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Windows, Heat Gain, And AC Efficiency

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If you want to optimize the function of your AC—and who wouldn’t?—you need to understand heat gain. The central question for understanding heat gain is this: if your house is insulated, why does it heat up during day? One of the main culprits responsible for heating up your home are your windows. Luckily, if you know what you are doing, there is an easy step for decreasing heat gain without blocking the view from your windows or costing you and arm and a leg. Read More»

Windshield Stress Cracks: Causes And How They Are Repaired

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While most windshield damage is caused by flying debris, some cracks appear out of nowhere, and have no visible point of impact. These are called stress cracks, and may appear over time after your windshield has been weakened by the elements. This article will help you understand what causes stress cracks and how they can be repaired. Causes of stress cracks Stress cracks typically start from the edge of the windshield and stretch out toward the middle. Read More»

Three Tips To Keep In Mind For Your Building Contracts

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If you are looking to get the service that you need from a building contractor, there are important tips that you must keep in mind. This can come in handy whether you are having a new home built from scratch or have a remodeling project in your kitchen or bathroom, which can be daunting if you have never worked with a general building contractor before. To make the most of it, use the following guidelines to make the best hire, verify that your work will be solid and protect yourself from mishaps. Read More»

Purchasing A Home? Be Aware Of These 3 Potential Plumbing Problems

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If you are in the process of purchasing a home, you will want to ensure that everything is in great condition. Unfortunately, it is easy to overlook the plumbing inside a home since it is out of sight and out of mind. If there are plumbing problems buried within the home you are purchasing, it can lead to costly problems down the road. Be aware of these 3 potential plumbing problems so they can be caught before you make your purchase. Read More»

Why You Should Choose Cedar Lumber For Your Deck

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When you buy supplies for building your deck, you need to decide on the type of wood you’ll use. Three popular choices are pressure treated wood, composite wood, and cedar lumber. Each kind has it’s own advantages, but cedar lumber could be your best choice. Here’s why you should consider cedar over other decking materials. Rich Color And Defined Grain The main reason cedar has such wide appeal is because of its natural beauty. Read More»

Want A New Look? Antique Your Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint And Soft Wax

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Your kitchen cabinets have probably looked the way they do for a long time, and you may be ready for a change. If your cabinets have a lot of interesting woodworking details like carvings, an application of chalk paint and furniture wax can emphasize those details and give your cabinets an antiqued charm. Not only will this project transform your cabinets, it can also transform the entire appearance of your kitchen. Read More»

Why You Should Consider Concrete Flooring For Your Home

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Have you ever considered concrete floors? No, not outside of the home, but inside. It’s not a common flooring material people automatically consider. But when you’re considering your redesign, remodel, renovation, or custom home plans, consider using beautiful concrete for your indoor flooring. Here’s just a few reasons why. First, Stop Thinking about Outside Concrete Cement and concrete are not the same thing. Polished concrete is a smooth, elegant, and gorgeous material. Read More»

How To Remove Brush Marks From Dry Interior Paint

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Using a good paintbrush when painting the home is important. Unfortunately, many people try to save a little money and purchase cheap paintbrushes to use. Cheaper paintbrushes can leave brush marks in the finish of the paint. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with those brush marks forever. Here, you will learn how to remove the brush marks, so that your next paint job will look perfectly smooth and flawless. Read More»

Step By Step Guide On How To Unclog Your Toilet

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When a toilet backs up into the house it is a disaster that can cause countless problems. The smell of raw sewage coming back into the house is an awful and offensive smell that can linger for a long time. If your toilet has backed up then here is a step by step guide on how to deal with the problem. For the following job you will need the following items Read More»

Thinking Off The Dock: Four Contemporary Ideas For The Dock On Your Lake Home

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If you have built a lake home with a contemporary design, often a dock that you may have built will be made of conventional materials such as wood, steel, concrete, and flotation devices. What if you want your dock to have more of a contemporary look like your home? There are some things that you can do to make your dock have a contemporary look, such as combining glass and steel railings, building a floating dock house with a contemporary design, or using lightweight, stained concrete. Read More»