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Enjoy the Summer Breeze With These Clever Screened In Porch Ideas

For warm-weather relaxing and entertaining you can’t beat a screened in porch. Plus, screened in porches add three-season outdoor living space and square footage to your home. Sit outside and enjoy cool breezes with these screened in porch ideas. How to Decide Between an Open Porch or a Screened Porch If you’re building a new porch or upgrading an existing one, you may be wondering if a screened in porch is right for you. Both […]

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Organize the Backyard for Spring with These Handy How-Tos

The weather warms and before you know it, you’re scrambling to organize and clean the backyard for your child’s birthday party or a family potluck.  Organize the backyard, front yard, or any outdoor space with these handy tips and how-tos. Step One – Gather & Conquer Gather up stray toys, garden tools and other items lying around the yard and place them in one location. On a picnic table works well. Sort items by type […]

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Shutter Design and Installation: Choosing the Best Shutters for Your Home

Installing exterior window shutters is one of the best ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. If you’re thinking about installing exterior shutters, you may have questions – Can I paint or stain my shutters? How do I install them? How tall or short should window shutters be compared to window height? Learn more about choosing shutters, shutter design, and installation below. What type of exterior shutters would look best? The most popular shutter styles […]

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How to Work a Bathtub or Shower Repair Kit Like a Pro

Ready to freshen the look of your bathroom? DIY bathtub and shower repair kits are available at most hardware stores and home centers. A do-it-yourself shower repair kit applied to ceramic, porcelain or fiberglass surfaces, can renew old bathtub and shower fixtures, or completely change their color if you wish. Here’s how: Refinish Your Bathtub and Shower with a Repair Kit Supplies: Cleaning and Surface Preparation: Wet & Forget Indoor (to remove mildew) Abrasive cleaner […]

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Essential Shrub Care Tips for the Home Landscape

From spring-flowering azalea shrubs to berried bushes in winter, garden shrubs add visual excitement to your yard. When mature, shrubs range in height from less than 12 inches to up to 15 feet. See below for helpful shrub care tips and how-tos. Flowering Shrubs Flowering shrubs are a great way to add a bit of color to your yard. The beautiful blooms from these shrubs are sure to brighten your spring and summer! Shrub Roses […]

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How to Maintain Your Overhead Garage Door

A little preventive maintenance can prolong the life of your garage door, saving you costly repair bills. And taking care the door’s rollers and tracks can prevent excessive wear to the mechanical system.  A quiet, safe, smoothly operating garage door is the goal. Read on for instructions on how to maintain and lubricate your automatic overhead garage door. A once-a-year garage door inspection and tune-up will ensure your door’s safety and reliability. First, be safe […]

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Best Porch Planter Ideas – Flowers for Sun and Shade

Welcome your guests this spring with a flowering container garden. Choose the best plants for your location and learn about proper feeding and care. Whether your porch receives full sun or lots of shade, read on for the best porch planter ideas. Container Plants for a Sunny Porch If your porch faces south or west, it probably receives plenty of sunshine. Below are flowering container plants that do well in full sun – Petunias Petunias […]

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Rain Gutters – How They Work Plus Important Installation Tips

Rain gutters are essential because they protect the exterior of your home. Read on to learn about available gutter drainage options, plus information on proper gutter installation, slope, downspouts and more. How do rain gutters work? Gutters are U-shaped troughs made of metal, vinyl or copper designed to collect water from your roof. The water moves through the gutter – to the downspout – to the ground, and away from your home. A common gutter […]

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Healthy Salad Garden Ideas for Veggie Loving Gardeners

Fresh and delicious salad greens and vegetables are easy to grow, and they make a healthy addition to mealtime. If you’re interested in starting a salad garden, see our salad garden ideas and how-tos, below. What kind of salad greens and veggies should I grow? It depends on your tastes and your planting zone. Some greens are sweet while others are pleasantly peppery or pungent. Salad green selections include leaf lettuce, arugula, mesclun mix, spinach, […]

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DIY Easter Decorations Made Quick & Easy

Spring is officially here! Although the weather may not seem quite warm enough for spring, the Easter holiday is just around the corner. Welcome family and friends to your home with these three simple DIY Easter decorations. DIY Balloon Easter Basket Instead of using tacky store-bought Easter baskets to decorate, create your own with our tutorial! You can pick out the color of the basket and personalize it with our decorating ideas. This DIY Easter […]

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