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Fix Dents in WoodLiving around a bunch of wood furniture or in a house with a hardwood floor means that dents and deep marks will eventually happen. But there's a novel way to remove those dents without resorting to power tools: a household iron. Put a little water in the dent, then lay a moist towel over the it. Heat up your iron and then move it over the towel in circles, pressing down on it for a few minutes. The heat and water should rehydrate the wood, allowing it to puff back up.

How to Cover Up a Ceiling StainHide tough ceiling water stains with a spray-on product called Upshot by KILZ. It’s blended to match an aged ceiling and even has a vertical spray tip, which makes installation a breeze. Lay a drop cloth on the floor and tape plastic on the walls before you spray.

Foam a Loose ShowerheadHere’s an easy home fix that can be used beyond the bathroom. Fix a wobbly showerhead, or any wobbly pipe, with a few squirts of expanding foam. The foam encases the pipe in the wall and locks it into place, eliminating the wobble, so your showerhead will work like new. Can you think of an easier home fix?

Real or Artificial?It’s the centerpiece of the biggest holiday of the year, the focal point for parties and presents. If your preference is a real tree, balsam fir trees have a stronger scent and stronger branches to hold your ornaments. Scotch pines, however, will hold on to their needles longer indoors while spruces have that desirable conical Christmas tree shape as well as strong branches.

If your choice is an artificial tree, think of it as an investment. Higher quality trees have branches that more closely resemble the real ones and last throughout the years. Look for an option with a strong stand and hinged branches for easy set-up and storage, you’ll be glad you did!

Check Your Christmas LightsAccording to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. Before you string lights on the house or the tree, be sure to inspect the strands to make sure there aren’t any frayed cords or cracked lamps. Replace any broken lamps and throw away strands with frayed cords. This will help prevent any accidental fires.

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