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5 Things You Need to Know before Starting That Interior Painting Project

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things You Need to Know before Starting That Interior Painting Project

One of the fastest and least expensive ways to give your one interior a quick makeover is to apply fresh paint. However, most do-it-yourselfers make a variety of mistakes that leave them with less-than-professional results. Following are five things you need to know before you pick up that paintbrush and start that interior painting project.  1. You Can Purchase Paints in Sample Sizes Instead of spending money on full-sized cans only to discover that the color isn’t quite what you had in mind, purchase sample-sized paints and give them a trial run. Many consumers aren’t aware that this is even an option, but most paint companies offer mini cans in pint-sized containers. These allow you to test out how a certain color is going to appear on a larger area in a way that simple swatches can’t before you...

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Looking for a Weekend Project? Consider These 3 Energy-Efficient Projects

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking for a Weekend Project? Consider These 3 Energy-Efficient Projects

From laying new sod in the backyard to finally fixing that loose siding on the garage, your home improvement to-do list seems to never end. However, before you begin tackling these chores, you should consider projects that will save you money and help control your home’s energy consumption. Here are three energy-efficient home improvement projects that will save you big money in the future: Fill in the Gaps One of the most inexpensive and effective ways to make your home more energy efficient is to identify any gaps and areas that allow drafts to flow through your home. There are several common places where air flows in and out of your home, including these: the seals around your door and windows pipes wall and roof vents In addition, there are other less noticeable places where cool or warm air...

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Tips For Going Green While Building Your Dream Home

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Going Green While Building Your Dream Home

Finding that perfect home can be challenging due to the numerous properties on the market, so it is easy to see the benefits of building a house. From choosing a personalized floor plan that suits your needs to building in your preferred location, building a house is a great option for creating your dream home. Fortunately, going green is also possible when building your dream home. Using this guide, you can conserve energy and water when building your new house. Green HVAC More than half of your home’s energy usage goes towards heating and cooling, so choosing the most eco-friendly option during the construction process is a great way to go green. While numerous systems are available, geothermal systems conserve a great deal of energy while keeping your home temperature comfortable. Since geothermal systems utilize the ground heat to...

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Considering Clay? Understanding And Maintaining Clay Roofing Tiles

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Considering Clay? Understanding And Maintaining Clay Roofing Tiles

Owning a home requires a great deal of maintenance to uphold its value, appeal, and function. While you may already focus on your home’s siding and landscaping, ensuring the roof is in good condition is imperative. If you need to replace your roof, deciding on what material to use can be overwhelming. Not only do you need to select a material that is durable, but it should also complement the architectural style of your home. Considering clay roofing tiles were first used in China around 10,000 BC, choosing the classic appeal of clay for your own roof is smart. Using this guide, you will understand the benefits of clay tiles for you roof and learn the best techniques to maintain your new roof. Benefits of Clay Roofing Tiles Asphalt shingles may be traditional choices for your roof, but clay...

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4 Ways To Make Your Water Safer For Your Children

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Make Your Water Safer For Your Children

If you have children in your home, it is important to limit their exposure to harmful chemicals and organisms that can make them sick. While you probably lock up your cleaning supplies and medicine, you may be surprised to learn that there are many compounds in water that can be harmful to young children in high quantities. If you have young children, it is important to get your water tested, especially if your water is supplied by a private well. If your water is less-than-ideal, you have options for treating it before it reaches your children.  Make Sure You Have the Proper Fluoride Levels  Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that can help prevent cavities in teeth. Many American communities add fluoride to their drinking water, following the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s recommendation that drinking water have a fluoride level less...

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How To Determine What Size Water Heater You Need

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Determine What Size Water Heater You Need

Properly caring for and maintaining a hot water heater is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your hot water heater. However, even the best maintained water heaters will eventually fail due to old age. If your hot water repairman says there is nothing that can be done to save your heater, it is time to buy a new one. When you are purchasing a new water heater, one important factor to pay attention to is the size of the appliance. The tank size determines how much hot water your water heater can hold at once. If you purchase one that is too small, you won’t have enough hot water. If you purchase one that is too large, you will be paying more to heat the water than you need to be. Here are the...

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