home repairs: Saving Money When Remodeling - 04/20/09 08:20 AM
A great article just posted on how to save money when you are remodeling.  Go to http://www.novapros.com and click on "Save Money When Remodeling."
Let me know if you have any money saving suggestions.

home repairs: What's In, What's Out with Homebuyers - 01/29/09 11:32 PM
Mark Nash, author of four real estate books, has completed his annual survey of 839 real estate agents in all fifty states in the US and the eight provinces of Canada.
What’s in, what’s out with Homebuyers illuminates what’s popular or what sours homebuyers in both the home purchase or sale transaction and home decor. Compiled annually from-the-trenches, it offers a spectrum of tips that cover reality of buying a home and design no-no’s for home sellers and buyer must-haves.
Full article at http://www.novapros.com
Do any of you have a tip on what to do or not to do?  I would … (0 comments)

home repairs: New Year’s Energy Efficienct Home Improvement Resolutions - 01/16/09 02:03 AM
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2009? Maybe you want to lose weight, eat healthier, get outside more, and spend more time with the family.
Did you make any home improvement resolutions? Clean garage, paint bedroom, remodel kitchen, or install home theater.
Did any of those resolutions include reducing your carbon footprint?
Your what? Your carbon footprint is how you treat the earth around you. Go to http://www.novapros.com for suggestions on how to care for our Earth.  Find tips on hot water heaters, furnaces, garage doors, and more.

home repairs: Contractor for Hire: Beware - 01/13/09 01:37 AM
Is Mr. Plumber there? This is Ms. Leever. Mr. Plumber was here yesterday and gave me an estimate on my bathroom remodeling job. He said that he would call me back this afternoon to schedule the project. What? He doesn’t work for you! But I gave him a deposit already. He said he needed to check with his boss about the next available start date. You’ve never heard of him, huh? Well, I guess I am out $1,500. Thank you for your time.
Is this your story? Please go to http://www.novapros.com to read our featured article about some major warning signs … (2 comments)

home repairs: Simple Home Fixes - 01/12/09 03:18 AM
Are you tired of looking at the “crusty stuff” on your shower head or just sick of hearing your wood floor creak? Go to http://www.novapros.com to find out the simple fixes for a crusty shower head, removing wallpaper, loose door hinges, clogged sink drain, and a creaky floor.
If you have a few extra minutes, I ask that you click on an ad to help drive traffic.

home repairs: Doorbells: To Ring or not to Ring - 12/11/08 03:32 AM
Your hands are full; you can’t find the house keys, so you ring the doorbell in hopes that your spouse or child hears you and will come open the door. After about 5 attempts, you drop all your packages and fumble around for your keys. You finally find them, open the door, and to your surprise, spouse and two kids are nicely snuggled on the couch watching TV. When they notice that you are not happy, they find out that you had been standing out there for several minutes ringing the doorbell in despair. What you didn’t know is they never … (9 comments)

home repairs: 11 Quick and Easy Home Repairs for under $25 (Project 3) - 12/09/08 02:12 AM
Whether you’re a fledgling do-it-yourselfer or a veteran, here’s a collection of home repairs and fix-ups you can do in a few hours or less for under $25 each as posted by The Family Handyman online at Reader’s Digest.
Trim: Fill woodwork holes like the pros.
Most people are surprised to learn that professional painters use soft colored putty to fill nail holes in stained woodwork. This eliminates the nearly impossible job of staining wood filler to match the surrounding wood. Several colors are available. To get an exact match, you may have to blend two colors. You can even use … (7 comments)

home repairs: 11 Quick and Easy Home Repairs for under $25 (Project 2) - 11/28/08 01:39 AM
11 Quick and Easy Home Repairs for under $25 (Project 2)
Whether you’re a fledgling do-it-yourselfer or a veteran, here’s a collection of home repairs and fix-ups you can do in a few hours or less for under $25 each as posted by The Family Handyman online at Reader’s Digest.
Outlets: Make your old two-prong outlets safer; the easy way.
Increase the safety of your old two-prong outlets by installing a new ground fault circuit interrupter receptacle. The GFCI will protect against a deadly shock even if it’s not connected to a ground. But just because the GFCI has a hole … (3 comments)

home repairs: 11 Quick and Easy Repairs for under $25 (Project 1) - 11/19/08 10:53 PM
Whether you're a fledgling do-it-yourselfer or a veteran, here's a collection of home repairs and fix-ups you can do in a few hours or less for under $25 each as posted by The Family Handyman online at Reader's Digest.
Gutters: Take the sag and bulge out of your gutters. If your metal gutters have developed a middle-age bulge, get them back in shape with easy-to-install gutter hangers. (First, make sure the problem isn't caused by rotted wood.) Gutter hangers are available at home centers for about 80¢ each. Another style of gutter hanger slides under the shingles and is nailed to … (2 comments)

home repairs: Homemade Household Cleaners - 11/11/08 01:40 AM
Recipes for Household Cleaners:
Cabinet Grease Remover (for painted cabinets)
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Press a hot, damp cloth against grease deposits until they soften. Wash cabinets with a sponge and the above solution. Rinse off with a clean sponge and water. Wipe cabinets completely dry.
By Recipe Goldmine as posted by NOVA Pros on http://www.novapros.com

home repairs: Plumbing Tips - 10/08/08 01:26 AM
Q: How can I have safe drinking water at home?
A: One solution is reverse osmosis. You can install a pump/filter to your sink and have safe, clean, sodium-free, refreshing drinking water at your disposal.
Q: What should I do before I leave our summer house for the season?
A: You should turn off the main water source and repair or replace any leaky faucets. Also, you may want to consider installing a "snifter valve" which will allow you blow out the waterlines by using an air compressor. By blowing out the excess water, you will prevent any water from getting … (0 comments)

home repairs: Asbestos in the Home - 10/01/08 01:02 AM
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous silicate mineral which is mined for its usefulness in thermal insulation and its high tensile strength. Asbestos is commonly used in fire proofing and other building materials. There are still many products that are used today which contains asbestos.
These fibers can become airborne when asbestos materials are damaged or disturbed. Once the fibers are in the air, they can easily be inhaled, posing significant health risks.
Why care about asbestos? Some of the materials in your home could be asbestos containing material (ACM) which can pose a health risk to you and your entire … (6 comments)

home repairs: Steps to a Safe Bathroom - 09/17/08 05:53 AM
By Anna Jamison of Kharisma Design Nearly 200,000 people are injured annually in their bathroom, according to statistics from the National Safety Council. The most common accidents are slips, falls and scalding from hot water. Although not all accidents will ever be eliminated, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) feels that a well-designed bathroom can also be a safe one. The NKBA has developed a few simple guidelines for homeowners to follow to keep their bathroom safe. * Ensure that slip resistant flooring is used in all areas of the bathroom. While most materials are slippery when wet; slip-resistant flooring … (0 comments)

home repairs: Tips for Installing a Toilet - 09/09/08 11:04 AM
Everyone says that installing a toilet is pretty simple, but if you are not careful, you may get in over your head. Some tips to know while you or your plumber is installing a new toilet.
1. Make sure the water supply is turn off. You may think this is common sense, but so many get into the moment of changing the toilet, they forget minor things. I say this, only because I have seen it happen with Professionals. 2. Make sure the drain pipe is plugged up with an old rag or other material, so the gas fumes from the … (3 comments)

home repairs: Preventing Shower Tile Problems - 09/08/08 03:35 AM
Cory writes the following article. As a contractor, I have repaired lots of showers or tub/shower combinations where leaks have caused walls to fail. In these high moisture areas, there’s a simple cause of the rotting walls, and a correspondingly simple solution. The first step is to use the appropriate materials. The problem with these areas is the frequent direct exposure to water. The space between tiles is filled with grout, which is a porous mortar like substance. Treated with a sealer, there is good water resistance, but this must be done periodically for maximum protection. If not, seepage occurs, which … (0 comments)

home repairs: Home Improvement Tips - 09/08/08 03:31 AM
I am new to Active Rain, and hope to help you all in saving money and time when it comes to home remodeling and repairs Realtors can give their clients some great tips on home improvements. I will post helpful articles for you to view. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I am in the Northern Virginia area and can research any issues with one of my trusted and reliable General Contractors. Have a great week, Allison … (3 comments)


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