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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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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How to Sharpen Your Lawnmower Blades

If you notice your lawnmower isn’t performing as well as it used to, it may be time to remove and sharpen the blades. Lawnmower blades benefit from occasional sharpening. Here’s how to do it: First, safely detach the blade from your lawnmower. Read your machine’s owner’s manual for instructions on…

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How to Hide a Hole

No one wants to stare at a hole in the ceiling. Have you ever had an unsightly hole that you didn’t have the time or money to patch up? Fortunately, there is a solution if you can’t patch it right away. If you want to save patching for later, you…

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How to Repair a Leaky Faucet

Many homeowners complain about leaky faucets. This is a common problem that often has an easy fix. Usually a faucet leaks because the components wear out. If you want to replace your worn out washers, seals and O-Rings, here is how. With a compression faucet, follow these steps: Remove decorative…

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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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Gardening for Beginners

Gardening is a great way to spend some time outdoors, add some value and aesthetic to your home, and even grow your own food. But, for those who’ve never tried gardening before, getting started can seem like an overwhelming task. If you’re ready to beautify your yard but aren’t sure…

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Does a Smelly Basement Mean You Have Mold

You go down into your basement and you are hit with a musty, earthy smell. Does this mean there is mold taking root in your basement? It certainly is a possibility, and if there is any chance, you do not want to ignore that smell. Mold can cause serious and…

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Prevent Damage From Water Leaks

A leaking pipe can cause a lot of damage in a hurry. Basic household knowledge should include the simple task of shutting off the water, but do you know where your water main is? It is surprising how few people know what it is; let alone where to find it.…

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Do Not Give Mold a Foothold

It may seem like mold could never be an issue for your home, but it is surprising how easily it can grow. Unchecked moisture can result in mold developing in your home in less than two days. In some cases, mold can get a serious foothold in just 24 hours.…

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How to Keep a Cabinet Door Closed

Do you have cabinet doors that swing open? Most people know the struggle of trying to keep cabinet doors closed. If you have kids or pets, this might be particularly frustrating. You don’t want your kids or pets getting into the bottom cupboards. Likewise, if it’s your top shelves, you…

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Who Needs a Plumber – Use Masking Tape

Over time as your home settles, vibrations and temperature changes can cause the joints of your pipes to loosen a bit and you may even see some leakage. Don’t panic, as this is common. And there is a solution that is easy, inexpensive, and likely sitting in your junk drawer…

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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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The Important of Regular Maintenance of Your Radon System

After your radon mitigation system is installed, it’s important not to ignore it and assume that everything is working properly. Instead, make sure you have a maintenance plan in place with the installation company. While many companies perform this maintenance as part of the installation price, some may require you…

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Loose Outlets Are Fire Hazards

When you plug an appliance into an outlet, take note of the outlet itself. Normally, the inside should be secure. If it isn’t and if the outlet is moving around, then you may want to safely pop it open to find out what’s going on or call an electrician if…

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Use Overhead Storage for Ladders

Every inch of storage space is valuable in your garage. It’s important to keep the most-used items within easy reach, but other items that you don’t use on a daily basis can benefit from more creative storage. The space above your head is a great area for your ladders. Since…

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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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Use Joist Spacing in Your Garage

No matter how big our garages or basements are, we always seem to run out of storage space. It’s just inevitable. Making the most of every inch will give you storage options for everything you need. If you have items that need to be stored, we’ve got a solution for…

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Combat Moisture To Combat Mold

Mold can be a worrying issue, but it can only grow in areas of high moisture. It is hard to combat mold growth directly, but it is easy to combat excessive moisture. First, identify and fix the source of the moisture. It may be a leaky pipe, bad insulation, or…

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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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Under-Sink Storage for Fixture Parts and Manuals

If you recently updated a sink or bath fixture, you probably wondered what to do with the manual and spare parts included with your purchase. While these items often wind up in junk drawers, you may need them later. Instead of devoting space in your workbench or other storage containers…

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How Positive Feng Shui Can Help a Home Sell

As home inspectors and realtors know, there is usually a buyer out there for every home. When sellers utilize basic Feng Shui principles, they open themselves up to a bigger pool of buyers. Here are ten fast and effective tips to increase a home’s Chi. 1) It’s a Classic  The…

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Fix Tiny Holes with Flashing

One sneaky problem in your shingles that could be causing leaks is a tiny hole. Here are some of the problems this can cause over time. Rotten Wood The constant dampness on wood can cause it to rot. This could lead to structural damage over time, depending on the location…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Fix Step Flashing Problems

Contractors use step flashing to create a proper seal along the areas where the roof meets the wall. However, even when properly installed these do need repair from time to time. What to Look For Here’s how to know if your step flashing might be the problem. Rusted flashing Flashing…

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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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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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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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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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Which Radon Mitigation Company Should You Use?

While it may be a little scary to swallow the cost of installing a radon mitigation system, it is important to invest in a high-quality system that will work properly and function for a long time. This is not a place where you should skimp, so if you’re buying the…

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What to Check Before You Call an Electrician

Basic troubleshooting often solves electrical problems. Read these tips to see if you can fix the problem before spending time and money calling in an electrician. If you just replaced a fuse, did you replace it with the same amperage? Make sure it is in tight and the fuse is…

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The Top 3 Home Inspection Mistakes Realtors Make

Every experienced real estate agent has worked with great home inspectors in their career. Regrettably, they’ve worked with some real dogs too. You owe it to yourself to recommend an inspector who won’t drive you crazy. Here are 3 common mistakes realtors make and how to avoid them. Skipping the…

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Office Organizers in Your Kitchen

Are you tired of sorting through a mess of different sizes of cookie sheets, baking pans, and cutting boards in your kitchen? Storing these items in messy stacks is not only cumbersome and a waste of storage space; it’s also a good way to damage their surfaces. Instead of potentially…

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

Working from home can be a great opportunity to work in your pajamas and sit in a favorite chair. Even at home, though, it is important to get things done efficiently and stay on task. Home offices often have to serve multiple purposes, so organization becomes key to keeping things…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4 Easy Ways to Beat Allergies This Year

Allergy season can be a nightmare for those who are affected. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. By taking steps to allergy-proof your home, you can make your allergies as manageable as possible. Do a Deep Clean Many allergies are aggravated by dust in the home,…

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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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Change Your Furnace Filter to Save Money

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

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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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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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Get the Facts About 5 Home Inspection Myths

Once the sale contract is signed, eager home buyers have another hurdle to overcome, the home inspection. As a real estate agent, you can ease your client’s mind by being a source of information about the home inspection process. Here are the facts behind five common home inspection myths. An…

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Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and CGFI Reset

Dead outlets can be a major inconvenience in the home. While your first instinct may be to call an electrician, there are multiple potential causes of dead outlets—many of which you can fix yourself. Before you pick up the phone, see if you can find the problem to save some…

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How to Repair a Doorbell

Doorbells are a classic way for guests to let you know they’re at the door, and malfunctioning ones can be an inconvenience. Fortunately, you can identify and fix the problem on your own. Here’s what to look out for: The problem may be with the wiring that connects the parts…

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