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  • The smart gardener's guide to leaf removal

    The smart gardener's guide to leaf removal

    Okay, so you didn't make it in time for your town's leaf pickup … er, pickups … last fall. Then they scheduled another round of leaf removal early this spring. Uh-huh....
    Okay, so you didn't make it in time for your town's leaf pickup … er, pickups … last fall. Then they scheduled another round of leaf removal early this spring. Uh-huh. You...
  • Before adding a sunroom, ask these 5 questions

    Before adding a sunroom, ask these 5 questions

    Summertime's almost here and the livin' is easy. Part of your easy-living summer plans might be finally adding the sunroom you've dreamed of for years. Sunrooms are a delight,...
    Summertime's almost here and the livin' is easy. Part of your easy-living summer plans might be finally adding the sunroom you've dreamed of for years. Sunrooms are a delight, to be sure....
  • Versatile vinyl latticework for fences and more!

    Versatile vinyl latticework for fences and more!

    Sometimes it's the little touches that make the biggest difference. Savvy homeowners know that this is particularly true when it comes to decorating, both interior and exterior. Careful...
    Sometimes it's the little touches that make the biggest difference. Savvy homeowners know that this is particularly true when it comes to decorating, both interior and exterior. Careful attention...
  • Does a brand new home keep its value?

    Does a brand new home keep its value?

    No doubt about it, a newly constructed home has tremendous appeal. But will your brand new property keep its value? The answer is not so simple.
    No doubt about it, a newly constructed home has tremendous appeal. But will your brand new property keep its value? The answer is not so simple.
  • 4 mini home remodels -- small changes with big impact

    4 mini home remodels -- small changes with big impact

    How would you like a fresh new look for your house … on a budget? What would you say to extra storage space or savings on energy? You can have any (or all!) of these, without a...
    How would you like a fresh new look for your house … on a budget? What would you say to extra storage space or savings on energy? You can have any (or all!) of these, without a huge...
  • 11 tips to prevent and treat insect stings

    11 tips to prevent and treat insect stings

    Many childhood fears seem silly in retrospect, but you should still have a healthy dose of caution when it comes to stinging insects. Here are 11 tips on how to stay out of their way, and what to do if you end up getting stung.
    Many childhood fears seem silly in retrospect, but you should still have a healthy dose of caution when it comes to stinging insects. Here are 11 tips on how to stay out of their way, and what to do if you end up getting stung.
  • What to do when your refrigerator's waaay too cold

    What to do when your refrigerator's waaay too cold

    Okay, you know the weather's getting warmer but this is ridiculous. You really don't need frozen lettuce and frosted eggs to help you keep your cool. In fact, it sounds like...
    Okay, you know the weather's getting warmer but this is ridiculous. You really don't need frozen lettuce and frosted eggs to help you keep your cool. In fact, it sounds like you've got a...
  • Lawn sprinkler system news

    Lawn sprinkler system news

    Lawn sprinkler systems are going green. Besides just helping to keep your lawn a deep dark shade of emerald, automatic lawn irrigation systems (as professional landscapers call them) offer...
    Lawn sprinkler systems are going green. Besides just helping to keep your lawn a deep dark shade of emerald, automatic lawn irrigation systems (as professional landscapers call them) offer special...
  • Fast, easy repair for linoleum or vinyl floors

    Fast, easy repair for linoleum or vinyl floors

    Durable, resilient, and low maintenance, linoleum and vinyl flooring are also inexpensive to install. To make a good thing even better, they are also surprisingly easy to repair. In fact,...
    Durable, resilient, and low maintenance, linoleum and vinyl flooring are also inexpensive to install. To make a good thing even better, they are also surprisingly easy to repair. In fact, vinyl floor...
  • 5 diy updates for your laminate furniture

    5 diy updates for your laminate furniture

    This article was inspired by a recent question form a friend. "How do I update my daughter's bedroom furniture?" she asked. "It's laminate, and still in perfectly good condition....
    This article was inspired by a recent question form a friend. "How do I update my daughter's bedroom furniture?" she asked. "It's laminate, and still in perfectly good condition. But...
  • Fence maintenance and repair

    Fence maintenance and repair

    Your fence takes quite a beating over the winter. It's continually exposed to wind, rain, and snow, not to mention freeze-thaw cycles and underground shifts. So spend some time now to...
    Your fence takes quite a beating over the winter. It's continually exposed to wind, rain, and snow, not to mention freeze-thaw cycles and underground shifts. So spend some time now to give your...
  • Program your thermostat to save money on hvac

    Program your thermostat to save money on hvac

    Did you know that heating and cooling your home are responsible for up to half of your energy consumption? What's more, if you're not careful, it's easy to waste a lot of that...
    Did you know that heating and cooling your home are responsible for up to half of your energy consumption? What's more, if you're not careful, it's easy to waste a lot of that...
  • Decorative concrete overlays for patios or pool decks

    Decorative concrete overlays for patios or pool decks

    Trending now: outdoor living. (Yippee!) Whether you live in a cold climate and have just a few short months of summer to enjoy, or you are located in a balmier area, 'tis the season to...
    Trending now: outdoor living. (Yippee!) Whether you live in a cold climate and have just a few short months of summer to enjoy, or you are located in a balmier area, 'tis the season to be outside...
  • How to get rid of spider crickets

    How to get rid of spider crickets

    Beware the attack of the giant mutant crickets! While spider crickets are not actually members of the family of crickets -- or of spiders -- they are excellent jumpers and when frightened,...
    Beware the attack of the giant mutant crickets! While spider crickets are not actually members of the family of crickets -- or of spiders -- they are excellent jumpers and when frightened, will hop...
  • Troubleshoot a ceiling fan malfunction

    Troubleshoot a ceiling fan malfunction

    A ceiling fan is a pleasure when the weather starts warming up. It stirs the air and creates a delightful breeze. The fact that a fan is much less expensive to run than your home air...
    A ceiling fan is a pleasure when the weather starts warming up. It stirs the air and creates a delightful breeze. The fact that a fan is much less expensive to run than your home air...
  • 17 tips for painting exterior trim

    17 tips for painting exterior trim

    Start by Choosing Your Paint Colors Do you love vivid colors? They can be overwhelming in large quantities, but used only on the trim, they will give your home character and charm. (Check...
    Start by Choosing Your Paint Colors Do you love vivid colors? They can be overwhelming in large quantities, but used only on the trim, they will give your home character and charm. (Check with your...
  • The fast way to find and fix a drain line break

    The fast way to find and fix a drain line break

    Diagnosing a broken sewer pipe deep under the earth used to be a complicated, painstaking process. As anyone who has ever been faced with this type of plumbing emergency can tell you, it is...
    Diagnosing a broken sewer pipe deep under the earth used to be a complicated, painstaking process. As anyone who has ever been faced with this type of plumbing emergency can tell you, it is not...
  • Custom cabinetry: Storage solutions for the whole home

    Custom cabinetry: Storage solutions for the whole home

    "A place for everything and everything in its place" is a motto that most of us would love to live by. Unfortunately, it's not always so easy.
    "A place for everything and everything in its place" is a motto that most of us would love to live by. Unfortunately, it's not always so easy.
  • 5 faqs about drywall repair or replacement

    5 faqs about drywall repair or replacement

    Drywall is a very handy material. Inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to use, it has revolutionized the home building and remodeling industry. However, drywall (also called Sheetrock,...
    Drywall is a very handy material. Inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to use, it has revolutionized the home building and remodeling industry. However, drywall (also called Sheetrock, Gyproc, or...
  • Protect your garage door opener against power surges

    Protect your garage door opener against power surges

    Do you ever stop and think about how much you need your garage door opener? Probably not. Like most folks, you just naturally expect this handy little device to keep doing its job. But when...
    Do you ever stop and think about how much you need your garage door opener? Probably not. Like most folks, you just naturally expect this handy little device to keep doing its job. But when something...
  • Get creative -- construct a very cool playhouse

    Get creative -- construct a very cool playhouse

    Here's how to become the coolest parent (or grandparent) on the block: use your carpentry skills to put up a playhouse. Whether it's out in the yard or inside your home, your...
    Here's how to become the coolest parent (or grandparent) on the block: use your carpentry skills to put up a playhouse. Whether it's out in the yard or inside your home, your favorite kids...
  • Buying a house? ask these 9 questions first

    Buying a house? ask these 9 questions first

    Buying a house is a huge decision. Obviously, you want a place that you and your family will love to live in, but it's essential to let your choice be guided by...
    Buying a house is a huge decision. Obviously, you want a place that you and your family will love to live in, but it's essential to let your choice be guided by your head...
  • Whole house humidifier: less hvac energy, more comfort

    Whole house humidifier: less hvac energy, more comfort

    The formula for reducing your use of HVAC sounds very simple in theory: set the thermostat higher in summer and lower in winter. This will help slash your energy bills and save our planet,...
    The formula for reducing your use of HVAC sounds very simple in theory: set the thermostat higher in summer and lower in winter. This will help slash your energy bills and save our planet, say the...
  • Repair a concrete driveway or floor

    Repair a concrete driveway or floor

    Northern winters are rough on concrete. Driveways, floors, paths … for months on end, any outdoor concrete surface on your property has been exposed to continual freeze-thaw cycles...
    Northern winters are rough on concrete. Driveways, floors, paths … for months on end, any outdoor concrete surface on your property has been exposed to continual freeze-thaw cycles and...
  • Plan for your home addition/remodel electrical needs

    Plan for your home addition/remodel electrical needs

    Are you considering remodeling work or even an addition to your home? That's great -- we hope you enjoy the results! Just remember that a successful remodel demands thoughtful advance...
    Are you considering remodeling work or even an addition to your home? That's great -- we hope you enjoy the results! Just remember that a successful remodel demands thoughtful advance planning of...
  • Commercial hvac: right-size and save

    Commercial hvac: right-size and save

    When you are planning the multi-million dollar construction or remodel of a commercial building, the cost of HVAC equipment is a relatively small part of your total budget. However,...
    When you are planning the multi-million dollar construction or remodel of a commercial building, the cost of HVAC equipment is a relatively small part of your total budget. However, right sizing...
  • Get rid of dust mites faqs

    Get rid of dust mites faqs

    A-h-h-h-choo! If you start sniffling, wheezing, and explosively sneezing when you find yourself in a dusty room, chances are you've got a dust allergy. And if you have a dust...
    A-h-h-h-choo! If you start sniffling, wheezing, and explosively sneezing when you find yourself in a dusty room, chances are you've got a dust allergy. And if you have a dust allergy,...
  • 9 adorable diy end tables

    9 adorable diy end tables

    End tables are "in" right now. These practical furniture pieces are just the right size to hold a lamp, a houseplant or two, and a few plates of goodies at a casual gathering. Not only...
    End tables are "in" right now. These practical furniture pieces are just the right size to hold a lamp, a houseplant or two, and a few plates of goodies at a casual gathering. Not only that, they can...
  • Privacy fences that won't overwhelm your small space

    Privacy fences that won't overwhelm your small space

    Summer is on its way and everyone is looking forward to sunny weekends and balmy evenings outdoors. Everyone but you, perhaps? When your yard is the size of a postage stamp and the folks...
    Summer is on its way and everyone is looking forward to sunny weekends and balmy evenings outdoors. Everyone but you, perhaps? When your yard is the size of a postage stamp and the folks next door...
  • 10 tips for safer paint stripping

    10 tips for safer paint stripping

    For a successful repainting project, it's important to start with the removal of old paint that has peeled, chipped, or bubbled. However, in the past, products designed to strip paint...
    For a successful repainting project, it's important to start with the removal of old paint that has peeled, chipped, or bubbled. However, in the past, products designed to strip paint have tended...
  • Why roof trusses are more popular than rafters

    Why roof trusses are more popular than rafters

    Roof framing has undergone a quiet revolution over the past half century. Trusses are gradually replacing the conventional rafters, to the point that nowadays more than 80 percent of new...
    Roof framing has undergone a quiet revolution over the past half century. Trusses are gradually replacing the conventional rafters, to the point that nowadays more than 80 percent of new residential...
  • 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...
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