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How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

A great coat of house paint is an investment that can protect your home for a decade. But proper planning, tools, and skills are necessary to ensure everything goes right. Here is our guide to painting your home exterior. (Hint: It's a lot of prep!)

10 Hiking Essentials to Gear Up for Spring

It's the time of year to hit the trails and enjoy the great outdoors. But what apparel, tools, and emergency supplies do you need to stay safe and comfortable while hiking?

Save Money With These 5 DIY Car Repairs

Wiper blades, motor oil, fuses: these and more can be replaced or repaired cheaply and easily without a trip to the mechanic. Check out what tools and parts you'll need, plus step-by-step guides for each task.

8 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn't Do Yourself

Retaining walls, overgrown tree limbs, and lead-based paint are all home projects that require serious attention. But cost, difficulty, and danger could require professional help.

Get These 8 Things to Help Prepare For Emergencies

With much of the country under snow (including some regions that barely see an inch), now is a good time to review what you need to prepare for unexpected extreme weather, car breakdowns, and other emergencies.

Tools You Should Always Have in Your Car in Case of Emergency

It's a cold, windy, and slushy winter day, so of course that's when your car decides it doesn't want to operate properly. Are you prepared for a flat tire or a dead battery? How about a loose screw or a blown fuse? Now is a good time to make sure you've got the tools you'll need to deal with minor car troubles. We've compiled this list of the best tools and supplies you'll want to keep in your trunk.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December

You may have skipped Black Friday, but you still need to buy holiday gifts. Maintain lots of holiday cheer by shopping wisely with our December buying guide. We've pored over the extensive DealNews archives from years past to guide you in your quest for the most savvy purchases in December.

Kmart Black Friday Ad Analysis: Tablet Deals Worth Waking Up For

Kmart isn't playing around with Black Friday this year. Boasting the earliest Thanksgiving opening time at 6 am, Sears' sister store is intent on holding a 42-hour Black Friday shopathon. But will the deals be worth ditching your turkey dinner to stand in line? We examined the leaked Kmart Black Friday ad to find out.

11 Things NOT to Buy on Black Friday

Make no mistake: Black Friday will be full of killer deals. But while stellar sales on wine and cars may surprise and delight you, there are some items you shouldn't even bother looking for. Whether it's furniture deals you should have grabbed in the summer or gift cards that'll be cheaper in December, read on to discover the product categories that Black Friday forgot.

Black Friday Home Goods Predictions for 2014: Fill Your House With Deals

The Black Friday season is an excellent time to score deals on electronics of all kinds, and we're not just talking about TVs and laptops. You'll find everything from large appliances to kitchen electrics to power tools included in Black Friday ads, with doorbuster prices that beat anything we'll see the rest of the year. Read on for our in-depth analysis of the best Black Friday Home Goods deals.

Get a Jump Start on Preparing Your Home and Garden for Fall

With its brisk weather and colored leaves, fall is a beautiful time of year. But if you're not prepared, the cold air will soon invade your home, and those lovely leaves can make a mess of your gutters and yard. Make sure you're equipped for those upcoming fall chores with these tips and tools.

All of Our Tools & Hardware Buying Guides, in One Place

DealNews is always bringing you the best tool and hardware deals; and now, we've compiled all of our tool-buying guides into one place. Whether you want to know more about drills, ladders, or an emergency automotive kit, check out our tools and hardware hub.

Power Tools for the Garden: From Chainsaws to Leaf Blowers

Who doesn't love a beautiful lawn with perfectly uniform grass immaculately manicured? These outdoor landscapes involve hard work, planting, cultivating, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. Fortunately, we live in an age where power tools can alleviate some of the hard work necessary to bring about a handsome garden and lawn.

How to Be Prepared for a Power Outage: Provisions and Preparations

With air conditioner season arriving in parts of the country, blackouts could be close behind. Be prepared for a power outage with these supplies and provisions.

Green Thumb 101: The 10 Essential Tools to Get Your Garden Growing

For those with green thumbs, there's nothing quite like getting one's hands dirty and planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables to mark the beginning of spring. But for the newbies, we've compiled a list of 10 essential gardening tools, along with some deals that will leave plenty of room in your budget for seeds and plants.

Shopping for Dad is a Pain: Our Awkward Father's Day eCard Guide

Father's Day is right around the corner on June 15, but we're betting you still haven't found a gift. Because dads are notoriously hard to shop for, we've made some Father's Day eCards (with a little help from Awkward Family Photos) to point you towards the perfect gift.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's certainly not lacking in savings. You might not score as big of a discount as you would prefer on a Valentine's Day gift, but this month you'll find deals on several necessities like winter coats and tax software. We've sorted through our archives of sales, coupons, and daily deals to find out what the best and worst things are to buy in February.

How to Choose the Right Generator for Your Home & Tailgating Needs

Owning a portable generator is a great investment for dialing up the quality of your tailgate party with video and audio on a sumptuous widescreen TV, or just being prepared for winter power outages. But generators come in many shapes, sizes, and (most importantly) price points. Thus, we've created a helpful guide to picking a portable generator.

Best Cyber Monday Tools: $175 off a Storage Chest, Mechanics Tool Set for $85

Ready to do a few DIY projects? Check out these Editors' Choice Cyber Monday tool deals. Grab a 192-piece mechanics tool set for only $85, save $66 on a miter saw, or pick up a selection of hand tools for $2 each.

Best Black Friday Tools: Drills & Saws from Sears & Home Depot

Check out these Editors' Choice Black Friday drills, saws & screwdriver deals that would make Tim Allen giggle. But be quick! These in-demand deals have a habit of disappearing.

A Techie's Top 5: A Gaming Editor Dishes on His Favorite Gadgets

Contributing Joystiq editor Mike Schramm was formerly a senior editor at WoW.com, and was one of the founding editors of Massively. Today, we're grateful to add Schramm to our ongoing series, a Techie's Top 5, to see what gadgets this gamer can't live without.

Finally! Proof That It's More Cost Effective to Grow Your Own Roses for V-Day

If you're like us, then every time Valentine's Day comes around, you think: "Hey, I wonder if I could save money over the course of, let's say, 50 years if I just grew my own roses instead of shelling out $60 each time for a bouquet!" Well we decided it was finally time for this age-old theory to be put to the test.

Men Will Spend $176 This Valentine's Day, Women Will Only Spend Half That

While money can't buy you love, it can certainly buy a very romantic night out. Valentine's Day spending is expected to only modestly increase this year, but that still amounts to a staggering $18.6 billion total. Here's how Valentine's Day breaks down by the numbers.

What to Expect from Presidents' Day Sales

Presidents' Day is coming up, and many consider it to be the retail industry's first major sales weekend of the year. But what kind of deals will we encounter next week? We combed through our archives of Presidents' Day bargains from last year to offer some guidance for 2013.

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret

The Black Friday ads for Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret have leaked! While Tommy may offer some pretty choice discounts, the promotion from Victoria's Secret leaves us feeling underwhelmed. However, a look into our archives suggests that the lingerie store may offer something better come Black Friday, anyway.

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Harbor Freight Tools Offers Decent Deals

As the Black Friday season ramps up, dealnews will be analyzing every Black Friday ad we come across, separating the bad deals from the good, and in the process letting you know which sales are worth your time. Today, we cross-examine the 2012 Harbor Freight Tools Black Friday ad. And as it turns out, there are many notable items, including a slew of products that are less than last Black Friday.

Video Review: Does Cheap Ghost Hunting Equipment Really Work?

Worried that you might have a ghost, but think ghost hunting equipment is too expensive? Who ya gonna call™ to get the best bets for budget bustin'? dealnews, of course. In this video, our resident spirit-finder, Jeff Somogyi, reviews and gives you tips on several pieces of equipment that every "real" ghost hunter should have.

The Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo Is Back with 5 More of His Favorite Gadgets

Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo is back with five more of his favorite gadgets. This week, he gives us the low-down on a must-have series of laptops, solar lights, and even a plush teddy bear speaker that dances as it plays music.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012

This month's buying guide offers advice for shoppers during a month in which many sales may seem better than they are. So in order to protect your wallet and spend your money wisely, be sure to read through our July buying guide and shop smart this month.

The Right Father's Day Gifts for Every Dad

Not all Dads are created equal. Some play golf, others watch baseball. Some like to cook, others prefer fine dining. Some wear suits, some don sweats. But no matter what kind(s) of Dad(s) you've got in your life, Father's Day is that one day a year where the man who has everything deserves a little something more.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June

June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year, so you have even more time to shop! But what should you buy now and what should you avoid? We searched through dealnews' extensive archives of deals to sort out fact from fiction when it comes to getting the best deals in June.

10 Cool Tools for Father's Day

Father's Day is just a few weeks away, and don't you want to bring a smile to your old man's face when he opens up the gift from you? Luckily, most guys are relatively easy to buy for; a new tool usually does the trick. We've compiled a list of 10 cool tools (at a variety of price points) that should delight the shade tree mechanic, the woodworker, or the ardent do-it-yourself on your list this year.