My Lights Went Out! Inside the Breaker Box

All homeowners need to know where the main breaker box is and how it works. This is the steel box – usually a grey-blue color – that provides electricity to your entire house. Whenever you have an issue with power or need to turn it off, this is normally where you go. There can also…

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How to Bleach Away a Water Stain

No one wants to have to repaint his or her entire ceiling. This takes a lot of time and effort. If you’re short on time, money and don’t have the time for a whole ceiling redo, you don’t need to worry about it. There is a trick to removing water stains. Here is what you…

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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 individuals who are trained to…

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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 weren’t obtained until months later.…

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What The Seller Should Expect from a Home Inspection

Home inspectors should be a welcome part of the home buying process for the seller the agent and the buyer. Not only will the inspector provide a list of items that need attention, but they also, by the process of elimination, indicate all the areas of the home that are in working order. If you’re…

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Home Air Conditioning Systems: What is the Difference?

You need a new air conditioner, but how do you choose which one to buy? Every system is so unique, and you may not know what the differences are. Options Window: They are small, self-contained units that eject heat outdoors. They work well if properly sized for the space they are cooling. Portable: Attach the…

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Flush Out That Toilet Bowl Leak

Your water bill can be adversely affected by an unstopped toilet bowl leak, not to mention the potential damage to floors or walls when they are constantly exposed to water, however small the amount. Don’t flush your money down the drain by allowing a leak to go unchecked. Here is a simple test to see…

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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, so give it plenty of…

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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 a cover in any area…

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Straighten and Clean Your Cooling Fins

Air must move through the condensing unit in your air conditioner to effectively cool your home. If the fins get bent or damaged, air flow may be restricted. Needed Tools Aluminum fins could get bent or damaged by debris or high pressures washing. Purchase a fin comb, or coil fin tool, to straighten bent fins.…

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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 away. Even if you do…

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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 in the house. For those…

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Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

The duct work in your home or office circulates the air throughout the building either heating it or cooling it as it passes through the HVAC system. Over time, the ducts can become dirty with dust, debris and mold. Those areas of build up can contaminate the air you breathe indoors. The absence of large…

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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 fun; you still need to…

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A Fix for Rickety Chairs

Do you have a rickety chair that won’t keep it together? Over time, dining room chairs start to get worse for wear. Often, they might still look good but they’re unstable. Instead of trusting your family and friends to sit on them, you only have a couple of choices. Either you can toss them out…

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Muffle Those Noisy Pipes

Do your pipes sound like they are practicing for the church choir? This problem is especially common in older homes or apartments. The noise is usually caused by pipes that thump or creak against boards in the walls or rattle from the pressure of the water coursing through them. Don’t lose your shirt over it…

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How to Fix Difficult Roof Problems

Some roof problems will require a bit more creative thinking and elbow grease to fix than others. These tips can help. The Cause One of the main causes of hard-to-fix leaks is failure to properly waterproof the area where the roof joins with the soffit. The Fix Here’s how to repair poor flashing. Remove the…

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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. Infections Studies do show that increased time in moldy and damp areas can lead to a greater risk of respiratory infection, such…

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