pillar to post: Detecting and addressing Radon - 01/09/09 04:54 AM
Detecting and Addressing Radon Contamination in the Home Many homeowners are increasingly concerned about the possible presence of radon in their homes – and with good reason. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in North America, and it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. The good news is that if radon is detected, steps can be taken to remedy the problem. January has been designated National Radon Action Month; learn the facts and take action.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF RADON?
Radon is naturally … (0 comments)

pillar to post: Fall Tips - 10/27/08 09:30 AM

HELPFUL HINTS:
These easy, affordable touches will cozy up your home for the cooler days and longer nights ahead.
Whisk away whisper light sheers, and rehang your heavier drapes and curtains for a snug, warm feeling.
Sprinkle in low- or no-cost accents, like a wooden bowl filled with juicy pears, ripe apples or other seasonal produce, or a clear glass bowl holding a single leaf.
Light candles infused with spicy-sweet ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon-apple and brown sugar.
They’ll “hug” your home with the feel-good scents of the season! Add seasonal blooms, such as sunflowers, asters and mums to your tables, shelves … (0 comments)

pillar to post: Damp basement education part 1 - 09/15/08 04:41 AM
Knowing what to expect from a basement is half the battle. So what is the difference between a wet basement and a typical basement? The answer lies in understanding that no basement is 100% dry. Historically the basement was not expected to be a living or dry storage area. Today however, many people expect much more from the basement space – anywhere from basement apartments to recreation rooms to home offices. Most basements, by the sheer nature of the fact that they are built into the ground, present the distinct possibility that water can intrude. (i.e. the walls of the basement … (0 comments)

pillar to post: Give Junk a Heave-Ho! - 08/25/08 03:20 AM
Is your garage so cluttered that only a toy car will fit inside? If you are wondering where all that stuff is going to go, maybe it’s time to spend part of the weekend creating some order in all that chaos. Get your parking space back with these easy tips!
1.Give junk a heave-ho! “Before anything else, toss stuff that’s beyond repair or hopelessly outdated,” says the president of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Be sure to have a ‘donate’ pile and a ‘throw out’ pile. Throw away broken toys, almost empty cans of paint, and rusty garden tools. Donate … (1 comments)

pillar to post: Easy ways to Green your home - 08/12/08 04:27 AM
Summer is a great time work on projects around the home that reduce your environmental impact. Even if you are not making big changes such as replacing old leaky windows or installing ceiling fans, there are still small things that can be done around the house to minimize energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint. Read on to learn more about how to make simple, sustainable adjustments to your home.
* Plug household appliances such as computers, printers, televisions and microwaves into a power strip that can be turned off at night. Even when these items are not in use their … (1 comments)

pillar to post: Healthy and Safe Spring Cleaning - 05/07/08 03:00 AM
HEALTHY AND SAFE SPRING CLEANING
Now is the perfect time to tackle spring cleaning projects around the house. Here are some reminders to help make this year’s spring cleaning safe, healthy, and easy:
    >Choose non- or low-toxic cleaning products whenever possible.
    >Alternatively, household staples such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda can make effective, inexpensive     cleaning solutions.
    >Exercise caution when using ladders or stepstools, making sure they are stable and in good repair. Be sure to         wear non-slip footwear around wet floors.
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pillar to post: Staging Tips - 05/06/08 05:06 AM
STAGING YOUR HOME FOR SALE Selling your home? Beyond the basics of completing needed repairs and addressing any issues revealed in your pre-listing home inspection, it’s also important to consider the effect your home’s appearance will have on prospective buyers. “Staging” a home should be thought of as creating an appealing but neutral space that will allow buyers to see the potential of your home. Naturally, it’s difficult to look at your own home objectively; it’s yours, after all. So consider enlisting a friend to help you evaluate your space, or you may wish to hire a professional home stager to … (1 comments)

pillar to post: Weeding without Gloves...... - 04/28/08 02:34 PM
What a strange way to start a blog.....Weeding without Gloves. 
This is my very brief analogy of how important a home inspection is to the purchase and sale of a home.  While the purchase inspection has now become accepted as common practice, why hasn't the Pre-Listing inspection become even more? Are we afraid of what will be found?  Is the inspection cost to high?  Is the seller afraid that more money will need to be pumped into the home just to sell? Or is it a combination of all of the above plus more?
It brings me back to weeding without gloves... … (3 comments)

pillar to post: Knob and Tube Wiring Quick Facts - 04/28/08 04:11 AM
In areas with older homes we all have seen or are going to see Knob and tube wiring.  In my post today I wanted to post some "Quick Facts" about old K&T (knob and tube).
 
K&T Limitations:
Usually Restricted to a Maximum of 60 amp serviceNot a grounded system making it more hazardous than modern wiringTwo-Prong Receptacles, Restrict the use of some Kitchen AppliancesThe wire is generally old, and its insulation may no longer be intact While it is true that use in Living areas (Bedrooms, Living rooms, etc) pose very little risk, The true risk comes around water.  With an ungrounded wiring … (0 comments)

pillar to post: Choosing A Handyman - 04/18/08 02:23 AM
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pillar to post: Carbon Monoxide: Avoidance and Prevention - 04/17/08 04:07 AM
  CARBON MONOXIDE: AVOIDANCE AND PREVENTION Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, oil, and propane in devices such as furnaces, water heaters, and stoves. These items are normally designed to vent the CO to the outside, but harmful interior levels of CO can result from incomplete combustion of fuel, improper installation, or blockages, leaks or cracks in the venting systems.
Homeowners can take action against potential carbon monoxide poisoning by taking the following steps:
Have all fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected yearly, preferably before the start of the cold-weather season … (1 comments)

 
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