Home Improvement Tips

Consider Scheduling Your Remodeling Project for the Winter

5 Reasons to Consider Scheduling Your Remodeling Project for the Winter.

When it comes to scheduling a time to remodel your home, odds are your thinking is in line with most homeowners: plan for either the spring or the summer. However, there are also some advantages to planning your remodel during the winter. This may seem unorthodox, but it may actually benefit you more. The following are 5 reasons why you should schedule your remodeling project during the winter months.

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Weatherproof Your House for Next Winter

How to Weatherproof Your House for Next Winter

Every winter you put up with cold drafts and hard to heat rooms. Then you look at your skyrocketing utility bills and decide this is the year to do something about it. Following are some tips on finding and stopping areas where heat is getting out and cold is getting in.

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Maintaining Your Heat Pump

Maintaining Your Heat Pump Even During the Hottest Days

Many people purchase heat pumps because they are energy efficient.  During hot summer days, these energy efficient units may require a little extra maintenance. 

  • Leave the unit running.  Heat pumps may takes upwards of 8 hours per day to keep the house at a comfortable level during the hot summer days.  Even if you plan to be away from home all day, it is more energy efficient to leave the unit running, so that it can keep the temperature at a constant...
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Water Leak

5 Signs You Have a Hidden Water Leak

Water damage can be quite costly to repair, and usually takes a team of plumbers, carpenters, and contractors. Find leaks even when they are hidden in the walls with these five tips, then get them professionally repaired before the water damage worsens. 

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Damaged Window Screen

Window Screen Repair: Do It Yourself

Damaged window screens can detract from the appeal of your home or business.  They can also be an unwanted entrance for bugs, birds, and rodents.  This problem can be remedied very easily and very economically.  All that is needed is a few tools, some replacement material, and a little time.

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Replace a Broken Tile

How to Replace a Broken Tile

If you’ve always wanted tile floors, but you were afraid they might crack, then don’t worry. Minor cracks can be repaired, and once you learn the basics, replacing a broken tile is as simple as changing a light bulb. These few tips will get you headed in the right direction.

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How To Unjam Your Garbage Disposal

How To Unjam Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposal machines are convenient devices that make getting rid of leftover food an easy task. Simply dump your waste down the drain and run the machine and it will soon disappear. But sometimes things will get stuck in the disposal that were never meant to be in there, for instance a dishrag or bottle brush. When this happens sometimes the blades can get jammed on the object, which will not come loose no mater how hard you pull at it.

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Interior Paint

7 Reasons Some Interior Paint Jobs Cost More

Most Americans have some experience with painting the interior of a home, although few seem to enjoy it. A professional painter can often complete a small job in a day or two, even though for the average homeowner it can take two or three times as long and produce results that look half as good. It's not surprising then, that so many people choose to use a professional painter. What does surprise homeowners is the way that the price of an interior paint job can differ so much from one task to the next. 

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Installing a New Shower

Tips for Installing a New Shower

Installing a new shower is a great way to give an old and tired bathroom new life, and to treat yourself to a great new bathroom.  Installing a new shower is within the ability of many homeowners, but it is important to take the steps necessary to do the job right the first time, and it is just as important to avoid some of the most common mistakes shower installers make.

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Plan for a Home Improvement Project

How to Plan for a Home Improvement Project

Home improvement is a life changing event. Whether you are doing the project yourself, or having a contractor do it for you, there are several tips to a home improvement project that can make the process go a little smoother.

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Carpet Flooring

Why Carpet is Still a Great Option for Your Living Room Floor

Hardwood gets a lot of attention and acclaim as an upscale home flooring system. However, carpet still offers a number of important advantages when you install it in your living room.

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Dishwasher

10 Fixes for Dishwasher not Cleaning

Are you annoyed when you go to empty your dishwasher and the dishes still have food on them or have a film? You are not alone. Goggling "dishwasher not cleaning" turns up 24,000,000 search results. The problem is not just with older dishwashers either. One of the top complaints consumers have about their new dishwasher is that it does not clean properly.

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5 Home Improvements That Won't Increase Your Home's Appeal

5 Home Improvements That Won't Increase Your Home's Appeal

Not all improvements made to the home can increase the value and appeal to a new buyer. In most cases, these investments are unlikely to reflect in the house's sale value. If you are planning on buying a new home within the next two to three years, then the investments that won't increase the monetary value of the house should be avoided. Five common home improvements that won't have a significant impact on the value of your house are as follows.

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Tips for Selecting the Right Ceramic Tile

Tips for Selecting the Right Ceramic Tile

Perhaps the most important part of shopping for ceramic tile is to ensure that the tile you are looking at is suitable for the purpose to which it will be put.  For instance, some ceramic tiles are made to stand up to the rigors of outdoor use or high heat, while others are not.  If the tile is to be used outdoors or in the kitchen, it is important to be sure it is suitable for that purpose.

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Check the Condition of a Used Hot Tub

How to Check the Condition of a Used Hot Tub

Check the accuracy of the thermostat. Use a thermometer to do this. The tub must have the capacity to elevate the water temperature to the normal operating temperature of around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This standard check tells you if there is a problem with the water heater.

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7 Reasons LED Bulbs Make Sense for Your Home

The acronym LED stands for light-emitting diode. It is currently the most energy efficient light source available to the public consumer. Unfortunately, it is also a little pricey. Many consumers have an initial reaction that the LED is simply not suitable to their budget. Still, upon further reflection, there are several reasons why the time may be right to make the switch.

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Selecting Countertops for Your Kitchen

Kitchen Countertops: How to Choose the Right One

Kitchens are a focal point in the home as well as an integral part of family life. Everyone gathers in the kitchen for a meal here or there throughout the week, no matter how busy his or her schedule is. Quite often, the day really begins in the kitchen as the first cup of coffee is brewed or the school lunches are taken. Additionally, entertaining guests at parties, family gatherings, or celebrations typically takes place in the kitchen.

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Smoke alarm

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), fire is the third leading cause of death in the home, with about 5,000 fire-related deaths each year. Heating system fires are the second leading cause of residential fires, mainly because people do not have professionally maintained heating systems.

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Showerhead

What is a Low Flow Showerhead?

A showerhead is one of the most important appliances in any home, and it is important for homeowners to understand how this vital item operates. Showerheads come in a staggering variety of shapes, sizes and prices, and it can often be difficult to find the perfect showerhead for the home.Replacing a worn out showerhead with a shiny new model can result in more pleasant showers, more efficient hair washing and even substantial energy savings. As with any other home improvement project, it is important to shop around carefully before deciding on a particular showerhead model or design.

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Kitchen sink

Choosing a Kitchen Sink

Whether you are choosing a completely new design for your kitchen or just considering a few improvements, a new kitchen sink is unlikely to be at the top of your priority list. The sink, however, is used more than most other items in the kitchen and needs to be tough and resilient to cope with a multitude of tasks, from washing dishes to washing hands. There are a variety of products on the market to choose from, which come in a range of different colours; so making the right choice will require careful consideration.

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Local plumbing professional

What Not to Do to Your Plumbing

Unless you have a crush on your local plumber, you probably don't want to see one any time soon. There are lots of ways to avoid having to call your local plumbing professional, but these three pieces of advice definitely won't help prevent a plumbing disaster. Here's a tongue-in-cheek look at what not to do when it comes to your plumbing.

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Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

7 Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips to Avoid Costly Repairs

Garbage disposals are one of the most used and least maintained household appliances. When it stops working, you may be faced with expensive repairs. You can avoid costly repairs by maintaining your garbage disposal properly. Get started today with these 7 practical tips.

 

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Reduce Your Heating Bills

5 Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter

Heating and cooling your home accounts for about half of your annual energy bills, and keeping your heating system operating efficiently is essential for saving money, reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your comfort during cold weather. These tips will help you maintain a high level of comfort at a lower energy price tag.

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Front door

How to Choose the Perfect Front Door for Your Home

Your front door should reflect the style and personality of your home and those within it. Is it warm and inviting or not much to talk about at all? Whichever the case may be, the front door on your home gives visitors and people passing by an instant impression. Friends and family enter through your front door to celebrate holidays and other special occasions. This is one reason the importance of having a welcoming front entrance should not be overlooked.

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Ceiling fan

How Ceiling Fans Can Make a Difference

Decorative ceiling fans are an inexpensive way to add effortless comfort and a splash of style to a room. As they can be purchased with a light kit in the center, two needs are taken care of at once. Your home stays cooler and you have the light that you need, without having to take up space with floor lamps. Other benefits are that modern ceiling fans don’t make a sound and most come with a remote control to make your life easier.

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Red color for interior

How to Paint a Room? Paint Color Ideas.

Changing the color of a room is one of the easiest ways to improve its entire look and feel. Painting a room allows you to update its design and make the space feel brand-new. Choosing the right colors for room painting is key, and it is often best to consult a paint design expert to help you.

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Track lighting

Interior Decorating Ideas: Lighting Tips

Many people want to change the way their home looks but don’t know where to begin. One excellent way to change the overall visual impression of a room is through lighting. When executed properly, lighting creates visual effects which can positively alter the overall mood of the space.

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