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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»

Three Ways To Preserve Your Asphalt Driveway

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Keeping your driveway in good condition goes a long way toward upholding the curb appeal of your home.  While you may believe that the deterioration process for your asphalt driveway is completely out of your control, there are techniques you can use to extend the lifespan of your driveway.  Use this information to learn more about how you can keep your driveway looking great for the long haul! Keep A Good Seal On It Read More»

Three Ways To Unclog A Toilet This Holiday Season

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The house is alive with music, laughter and lights. Uncle Eddie is doing his best impression of The Grinch and Grandpa is entertaining the kids with a slightly off-key rendition of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer(while shooting pointed looks at Grandma herself).  Suddenly, in the middle of your festive celebration, a shout rings out: “The toilet won’t flush!” It’s a sentiment that can ruin any celebration, but fortunately, there’s often an easy fix. Read More»

Three Simple Electrical Repairs You Should Be Able To Do In Your Home

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If the lights go out in your home and it is not the power, it may be a problem with your electrical system. There are some things that you may want to call a professional electrical contractor for, such as adding a circuit breaker to an area of your home. There are also some things that you may want to do yourself, which can be installing a ceiling fan or changing a light fixture. Read More»

Crashed Into Your Garage Door? Here's How To Check It For Damage

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If you accidentally run into your garage door with your car, the first thing you should do is check it for internal damage. You don’t want to operate the door if it is going to malfunction. Of course, if the door is crumpled from the outside, it’s pretty obvious you’re going to need to replace or repair the door. Other damage may not be so obvious. This is how you inspect your garage door for damage. Read More»

How To Harden Steel Tools At Home

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The process of tempering is using a heating and cooling process in order to harden the alloys that are contained in certain steels. You would use this tempering process if you were interested in making one of your tools harder, making it easier to do the job its use is intended for. Tools that are made from steel that is too soft might not have the force that you would need when you use it. Read More»

3 Reasons You Should Be Your Own Contractor To Remodel Your Home

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It’s assumed that in order to complete a large home remodeling project you should hire a contractor for the job. However, contracting is simply the process of coordinating those skilled at performing specific duties. For this role, you need to be organized, patient, and confident in your abilities to manage a project. Here are three reasons you should be your own contractor when it comes down to remodeling your home.  Read More»

Natural Ways To Clean Your Glass And Make It Sparkle

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Using commercial glass cleaner can harm the environment because many contain nitrogen, which pollutes water and enters the air that you breathe. To keep glass clean in a way that’s healthier for the environment, you could use vinegar, or you can try some other natural cleaning methods. This guide explains some cleaning alternatives that won’t give you the vinegar smell, but will shine your glass like you’ve never known before. Read More»

Laser Beams And Garage Doors: What Happens When Garage Door Openers Don't Work

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Garage door openers are finicky things. Sometimes they open and sometimes they will not. If you have ever examined a garage door opener to see how it works, you might begin to understand why you have this problem with them. It all starts with a laser beam and ends with a problem that is easily fixed. Lasers and Garage Doors Laser technology has been applied to many everyday uses, including garage door openers. Read More»

Stinky Drains 101: Diagnose And Destroy The Odor

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You don’t have to live with stinky drains. In most cases, you can clean out the drains yourself and free your home from the odor. Sometimes, professional help is needed, but first try some of these ideas to fix it yourself. Locate the Odor Before you try anything, make sure the odor really is coming from the drain. Open the cabinet doors beneath the sink and make sure there are no leaks. Read More»