Breathe Easy and Learn About Radon

After buying a home with radon, your first step is to gain more of an understanding of what radon is. Mitigation comes next, but first, take a moment to learn the facts. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Your new home is not a problem. Radon gas can…

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Switch to Satin Brass Finishes

Brass is making a comeback, and for good reason. This gorgeous finish adds a touch of class and elegance to any room by embracing the current trend in gold accents. In bathrooms and kitchens, choose it for your faucets and knobs for a customized and modern look that stands out…

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Turn Something Old Into Something New

Whether it’s an old family heirloom or a fabulous thrift store find, upcycling an old chair is a great way to add a unique piece to your room for a lower cost. Depending on the design, you may find that you can actually do the work yourself. Even if you…

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Eco-friendly Home Trends

These days, people are feeling more environmentally conscious than ever. While people are finding little ways to save the environment each day, such as cutting back on the amount of plastic they use and driving energy-efficient cars, there are ways you can tap into these trends to make your home…

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Why You Should Have a Pre-Listing Inspection

If you are planning to sell a house this summer (or any season, really), it is important to consider all the benefits you can get from a pre-listing inspection. While it may seem unnecessary, especially when a potential buyer will likely have their own inspection, having one done yourself can…

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Turn Your Necessities Into Something Exciting

There’s no need to settle and keep things ordinary in your home. Everyday items can be much more fun with a little thought and creativity. You don’t have to have a pool or live by the ocean to enjoy an outdoor shower. This not-so-typical setup can make your time spent…

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5 Indoor Molds You Should Know About

When it comes to indoor molds, they are easy to clean up with the proper remediation techniques. Before remediation, however, it’s important to know what molds to look for. Alternaria After water damage, alternia is more likely to appear. It is black, brown or gray. Aspergillus This is your most…

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Water Line

Running water is a modern convenience that many of us can take for granted. We rarely think about the water line that is responsible for bringing that cool clean water into our home. But what if there are problems with the water line? A qualified home inspector can usually pick…

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Turn Storage Space Into a Focal Point

Cooking is truly about creating a beautiful work of art, from colorful ingredients to stylish serving pieces. Don’t hide these gorgeous items behind a pantry door. Display your kitchen essentials in clear glass jars and arrange them according to color and height for a fabulous focal point in your kitchen.…

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Boost Your Home’s Value With Radon Mitigation

If you’re planning on putting your home on the market and want to maximize your property’s value, look into a radon mitigation system if your levels are elevated. Rather than generating concern, a mitigation system is more likely to serve as a measure of reassurance for potential buyers. Make It…

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Unsafe Decks

If you love to entertain, a home with a beautiful deck is likely at the top of your list. Decks can be wonderful gathering places for family and friends or a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors. While decks can be a huge selling point for a home, a poorly…

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Telltale Signs of Termites

Termites left unchecked can cause damage to your home. Here are three telltale signs that you have these unwanted visitors in your house. Mud Tubes These small tunnel-like tubes are commonplace in spots where your home and the ground come together. They are about the width of a pencil and…

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Save on Heating Costs by Adding Insulation

Keeping cold air out when you have the heat on makes a huge difference in your heating bill. By adding some simple insulation, you can prevent heat from escaping. Check your home for spaces where there is a significant draft or where it’s always colder than the rest of the…

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Shed Some Light on It: Tips For Outdoor Lighting

Whether your goal is curb appeal or safety, adding lights to the exterior of your home and yard can be a project that is worth undertaking. Here are two popular reasons for adding outdoor lighting. Ambience The soft lights that glow throughout your shrubs and flowers can add a lot…

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Mold Infestation Risks Faced by Foreclosed Properties

Buying a foreclosed property can be a great real estate investment, but it doesn’t come without risks–mold being one of them. No One’s Home Foreclosed properties can sit vacant for extended periods of time and that can be a breeding ground for mold. If there are any leaks or water…

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Slow the Flow

It doesn’t take too much to send your water bill through the roof.  On the other hand it doesn’t take too much to cut it either. Something as simple as installing a new low-flow showerhead can make a big difference, especially if there are several people in your household or…

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Smoothing Vinyl Windows and Doors

Everyone knows the frustration of vinyl windows or doors that don’t operate well. Often, gunk will build up in the channels and make it difficult for windows to move on the track. If you’ve cleaned the windows and they are still difficult to use, then you might want to think…

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Successfully Maintain Your Window Air Conditioner

Like the names says, a window air conditioner is installed through a window in your home. It pulls warm air in, chills it, and pushes the cool back air into your home. Optimal Use of Your Window Air Conditioner To successfully cool your space, a window air conditioner needs to…

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How to Fix a Shutoff Valve

Have you ever begun a sink or toilet repair only to realize that the shutoff valve won’t shut off? This is a relatively common, but frustrating problem. While some valves might be easy to replace, this isn’t true for all of them. If your valve is one of the latter,…

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The Top 3 Benefits of Choosing a Professional Roofing Contractor

Avoid the hassle of repairing or replacing a new roof on your own by hiring a professional to ensure the job is done correctly. Consider these three benefits of choosing a professional roofing contractor for all your roofing needs. Help Choosing the Best Option Determining whether your roof needs a…

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When You Can Use Caulk to Plug the Leak

Caulk is sometimes used as the be-all-end-all solution for DIY home problems, especially leaks. However, there are many problems caulk just can’t fix. When to Use Calk There are some instances when caulk can be used to resolve the issue. See a few of these below: For very small holes…

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How to Fix Plumbing Vent Boots

Could the plumbing vent boots be the source of your leak problems? Here’s how to find out and how to fix them. Check the Boot Your plumbing vent may come in three different forms: Plastic Two-piece metal fixtures Plastic and metal The base of plastic vent boots is susceptible to…

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How to Prevent Mold Growth in Basements and Storage Areas

Moisture that becomes trapped in an enclosed space or confined area is more likely to promote the growth of mold, while more light and air in your home can help prevent it. Ventilate Confined Spaces For example, closets should be opened up once in a while to air out, and…

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Toilet Running? Catch it Before it Causes Damage

Does your toilet continue to fill long after it should have stopped? A faulty flapper or unhooked chain can keep the water flow going indefinitely. Those are simple fixes, and once you check things out in the tank and make any necessary adjustments the water should stop. If so, great!…

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How to Track Down a Difficult Leak

Here are some quick tips to help you track down difficult leaks. However, you’ll need to enlist a friend. Step 1 Go up to the roof with a garden hose and start low. Spray water on the area right above where you think the leak is coming from inside. Step…

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Fourth of July Fun Facts

While you’re enjoying this year’s festivities on Independence Day, here are some fun facts to chew on at your annual cookout: Did you know that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th? This important document was adopted by Congress on that date, but all of the signatures…

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What You Need to Know About Roof Repair

Have you been noticing water stains on the walls or in the ceiling of your home? Has mold been showing up along these areas or in other damp spots around the house? The source could be a leaky roof. While finding the source of a leak can be pretty hard,…

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Organize Your Home With a Professional Organizer

Organizing your home takes time and effort. If you already have a busy schedule, home organization might come last on your list. If this is the case, hiring a professional to help you with your home can be invaluable. The National Association of Professional Organizers offers certification to companies and…

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How to Fix Leaking Pipes Under the Sink

Leaking pipes are an average occurrence. In some cases, you may need a plumber’s help, but before you call you can try this hack with a few simple items. All you’re going to need is plumber’s tape, a wrench and a bucket. You’re going to want to make sure the…

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When a Roof Replacement Is Absolutely Necessary

It can be difficult to determine whether it is best to invest in a brand new roof or to repair any issues that arise. While this decision is often up to your discretion and budget, there are several situations where you will need to replace your roof to ensure the…

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When a Roof Replacement Is Absolutely Necessary

It can be difficult to determine whether it is best to invest in a brand new roof or to repair any issues that arise. While this decision is often up to your discretion and budget, there are several situations where you will need to replace your roof to ensure the…

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New Construction Leads to New Problems

The best part of a new house is the lack of visible framing or foundation defects. If the home comes with appliances, they are brand new. So, how many problems could you really have? Don’t be fooled, new construction can still have issues. Faults in New Construction A new home…

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Don’t Plant a Problem Tree in Your Yard

Looking to add a tree to your yard? Trees can provide character, beauty, privacy and shade, but they last a long time. Before planting your new tree, make sure you have all the facts. Plan ahead when planting a small tree. It will eventually grow to be a large tree,…

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Install a Trap Door on Your Electric Receptacle

Do you have an outdoor electrical receptacle you like to use? It’s probably where you plug in the stereo while hanging out, outside. It may also be the source of electricity for your outdoor lights, especially during the holidays. Protect the Receptacles To protect these receptacles, it’s important to install…

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How to Fix a Wobbly Showerhead

Loose showerheads can be a problem. Sometimes, this happens due to poor installation of the showerhead or the wrong size of showerhead for the pipe. Whatever the reason, wobbly showerheads are frustrating. Don’t despair. You don’t need to seek out an invasive fix. In fact, with a couple basic steps,…

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Diagnosing Allergies and Asthma After Mold Exposure

While studies are somewhat inconclusive, scientists have found a link between mold exposure and respiratory illness. If you have symptoms that seem to correlat with exposure to mold or damp locations, such as coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing, it is important to get checked out by your doctor right…

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Save Money by Caring for Your Own Lawn

Looking to save money on lawn care? If your lawn has been well-tended in the past, it doesn’t take much to keep it up. Take a look at your yard to see if it’s mostly grass with only a few weeds. If this is the case, you can take charge…

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Chinese Money Trees

When it comes to enhancing our homes, houseplants are, for many of us, a logical go-to. While historically houseplants were an indulgence reserved for the upper classes, many more people today bring plants into their homes, to liven up the atmosphere as well as to include a bit of nature…

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4 Elements of Stellar Home Office Design

A home office can serve a lot of purposes. It can be the place you keep important documents and manage the household finances. It may be the room where all your best ideas for marketing your new product or writing your next novel are born. No matter what purpose it…

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How to Withdraw an Item from the Toilet

Nearly everyone has experienced the fear of dropping a small object into the toilet or drain. Often, it is a piece of jewelry lost to the pipes. Fortunately, you don’t always have to call a plumber to retrieve it. Take these simple steps: Get a wet/dry vacuum Remove the filter…

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Beautify Your Yard: Shrub Maintenance Tips

There is nothing quite like a shrub to add some flair to your home’s landscaping. It doesn’t hurt that these attractive plants add privacy to make you feel more comfortable at home. However, just because they are a stylish addition to your yard does not mean that they are all…

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Make Your Outdoor Electrical Receptacles Weather Resistant

Outdoor electric receptacles prevent the unsightly appearance of electrical cords snaking outside from the inside of a home. These are often sent through windows or under doors. Not only does this affect the house’s ability to maintain the correct temperature, but it also presents a burglary risk if it prevents…

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Repair Your Window Air Conditioning Unit

Because the window unit is so much smaller, the same equipment must fit into a much more cramped space. What might go wrong, and how can you fix it? Potential Problems This system needs repairs every so often. Consider things to check regularly, so that you can fix the problem…

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Can Mold Exposure Cause Serious Illnesses?

While some who are exposed to indoor mold develop allergies or asthma, mold spores may also lead to more serious illnesses. Still, the exact relationship between these conditions and mold exposure remains unclear. Pulmonary hemorrhage Back in the 1990s, several children in Cleveland developed pulmonary hemorrhages. While an initial study…

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5 Plants for Backyard Privacy

The garage often becomes a neglected space full of extra items from the house and cluttered with toys and tools. Often parking in the garage takes a backseat to the excess and disorganization of the space. Whether you have a single, double or triple, take back your garage with a…

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3 Easy Ways to Organize Your Garage

The garage often becomes a neglected space full of extra items from the house and cluttered with toys and tools. Often parking in the garage takes a backseat to the excess and disorganization of the space. Whether you have a single, double or triple, take back your garage with a…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Maintenance

If you want to maximize the value of your house, you should keep it in top shape. You may also want to remodel or modernize certain rooms. Whether you are looking to make a major change to your home or just want to preserve it for future buyers, check out…

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How to Fix a Wallpaper Seam

If you have a wallpaper seam that is coming apart, don’t worry, you don’t have to replace the entire piece. Instead, you just want to reactivate the paste. Take a rag and dip it in warm water. Once soaked, you hold the rag on the area. Keep it there for…

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How to Deodorize a Garbage Disposal

After a while, garbage disposals can begin to produce an odor. This happens because food catches in the disposal and pipes. Once it starts to rot, the smell becomes distinct. Don’t worry; you don’t have to call a plumber. In fact, you don’t need any plumbing knowledge at all. Here…

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Can Mold Grow in Sippy Cups?

Mold can grow anywhere with organic materials, moisture, and warmth. These are the exact conditions inside a child’s sippy cup. In fact, mold has been found growing inside sippy cups lids in the past. Unfortunately, mold can pose a direct threat to the health of those exposed to it, both…

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer and is usually a day for barbeques, picnics and time with friends and family. With all of the enjoyment that surrounds this three-day weekend, it can be easy to forget the purpose behind the National holiday. Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day)…

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Tricks to Keep Wires Hidden

Too many wires can take over your home, causing it to look cluttered. There are wires for practically everything nowadays and keeping them under control is quite the task. Here are some tips to help you keep your wires out of sight and out of mind. Install important wires underneath…

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How to Fix a Shiner Roof Leak

Does your ceiling have a small plastic barrier to separate the attic insulation from the drywall? Here’s how to find and fix a leak in this area. Step 1 Move aside the insulation. Look for any stains indicating water flow on the plastic barrier. Step 2 If you can’t spot…

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The Best Way to Paint a Door

Repainting old doors can bring new life to your home. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive home improvement project that can make a big difference to the aesthetic value of your house. Painting a door while it’s still on the hinges, however, can be difficult and messy. The best way…

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Drop That Drip

Drip. Drip. Drip… Sound familiar? Here are a couple of things you can try to make it less annoying. Unscrew the cap on the faucet and clear any little mineral rocks and grit out of the screen. Replace the cap. Still dripping? Wrap a wash cloth around the head of…

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Are Children at Higher Risk for Radon Exposure?

Lung cancer risk increases for both children and adults who are exposed to radon in the home. However, most people are exposed to small levels of environmental radon without consequence. Unfortunately, children usually consume higher levels of radon than adults in the same household. Reasons for Increased Risk Radon is…

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Switch Ceiling Fan Direction in Winter

Many homeowners don’t realize their fans can change direction, much less the benefits this can deliver from season to season. Most fans have an easy switch that reverses the direction of the fan blades from clockwise to counterclockwise. The switch should be somewhere on the base of the fan. Why…

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Avoid the Health Risks Associated With Mold

There are many reasons why you should be aware of mold and act immediately if you see signs of it growing in your home, but the most important reason should be because it can pose a direct risk to your health. Studies have shown that nearly 100 percent of those…

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Skip the Traditional Mop for Hardwood Floors

Ditch the traditional mop and invest in a spray mop. Traditional mops require a bucket to rinse the dirt and grime from your mop. Spray mops cut out this step, and come with a refillable spray reservoir that you can fill with your favorite cleaning solution. Simply spray the cleaning…

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Don’t Get Washed Away: Protect Your Home from Flooding

Flooding can cause massive damage to your home and is not always covered by your home insurance plan. Although it is most important for those in high-risk areas to prepare for flooding, every homeowner should have plans in place to reduce their exposure. Don’t leave yourself with regret after the…

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What Is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas present in the environment as well as in high levels in many homes across the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon exposure is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States. Radon testing can ensure the safety…

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Shelf Brackets Make Great Bike Racks

Are you looking for a new bike storage solution? Shelf brackets intended to hold closet poles can actually work spectacularly as bike holders. These brackets usually consist of a triangular frame with a hook that extends outward. One of the best aspects of using these shelves for your bike is…

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How Much Do Radon Systems Cost and Who’s Going To Pay for It?

Radon mitigation systems aren’t cheap, and they shouldn’t be. They require sophisticated technology to ensure your home is safe from the cancer-causing gas. A single system ranges from $1,200 to $1,700, but that can vary depending on the severity of radon levels. Some homes may need more than one system,…

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How to Fix Dormers and Walls

Sometimes the source of your leak is not the part of the roof with shingles. Dormer walls can also provide weaknesses for water to get in. What to Look For Here are a few things to look for when deciding if the dormers are the problem: Missing or cracked caulk…

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How to Always Find Your House Key

Have you ever arrived at your door late at night only to spend minutes trying to find the right key to get in? Not only is this an inconvenience, it may also be dangerous for some people who may need to get inside quickly after arriving at home in the…

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How to Store Your Hose Tangle-Free

A tangled hose can create a whole host of problems: it can form kinks, invite mold, or you may just have a hard time pulling your hose out for regular use. You don’t want to waste time fighting your hose or spend money on a replacement. Keeping your hose tangle-free…

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How To Beat Mold in Your Home

For nearly all homeowners, the scary specter of mold in the home ranks high on the list of worries. This nasty problem competes with floods, fires, storms, vandalism and termites as the most damaging of calamities that can hit your home. Making the problem of mold even more complicated is…

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How to Fix a Loose Screw

Trying to drive a screw into a hole that’s too big is a waste of time. If this happens, you have two options: Option number one is to take the screw out, apply filler to the hole and let it dry. After the appropriate amount of time, you can try…

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Is Your Radon System Working Properly?

Once a radon mitigation system is installed, it’s easy to become complacent. However, it is important to follow up installation with regular testing. This ensures that the system is working properly to vent the radon gas away from your home rather than letting it seep in. Your best bet is…

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How to Make a Keyhole Template

Do you have a shelf you want to install but you can’t seem to line up the mounting screws correctly? Many shelves feature keyhole mounts that work by resting on top of screws mounted in a wall, but the first step is correctly measuring the right spots for these keyholes.…

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Change Your HVAC Filter to Save Money

Heating and cooling costs go up when HVAC filters get clogged with dust, dirt and lint. When the HVAC filter is dirty the blower and motor have to work harder to keep your house comfortable. This is a common problem that is easily avoided. During the months when your HVAC…

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Avoid the Health Risks Associated With Mold

There are many reasons why you should be aware of mold and act immediately if you see signs of it growing in your home, but the most important reason should be because it can pose a direct risk to your health. Studies have shown that nearly 100 percent of those…

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How to Test Your Sump Pump

A sump pump is something all homes with basements and crawlspaces should have. It is a device that collects groundwater after a storm before it can flood your home. Without a properly working sump pump, rising groundwater could infiltrate your home’s foundation and cause serious property damage. Test your sump…

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Quick and Easy Storage Shelves

You’ve probably seen milk crates used for storage, and many stores carry cheap plastic crates you can buy for this purpose. But, you can also create easy and colorful shelving for virtually any room in your home with these crates. Once you decide where you want to place your new…

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Replace Popped Nails in Your Deck

Changes in the weather cause swelling and shrinking in the boards of your deck. This movement of the wood fibers causes the metal nails to pop up out of the wood. Driving them back down is only a shortterm solution because they will pop up again after a shortened period…

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Consider a GFCI Protector

A GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter is one of the greatest advancements in electrical safety in the past four decades. These are the outlets you often come across in areas of the house where moisture poses a risk. Some common areas include: Bathrooms Kitchens Unfinished basements Use the GFCI…

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Top Things to Know About Mold and Mold Prevention

Mold is a versatile fungus present nearly everywhere. All it needs is a little moisture to start growing. Mold can thrive in high humidity areas and can attach to food, carpeting, paper and wood—anything organic. When mold spores are present in the air it can cause allergies and respiratory problems…

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Increase Closet Storage Space with Nook Shelves

Most of us want to make the most of our closet space, but recessed space at the ends of the closet can seem impossible to utilize efficiently. But, it is possible to create nook shelves that can easily hold blankets, towels, or whatever other small items you need to store…

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Will a Failed Radon Test Affect Your Home’s Value?

While a failed radon test may seem like the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be. Many homeowners have installed radon mitigation systems and gone on to sell their homes for the market price. Instead of viewing your home as tainted by high radon levels, think of it…

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No Sawhorse? No Problem.

A sawhorse is a beam with four legs, usually used to support a piece of wood for sawing. A pair of sawhorses can be helpful in cutting wood, painting doors, and woodworking. If you don’t have the money or room for two sawhorses, or time to purchase two before beginning…

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Quick and Easy Paint Touch-Ups Without a Brush

Your child just slammed his chair into a freshly painted wall, leaving a large, noticeable mark in an otherwise stellar paint job. Do you break out the painter’s tape, paint roller, and lay down plastic sheeting to fix this little hiccup? Instead of going to that much trouble, fix the…

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Decor Done Right – Outdoor Lighting

Enjoying the holidays is even more fun when you drive up to your house glowing brightly with holiday charm. Whether you’ve hung hearts for Valentine’s Day, Pumpkins and Witches for Halloween or Santa and his sleigh during Christmastime, you must make sure you do so with caution. Before you fall…

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No More Sifting Through Sandpaper

Every homeowner will eventually need sandpaper for different odd jobs around the house. Sandpaper comes in a variety of different textures, and most sandpaper has a “grit” rating so you can easily tell exactly how rough it is. Some sandpaper is great for preparing wooden surfaces for paint or primer,…

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Using Borax To Remove and Clean Mold

If you are trying to cleanse your house of mold, you probably are looking for the right cleaning substance. One option you may not have considered is borax. Like all mold-cleaning options, borax provides advantages and disadvantages. It is inexpensive and very effective, but it requires a bit more work…

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How to Properly Store Your Out of Season Garments

Most of us know that, at the end of the season, it’s time to swap out our wardrobes and put things away for storage. Winter jackets especially have minimal use throughout the rest of the year, but many of us tend to stuff these items away without even bothering to…

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Using Common Household Chemicals To Remove Mold

If you are hoping to remove mold from your home, you almost certainly already have a cleaner that can eliminate it. You could use ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, or even vinegar to clean the mold away. Each of these has their own unique advantages, and they are all incredibly inexpensive and…

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Properly Caring for Your Dry-Cleaned Clothes

Some of our clothes require a little more care than just tossing them in the washing machine followed by a quick run in the dryer. Instead, they need professional dry-cleaning services. Unfortunately, many of us feel that the wire hanger and plastic sheath combo we receive our clothes back on…

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Be Proactive in Cleaning and Preventing Mold

Don’t wait to act if you have mold growth in your home or moisture that may lead to mold growth, such as a flood, leak, or spill. If mold has access to moisture and organic material to feed on, it can grow quickly. Cleaning Mold If you find mold in…

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Make Your Light Switches Easier to Find

There’s an easy way to make your light switches easier to find, and all it takes is a little dab of glow-in-the-dark paint. You can find glow-in-the-dark paint at most hardware and craft stores. Simply dab a bit of this paint to the tips of your light switches. Wait a…

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A Cooler House with Your Window Air Conditioner

To keep your home cooler, check out these tricks. Cover your windows with curtains or closed window coverings during the day. By doing this, you save energy and enjoy a cooler home. Open your window at night when temperatures drop. Your air conditioner will not have to work nearly as…

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How to Protect Your Phone When Doing Messy Housework

Housework is an essential part of keeping your home in good shape, but it can be a risky environment for your phone. While the best solution may be to put your phone away to avoid a gardening or painting disaster, sometimes you may need to stay reachable or need to…

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Your Home Tested High for Radon, Now What?

If you’ve received failing results from a radon test, you may feel a little panicked. However, it’s important to remember that there are professional radon mitigation installers who can get your home back to a healthy level. While it is not possible to get rid of radon gas, it is…

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Remove Adhesives with Heat

If you’ve got something sticky that doesn’t want to budge, try using heat to remove it. While chemicals can end up peeling off paint, a hairdryer is a great tool, providing hot air in a concentrated column to direct at the sticky surface. If painter’s tape stays on a surface…

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How to Repair a Cut Extension Cord

If you accidentally cut an extension cord, your first instinct may be to just throw it out. But, it is possible to salvage the remains for a functional cord. You might think to splice the ends of the cut cord together, but this is not permissible under the National Electric…

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Mixing Epoxy with No Mess

Epoxy is a compound that requires two chemicals to work in conjunction to bond pieces together. One part cannot work without the other part. So how do you get a good seal without all the mess when using epoxy to repair items? Check out this trick for mixing both parts…

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Hot Outlets Are a Dangerous Sign

It is normal for your appliances to give off some heat during operation. For instance, game systems, TVs and computers may be warm to the touch while in use. The outlet, on the other hand, should stay cool. If you feel heat coming off the outlet itself, you need to…

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Use Energy Efficient Products

Do you care about the environment? Do you care about saving money? If your answer is yes, then it is time to switch to energy efficient products. Monetary savings include less energy expenditure as well as tax credits. Look around your home and see where you can save. Energy Efficient…

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The Best Way to Mark for Wet Saw Use

Wet saws can be great for performing tile work, because the addition of water helps keep friction from wearing down the blade, allowing you to keep your home improvement project moving. But, they can pose a difficulty when it comes to marking where to cut your lines. The use of…

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A Burning Smell Requires Immediate Action

If you smell something burning in your home, you need to act right away. The biggest warning sign that there is something wrong with your electrical work is that unmistakable burning smell. When wiring heats up, it melts the plastic sheath. As soon as this happens, you are at immediate…

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Tricks to Avoid Paint Mess

Painting your home is a messy project. Paint can end up on your clothing, your face, hands and any other exposed parts. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you keep the paint on the walls and off of you. Apply a layer of lotion to your face and…

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Keep Lawn Supplies Protected from the Elements

The garage is typically the place where everything gets stored for outdoor projects. Garages are not always moisture-proof, making it important to store supplies properly. Lawn essentials such as grass seed, fertilizer, potting soil and more are particularly susceptible to moisture in the garage. The purpose of dirt is to…

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Replacing a Plug and Rewiring Electronics

Performing a do-it-yourself project to replace a plug or rewire electronics can help save time and money, if you feel comfortable working on these items on your own. But be warned, incorrectly wiring these fixtures can create a dangerous situation where the appliance shocks you, especially if you touch a…

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Easy Repair for Loose Doorknobs

You may wonder why some of the doorknobs in your home or office are loose and wobbly. Over time, they may break or make it difficult to open a door. Instead of replacing the whole knob, did you know there are secret screws you can tighten for a more secure…

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Hide Your Electronics Remotes and Cables

Looking for a solution to all the remotes cluttering up your coffee tables? Use adhesive-backed hook-and-loop strips to attach them to the underside. Your remotes will always be right where you left them, and you’ll never have to worry about the clutter on top of your tables again. There is…

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Ungrounded Electrical Systems and Shock Risk

Have you ever touched a metal object plugged in in your home and receive a shock? If you have, this is a sign that your electrical system has a problem. More specifically, this is anindication of an ungrounded electrical system. There is a very serious increased risk for shock any…

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Be Careful of Fake UL Stickers

Underwriters Laboratory dedicates its organization to guaranteeing products meet stringent safety standards. Smoke detectors, extension cords and many products in between have a UL sticker. This means that the manufacturing facility and the device passed the inspection. Now, some manufacturers try to bypass the inspection by creating fake UL labels.…

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How To Save Money – Install a Water Heater Timer

Save Money Using This Water Heater Trick Heating up the water in your house can be much costlier than you may imagine. Your water heater may be burning through unnecessary fuel to heat water that’s only going to get cold again when not used. How can you stop it from…

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Help! I’ve Got Mold in My House

Mold is the big, bad, boogeyman of home ownership. Many a home inspection has been undone by the discovery of mold, and every homeowner worries about the day they have their own mold problem to resolve. If you’ve got a mold problem, it’s important to know the best course of…

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Create a Welcoming Mirror and Message Board

It’s hard for families to stay connected during the week. Everyone is running off in different directions. It’s nice to have a home base area in your house to organize everything and to share important bits of information. Start your own message board with this cute and simple idea. Find…

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Should You Remove Wallpaper or Just Paint Over It?

When you want to give a room a makeover, changing up the walls is an obvious option. You may want to paint the walls a new color, but having wallpaper already in place might make you hesitate. Removing wallpaper can take time, so should you just paint over the paper…

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How to Repair a Light Fixture

If you have a malfunctioning light fixture, you may be able to fix the problem without calling an electrician. Sometimes, all a fixture needs to work properly is to have a better electrical connection between the light and the tab in the socket. Turn off the power to the light.…

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Best Way to Store Miscellaneous Items

We all have that one drawer that holds all of our miscellaneous junk. Some of us even keep our unwanted screws and bolts in a coffee can. But, with these setups, it can become impossible to find what you’re looking for, or even to know if what you need is…

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How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlets

Need more outdoor lighting, but don’t have the plugs to provide electricity? You could resort to self-powered solar lights, or you could install a new outlet for outdoor lighting. Installing outdoor lighting is something most handymen and women can do on their own, even if there currently isn’t a source…

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Create Secret Storage Solutions

Get creative when it comes to hiding your stuff. Clutter tends to collect in ugly piles around the house. Instead of leaving it where it falls, create storage solutions to hide the mess. If you have valuables, hide them in plain sight with a bit of creativity. One example is…

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How to Install Deck Lighting

Installing new deck lighting is possible without using professional services. If you know the dos and don’ts of installing a new light, it can even be easy. The right lighting can improve the look, feel, safety, and usability of your deck area. If you want to save money on deck…

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Build Cleaning Gear Storage With S-Hooks

Cleaning gear is essential to keeping your home in top shape but cleaning supplies aren’t always easy to store if you don’t have a way of keeping everything organized. And,as your cleaning supplies may touch the less than sanitary nooks and crannies of your home, you don’t want them touching…

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Professional vs. DIY Floor Refinishing

When it comes to refinishing your floors, you might think it’s a bargain to DIY and refinish them yourself. But, if you’re working with old flooring or irreplaceable wood, you may want to stop and rethink that decision for a moment—you’ll be living with the finishing job for a long…

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Get More from Your Vacuum

Have you been vacuuming the right way? You can do a few things to improve the results you get from a vacuuming session: Use a True High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. These filters help remove allergens and small particles from your carpets. Clean the vacuum after every use. Be sure…

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Extension Cords: Repair, Don’t Replace

Extension cords are getting more expensive due to the rise in copper prices. Keep your extension cords in good condition by replacing damaged plugs and sockets. Cut off the old plug from the end of the cord. Use a knife to cut the jacket coating on the outside of the…

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Perfect Paint Lines Every Time

Have you ever carefully placed painter’s tape and painted a wall only for the tape to cause an uneven or jagged line once you remove it? Professional painters use a simple trick to prevent this. When you use painter’s tape to block an edge, the paint will likely cover part…

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Easy Ladder Storage

Ladders can be cumbersome when it comes time to store them, but did you know that keeping them low is much easier than trying to tuck them into a crawlspace or an overhead storage rack in your garage? You may have overlooked some valuable storage space along the lower parts…

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Create Vertical Cabinet Space

Most cabinets are designed with horizontal storage in mind. While this works for the basics, there are plenty of items in a kitchen that could benefit from vertical storage options. Cookie sheets, cake pans, muffin tins and other tall baking equipment all store more easily vertically. Standing them on end…

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How to Find the Correct Motion Activated Switch for Fluorescent Lights

A motion activated light can save energy and translate into monthly electricity bill savings. There’s a misconception that leaving a fluorescent light on saves more energy than turning it off and on. The Department of Energy recommends shutting off fluorescent light bulbs if you’ll be out of the room for…

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Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans move air around the room, saving you money on energy bills. In the summer, set the fan to run in a counterclockwise direction, moving cool air around the room. In winter, set the fan to clockwise to draw warm air up from the floor. To move the correct…

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Best Practices for Smoke Detector Maintenance

Smoke detectors can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire, but they need proper maintenance to work. Here are some tips for keeping your smoke detector running: Test a smoke detector monthly by pressing the test button. If the detector chirps, then it’s operational. Replace…

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Resolutions Are So Last Year: Here’s 3 Alternatives to Try

There seems to be an unwritten rule that the New Year means resolutions, but what if you tried something new this year? Make this the year you think out of the box. Create an Annual Bucket List Forget resolutions that come along with heavy pressure. Instead, create a bucket list…

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Protect Your Car and Cargo with DIY Trunk Bumpers

If you drive a smaller passenger vehicle but tend to haul long, large, or unwieldy cargo, don’t put your paint job at risk. There is a simple and inexpensive hack that can protect your car and your cargo when transporting items in the trunk. Pool noodle “trunk bumpers” can eliminate…

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How to Add an Electrical Outlet

We’ve all had that problem before: you need to plug something in, but your home doesn’t have a nearby electrical outlet. Instead, you have to string together extension cords, which can behazardous on their own, in addition to causing clutter. Of course, adding in an electrical outlet can be a…

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Add Extra Space in Your Closet

Running out of space in your closet? We’ve got the solution you’ve been looking for. Install an add-on clothes rack, doubling the amount of hanging space for your wardrobe. Measure a piece of rod to match the length of the rod on the top level of your closet. Screw eye…

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Your Garden This Year (4 Ideas!)

After your Christmas tree serves its main purpose during the holiday season, you might think its journey has ended. With a bit of ingenuity, however, your Christmas tree can live on in other ways – right in your garden! Before you retire your tree, consider ways to recycle and repurpose…

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Fix a Sensitive Arc Fault Circuit Breaker

Do you have a circuit breaker that constantly trips, seemingly without reason? Sensitive arc fault circuit breakers present a common problem that most homeowners can solve without calling in the pros. Arc fault circuit breakers are prone to “nuisance tripping,” often due to underlying electrical currents that leak and cause…

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How Circuit Breakers Work

Circuit breakers prevent millions of electrical fires every year. They cut off the power (“break the circuit”) when they detect problems such as an electricity overload, keeping occupants of the home safe from potential electrical fires. Every modern home comes equipped with circuit breakers, some of which may trip frequently…

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How to Repaint Stained Walls

When you have a stained wall, you may consider painting it over. But, stains can prevent paints from adhering and complicate the process. If you’re planning on repainting a stained wall, you’ll want to prepare properly. Here are some common types of stains and what you can do to prep…

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What to Do About a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

A wobbly ceiling fan is inefficient and a nuisance. There are several different reasons your fan might not be stable. If your fan is giving you trouble, follow these steps: Check if the fan is connected to a fan-specific electrical box. Only install fans with boxes meant for fans, not…

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Seal Your Home Against Drafts in the Winter

Air conditioning vents provide cool air during the summer months, but in the winter they can let in cold drafts. You should not block them permanently, because you’ll need the vents again when the weather gets warm, but we’ve crafted a temporary solution to help you avoid the cold breeze.…

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Keep Your Square on the Level

If you’ve used a measuring square before, then you know it can sometimes be a challenge to keep the square in exactly the right spot while you do your measurements. You set your square to the right place, move a hand to start drawing your line and then the square…

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Bad Hanger Habits You May Not Even Know You Have

For most of us, the closet is where we store our clothes—and hangers are what we use to organize them. And while it may seem as simple as stashing your clothes on a hanger and being done, proper clothing storage requires a little more thought. When picking out hangers, you…

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Painting 101: Best Drop Cloth

Painting your home can get messy. There’s no telling where the paint will fly. It’s always best to cover anything important, including flooring. The easiest drop cloth to use to cover your flooring while painting is a vinyl tablecloth. Most party stores and big box stores such as Walmart and…

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Don’t Believe This Electrical Panel Myth

If you hear rumors that replacing your electrical panel could save you as much as 30 percent on your energy bill, don’t believe them. An electrical panel typically does not add any load, or voltage, to a household’s electric system. The panel doesn’t consume energy. Instead, it organizes electricity that…

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Should You Turn Your Heat Down When You’re Not Home?

Thanks to the technology of heating and cooling systems, we’re able to have comfortable environments in our homes, even when the weather outside is freezing cold or sweltering hot. But, the price of running your heater or air conditioner constantly can quickly add up. One common solution that many propose…

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Secure Loose Gutters

Your gutters were likely originally installed using spikes and ferrules. The system works, but eventually the spikes come loose, causing the gutter to droop or fall. Pounding the spikes back in creates a temporary fix, but, as before, the spike eventually comes loose again. New gutter systems use fascia hanger…

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Add Extra Space in Your Closet

Running out of space in your closet? We’ve got the solution you’ve been looking for. Install an add-on clothes rack, doubling the amount of hanging space for your wardrobe. Measure a piece of rod to match the length of the rod on the top level of your closet. Screw eye…

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Fix a Sensitive Arc Fault Circuit Breaker

Do you have a circuit breaker that constantly trips, seemingly without reason? Sensitive arc fault circuit breakers present a common problem that most homeowners can solve without calling in the pros. Arc fault circuit breakers are prone to “nuisance tripping,” often due to underlying electrical currents that leak and cause…

Read more

How Circuit Breakers Work

Circuit breakers prevent millions of electrical fires every year. They cut off the power (“break the circuit”) when they detect problems such as an electricity overload, keeping occupants of the home safe from potential electrical fires. Every modern home comes equipped with circuit breakers, some of which may trip frequently…

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How to Repaint Stained Walls

When you have a stained wall, you may consider painting it over. But, stains can prevent paints from adhering and complicate the process. If you’re planning on repainting a stained wall, you’ll want to prepare properly. Here are some common types of stains and what you can do to prep…

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What to Do About a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

A wobbly ceiling fan is inefficient and a nuisance. There are several different reasons your fan might not be stable. If your fan is giving you trouble, follow these steps: Check if the fan is connected to a fan-specific electrical box. Only install fans with boxes meant for fans, not…

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