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Caring for your Furnace - 07/16/07 07:09 AM
** Caring for Your FurnaceClean or replace a disposable furnace filter regularly during the winter--check the filter monthly. Brush and vacuum the heat exchanger surfaces yearly, as recommended in your owner's manual. Before the heating season, clean the blower blades and seal air leaks in ducts with duct tape. Some fan motors and fans need oiling; some have sealed bearings. If recommended by your maintenance manual, oil the bearings according to the manufacturer's directions. Most heating maintenance plans cover yearly cleaning of your furnace. BE SAFE!If you smell gas in your home or near your furnace, particularly immediately leave the house, leave the doors open, and call your gas (1 comments)
Spring Cleaning Naturally - 07/16/07 07:04 AM
**Freshen up your home naturally with products that do not harm your family or the environment. Simple, natural products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, soap, water, and a bit of elbow grease will cover most of your cleaning naturally and work wonderfully.In the Kitchen- If you have a vase or glass that is too narrow to clean by hand, throw in some rice and white vinegar, cover the top with your hand and shake. ..also try using a bottle brush - Get rid of stains on your countertops by letting lemon juice soak on them for a few minutes, then scrub the area with baking (0 comments)
Hottest Renovation Trends - 07/16/07 07:03 AM
** Home improvements such as decorating, designing or renovating, are becoming almost as common as the annual summer holiday! However, like clothes, shoes and diets, fashions change. What's the new best thing? Here's what the experts are saying:- On average, renovations are getting bigger, and people want high-end, quality products. A continuous upgrade approach is quite popular.- With children staying home longer and an increased desire to care for the aging parents within our homes, there is a subtle upswing in requests for multi-generational and/or in-law suites. Similarly, wider doorways and entrances, non-skid floors, lever handles and safety rails are more frequently (0 comments)
**Cooler winter temps and shorter daylight hours naturally limit the time we spend outside. Current design trends use nature punctuated with colour as a theme to relieve us from cabin fever. Here are some of this season's 'outdoor-in' design essentials:· Wreaths and Garlands: Typically created from traditional pine or more contemporary bay leaves, eucalyptus or holly. Live or faux, they are interwoven with brightly contrasting citrus fruits, pomegranates or berries for the more natural look. Glass-like beads and solid spherical ornaments in a shock of intense colour are also featured this season. Look for wreath stands to showcase your wreath at adjustable (1 comments)
Floodproofing Your Basement - 07/16/07 06:53 AM
** Your first defense against flooding is lot grading. If the land around your house slopes toward your foundation, rainwater will head right towards your basement. The land around a home settles over time, and then slopes toward the foundation. You will want to fill in and grade the lot so that the land slopes away from the house for at least the first 8 feet. · Fill in voids under concrete steps and under decks. · Clean debris away from eavestroughs regularly. · Make sure downspouts extend at least 6 feet away from the foundation and far enough so that the water continues to (0 comments)
Kitchen Remodeling - 07/01/07 07:20 AM
** The most common reasons people have for kitchen remodeling is: to upgrade appliances, and fixtures, provide more floor space and provide extra space so family members have a place to eat. Replacing old kitchen cabinets with solid wood - whether oak, cherry, or even something less expensive like pine, and kitchen counter tops is a great way to increase the kitchen's appearance as well as the market value of your home. As one of the most expensive elements of kitchen remodeling, make cabinet selection carefully. Cabinets will have either dovetail (which last longer) or butt joints. Cabinet draw bases should be mounted on quality glides. (0 comments)
Top 8 Outdoor Party Games for Kids - 07/01/07 07:17 AM
** These easy outdoor games are just right when you have prizes to award. They work at family picnics, birthday parties, and other outdoor events. The best part is you can set them up for next to nothing! Before you head out, print this list, grab a radio and some simple supplies, pick up a few prizes, and you're ready to play some great outdoor kids' games. 1. Balloon Stomp Supplies: Balloons, string Let the kids blow up their own balloons and tie one to their ankle with some string. On "GO" each child runs around trying to stomp and burst each others balloons. The (0 comments)
Bathroom Remodeling - 07/01/07 07:08 AM
** A very common renovation project that increases the market value of a home and makes it more functional is the addition of another bathroom, or remodeling of an existing one. Like kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling most often requires the services of a professional contractor. It is important to have detailed plans and know exactly what type renovation work you want done before starting this project. Ensure that code compliance laws are met and necessary permits are obtained. Types of work that require permits include plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and new building construction. Depending upon the project complexity, you might require the services of a professional (0 comments)
Decorating With Photos - 07/01/07 07:03 AM
** If you are like me, you probably have a lot of photos lying around... pictures of vacations, weddings, your childhood, antique family photos, etc. Put them where you can appreciate them every day - on the wall. Here are some easy tips for displaying your favourite photos in interesting and creative ways.Create a Photo WallFor a dramatic wall display, mix formal portraits with shots of family on the beach, mom laughing in an unguarded moment, or that great but not-quite-in-focus close up of you on holiday. Add visual interest with a label from a memorable bottle of wine, your favourite CD cover, (0 comments)
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