Posts in «Home Improvement» category

Weather Stripping How-Tos for Doors and Windows

Do your windows rattle on a windy day? Do you feel a slight draft when you stand next to an exterior door? If so, your indoor air, either heated or cooled, is leaking outside. This can become an expensive problem that will show up on next month’s utility bill. Adequate weather stripping for doors and windows is essential. Worn or insufficient weather stripping is often the cause of chilly indoor drafts in the winter and […]

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Outdoor Faucet Repair: Problem Leaks and How-to Fixes

A leaky outdoor faucet will waste gallons of water if not repaired. It also means higher water bills. And a vibrating or squeaking outdoor faucet is just annoying. If you’ve got a leaky or squeaky outdoor faucet (either traditional or frost free), see below for handy outdoor faucet repair tips and how-tos. Fixing a Leaky Exterior Faucet (Frost Free) A frost-free outdoor faucet can prevent damage from winter’s freezes and thaws. What’s the difference between […]

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Fabulous DIY Faux Paint & Gel Stain Finishes for the Modern Home

Need to give your garage door or boring kitchen backsplash a new look? Upgrade your home with a new, exciting look and feel with paint or gel stain. If you’re eager to learn more about DIY faux paint finishes or gel stain finishes, read on. Faux Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash This ingenious and simple DIY faux finish technique looks just like ceramic subway tile. Perfect for a kitchen backsplash, this small-scale project will add contemporary style […]

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How to Install a Fire Alarm System and Carbon Monoxide Detector

House fires can start and spread quickly. Keep your family safe by learning to correctly install and maintain a fire alarm system. A properly installed CO detector will protect your loved ones from dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family. See below for instructions on how to install a fire alarm system and a CO detector. First, it’s essential to have the right […]

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How to Get Organized for a Garage Sale

Having a garage sale is a great way to get rid of things that are cluttering up your space while making some extra money at the same time. It could be a simple one day sale, or even 2-3 days long. When hosting any sale, it’s essential to ensure that all merchandise is organized and accounted for. Organization is especially vital to hosting a successful garage sale. Most people don’t have enough free space in their […]

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How-tos for Painting Over Stains on Walls and Surfaces

Did your kiddo recently “decorate” a bedroom wall with a permanent marker? Or maybe you’ve noticed a suspicious stain on the basement ceiling? Painting over stains on indoor surfaces is 3-step simple. First, you’ll need to do a little detective work to figure out the type of stain you’ve got. Continue reading for tips and how-tos – How to Paint Over A Marker Stain If you kid’s creative muse has left a mark, here’s how […]

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The Facts About Energy Efficient Windows, Plus Installation How-tos

If you have old, single-pane windows it’s likely that they’re a drain on your energy bill. Installing energy efficient windows will reduce your heating and cooling bill, plus it’s good for the environment. And you may qualify for a tax credit. Read on to learn more – Why do I need energy efficient windows? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, leaky windows are the cause of 25% to 30% of the heating/cooling loss that […]

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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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