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Home Fix: How important are yearly termite inspections?

Q: We have lived in our older (80-year-old) home for over 30 years. We've had yearly termite inspections with only clean reports. How important is it to keep up with yearly inspections? The cost now tops $300 annually and includes basically a 15-minute flashlight check of crawl space and basement. How likely are we to develop termite problems at this point in the life of this house?

Travel

Ghirardelli Square circles back with a high-end style

A relentless icy wind swept in from San Francisco Bay, blowing away the fog to reveal the 19th century three-masted schooner C.A. Thayer anchored offshore. Farther out, Alcatraz Island was circled by seagulls and besieged by an armada of tour boats plowing through the chop.

Home & Garden

How to keep your home from looking dated

Trends happen to the best of us, as they should. Everyone should relish the style of their current era, live in the moment and make memories in their own heyday. Unfortunately style isn't eternal, and sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home (or how few trends you fall for), your interior decor becomes dated, and the look you once loved doesn't work as well.

Home & Garden

Plumber: High hopes for low-height toilet

Q: Dear Ed: I am a loyal reader and remember an article from the past about toilet tank height. I have a very old low-profile toilet and above the tank is a built-in cabinet with drawers and storage. I cannot remove the cabinet without going into a remodel of my bathroom. Do they still make toilets with very low tanks? Please help, the old toilet is leaking on the floor!

Home & Garden

Fountains make a splash

Fountains have been around since Roman times. In the ancient world, they were purely functional, employing springs or aqueducts to provide water for drinking, bathing and cleaning to even the smallest villages. Modest, centrally located and fed by gravity, public fountains were the focus of a simple communal existence.

Travel

Follow Beatrix Potter through Britain's Lake District

When I was a little girl, my grandparents gifted me with a beautiful set of Beatrix Potter books for Christmas one year. I could barely wait for everyone to finish unwrapping presents so that I could sneak off to my room with my treasure. The first Potter story I read on that long ago Christmas Day was "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher," about a determined frog whose fishing trip turned out to be not quite what he expected.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: 3 looks we love for fall mantels

As a chill enters the air, the days grow a bit shorter and the fall colors begin to appear everywhere you turn, it's time to layer up your fireplace mantel with a drop-dead gorgeous fall display. Here are three of our favorite looks to inspire you as you decorate your home for fall.

Home & Garden

A home with whimsy to spare

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A giant neon bowling-alley sign is the shining North Star of Rod's Enatai neighborhood. (As in, "Hang a left after the giant neon bowling-alley sign.") You can see how that might happen: The thing is 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, nice and high in the living-room window and - repeated for emphasis - neon.

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Domino's test new drone pizza delivery

Pizza chain Domino’s aims to become the first company in the world to operate a commercial drone delivery service, through its New Zealand operation. Domino’s partnered with Australian drone company Flirtey for a trial delivery in Auckland with the goal of starting commercial deliveries later this year.
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Domino's test new drone pizza delivery 1:03

Domino's test new drone pizza delivery

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Local chefs workout together in the Get Fit Challenge

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Gloria Estefan, husband unveil Estefan Kitchen Express at MIA

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Zapping Zika fears during pregnancy