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What to know before you have a plumbing emergency

By Tribune News Service
Before an emergency, establish a connection with a highly rated local plumber. Find your home’s main water shutoff valve. Quickly turning off water to your ...

Homework: Some tulips offer scent in spring

By Tribune-Review
Tulips may be planted in fall, but they are the floral harbingers of spring, providing brilliant bursts of color in otherwise-drab surroundings. But a few ...

Historic North Side bed-and-breakfast Boggs Mansion up for sale

By Bob Karlovits
When department store owner Russell Boggs built his North Side mansion in 1888, he probably never thought of it as a business site. But since ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Nov. 23

By Sam Spatter
$3.5 million Property sold: 1139 Pin Oak Drive, New Castle Seller: Casco Associates Buyer: Tryko Partners, Brick, N.J. Details: A 184-unit complex consisting of one-, ...

Real estate notes: New ‘spec’ office building going up Downtown

By Sam Spatter
• A 300,000-square-foot “spec” office building will be built along Fort Pitt Boulevard, Downtown, on the parking lot behind the One Smithfield office building by Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services. The building will offer Class A space and will ...

Iggy Azalea, Swaggy P buy Selena Gomez house in Tarzana

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Rapper-model Iggy Azalea and the L.A. Lakers’ Nick Young, also known as Swaggy P, have bought singer-actress Selena Gomez’s house in Tarzana ...

Moon woman awarded with Pennsylvania honor for garden

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Ellen Northy has been gardening for 27 years, since she and her husband, Bill, moved to Moon. A native of Arizona, Northy said she loved the ...

Many Pittsburgh-area artists take well-paying commissions to fund own work

By Alice T. Carter
When Lynn Epstein and Craig Otto set out to renovate the kitchen in their Bellevue home, they wanted a different look for the tile backsplash ...

Fall’s bounty at Pittsburgh auction houses extends to sales

By John Altdorfer
Local auction houses serve up a bounty of sales with offerings that include rare coins and currency, as well as art from the founder and ...

Homeowners warm to double-oven’s practicality

By Bob Karlovits
Bob Kelly of Fox Chapel says he knew he was “tired of the juggling game” as soon as he had his first double oven. It ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Nov. 16

By Sam Spatter
$1.95 million Property: 15030 Perry Highway, Marshall Seller: Charles R. and Donald W. DiPietro Buyer: Alphaville LLC Details: 26.8 acres of raw land, with ...

Real estate notes: New Meadows hotel to open in March, links to casino

By Sam Spatter
• The 155-room Hyatt Place hotel, being constructed by Pittsburgh-based FFC Capital through its Meadows Hotel Associates subsidiary, is on track to open in March, the developer said recently. Christopher Dixon, FFC vice president of asset management, said a topping-off ...

For $2.25M, you can live like Jason Bateman

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Actor Jason Bateman and his wife, Amanda, have listed a house they own in Hollywood Hills West at $2.25 million. The Midcentury ...

Shadyside Splendor house tour benefits Pittsburgh Symphony

By Mark Kanny
A magnificent portion of Pittsburgh’s rich architectural legacy will be seen from a personal perspective when six historic homes in Shadyside open their doors as ...

Homework: New holiday LEDs offer millions of colors

By Tribune-Review
Single light bulbs that hold three LEDs — red, green and blue — are the secret behind a new category of holiday lights that offer up to 16 million color combinations. Known as RGB lights, they can be dialed up or ...

2014 was ‘Year of Green,’ with new seeds, success

By Jessica Walliser
The 2014 gardening season seemed to be a real “Year of Green” in my vegetable garden. I grew some new-to-me herbs and vegetables that produce ...

Pfeifer: Protect your family from risks of radon

By Ed Pfeifer
By now, we all are aware of the dangers of smoking, especially its direct link to lung cancer. In fact some of us, me included, were lulled into a false sense that only smokers develop the dreadful disease. So imagine my ...

How to prevent and escape fire

By Tribune-Review
As the weather cools and the clocks are turned back, it’s a good time to assess your household’s plan for preventing or escaping a fire. After all, the months from November to March annually see the most U.S. home fires. U.S. ...

How to prepare an amaryllis for a Christmas time show

By The Associated Press
Ready, set, go. Just as soon as you have new amaryllis bulbs, pot them up, and in a few months, the spectacular, colorful trumpets will unfold. With luck, you’ll have blooms by Christmas time. Keep cool. Amaryllis bulbs flower ...

How to prep your pipes for winter

By Philadelphia Inquirer
Let’s talk about how to prevent pipes from freezing and then bursting as the temperature rises. While more energy-efficient construction reduces the chance of frozen pipes in newer homes, there are no guarantees. • Locate the water lines that are running ...