2015

  • What Materials Can Make Your Boat Dock Most Durable?


    Whether you're lucky enough to live on the waterfront, or just own a camping site or raw acreage bordering a creek, river, pond, or lake, you're likely wanting to take advantage of your property's natural features by investing in a boat or jet-ski. However, if you're planning to launch anything bigger than a kayak from your little part of the mainland, you'll need a boat dock. The constant water exposure and temperature fluctuations inherent in marine construction can be hard on wood, stone, and other building materials -- so to get the most from your money, you'll want to invest in quality, long-lasting materials, and ensure that you're building a deck that suits your lifestyle.
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  • 5 Ways to Make Your Wood Stove More Safe


    Many people worry about installing and using a wood stove in their home because these stoves seem like a greater fire and burn hazard than a standard gas furnace. Every home heating source has its risks, but you should know that there are some things you can do to make sure that your wood stove is safer than ever to use in your home. 1. Burn dry wood. Burning dry wood is great for fuel efficiency and heat output, but it is also important because dry wood is safer to burn.
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  • Parlez-Vous French Doors? Fun Facts That Will Make You Say "Oui" To This Home Improvement


    If you're thinking of making some home improvements, the French door is a great way to go. No matter what you've heard, or haven't heard, here are some interesting facts about these additions that will answer your questions and help you decide which kind are right for you. French Doors Aren't Just For Your Patio Whether you're looking for a new patio door or a way to create a little privacy in your kitchen or bedroom, French doors can be used both inside the home and out.
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  • Keep Your Homeowners Association Members Happy With These Tips And Tricks


    As the person responsible for your community's homeowners association, a lot falls on your plate to ensure that everyone is happy when possible. Your association is responsible for maintaining a safe and connected community that all residents can enjoy on a day-to-day basis. In addition to collecting association member dues and holding community informational meetings, there are various services and features you can implement to enhance your community's living experience. Here are a few effective options to consider:
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  • Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door


    Garage door maintenance isn't high on most home owner's list of tasks, but it's actually pretty important. The garage door is the largest moving component in your home, not to mention one that tends to get used quite frequently. Regularly caring for your garage door can help prevent malfunction and damage, potentially saving money on repairs down the road. In addition, a well-cared-for garage door is less likely to cause malfunction-related injuries, which is especially important if you have small children or pets.
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  • The Ring Doesn't Go In The Potty! What To Do When Your Toddler Flushes Your Valuables


    Toddlers enjoy exploring the world, and one of their favorite activities is figuring out which items can be placed where. Once you start toilet training your toddler, they will likely be fascinated by the toilet and wonder what items they can flush down it. While you can get more information and combat this behavior ahead of time by training your toddler to only flush toilet paper, it is likely that your toddler will eventually flush an item that is precious to either you or them.
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  • Keep Your AC Running Smoothly With These Five Maintenance Tips


    A dirty air conditioner won't run efficiently, and it may spread dust or other allergens into your home. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to keep your air conditioner clean and running smoothly. Here are five cleaning tips to integrate into your air conditioning repair and maintenance routine: 1. Clean or replace your air filters regularly Ideally, you should change the filter on your air conditioner before the cooling season starts and at least once every month during the cooling season.
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  • What Makes A Bathroom Functional?


    If you've spent even a single hour watching home improvement television you've heard the word "functional" bandied about like a beach ball at a concert. It seems like no one on those shows has a single "functional" room in their entire mansions, and at first you might think "You spent three quarters of a million dollars on that house, how on earth could your bathroom be anything less than amazing?" Then you watch them try to get ready in the morning and you realize how uncomfortable it looks.
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  • Seven Steps To Preparing Your Home For Low Maintenance Retirement Living


    Are you planning to retire within the next five years? If so, and you plan to remain in your current home once you retire, then now is the best time to consider taking care of any renovations that the home may need. Doing them now will allow you to fit this cost into your current budget and keep that expense from eating into your retirement savings. It will also reduce the risk of having to deal with heating repairs or other expensive maintenance issues after you retire.
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  • Keeping Black Bears Out: A Look At Electric Fences


    According to the U.S. Endangered Species Act, there are approximately 900,000 black bears residing in North America, and while some of the subspecies are endangered or "threatened", most are not. The chances of a fatal attack is relatively low, as there have only been 61 fatal bear attacks since 1900; still, it is generally best to be safe rather than sorry, especially if you have young children or small pets around. If you have a friendly bear who loves to roam your property, it may be time to consider installing electric fences.
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