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Tips For Cleaning And Maintaining Your Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is one of the most important responsibilities of a homeowner that is often overlooked and taken for granted. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until their gutters are filled to the brim before they decide to clean it. This delay exposes their houses to possible damage. Why Should You Clean The Gutters? 1. Property […]

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Five Hidden Poisons In Your House And Garage

It shouldn’t take an Act of Congress to get you motivated to eliminate dangerous hidden poisons in your house and garage, but if that’s what you need, now is the perfect time to ensure that your home is safe for every member of your family. Public Law 87-319 was signed by President Kennedy in 1961, […]

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How To Setup An Outdoor Fireplace And Grill Pit

An outdoor fireplace and grill pit combines the beauty and warmth of a fireplace with the   functionality of a grill. The structure can be used for cozy social moments or for barbecuing hamburgers, shish kabobs, marshmallows or hot dogs. Many can be bought in convenient fire pit packages in a range of styles and sizes. […]

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Could A Sofa Bed Create More Space?

What are spare rooms in a home often used for? Storing music collections, hiding winter coats and keeping Christmas decorations out of sight. There is that period in everybody’s calendar though where family and friends visit and a place to lay their head is required. Rush forward a need to hide every single one of […]

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Easy Low Cost Ways To Update Your Kitchen

Modular kitchens are part of modern living. However, the chances of moving into a house with an existing kitchen you don’t like are quite high and often unavoidable. The kitchen may have lost appeal over the years. What was trendy then, is outdated and unwanted now. You definitely don’t want to move into a house […]

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Durham’s Greenest House

I just returned from a visit to the greenest house in Durham today, the “Smart Home”. This was a tour given to my child’s class by the program’s director that I had the fortunate honor of helping to chaperone.  Many times I have past by this house built on Duke University’s campus, but this was […]

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Ways To Save On Your Heating Bill

The winter brings the added expense of having to heat your house.  Being comfortable without having to wear a parka inside your home should be your goal here.  In this writing, I will explore a few tips to save on your energy bill while also keeping your family warm and comfortable. Weatherstripping The weatherstripping around […]

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Tips To Better Insulate Your House

  Installing a solar water heater, photo voltaic electric panels and a geothermal HVAC system would certainly green any home and make it more energy efficient.  Unfortunately, the high price tags keep these items out of reach for many property owners.  There are ways to improve comfort and lower your energy bills without such a […]

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Why Is Weatherstripping So Important?

  Weatherstripping performs an important role within your home.  It works to both keep conditioned air within your home and unconditioned air outside.  You will find weatherstripping primarily around doors, windows, storm doors, door hatches, closets and garage doors. It does its job by helping to insulate your house from the outside. The illustration below […]

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DIY Plumbing Tips

  There are many basic plumbing repairs that can be done by a handy home owner or DIYer.  So you may want to try to do the fix yourself before calling the plumber.  Be sure you have the correct tool and plumbing parts on hand before starting your projects to ensure it will go smoothly.  […]

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