2015

  • Should You Ever Try To Clean Your Own Chimney?

    If you've recently purchased a home with a chimney for the first time, you may be unsure of the time or financial commitment you've made to chimney maintenance. While many chimneys (especially those in recently-built homes) are designed to minimize creosote buildup, some older or more deteriorated chimneys could require much more frequent cleanings. But is it worthwhile to try to clean your own chimney in an effort to save money?
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  • Three Things You Should Know Before Visiting The Fabric Store

    A visit to the fabric store can be overwhelming with row upon row of fabric in every color and texture. While there are times when browsing can spur new ideas and spark your imagination, if you are ready to start a project, like that applique wall-hanging or quilt, it is important to know what you are looking for before you make the trip to the store. Follow these tips for determining your needs ahead of time to make shopping more efficient and to ensure you get the fabric you really need.
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  • Coping With A Bed Bug Infestation

    One of the last things that you, as a homeowner, want to experience is a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are obnoxious and irritating, not only to your health, but to your sanity. If you are plagued with a bed bug infestation, there are a few things that you need to do right away. These things will help you cope with your bed bug infestation, and hopefully get you on your way to a bed bug free home.
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  • Five Stunning Ways To Use Mirrors In Your Interior Design

    Most every home has a mirror or two in the bedroom and bathroom for the purpose of checking one's reflection. However, mirrors can be more than just a grooming tool. They can also add an element of light and a feeling of spaciousness to your home decor. Here's a look at five stunning ways to use mirrors in your interior design. Use a floor-to-ceiling mirror to make a small dining room feel more spacious.
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  • Tune-Ups Aren't Just For Cars: What You Can Expect From A Garage Door Check-Up

    Just like your car needs the occasional tune-up to keep running safely, your garage door also needs regular inspections and minor repairs to prevent it from breaking down. If you've never had a door tune-up before, you might be wondering what one entails. Here are a few areas your door technician will cover during a quality tune-up service. Checking For Torsion Spring Integrity Spring breakage is the most common problem with garage doors as they age, followed closely by issues with the rest of the torsion system.
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  • Knowing Your Rights When Moving: A Guide To The 110 Consumer Protection Rule

    Americans are constantly on the move – relocating from one city or state to another. In 2012, domestic migration was at an all-time high with 16.9 million Americans moving between counties. Moving can be a stressful experience, and most Americans rely on the help of professional movers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted several federal laws to protect those who are moving from being taken advantaged by professional movers.
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  • Things to Consider When an Elderly Family Member Is Moving Home

    Moving home can be a difficult and stressful time for many; however, it is particularly troublesome for the elderly. It's important that you are there for your elderly family members during this difficult time in order to avoid any injuries occurring and ensure they are in the right frame of mind for the move. Things to Consider before the Move When it comes to helping an elderly family member move into a new home or into a nursing home, it's important to realize that there's much more to the move itself than packing boxes.
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  • Heating Repair: Troubleshooting Malfunctioning Oil Or Gas Burner When Safety Switch Is Not Tripped

    Maintaining a consistent temperature within the household requires approximately 48% of your household's total energy consumption. Making sure that you regularly inspect your oil or gas burner and diagnose any problem that may come up immediately will reduce energy loss. The most common sign that there is a problem is when the safety switch is tripped; however, what do you do when your oil or gas burner is simply not working and the safety switch has not been tripped?
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  • Ways To Protect Your Walls And Floors During A Move

    After you've sold your house and started preparing for the move, you may worry that your walls and floors will get damaged during the actual move itself. If you're concerned about this, there are steps you and the household moving companies can take that may help you prevent damaging your home on this busy day. By taking a few extra steps, you may be able to avoid scratching and dinging your walls and floors.
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  • Safety Tips: Buying Furniture For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

    Shopping for furniture for your child's room can be a fun and exciting process, but when you have a child on the autism spectrum, it's not as easy as just looking for the style or color that fits your child's preferences. You'll have to consider sensory and safety factors that other parents may not have to be concerned with. If you're new to furniture shopping for special needs kids, it can be a confusing process.
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