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Quieter Power Blowers

Posted: 09/03/2010 - A power blower can be a quick way to clean up your yard, but your neighbors probably hate the noise. Many municipalities restrict when you can use blowers and how loud they can be.

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No Permit Leads To Failed Inspection

Posted: 08/17/2010 - Jim and Adaphine Robinson of Fremont are in their 70's and relied on a contractor to keep a roof over their heads.

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Best ADHD Treatments

Posted: 08/09/2010 - Close to four and a half million children suffer with Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. Consumer Reports surveyed parents whose children have this condition and can offer advice and treatment options for families dealing with ADHD.

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Best Cameras For Video

Posted: 08/09/2010 - More and more people are using their digital cameras to shoot video. These days nearly every camera has this capability, according to NPD, a market research firm. But Consumer Reports finds some cameras deliver much better video quality than others.

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Better Gutter Guards

Posted: 08/09/2010 - Cleaning gutters isn't just a nasty job. Working on a ladder can be dangerous. Some 200,000 people a year land in emergency rooms with ladder-related injuries.

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Challenging Your Property Taxes

Posted: 08/09/2010 - With home values way down, Consumer Reports says you may be paying more in property taxes than you need to.

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Comfy Walking Shoes

Posted: 08/09/2010 - When you want to get up and go, a walking shoe can help you do just that-comfortably, you hope. Consumer Reports just sized up 25 pairs of walking shoes, including five that claim to tone your legs.

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Dangerous Dietary Supplements

Posted: 08/08/2010 - Americans spend more than 26 billion dollars on supplements-vitamins and herbs they hope will keep them healthy, fight disease, and improve memory, among other things. But the makers of dietary supplements don't need to prove their products can do any of those things.

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Poor-Performing Air Purifiers

Posted: 08/08/2010 - Air purifiers can remove smoke, dust, pollen, even pet dander from the air-if they work. Consumer Reports just tested nearly two dozen portable ones and found not all deliver as promised.

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Greener Dishwasher Detergents

Posted: 08/08/2010 - Phosphates help everyday cleaners get the dirt out. But when they reach fresh water, they're harmful to fish and plant life. More than a dozen new state laws sharply limit phosphorus in dishwasher detergents.

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Fuel-Saving Tires

Posted: 08/08/2010 - Who doesn't want to save money at the pump? Now tire manufacturers say they can help. Some are manufacturing low-rolling resistance tires that claim to be more fuel efficient.

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Finding "Lost" Money Is Easier

Posted: 07/29/2010 - It's tantalizing-the idea that you could have money that's sitting around just waiting for you to claim. There are, in fact, nearly 33-billion dollars in unclaimed assets being held by states and other agencies.

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3-D Everywhere

Posted: 07/29/2010 - When it comes to 3-D, movie theaters move over. Consumer Reports has the lowdown on this quickly-evolving technology.

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Tiny Batteries Pose Deadly Danger

Posted: 07/29/2010 - Tiny batteries are used in more and more products. And toddlers are swallowing them. Consumer Reports cautions the consequences can be deadly. There are reports of 3400 children swallowing batteries in the last year.

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Money-Saving Multivitamins

Posted: 07/29/2010 - Americans spend some five billion dollars on multivitamins every year. But a new survey from Consumer Reports National Research Center finds around half of the multivitamin users polled weren't sure they were taking the right one, and they're worried about contamination.

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Induction Ranges For Fast Cooking

Posted: 07/22/2010 - Replacing old appliances is a great way to update your kitchen without having to do a complete renovation. New ranges promise faster, more foolproof cooking at a lower price. Consumer Reports tested more than 50 to see which ones deliver.

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Nail Gel Danger

Posted: 07/22/2010 - Now that it's summer you might be tempted to try a fresh, new way to beautify your nails. Nail gel is the latest thing. It reportedly doesn't chip as easily as nail polish alone and is often billed as a "more natural alternative" to acrylics.

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Organic Produce That Pays Off

Posted: 07/15/2010 - Sales of organic food are on the rise-hitting nearly 25 billion dollars last year! The largest growth was in sales of organic fruits and vegetables. Buying organic means you generally do pay a premium.

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Problem Dishwashers

Updated: 07/15/2010 - Today's dishwashers are more energy efficient. But finding one that's very good at cleaning, reliable, and affordable isn't easy. Consumer Reports just tested more than 50 dishwashers.

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Shaking Out The Sodium

Posted: 07/15/2010 - Americans eat too much salt, and most of it comes from restaurants and processed foods. Some companies are lowering the sodium in popular products like ketchup, but Consumer Reports says if you really want to cut back, you need to be a salt savvy shopper. Here's how.

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Phone Bill Scams

Posted: 07/15/2010 - A new form of an old scam is rearing its ugly head. It's called cramming. Consumer Reports says it could be happening right under your nose and costing you money.

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Slimming Jeans

Posted: 07/05/2010 - Nine out of ten women own at least one pair of jeans. And more than half say that they have trouble finding a pair that fits, according to a survey from Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine.

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High-Interest Checking Accounts

Posted: 07/05/2010 - Interest rates are lower than they've been in almost 50 years. So how do you get your money in the bank to grow?

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Better Bikes

Posted: 07/01/2010 - With a tough economy and gas prices on the rise, it's no wonder bicycles are big business. The bicycle industry had more than five billion in sales in the U.S. alone last year.

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Stopping Vibrating Washing Machines

Posted: 07/01/2010 - Sales of front-loading washers are up. They can save you energy but some also have a problem. Their superfast rotation speeds can make them vibrate violently. Consumer Reports just tested devices designed to stop all that vibrating.

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