Should You Turn Your Heat Down When You’re Not Home?

Thanks to the technology of heating and cooling systems, we’re able to have comfortable environments in our homes, even when the weather outside is freezing cold or sweltering hot. But, the price of running your heater or air conditioner constantly can quickly add up. One common solution that many propose to this problem is to…

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Secure Loose Gutters

Your gutters were likely originally installed using spikes and ferrules. The system works, but eventually the spikes come loose, causing the gutter to droop or fall. Pounding the spikes back in creates a temporary fix, but, as before, the spike eventually comes loose again. New gutter systems use fascia hanger brackets. Slip the front of…

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Instant Cleanup for Messy Jobs

Are you installing a new entertainment center that requires you to drill holes in the wall? Perhaps you’re adding another electrical outlet and need to cut a hole in your drywall. These jobs often result in piles of dust and debris on the floor. If you want to keep your workspace cleaner or simply don’t…

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How to Repaint Stained Walls

When you have a stained wall, you may consider painting it over. But, stains can prevent paints from adhering and complicate the process. If you’re planning on repainting a stained wall, you’ll want to prepare properly. Here are some common types of stains and what you can do to prep walls before repainting: Nicotine stains.…

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Fix a Sensitive Arc Fault Circuit Breaker

Do you have a circuit breaker that constantly trips, seemingly without reason? Sensitive arc fault circuit breakers present a common problem that most homeowners can solve without calling in the pros. Arc fault circuit breakers are prone to “nuisance tripping,” often due to underlying electrical currents that leak and cause the breaker to flip. Luckily,…

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Five Futuristic Green Home Improvements

In recent years, we’ve all become increasingly aware of the importance of making environmentally conscious decisions in all aspects of our lives. When it comes to our homes, there are several ways to make features more green—and, as technology advances, more are going to become readily available. Check out these five futuristic home improvements that…

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Electrical Cable Basics You Need to Know

If you’re considering taking on a DIY wiring project, there are some basics you need to know before diving in. We’ve compiled a list of the most important steps you can take to help avoid an electrical disaster. Know the Differences Between Cable and Wire While most people use the two terms interchangeably, there really…

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What’s the Most Readily Accessible Measuring Tool?

Working on a home improvement project often involves a lot of measuring but most of us don’t carry a measuring tape in our pockets. So, what if you find a new piece of furniture or home improvement item while you’re out shopping but you’re not sure if it will fit in your home? Thankfully, most…

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A Must-Know Tape Tearing Tip

Masking tape comes with a couple of nuisances: 1) the tape won’t tear, and 2) the seam disappears. While there are tape holders that can help prevent these issues, there’s an easier way to solve both problems. Here’s what to do: Pull the amount of tape you need from the roll. Fold the piece of…

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Water Heater Considerations

While the typical water heater has a lifespan of about 8 to12 years, careful consideration of the factors that pertain to its lifespan can provide the home inspector and the homeowner with information about the potential costs that would be incurred by replacing the water heater. These factors include: correct installation; usage volume; construction quality; and maintenance. Correct…

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Ten Tools You Need to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

Painting your home’s exterior can give it a fresh new look and increase its property value. Even better, you can do the job inexpensively on your own. To achieve an exterior paint job that lasts, gather these ten tools: A multi-purpose five-in-one tool to help with removing obstructions, opening and closing paint cans, and cleaning…

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A Pre-Listing Inspection Puts The Seller In Charge

In the process of buying a home, the prospective buyer typically orders an inspection of the home before finalizing the purchase. On the other hand, it’s often advantageous for homeowners to order an inspection of their home before putting it on the market. This process, called a pre-listing inspection, serves to put the seller in…

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Repairing a Bathtub Leak

If you’re faced with a bathtub leak, you’ve probably either noticed water damage on the ceiling below or a persistent drip from the faucet. Unless you’re a licensed plumber, it’s probably best to call the professionals to diagnose and fix the former issue as soon as possible. Fixing a Dripping Faucet Dripping faucets are often…

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Quick Steps to Diagnose a Low-Pressure Faucet

While a slow-flowing faucet may be a sign of larger plumbing issues, it’s often a quick fix. Take the following steps to diagnose the issue. 1. Check the Shut-Off Valve: Check that the shut-off valve beneath the sink is fully in the on position. Stored items sometimes knock this valve out of place. If the…

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Quick Home Composting Tips

From reducing your carbon footprint to making your own organic, nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden or landscaping, composting is a great way to put food scraps and yard debris to good use. What Goes Into the Compost Pile? To maintain a healthy compost pile, make sure to alternate between adding: Dry, carbon-rich “brown” materials like…

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Increasing Resale Value for Your House

Whether you’re looking to sell your house soon or want to make it easier in the future, there are some simple ways to make your home worth more when you sell it. First Impressions Whether it’s someone driving by or looking online, the outside of the house is the first thing they’ll see. A few…

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