Pick The Right Cord For The Job

There’s nothing like decorating your home and yard for the holidays. Plastic snowmen, Rudolph’s flashing red nose and bright white lights crisscrossing your roof. Sounds magical right? Well it can be a recipe for disaster if you don’t use the correct extension cords. Indoor and outdoor extension cords are not created equal. Just pick them…

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5 Myths About Radon You Should Know About if You Own a Home

Radon is a radioactive gas which is imperceptible to humans. Unfortunately, what we don’t see can still hurt us when it comes to radon. There are many myths and misconceptions, and it’s important you know the truth about radon so that you can make informed decisions for yourself and your family’s best interests. 1) Radon…

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How to Get Rid of Rust Colored Water

Discolored water might seem like a bad sign, particularly when accompanied by a foul odor. Often, this is from minerals in the water heater accumulating. Likewise, it may be degraded anode rod. Even so, the fix isn’t difficult. If you’re up for a small challenge, you can fix it. Here are the steps: Turn off…

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What NOT to Do When Decluttering Your Home

If you’re planning on decluttering your home this season, there are lots of tips out there telling you how to do it. Instead, we suggest a few things you should avoid when tackling a massive project like this. Don’t make these five mistakes: Don’t Buy Storage Bins First Refrain from heading out to your favorite…

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Get Rid of Mold on Wood

Mold on wood is unsightly and, like a surly teenager, leaves a bad impression. It’s best to clean it up as quickly as possible to prevent its spread throughout the home and minimize any health issues. In nearly all cases, the wood will not have to be replaced if you follow proper procedures. It is…

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How to Fix Leaks Around Brick Chimneys

As many of you may already know, wherever items penetrate the roof, leaks are likely to form. One of the most common types of roof penetration is the chimney. The Problem If the carpenter used galvanized steel around the chimneys, they can begin to rust. This would create weaknesses for water to seep through, leading…

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Use Wine Corks for Caulk Bottles

Synthetic wine corks are a staple of many DIY home projects, but they can also be extremely helpful in your toolbox. If you have ever used caulk, silicone, or any other adhesive material from a pressurized bottle, then you know how much of a pain it can be to stop these bottles from leaking. Once…

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Homemade Drain Cleaner

Just by nature of their use, a sink drain can become fully or partially clogged, creating a frustrating nuisance. Before you call the plumber, give this homemade drain cleaner a try. It’s simple, the ingredients are on hand and it’s pocketbook–friendly. Begin by pouring boiling water into the drain and follow immediately with a half…

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How Positive Feng Shui Can Help a Home Sell

As home inspectors and realtors know, there is usually a buyer out there for every home. When sellers utilize basic Feng Shui principles, they open themselves up to a bigger pool of buyers. Here are ten fast and effective tips to increase a home’s Chi. 1) It’s a Classic The home doesn’t have to be…

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The Truth About Your Roof’s Life Expectancy

Nothing in this world truly lasts forever, not even your roof! While this may not come as a surprise, it is important you are aware of how long your home’s roof is expected to last. Although the average life expectancy of a roof is between 20 and 25 years, there are several factors that affect…

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Use the Skinny Spaces in Your Home

In a small kitchen or bathroom, every inch of space counts. If you’ve got a couple of inches, you can create a whole new storage space for these smaller rooms. Install a sliding drawer between counters. Drawers that are 18-30 inches wide work best for pull-out cabinets, giving you enough space to store items without…

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How to Repair a Cut Extension Cord

If you accidentally cut an extension cord, your first instinct may be to just throw it out. But, it is possible to salvage the remains for a functional cord. You might think to splice the ends of the cut cord together, but this is not permissible under the National Electric Code, due to the damaged…

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Be Proactive in Cleaning and Preventing Mold

Don’t wait to act if you have mold growth in your home or moisture that may lead to mold growth, such as a flood, leak, or spill. If mold has access to moisture and organic material to feed on, it can grow quickly. Cleaning Mold If you find mold in your home, clean it immediately…

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How to Properly Store Your Out of Season Garments

Most of us know that, at the end of the season, it’s time to swap out our wardrobes and put things away for storage. Winter jackets especially have minimal use throughout the rest of the year, but many of us tend to stuff these items away without even bothering to clean them first. Doing this…

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Consider a GFCI Protector

A GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter is one of the greatest advancements in electrical safety in the past four decades. These are the outlets you often come across in areas of the house where moisture poses a risk. Some common areas include: Bathrooms Kitchens Unfinished basements Use the GFCI Protector Outdoors As rain, snow…

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Décor Done Right

Enjoying the holidays is even more fun when you drive up to your house glowing brightly with holiday charm. Whether you’ve hung hearts for Valentine’s Day, Pumpkins and Witches for Halloween or Santa and his sleigh during Christmastime, you must make sure you do so with caution. Before you fall in love with that wreath…

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How to Fix Step Flashing Problems

Contractors use step flashing to create a proper seal along the areas where the roof meets the wall. However, even when properly installed these do need repair from time to time. What to Look For Here’s how to know if your step flashing might be the problem. Rusted flashing Flashing comes loose Missing flashing How…

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Will a Failed Radon Test Affect Your Home’s Value?

While a failed radon test may seem like the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be. Many homeowners have installed radon mitigation systems and gone on to sell their homes for the market price. Instead of viewing your home as tainted by high radon levels, think of it as a chance to install…

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How to Make a Keyhole Template

Do you have a shelf you want to install but you can’t seem to line up the mounting screws correctly? Many shelves feature keyhole mounts that work by resting on top of screws mounted in a wall, but the first step is correctly measuring the right spots for these keyholes. Instead of measuring the distance…

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Avoid the Health Risks Associated With Mold

There are many reasons why you should be aware of mold and act immediately if you see signs of it growing in your home, but the most important reason should be because it can pose a direct risk to your health. Studies have shown that nearly 100 percent of those who suffer from chronic sinusitis…

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How to Fix a Loose Screw

Trying to drive a screw into a hole that’s too big is a waste of time. If this happens, you have two options: Option number one is to take the screw out, apply filler to the hole and let it dry. After the appropriate amount of time, you can try to re-drill the screw into…

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How to Always Find Your House Key

Have you ever arrived at your door late at night only to spend minutes trying to find the right key to get in? Not only is this an inconvenience, it may also be dangerous for some people who may need to get inside quickly after arriving at home in the dark. Instead of trying to…

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Better Shower Pressure

What is a shower with low water pressure but a standing sponge bath? It may take longer to wash, use up the warm water and leave you with a cold rinse. The culprit may be a clogged showerhead. Here are a couple of easy ways you can remedy that. If your showerhead has rubber around…

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The Top 3 Home Inspection Mistakes Realtors Make

Every experienced real estate agent has worked with great home inspectors in their career. Regrettably, they’ve worked with some real dogs too. You owe it to yourself to recommend an inspector who won’t drive you crazy. Here are 3 common mistakes realtors make and how to avoid them. Skipping the Inspection Be there or be…

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What Does It Mean To “Pass” or “Fail” a Radon Test?

When it comes to radon testing, “passing” or “failing” results aren’t always completely clear. Because radon is not really safe at any level, you may receive a passing result and still have low levels of radon in your home. The EPA puts the action level for radon at 4 picocuries per liter. This means that…

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Save Energy by Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

A clothes dryer cannot work as effectively as possible with a clogged and dirty vent. A clogged dryer vent can interrupt the flow of air through the exhaust system, reducing the efficiency of the appliance. Failing to clean your vents could be a drain on your home’s electrical system. It could also be a significant…

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Remove Adhesives with Heat

If you’ve got something sticky that doesn’t want to budge, try using heat to remove it. While chemicals can end up peeling off paint, a hairdryer is a great tool, providing hot air in a concentrated column to direct at the sticky surface. If painter’s tape stays on a surface…

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Using Borax To Remove and Clean Mold

If you are trying to cleanse your house of mold, you probably are looking for the right cleaning substance. One option you may not have considered is borax. Like all mold-cleaning options, borax provides advantages and disadvantages. It is inexpensive and very effective, but it requires a bit more work…

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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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