you can repair the individual patches or decide to do your whole home anew.

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Insulate Your Space

Use a screwdriver around your windows and doors to check for damaged wood trim or weather stripping, then either replace it or use caulk to fill in the holes. Also caulk any air leaks and remove and replace any worn out old caulk. If any window frames are cracked or loose, call a window professional before the cold weather hits.

Switch out window and door screens for storm windows and doors -be sure to store the old screens somewhere safe and dry.

Check Your Heating Sources

Give your furnace a good once-over, checking the pilot light, vacuuming excess dust and changing the filter. If you aren't sure what to do or find a problem, be sure to call a professional to help you.

Next, clean your fireplace and buy plenty of firewood to keep your warm through those chilly winter nights. You may want to bring in a chimney sweep to make sure the inside is as clean as the outside.

Now that you have working heating methods, change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector or install one if you don't already have one. Furnaces and chimneys are great, but they also can be deadly if they leave your home full of dangerous carbon monoxide and without a detector, you may never know until it's too late.

Lastly, don't forget to change the direction of your ceiling fan to redistribute warm air that has floated up to the ceiling.

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Locate Your Snow Stuff

From warm clothes to snow shovels, you aren't going to want to hunt around for these things once it's already freezing outside, so locate them and put them in easily accessible locations for the upcoming winter.

Check Your Roof

Few of us give our roofs more than a passing thought throughout the year, but if it starts leaking, it may soon be all you can think about. Look for loose or missing shingles, cracked flashing, leaks, moss or mildew. If you aren't sure what to look for or notice any damage you can't repair yourself, a professional can help.

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Seal Your Driveway

Check your driveway for cracks. If you see any, clean them out, repair the hole with driveway filler and then apply a commercial sealer. Aside from making the surface look as good as new, this will also prevent further cracking during the chilly winter months.

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Go Shopping

Home maintenance isn't all hard work. September is the best time to go home appliance shopping since manufacturers release their newest models around this time of year, which means big savings on marginally older versions.

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This is also the perfect time of year to start getting together and building some epic Halloween decorations. If you really want to scare the kids in your neighborhood, don't miss these amazing over-the-top Halloween decoration ideas.

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8 Amazing Modern Castles

Many of us dreamed of living in a castle when we were younger, but then the reality of living in an old, drafty stone mansion set in and we abandoned those hopes. But not all castles are medieval relics. These beautiful modern structures offer the style and regality of a classic castle without denying their residents modern comforts.


Named for Louis XIV's extravagant palace in France, the Versailles of Kentucky is a perfect home for any American queen or king. Rex and Caroline Martin originally started building the castle back in the 60's, but after the two got a divorce, the property stayed empty until 2003 when it was turned into a B&B. Only a few years later, the elaborate (and entirely renovated) ten bedroom mansion was listed for a whopping $28 million.

Wing's Castle

Recently featured on American Pickers, this elaborate and artistic castle was the brainchild of totally untrained and inexperienced artist Peter Wing and his wife Toni Ann. The fairytale-like castle, and a second one operated as a B&B, remains under construction an amazing 40 years later.

The Alpine Castle

One of the most affordable castles on the list, this beauty was constructed by long-time resident John Pottenger who used only stone, wood and brick in the construction. The 15,000 square foot home features 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a wine room, a theater, a waterfall and a game room. The 4 acre property offers pristine mountain views, a guest house and a private manmade lake. Most impressive of all? The San Diego, CA property sold for just under $1 million in 2014 -a downright bargain.

Oak Brook Castle

This 2009 castle built in Oak Brook, Illinois can be yours right now for $4.2 million. The 5 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom mansion features stone, wrought iron, wood and brick detailing throughout the home with heated floors to keep you cozy. Within the home's 12,000 square feet are a game room, a theater, a gym, a wine cellar, a wet bar, a billiards room and more.

Moussa Castle

Moussa Abdel Karim Al-Maamari became fascinated with castles after helping his uncle renovate a classic castle. Not long after, he bought some property in the Shouf mountains of Lebanon and started building his own castle. The project took over 40 years and Moussa did almost all the work on his own, but in the end, his castle became a true tribute to medieval architecture complete with a moat, drawbridge and ramparts.

Conyers Farm Castle

With 12 acres of land, seven bedrooms, eight fireplaces, a library, tennis courts and more, it's no wonder this stunning castle in Greenwich, CT is selling for $13.5 million. As if the sheer size wasn't impressive enough, the building (still under 30 years old) was painstakingly renovated for the sale making the property as pristine as it is massive.

Eagle Castle

This California castle is perfect for those who love the style of a classic palace, but don't want all that extra space. The beautiful property houses a modest 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but if you're hoping the reduced space will result in a low price tag, think again -this Paso Robles, CA home listed for $5.9 million the last time it was on the market -when it was purchased by an aspiring winery.

Akimov Castle

Anatoly Galitsky originally dreamed of opening a fairytale-themed cafe to entertain children, but when he couldn't get planning permission to turn his property into a cafe, he instead constructed a residential castle. While all but one of the towers on the home are facades, the smiles on the faces of children and newlyweds who come to visit are most certainly real. Anatoly and his wife gladly offer tours and photo sessions of their house for free -they simply insist visitors call them Shrek and Fiona in return.

Can't get enough castles? Then check out this adorable castle-like tree house or the medieval game room in this list of epic man caves.

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