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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Use Energy Efficient Products

Do you care about the environment? Do you care about saving money? If your answer is yes, then it is time to switch to energy efficient products. Monetary savings include less energy expenditure as well as tax credits. Look around your home and see where you can save. Energy Efficient…

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Top Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

A few small maintenance jobs can keep you free of expensive refrigerator repair bills. These jobs take no more than five minutes each, but can save you a lot of time and money. Complete them twice a year for best results, but, the more often you do them, the better.…

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Ungrounded Electrical Systems and Shock Risk

Have you ever touched a metal object plugged in in your home and receive a shock? If you have, this is a sign that your electrical system has a problem. More specifically, this is anindication of an ungrounded electrical system. There is a very serious increased risk for shock any…

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Fix Loose Furniture Joints

Loose joints in pieces of furniture can be dangerous. Joints loosen over time with use of the furniture, or as the bonds between the two parts weaken. It’s important to fix them as soon as possible to avoid any injuries. Epoxy fills gaps while also repairing the wiggle. Buy a…

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Extension Cords- Repair, Don’t Replace

Extension cords are getting more expensive due to the rise in copper prices. Keep your extension cords in good condition by replacing damaged plugs and sockets. Cut off the old plug from the end of the cord. Use a knife to cut the jacket coating on the outside of the…

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Easy Ladder Storage

Ladders can be cumbersome when it comes time to store them, but did you know that keeping them low is much easier than trying to tuck them into a crawlspace or an overhead storage rack in your garage? You may have overlooked some valuable storage space along the lower parts…

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6 Hidden Dangers in the Home to Watch Out For

Everybody wants a safe home. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as just keeping doors locked and the structure maintained. There are many surprising areas where your home may be exposing you and your family to unsafe conditions, and it’s probably not what you think. Mold One of the most…

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Professional vs. DIY Floor Refinishing

Professional vs. DIY Floor Refinishing When it comes to refinishing your floors, you might think it’s a bargain to DIY and refinish them yourself. But, if you’re working with old flooring or irreplaceable wood, you may want to stop and rethink that decision for a moment—you’ll be living with the…

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Create Vertical Cabinet Space

Most cabinets are designed with horizontal storage in mind. While this works for the basics, there are plenty of items in a kitchen that could benefit from vertical storage options. Cookie sheets, cake pans, muffin tins and other tall baking equipment all store more easily vertically. Standing them on end…

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How To Save Money – Restore Your Deck

Stop Wasting Money on Deck Repairs! When your deck begins to look as though it has seen better days, you may think it’s time to start replacing boards. Don’t be so hasty! Hardwood is quite pricey and continues to become more expensive over the years. Instead, there’s a cheaper and…

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Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans move air around the room, saving you money on energy bills. In the summer, set the fan to run in a counterclockwise direction, moving cool air around the room. In winter, set the fan to clockwise to draw warm air up from the floor. To move the correct…

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Perfect Paint Lines Every Time

Have you ever carefully placed painter’s tape and painted a wall only for the tape to cause an uneven or jagged line once you remove it? Professional painters use a simple trick to prevent this. When you use painter’s tape to block an edge, the paint will likely cover part…

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Credit at Closing vs. Repairs

When your listing receives an accepted offer, expect the buyer to enlist the services of a home inspector before the contract is complete. Even a brand-new home isn’t perfect. Buyers often use home inspections to negotiate during the buying process. Home Inspection Purpose A home inspection is designed to ensure…

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Best Practices for Smoke Detector Maintenance

Smoke detectors can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire, but they need proper maintenance to work. Here are some tips for keeping your smoke detector running: Test a smoke detector monthly by pressing the test button. If the detector chirps, then it’s operational. Replace…

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Hidden Air Leaks Inside Your Home

Even the smallest air leak in your home can make a big difference to your energy bill. It’s important to check for drafts in your home and to fix them as soon as possible. Sealing up cracks and keeping out drafts will keep your home more efficient. Check the electrical…

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Replacing a Plug and Rewiring Electronics

Performing a do-it-yourself project to replace a plug or rewire electronics can help save time and money, if you feel comfortable working on these items on your own. But be warned, incorrectly wiring these fixtures can create a dangerous situation where the appliance shocks you, especially if you touch a…

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How to Unclog a Slow Sink Drain

It’s usually easy to fix most backed-up sink drains in your home with a few simple tools. Your kitchen and bathroom basins have two places where most debris can turn into a nasty clog. Clean them out regularly to keep your drains free-flowing. Purging them is often a disgusting, smelly,…

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Tricks to Avoid Paint Mess

Painting your home is a messy project. Paint can end up on your clothing, your face, hands and any other exposed parts. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you keep the paint on the walls and off of you. Apply a layer of lotion to your face and…

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Easy Winter Glove and Hat Storage

When you and your kids come inside from the snow, where do you put all your wet and snowy clothes? Hats and gloves should hang to dry, and you may struggle to find a suitable spot for these items. You can make a simple indoor drying line for your winter…

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Installing Recessed Lighting for Dramatic Effect

Recessed lighting can create a dramatic and stylish effect in any room. While you may think you need to have access to the attic to install these lighting fixtures, it is possible to install them with minimal damage to your ceiling. Here’s how: Locate a source of power and determine…

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Easily Organize Your Measuring Cups with This Hack

Sick of messy, disorganized kitchen drawers? Can’t find the measuring cup and spoon you need for a recipe? There’s an easy life hack to organize measuring cups that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Here’s what you’ll need: One or two wooden strips Screws Small hooks Purchase strips of…

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Create Secret Storage Solutions

Get creative when it comes to hiding your stuff. Clutter tends to collect in ugly piles around the house. Instead of leaving it where it falls, create storage solutions to hide the mess. If you have valuables, hide them in plain sight with a bit of creativity. One example is…

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Build Cleaning Gear Storage With S-Hooks

Cleaning gear is essential to keeping your home in top shape but cleaning supplies aren’t always easy to store if you don’t have a way of keeping everything organized. And,as your cleaning supplies may touch the less than sanitary nooks and crannies of your home, you don’t want them touching…

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Common Mistakes DIYers Make with Electrical Projects

Do-it-yourself (DIY) electrical projects can save considerable money and help you understand the inner workings of your home’s electrical system. They can also, however, be dangerous and costly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Avoiding common mistakes is a great first step toward successfully completing a DIY electrical project.…

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What’s the Secret to Not Losing Socks?

Everyone’s had the experience at some point or another: You’re folding laundry and realize that you’re missing a sock from a pair. In fact, you’re missing several socks, and you have a stack of them waiting to reunite with their partners. Just where do those things go, anyway? For the…

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Add Extra Space in Your Closet

Running out of space in your closet? We’ve got the solution you’ve been looking for. Install an add-on clothes rack, doubling the amount of hanging space for your wardrobe. Measure a piece of rod to match the length of the rod on the top level of your closet. Screw eye…

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Seal Your Home Against Drafts in the Winter

Air conditioning vents provide cool air during the summer months, but in the winter they can let in cold drafts. You should not block them permanently, because you’ll need the vents again when the weather gets warm, but we’ve crafted a temporary solution to help you avoid the cold breeze.…

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Check Your Gutters Without a Ladder

No homeowner enjoys cleaning the gutters, but this essential household chore prevents expensive water damage from flooding gutters. If you’re not sure whether you need to clean your gutters, there is an easy way you can check without climbing a ladder. Attach a hand mirror to a length of PVC…

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How to Persuade a Stubborn Screw to Loosen

Have you encountered a stubborn Phillips head screw that won’t budge after fastening it into a hole? It’s likely that the friction used to tighten the screw initially is making it impossible to unscrew. The next time this happens on a job, try persuading the screw to loosen with a…

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Painting 101: Best Drop Cloth

Painting your home can get messy. There’s no telling where the paint will fly. It’s always best to cover anything important, including flooring. The easiest drop cloth to use to cover your flooring while painting is a vinyl tablecloth. Most party stores and big box stores such as Walmart and…

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Keep Your Square on the Level

If you’ve used a measuring square before, then you know it can sometimes be a challenge to keep the square in exactly the right spot while you do your measurements. You set your square to the right place, move a hand to start drawing your line and then the square…

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How to Add an Electrical Outlet

We’ve all had that problem before: you need to plug something in, but your home doesn’t have a nearby electrical outlet. Instead, you have to string together extension cords, which can behazardous on their own, in addition to causing clutter. Of course, adding in an electrical outlet can be a…

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How Circuit Breakers Work

Circuit breakers prevent millions of electrical fires every year. They cut off the power (“break the circuit”) when they detect problems such as an electricity overload, keeping occupants of the home safe from potential electrical fires. Every modern home comes equipped with circuit breakers, some of which may trip frequently…

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What to Do About a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

A wobbly ceiling fan is inefficient and a nuisance. There are several different reasons your fan might not be stable. If your fan is giving you trouble, follow these steps: Check if the fan is connected to a fan-specific electrical box. Only install fans with boxes meant for fans, not…

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An Easy Trick for Draining Vertical Pipes

If you’ve ever needed to solder a fitting onto copper pipe, then you know that you need to drain the water out of the pipe so the solder melts properly. While this sounds simple enough, draining water out of a vertical pipe can be tricky. Detach the spray nozzle from…

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Add More Storage to Your Shower

Running out of storage in your shower? We’ve got some tricks to add more space for all your favorite shower accessories. Most hardware stores sell a shelf option for the shower head, except you only have one pipe. Install cabinet knobs in your shower wall using hanger screws and drywall…

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