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  • Green guide to 8 common construction materials

    Green guide to 8 common construction materials

    Are you planning to build, remodel, or renovate a house this year … or maybe even just daydreaming about it? If that's the case, then you will want to read through...
    Are you planning to build, remodel, or renovate a house this year … or maybe even just daydreaming about it? If that's the case, then you will want to read through this listing of...
  • 6 faqs about precast concrete walls and fences

    6 faqs about precast concrete walls and fences

    The cost is low and the quality is high. It's fast, easy, and uncomplicated to install, yet it is amazingly durable, long-lasting, and simple to maintain. We're talking about...
    The cost is low and the quality is high. It's fast, easy, and uncomplicated to install, yet it is amazingly durable, long-lasting, and simple to maintain. We're talking about precast concrete...
  • Buy or rent a home? 10 points to ponder

    Buy or rent a home? 10 points to ponder

    "Buy as much house as you can afford and work hard till you pay it off," went the traditional wisdom of your parents' or grandparents' day. In the 21st century, things are...
    "Buy as much house as you can afford and work hard till you pay it off," went the traditional wisdom of your parents' or grandparents' day. In the 21st century, things are different. There is...
  • Shed, barn or gazebo repair: shabby to shipshape

    Shed, barn or gazebo repair: shabby to shipshape

    April is the month to spring into action and get your property in shape for the long-awaited warm weather (yay!). Summer means lots of different things to different people, but whether you...
    April is the month to spring into action and get your property in shape for the long-awaited warm weather (yay!). Summer means lots of different things to different people, but whether you are...
  • Find laminate flooring with low vocs

    Find laminate flooring with low vocs

    Dangerous volatile organic compounds, aka VOCs, are not something you want in your home. Because these chemical compounds have a very low boiling point, large numbers of their molecules...
    Dangerous volatile organic compounds, aka VOCs, are not something you want in your home. Because these chemical compounds have a very low boiling point, large numbers of their molecules will...
  • Paint or stain to preserve the beauty of your porch?

    Paint or stain to preserve the beauty of your porch?

    There's a great debate going on when it comes to the finishing process for common outdoor wooden structures. Should you use paint or stain to keep your deck, fence, or porch...
    There's a great debate going on when it comes to the finishing process for common outdoor wooden structures. Should you use paint or stain to keep your deck, fence, or porch looking its...
  • Will your insurance cover garage door repair?

    Will your insurance cover garage door repair?

    Crash! Crunch! There are few things less like music to a homeowner's ears than the sound of a vehicle (your own or someone else's) backing solidly into your garage door. And the...
    Crash! Crunch! There are few things less like music to a homeowner's ears than the sound of a vehicle (your own or someone else's) backing solidly into your garage door. And the sight of...
  • 4 ways to spruce up your garage for spring

    4 ways to spruce up your garage for spring

    Garages are clutter magnets. There's no way around this; it's an inevitable fact of life . . .  or is it?
    Garages are clutter magnets. There's no way around this; it's an inevitable fact of life . . .  or is it?
  • 8 great easy concrete paver projects

    8 great easy concrete paver projects

    The definition of concrete pavers is "concrete blocks, designed to be used as outdoor flooring." If we may, we'd like to change that definition to read "concrete blocks, designed to be...
    The definition of concrete pavers is "concrete blocks, designed to be used as outdoor flooring." If we may, we'd like to change that definition to read "concrete blocks, designed to be used as...
  • What happens when a water main breaks?

    What happens when a water main breaks?

    Have you ever seen a water main break? It's extremely dramatic. A broken pipe causes water to shoot out from under the ground with incredible force, creating a geyser that can rise many...
    Have you ever seen a water main break? It's extremely dramatic. A broken pipe causes water to shoot out from under the ground with incredible force, creating a geyser that can rise many feet into...
  • Vinyl fence repair faqs

    Vinyl fence repair faqs

    Vinyl fencing is known for its toughness and resilience. You can expect a good quality vinyl fence, properly installed, to last for approximately 15-20 years and require only minimal...
    Vinyl fencing is known for its toughness and resilience. You can expect a good quality vinyl fence, properly installed, to last for approximately 15-20 years and require only minimal...
  • Does your radiant floor heating need repair?

    Does your radiant floor heating need repair?

    On a frosty morning, there is nothing more luxurious than radiant floor heat, also known as underfloor heating. It quite literally warms you from your toes on up. What's more, this type...
    On a frosty morning, there is nothing more luxurious than radiant floor heat, also known as underfloor heating. It quite literally warms you from your toes on up. What's more, this type of...
  • Troubleshooting a power outage

    Troubleshooting a power outage

    A power failure in your house or apartment is a major inconvenience -- that's one thing that every homeowner will agree on. However, the reason behind the outage is not so clear-cut....
    A power failure in your house or apartment is a major inconvenience -- that's one thing that every homeowner will agree on. However, the reason behind the outage is not so clear-cut. You may be...
  • Closed loop recycling: what it means for you

    Closed loop recycling: what it means for you

    If you're a regular recycler, determinedly hauling your bottles, cans, and paper to the curb or to dedicated drop-offs, more power to you. You are working hard to keep our planet green....
    If you're a regular recycler, determinedly hauling your bottles, cans, and paper to the curb or to dedicated drop-offs, more power to you. You are working hard to keep our planet green. However,...
  • Diy statement light fixtures -- fabulous and frugal

    Diy statement light fixtures -- fabulous and frugal

    There's nothing like a gorgeous new electric light fixture installation to power up your home decor. Whether mounted on a wall or the ceiling, statement lighting gives a fabulous focus...
    There's nothing like a gorgeous new electric light fixture installation to power up your home decor. Whether mounted on a wall or the ceiling, statement lighting gives a fabulous focus to any...
  • Family home restoration is a labor of love

    Family home restoration is a labor of love

    These days, increasing numbers of young people are restoring and returning to old family homes.
    These days, increasing numbers of young people are restoring and returning to old family homes.
  • Asphalt shingle recycling facts and figures

    Asphalt shingle recycling facts and figures

    Do you know which is the most commonly used type of roofing shingle? If you said "asphalt," you are correct; these shingles are used for about 80 percent of roofs in the US today. Despite...
    Do you know which is the most commonly used type of roofing shingle? If you said "asphalt," you are correct; these shingles are used for about 80 percent of roofs in the US today. Despite this...
  • How does concrete resurfacing work?

    How does concrete resurfacing work?

    The coming of spring brings with it a number of seasonal tasks. One of them is inspecting your outdoor space to see how your hardscape has survived the winter and repairing damage as...
    The coming of spring brings with it a number of seasonal tasks. One of them is inspecting your outdoor space to see how your hardscape has survived the winter and repairing damage as necessary....
  • 12 tips for safer tent fumigation

    12 tips for safer tent fumigation

    Dry wood termites are one of the toughest infestations that exist. These wood-destroying insects can burrow deep into a structure, rendering mere surface treatment ineffective. Tent...
    Dry wood termites are one of the toughest infestations that exist. These wood-destroying insects can burrow deep into a structure, rendering mere surface treatment ineffective. Tent fumigation is the...
  • Spotlight on laundry rooms

    Spotlight on laundry rooms

    What's big in 2015 is an area of your home that is actually very, very small. Fabulous and functional laundry rooms are hot right now. Makeover what you have, or create a dedicated...
    What's big in 2015 is an area of your home that is actually very, very small. Fabulous and functional laundry rooms are hot right now. Makeover what you have, or create a dedicated space out of a...
  • Bathroom shower tile repair

    Bathroom shower tile repair

    Unless your family has very unusual hygiene habits, your shower tile will not have to stand up to wear and tear from heavy shoe traffic. However, it does face stresses of its own....
    Unless your family has very unusual hygiene habits, your shower tile will not have to stand up to wear and tear from heavy shoe traffic. However, it does face stresses of its own. The most...
  • 8 faqs about electric outlets and switches

    8 faqs about electric outlets and switches

    Are you building, renovating, or upgrading a house or a condo … or planning to someday? Don't forget the electric outlets and switches. These are small details, but they will...
    Are you building, renovating, or upgrading a house or a condo … or planning to someday? Don't forget the electric outlets and switches. These are small details, but they will contribute...
  • What in the world is a chimney balloon?

    What in the world is a chimney balloon?

    On a winter's evening, there's nothing like sitting next to the cozy warmth of a crackling blaze in your fireplace. But what happens when the flames die away? Since cold air moves...
    On a winter's evening, there's nothing like sitting next to the cozy warmth of a crackling blaze in your fireplace. But what happens when the flames die away? Since cold air moves downward,...
  • Prepare your home for 7 pet personality types

    Prepare your home for 7 pet personality types

    Bringing home a sweet little kitty or pup, or a longing-for-love adult rescue animal, for the first time is certainly a thrill. However, don't forget that you'll need to prepare your home in order to make it welcoming and safe.
    Bringing home a sweet little kitty or pup, or a longing-for-love adult rescue animal, for the first time is certainly a thrill. However, don't forget that you'll need to prepare your home in order to make it welcoming and safe.
  • Tile grout: repair or replace?

    Tile grout: repair or replace?

    Spring is on its way (yes, really!) and that means the time has come to take care of that long, long "to do" list of household repairs that piled up over the winter. In order to...
    Spring is on its way (yes, really!) and that means the time has come to take care of that long, long "to do" list of household repairs that piled up over the winter. In order to get you...
  • Concrete decks and patios: low prices and lots more

    Concrete decks and patios: low prices and lots more

    Thinking of adding a patio or deck to extend your home's living space? Concrete decks and patios have a well-deserved reputation as being easy on the budget. But their affordability is...
    Thinking of adding a patio or deck to extend your home's living space? Concrete decks and patios have a well-deserved reputation as being easy on the budget. But their affordability is not their...
  • 13 things you must know about household plumbing leaks

    13 things you must know about household plumbing leaks

    Aggh! Plumbing leaks are so frustrating. They make your utility bills shoot up for no good reason, waste precious water, and ultimately can destroy your home sweet home. Frustrating indeed...
    Aggh! Plumbing leaks are so frustrating. They make your utility bills shoot up for no good reason, waste precious water, and ultimately can destroy your home sweet home. Frustrating indeed …...
  • Load calculation is step 1 for an a/c install

    Load calculation is step 1 for an a/c install

    Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes time for you to install new central air conditioning. Choose a system that is just the right size for your home and its particular...
    Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes time for you to install new central air conditioning. Choose a system that is just the right size for your home and its particular...
  • Cost to repair or alter a chain link fence

    Cost to repair or alter a chain link fence

    Chain link fence has received a lot of bad press in the past. True, in terms of looks and charm, this hardworking fence material may not be as attractive as decorative wrought iron or...
    Chain link fence has received a lot of bad press in the past. True, in terms of looks and charm, this hardworking fence material may not be as attractive as decorative wrought iron or rustic wooden...
  • Handsome hardware adds unique flair to wood furniture

    Handsome hardware adds unique flair to wood furniture

    Wooden furniture and cabinetry is both classic and classy, whether you're talking individual pieces or built-ins. A decor trend we've been seeing around lately is adding carefully...
    Wooden furniture and cabinetry is both classic and classy, whether you're talking individual pieces or built-ins. A decor trend we've been seeing around lately is adding carefully chosen...
  • Birds and bats: helpful or harmful?

    Birds and bats: helpful or harmful?

    Bats and birds have a complex relationship with us human beings. There are many ways that these animals benefit us. However, they have been implicated in the spread of several dangerous...
    Bats and birds have a complex relationship with us human beings. There are many ways that these animals benefit us. However, they have been implicated in the spread of several dangerous diseases and...
  • 12 linoleum and vinyl floor installation mistakes

    12 linoleum and vinyl floor installation mistakes

    Sheet flooring is changing its image big time. No longer dull and dingy-looking, linoleum and vinyl floor coverings now come in bright modern patterns, for a fresh new look. These materials...
    Sheet flooring is changing its image big time. No longer dull and dingy-looking, linoleum and vinyl floor coverings now come in bright modern patterns, for a fresh new look. These materials do...
  • Building a barn

    Building a barn

    When you plan to build a barn, it may be intended to serve one or more purposes -- to shelter your livestock; to act as a workspace; or to store feed, tools, and equipment. Before...
    When you plan to build a barn, it may be intended to serve one or more purposes -- to shelter your livestock; to act as a workspace; or to store feed, tools, and equipment. Before construction of the...
  • Concrete walks, steps and porches: 7 tips for success

    Concrete walks, steps and porches: 7 tips for success

    Handsome, hardwearing concrete walks, steps, and porches will form an impressive entree to any home. To achieve the best looking and most durable outdoor concrete, follow these 7 pro tips....
    Handsome, hardwearing concrete walks, steps, and porches will form an impressive entree to any home. To achieve the best looking and most durable outdoor concrete, follow these 7 pro tips. They will...
  • Troubleshoot wood floor damage

    Troubleshoot wood floor damage

    Nothing adds a distinctive air (and increased resale value) to your home like natural wood flooring. But hardwood’s beauty is just one of its many virtues. In case of damage to your...
    Nothing adds a distinctive air (and increased resale value) to your home like natural wood flooring. But hardwood’s beauty is just one of its many virtues. In case of damage to your wood floor,...
  • Install closets and built-ins to save space, add charm

    Install closets and built-ins to save space, add charm

    Eliminating household clutter is a top concern for many homeowners. Be aware that this problem can be solved beautifully by having a carpenter construct built-in closets for bedrooms which previously had little to no closet space.

    Eliminating household clutter is a top concern for many homeowners. Be aware that this problem can be solved beautifully by having a carpenter construct built-in closets for bedrooms which previously had little to no closet space.

  • Fix hvac leaks where it counts most

    Fix hvac leaks where it counts most

    You've probably heard plenty about how to maximize your HVAC system by repairing air leaks. This is indeed sound advice, in terms of both reducing your carbon footprint and saving money...
    You've probably heard plenty about how to maximize your HVAC system by repairing air leaks. This is indeed sound advice, in terms of both reducing your carbon footprint and saving money on your...
  • What a home handyman can do for you

    What a home handyman can do for you

    Handymen are a great help to the average homeowner. They are usually capable of handling a variety of tasks so you can ask them to take care of several items in the same visit. What’s...
    Handymen are a great help to the average homeowner. They are usually capable of handling a variety of tasks so you can ask them to take care of several items in the same visit. What’s more,...
  • 4 important facts about bathroom exhaust fans

    4 important facts about bathroom exhaust fans

    A well-functioning exhaust fan is a bathroom essential. It protects your bathroom from excess humidity which would otherwise lead to unpleasant odors and unhealthy mold growth. To get the...
    A well-functioning exhaust fan is a bathroom essential. It protects your bathroom from excess humidity which would otherwise lead to unpleasant odors and unhealthy mold growth. To get the best...
  • Restoring your home after a storm

    Restoring your home after a storm

    Anyone whose home has ever been hit by a ferocious rain shower, hail storm, or snow fall, or felt the impact of a hurricane, knows the havoc these forces of nature can wreak. In the midst...
    Anyone whose home has ever been hit by a ferocious rain shower, hail storm, or snow fall, or felt the impact of a hurricane, knows the havoc these forces of nature can wreak. In the midst of a...
  • How to combat condensation on your windows

    How to combat condensation on your windows

    Oh no! You just installed new windows, and now all of a sudden you see that they're covered with drops of water.
    Oh no! You just installed new windows, and now all of a sudden you see that they’re covered with drops of water.
  • Sump pump: install, maintain and troubleshoot

    Sump pump: install, maintain and troubleshoot

    It’s good to know that your sump pump is there when you need it, even if that may be only once every ten years. In case of flood, a sump pump will get the unwanted water out...
    It’s good to know that your sump pump is there when you need it, even if that may be only once every ten years. In case of flood, a sump pump will get the unwanted water out of your...
  • Make roach pest control a priority

    Make roach pest control a priority

    Cockroaches are one of the most common insect pests in houses and apartment buildings. They also carry and spread a number of health problems. Find out more, including effective roach pest control measures.
    Cockroaches are one of the most common insect pests in houses and apartment buildings. They also carry and spread a number of health problems. Find out more, including effective roach pest control measures.
  • When and why to repair your wood fence

    When and why to repair your wood fence

    A wooden fence can serve you well for 7-12 years if it’s made of untreated lumber, and 30 years or more for pressure treated lumber. However, it will require correct...
    A wooden fence can serve you well for 7-12 years if it’s made of untreated lumber, and 30 years or more for pressure treated lumber. However, it will require correct installation, proper...
  • Tile beautifies a kitchen or bathroom wall

    Tile beautifies a kitchen or bathroom wall

    There are more and more exciting ideas for tiles to adorn the walls of kitchen and bath. Take a peek at today's tile styles and tips for taking care of it.
    There are more and more exciting ideas for tiles to adorn the walls of kitchen and bath. Take a peek at today's tile styles and tips for taking care of it.
  • Build stunning, safe wooden stairs

    Build stunning, safe wooden stairs

    Wood stairs and railings are workhorses – built to get you where you want to go. But beyond this basic purpose, there are many different types, which can help to make your home a more...
    Wood stairs and railings are workhorses – built to get you where you want to go. But beyond this basic purpose, there are many different types, which can help to make your home a more...
  • Laminate flooring repair how to's

    Laminate flooring repair how to's

    Laminated flooring has been taking the home decor market by storm for two decades now. And no wonder, with all it has to offer -- durability, low maintenance, and glowing good looks, all...
    Laminated flooring has been taking the home decor market by storm for two decades now. And no wonder, with all it has to offer -- durability, low maintenance, and glowing good looks, all for a modest...
  • Successful sod installation starts with the right prep

    Successful sod installation starts with the right prep

    Even in mid-winter, you can still dream of spring ... and your hopes for a deep green, luxuriant lawn this year. If you'd like to get a head start on the gorgeous grass of your...
    Even in mid-winter, you can still dream of spring ... and your hopes for a deep green, luxuriant lawn this year. If you'd like to get a head start on the gorgeous grass of your fantasies, why not...
  • Why efficient ductwork matters

    Why efficient ductwork matters

    True or false? When it comes to heating and cooling equipment for your home, your HVAC system itself is what's important; ductwork and vents play an insignificant role. The answer is:...
    True or false? When it comes to heating and cooling equipment for your home, your HVAC system itself is what's important; ductwork and vents play an insignificant role. The answer is: False!...
  • Concrete driveway installation: get the facts

    Concrete driveway installation: get the facts

    Concrete construction will produce a driveway that is sturdy and enduring at an affordable price, with the extra advantage of an attractive range of possible finishes. Just make sure that...
    Concrete construction will produce a driveway that is sturdy and enduring at an affordable price, with the extra advantage of an attractive range of possible finishes. Just make sure that you follow...
  • Save on solar panel install: incentives and tax credits

    Save on solar panel install: incentives and tax credits

    Setting up solar (photovoltaic) panels on your property is well known as a way to produce inexpensive and clean electric power. You may have been hesitant, though, to install a solar panel...
    Setting up solar (photovoltaic) panels on your property is well known as a way to produce inexpensive and clean electric power. You may have been hesitant, though, to install a solar panel system due...
  • Understanding electrical inspection

    Understanding electrical inspection

    What is the purpose of a residential electrical inspection? The inspection is designed to verify that your installation meets minimum requirements for electrical safety, according to...
    What is the purpose of a residential electrical inspection? The inspection is designed to verify that your installation meets minimum requirements for electrical safety, according to current codes....
  • Landscape lighting for beauty, safety and value

    Landscape lighting for beauty, safety and value

    Light up your landscape ... and your life. Add lighting to your outdoor space for all the very best reasons -- beauty, safety, and increased property value. Find out all about the "whys"...
    Light up your landscape ... and your life. Add lighting to your outdoor space for all the very best reasons -- beauty, safety, and increased property value. Find out all about the "whys" and "whats"...
  • What every homeowner should know about roof inspection

    What every homeowner should know about roof inspection

    Which part of a house is the source of over one third of all homeowner's insurance claims? If you answer "the roof," you're right on the money.
    Which part of a house is the source of over one third of all homeowner's insurance claims? If you answer "the roof," you're right on the money.
  • Why and how to paint your house's exterior

    Why and how to paint your house's exterior

    Painting the exterior of your home will give your property a tremendous lift ... if it's done the right way. Read this description to find out the whys and hows -- the best reasons and...
    Painting the exterior of your home will give your property a tremendous lift ... if it's done the right way. Read this description to find out the whys and hows -- the best reasons and correct...
  • 8 tile floor repair tips

    8 tile floor repair tips

    Tile floors have a lot going for them. They're handsome, durable, and easy care. To add even more to their appeal, individual floor tiles are also relatively simple to repair or replace...
    Tile floors have a lot going for them. They're handsome, durable, and easy care. To add even more to their appeal, individual floor tiles are also relatively simple to repair or replace if they...
  • Build wood decks/porches/ramps good-looking and safe

    Build wood decks/porches/ramps good-looking and safe

    Nothing beats the look of real wood. Natural woods add eye appeal to any part of your home, but are especially important in highly visible outdoor decks, porches, and ramps. Of course,...
    Nothing beats the look of real wood. Natural woods add eye appeal to any part of your home, but are especially important in highly visible outdoor decks, porches, and ramps. Of course, these...
  • 18 steps to ladder safety

    18 steps to ladder safety

    Ladder safety would seem to be a matter of common sense. However, among construction professionals, high importance is placed on teaching workers the correct procedures for...
    Ladder safety would seem to be a matter of common sense. However, among construction professionals, high importance is placed on teaching workers the correct procedures for minimization of risks...
  • Wood floor refinishing FAQs

    Wood floor refinishing FAQs

    It's a thrill akin to finding buried treasure -- that moment when you rip up the dusty carpets of your newly purchased home and discover that (bingo!) there are hardwood floors underneath.
    It's a thrill akin to finding buried treasure -- that moment when you rip up the dusty carpets of your newly purchased home and discover that (bingo!) there are hardwood floors underneath.
  • Build a garage to add value to your home

    Build a garage to add value to your home

    Are you thinking of adding a garage to your home? There are a great number of advantages to this idea. You'll be protecting your vehicle -- not only from weather damage due to...
    Are you thinking of adding a garage to your home? There are a great number of advantages to this idea. You'll be protecting your vehicle -- not only from weather damage due to snow, hail, or...
  • How to clean and maintain your roof

    How to clean and maintain your roof

    Protect one of the largest parts of your home -- the roof -- with regular cleaning and inspection. This should be done at least twice a year, in fall to get your roof in shape for the...
    Protect one of the largest parts of your home -- the roof -- with regular cleaning and inspection. This should be done at least twice a year, in fall to get your roof in shape for the...
  • Id a faulty garage door spring

    Id a faulty garage door spring

    How often do you use your garage door? Even if you open and close it only when you're leaving for work or coming home, that's a total of approximately 500 times per year. All that...
    How often do you use your garage door? Even if you open and close it only when you're leaving for work or coming home, that's a total of approximately 500 times per year. All that wear and...
  • Heat pumps provide cheaper heating *and* cooling

    Heat pumps provide cheaper heating *and* cooling

    The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving...
    The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving heat, rather...
  • Clean up your home's water supply

    Clean up your home's water supply

    Drinking water is an absolute necessity of life, but how clean is the water you drink?
    Drinking water is an absolute necessity of life, but how clean is the water you drink?
  • 6 tips to make hardwood floor installation a success

    6 tips to make hardwood floor installation a success

    Hardwood floors are always in fashion. It's no wonder -- they are both handsome and functional. What's more, long-lasting hardwood is uncomplicated to repair and has the kind of...
    Hardwood floors are always in fashion. It's no wonder -- they are both handsome and functional. What's more, long-lasting hardwood is uncomplicated to repair and has the kind of good looks...
  • Who can fix my whole house fan?

    Who can fix my whole house fan?

    A whole house fan is an efficient home cooling device, suitable for anyone who likes to save money and reduce their carbon footprint -- and isn't that just about everyone? Inexpensive...
    A whole house fan is an efficient home cooling device, suitable for anyone who likes to save money and reduce their carbon footprint -- and isn't that just about everyone? Inexpensive and...
  • Water features add charm to your house and garden

    Water features add charm to your house and garden

    1. Rustic Backyard Pond with Watering Can A gorgeous water feature installation completes the picture of Jamie D's charming rural home. Powered by a pond pump, water filters into the...
    1. Rustic Backyard Pond with Watering Can A gorgeous water feature installation completes the picture of Jamie D's charming rural home. Powered by a pond pump, water filters into the spacious...
  • Pay a fair price for chain link fence

    Pay a fair price for chain link fence

    One of the most widely popular types of fencing is chain link, also known as wire mesh or cyclone fence. It is woven out of tough steel wire, which has been either galvanized or coated with...
    One of the most widely popular types of fencing is chain link, also known as wire mesh or cyclone fence. It is woven out of tough steel wire, which has been either galvanized or coated with linear...
  • Electrical panel upgrade -- when and why

    Electrical panel upgrade -- when and why

    Your electric panel is Command Central for the electrical system in your home. From there, power may be turned on and off and sent to outlets throughout your residence. Also known as a...
    Your electric panel is Command Central for the electrical system in your home. From there, power may be turned on and off and sent to outlets throughout your residence. Also known as a breaker box,...
  • What to do when your electric baseboard or wall heater needs repair

    What to do when your electric baseboard or wall heater needs repair

    When it's winter and co-o-o-o-ld, the last thing you want is for your heating system to fail.
    When it's winter and co-o-o-o-ld, the last thing you want is for your heating system to fail.
  • Nothing says welcome like a new wooden door

    Nothing says welcome like a new wooden door

    A brand new wooden door gives that special feeling to your front entrance. It welcomes you and your family home after a long day at work or school, greets your visitors, and projects an...
    A brand new wooden door gives that special feeling to your front entrance. It welcomes you and your family home after a long day at work or school, greets your visitors, and projects an elegant, well...
  • 5 DIY repairs for damaged doors

    5 DIY repairs for damaged doors

    Scratches, dents, or holes in your door are quite unsightly, and when you have to fight to open a door it's even worse. Here are 5 DIY fixes for damaged doors
    Scratches, dents, or holes in your door are quite unsightly, and when you have to fight to open a door it's even worse. Here are 5 DIY fixes for damaged doors
  • Concrete retaining wall pros and cons

    Concrete retaining wall pros and cons

    Retaining walls built of stone or brick are the traditional style and usually blend nicely into their surrounding landscape. The question is, though: are these really the best materials for...
    Retaining walls built of stone or brick are the traditional style and usually blend nicely into their surrounding landscape. The question is, though: are these really the best materials for the job...
  • Natural stone tile: what makes it unique

    Natural stone tile: what makes it unique

    What’s new in tiling? A substance that is actually very, very old. For centuries, installation of natural stone tile has been used by human beings to embellish their homes. And with...
    What’s new in tiling? A substance that is actually very, very old. For centuries, installation of natural stone tile has been used by human beings to embellish their homes. And with good...
  • My fridge is leaking inside! what should i do?

    My fridge is leaking inside! what should i do?

    A major leak of water inside your refrigerator is certainly dramatic-looking and possibly even scary (as in, “I’m afraid for the wellbeing of my wallet if I have to shell out...
    A major leak of water inside your refrigerator is certainly dramatic-looking and possibly even scary (as in, “I’m afraid for the wellbeing of my wallet if I have to shell out big bucks...
  • Best ways to clear snow without a blower

    Best ways to clear snow without a blower

    Fast, efficient snow removal is one of winter's most essential tasks. If you are determined to go snow blower-free, here are some useful tips.
    Fast, efficient snow removal is one of winter's most essential tasks. If you are determined to go snow blower-free, here are some useful tips.
  • Low-iron glass for lovelier decor

    Low-iron glass for lovelier decor

    Is "clear" glass really clear? Not as much as you might think. Standard clear float glass, the type most commonly used in home construction and decor, contains a certain percentage of iron...
    Is "clear" glass really clear? Not as much as you might think. Standard clear float glass, the type most commonly used in home construction and decor, contains a certain percentage of iron oxide. The...
  • Are you in the market for a new boiler?

    Are you in the market for a new boiler?

    Are your boiler and/or radiators creaking and squeaking? Or do you find that your boiler is not heating your home evenly, the way it used to? Maybe it seems to be working harder than ever,...
    Are your boiler and/or radiators creaking and squeaking? Or do you find that your boiler is not heating your home evenly, the way it used to? Maybe it seems to be working harder than ever, but ......
  • 6 window frame repair tips

    6 window frame repair tips

    Besides their primary purpose -- holding the window glass in place -- your window frames help to insulate your home. Normally a long-life item which may last you 30 years or more, window...
    Besides their primary purpose -- holding the window glass in place -- your window frames help to insulate your home. Normally a long-life item which may last you 30 years or more, window frames...
  • Diy wallpaper hanging and removal

    Diy wallpaper hanging and removal

    Wallpaper is back in style and is an impressive way to add character and class to any room of your home. While wallpaper hanging is not the simplest of DIY projects, you can achieve...
    Wallpaper is back in style and is an impressive way to add character and class to any room of your home. While wallpaper hanging is not the simplest of DIY projects, you can achieve beautiful...
  • Bring a spring feeling to your home with flowery decor

    Bring a spring feeling to your home with flowery decor

    Isn't it ironic that just as the daylight hours start getting longer, the worst of the wintry weather begins to hit? In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice is December 21 or 22, but...
    Isn't it ironic that just as the daylight hours start getting longer, the worst of the wintry weather begins to hit? In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice is December 21 or 22, but that...
  • Commercial overhead doors -- built to take a beating

    Commercial overhead doors -- built to take a beating

    Looking to install or replace commercial overhead doors? Remember Job #1 -- these doors have got to be built for endurance and efficiency. They frequently are required to open and close...
    Looking to install or replace commercial overhead doors? Remember Job #1 -- these doors have got to be built for endurance and efficiency. They frequently are required to open and close hundreds of...
  • The best flooring choice for your home

    The best flooring choice for your home

    Decide what's important to you in a floor covering and make your choice, armed with the facts on ceramic tile, concrete, hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, and laminate flooring.

    Decide what's important to you in a floor covering and make your choice, armed with the facts on ceramic tile, concrete, hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, and laminate flooring.

  • Whole house fans have a lot to offer

    Whole house fans have a lot to offer

    Whole house fans have changed -- for the better! Although this natural home cooling method has been around close to a century, it's begun gaining in popularity in recent years....
    Whole house fans have changed -- for the better! Although this natural home cooling method has been around close to a century, it's begun gaining in popularity in recent years. Today's...
  • Bed bugs and fleas and ticks! goodbye

    Bed bugs and fleas and ticks! goodbye

    Insect bites are unpleasant and often painfully itchy. Even worse, they may lead to infection or spread dangerous diseases. Here is a guide to three common biting insects -- bed bugs,...
    Insect bites are unpleasant and often painfully itchy. Even worse, they may lead to infection or spread dangerous diseases. Here is a guide to three common biting insects -- bed bugs, fleas, and...
  • Creative uses for concrete in your home and garden

    Creative uses for concrete in your home and garden

    One of the most contemporary and versatile materials we know, concrete is very much in the home decorating spotlight these days. You will be amazed at the wide variety of concrete...
    One of the most contemporary and versatile materials we know, concrete is very much in the home decorating spotlight these days. You will be amazed at the wide variety of concrete applications. It...
  • Planning to build a barbed wire fence

    Planning to build a barbed wire fence

    Barbed wire is the type of fencing commonly used on farms to confine livestock, keeping valuable animals safe from predators, motor vehicles, deep water, and other hazards. Good quality...
    Barbed wire is the type of fencing commonly used on farms to confine livestock, keeping valuable animals safe from predators, motor vehicles, deep water, and other hazards. Good quality barb wire...
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