Laura Sullivan

Laura Sullivan

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Top Five Questions About Buying a Gas Grill

A gas or propane grill can be a big investment. And these days there are so many models and features to consider, it can be hard to know if you’re getting the right grill for your needs. Here are the answers to the top five gas grill questions customers ask us at The Home Depot. […]
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Make a Festive Metal Sign with Christmas Lights

This DIY metal sign is great for Christmas, or any holiday. With luminous white light bouncing off the reflective metal, this DIY metal sign with a holiday message is a polished, classy version of the Lite-Brite toy you played with as a child. With this simple project, it’s easy to customize your holiday message to […]
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Clean House: Red Wine Stains

Q: Party foul! My dinner guest just spilled red wine on my white wall. How can I keep the stain from setting? A: We tried out this cleaning tip for red wine stains — and it worked! In a glass or plastic bowl, mix together two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish detergent (the stuff […]
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DIY Lamp Made from Upcycled Bottle

  Rough industrial accents look great when pitted against plush, pillowed bedrooms. That’s why this simple DIY lamp looks lovely in this setting. It is just an old glass bottle and some hardware, collected from aisles of your local Home Depot that you don’t often meander down. (Hint: You’ll need to locate the electrical and […]
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Lead Paint Safety for Families and DIYers

We fawn over historic homes just as much as the next person. The high ceilings. The beautiful crown moulding. The grand staircases. But if your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance that it contains lead-based paint, and that’s why lead paint safety is so important. If these homes are not maintained and […]
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Clean House: Use An Electric Toothbrush for Cleaning Bathrooms

Q: When cleaning bathrooms, scrubbing the little crevices is one of my least favorite things on earth. What to do? A: Grab a bathroom cleaner—any one will do, but this tactic is especially useful with a anti-bacterial micro-abrasive bathroom cleaner—and then pick up a cheap electric toothbrush at a dollar store. You can also use […]
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Grill It: Grilling Safety Tips

Q: I’m kind of a klutz. What are some grilling safety tips? A: Two biggies that might defy commons sense with grilling safety: If the flames on your grill flare up when, say, a drip of fat falls on them, don’t pour water on them. Close the lid to cut off the oxygen supply instead. […]
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Clean House: Use A Cleaning Bucket or Caddy

Q: When I’m cleaning my house I end up walking back and forth from the supply closet about one hundred times. How do I minimize this—so I can get done faster? A: Try this cleaning tip from the professionals: A simple solution is to make a cleaning caddy or bucket with all of your essentials […]
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Grill It: How to Use Grill Vents

Q: I’m confused by these grill vents. How do they work again? A: Simply put, the wider you open up the grill vents, the stronger the fire—and thus the hotter your grill—will get. This is because oxygen feeds your fire. The more oxygen you let in, the hotter and more intense the flames and the […]
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Clean House: How To Clean A Dirty Shower Head

Q: My shower head has lots of build-up—and it’s kind of gross. How do I clean it? In most homes the shower head gets its fair share of use. Naturally, calcium and minerals will start to build up, especially if you’ve got lots of those elements in your local water supply. You may also get […]
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Inspired: Creepy and Colorful Halloween Decorations for Your Front Door

There always seems to be a fork in the (dark, spooky) road when choosing Halloween decorations. Do you try to lure the goths and the vampires with a macabre set-up that will make skin prickle? Or do you play to the pudgy pumpkins and bumble bees with a happier orange-and-black scheme? This pleasing front door […]
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Trick Out Your Tailgating Cooler With Wheels

When it comes to tailgating gear, aside from a good spot in the stadium parking lot, there aren’t many things more important than your cooler. When you need to carry your cooler any distance, though, you are quickly reminded of the sheer genius behind the invention of the wheel. So, let’s add some wheels to […]
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Clean House: Try this Trick for Changing the Vacuum Bag

Q: How can I change the vacuum bag without making a total mess? A: Changing out the vacuum bag is one of those tasks that often gets overlooked. But the longer you go without cleaning or swapping one out, depending on if you’ve got a disposable or reusable bag, the harder your vacuum’s engine will […]
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Grill It: Appetizers for the Grill

Q: What are some cool finger foods to toss on the grill? A: Maybe you’re having a grill party, but don’t have enough chairs to make it a regular sit-down meal. Or maybe you just want something nice for your guests to munch on from the grill before the eating gets serious. So it’s good […]
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10 Things Every Tailgating All-Star Needs

If tailgating were an Olympic sport — and, really, why isn’t it? — then the Tailgating All-Star is definitely taking home the gold. This pro is lounging in his outdoor couch, mister on in the summer months and portable heater kicking in the winter. The All-Star doesn’t just come with a grill, he comes with […]
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How to Make a Chalkboard Paint A-Frame Sign for Tailgating

If you need to keep tabs on wins and losses, shout out a major victory or just let everyone know the “daily specials” that will be rotating on the grill, the sandwich board sign with chalkboard paint is a simple DIY solution that great for a tailgating get-together. Follow these step-by-step instructions for a hardworking, […]
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Grill It: How Many Gas Grill Burners Do I Need?

Q: What the deal with the gas grill burners? How many do I need?  A: Burners are, of course, only relevant to those who have a gas grill since charcoal is charcoal is charcoal. Having more burners means that you will have a more “diversified” grill—in other words, you can cook different items at different […]
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Clean House: A Dusting Trick

Q: As I move around the room dusting, I feel like I undo my earlier work with, you guessed it, more dust. How can I avoid that? A: You’d better believe that pro cleaners have a game plan for how they move through the house. A dusting strategy, if you will. Move around each room in […]
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How to Make a PVC Flag Pole and Custom Flag for Tailgating

  Give your tailgating camp a true mark of distinction—and make sure your friends can find you as they file into the party—with this do-it-yourself PVC flag pole and custom flag. We made a stencil with our very own logo using a simple computer printout. You can get crafty customizing your own tailgating logo—so let […]
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10 Things Every Tailgating Rookie Needs

If you’ve ever seen a massive, logo-plastered tailgating RV wheel into the parking lot unloading smokers, tents, TVs and more, you know that tailgaters are a dedicated bunch. And we love them for it. But if you’re just getting started, we have the top 10 tailgating essentials to get the pre-game party started. Gather these […]
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Clean House: Garbage Disposal Trick

Q: How can I keep my garbage disposal from being so stinky? A: You can definitely use a solvent-based drain cleaner, which will clean, degrease and deodorize. A fresh citrus scent is a bonus. Another DIY solution is to make your own citrus cleansing cubes for the disposal, a little trick we picked up from […]
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Grill It: Grill Accessories for a Newbie

Q: I’m getting a new grill! What tools do I really need to get the job done?  A: Grill accessories are where it’s at! Clear a drawer in the kitchen or grab a new plastic tote because you are about to get accessorized. The essential grilling tool that you can’t live without is a wide […]
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Clean House: Use a Pillowcase to Clean Ceiling Fan Blades

Q: When I clean my ceiling fan dust flies everywhere. How can I avoid this? A: Yes, cleaning ceiling fan blades can cause a big mess. This is especially annoying if you notice those gross fan blades after you’ve already thoroughly scrubbed everything down and the house is sparkling. We love this idea: Spray the […]
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Grill It: When to Close the Grill Lid

Q:  When do I close the grill lid? A: Such a simple thing that creates so much consternation. And doing it halfway will likely result in an item that’s half as good as you want. No bueno. First, if you’re grilling anything with indirect heat, you’ll be keeping the lid closed. That means you’ll be […]
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Clean House: The Dreaded Bottom of the Trash Can

Q: The bottom of my trash can gets moldy, smelly and just plain gross. How can I tackle this cleaning job? A: After spraying the can down with a hose outdoors or in your bathtub, try this simple trick: Give the trash can a spray inside and out with a cleaner designed for spot-treating pet […]
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Grill It: Get Perfect Grill Marks

Q: How do I make perfect grill marks?  A: Start with a super hot grill with super clean grates, oiled if necessary. (Don’t skip this step.) With attitude, place your meat or vegetable of choice on the grill, diagonal to the bars. Once you’ve got a nice sear going, turn the items one quarter clockwise […]
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Grill It: Propane Vs. Natural Gas

Q: What’s the difference between propane and natural gas? A: As you might guess, natural gas comes from underground petroleum deposits. It’s captured as-is and sent to your home, usually through a piping system that’s run by a local utility company. Propane, on the other hand, is another type of natural fuel that goes through […]
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Grill It: Grilling Without a Grate

Q: Can I grill without a grate? A: Grilling without a grate is possible—and in some cases, you might even prefer it. Steal this nifty idea that we learned about in Steven Raichlen’s seminal work The Barbecue Bible for grilling skewered items: Grab two bricks or pieces of paver stone from your local Home Depot store. […]
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Real Stories, Real Doing: Amazing Wedding Photos Shot in a Home Depot Store

When Jessica Olds, then Jessica Elder, was getting ready for her wedding in Cocoa Beach, Florida, she did what any bride would do: Check the weather. A lot. After the ceremony at Riverside Presbyterian Church, the plan called for the wedding party to walk across the street to the beach to have portraits taken. But […]
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Grill It: Can I Re-Use My Marinade?

Q: Can I use my leftover marinade to baste my meat? Or is that a no-go for safety reasons? A: As a rule of thumb, a marinade that has come in contact with any raw meat should not be used to “baste” any meat or veggie later for food safety’s sake. One simple way to […]
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