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How To Help You Paint Straight Edges Like A Professional

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Painting your home the right way takes the right preparation and time. A professional painter can take from two to four days to prepare and paint an average-sized room. Professional painters also have techniques and tricks they use to help improve their work. Here are some helpful tips to help you paint straight edges in your painting. Use a Steady Hand, Not Painter’s Tape When you are deciding if you will or will not use painter’s masking tape, remember some of the best painters don’t mask before they paint. Read More»

4 Benefits Of Replacing Your Home's Windows

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When it comes to changing the aesthetics of your home, there are numerous things that might come to mind immediately: replacing the roof, landscaping your lawn, remodeling a room, or even painting your house. Replacing your windows might not be something that immediately strikes a chord with you, but it is undoubtedly one of the absolute best things you can do for your home on a variety of levels (and not merely aesthetically). Read More»

How to Frame Your New Window Properly to Ensure it Lasts

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If you are working on an old home, the windows may be badly degraded. If they were neglected long enough, or simply weren’t installed correctly all those years ago, the window frame will need to be replaced. Here is what you need to concern yourself with in order to ensure correct installation. Ensure the Window Frame is Properly Sized & Braced When framing out a window, start at the top and work your way down. Read More»

How To Get Your Roof And Asphalt Driveway Ready For A Winter's Freeze And Thaw Cycles

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When you live in a northern climate, you may have to deal with winter snow and ice and its effects on your roof and driveway. Because it can be common for temperatures in the winter to rise and fall, constant freeze-thaw patterns can do damage on and around your home. Here are ways freeze-thaw temperatures can damage your asphalt driveway and your roof, and how you can prevent them from happening. Seal Your Asphalt Read More»

Need A Bigger Nest? How To Turn A Pre-Engineered Metal Building Into An "Eggscellent" Chicken House!

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Eggs are a favorite food for many Americans. Versatile, satisfying and easy to prepare, eggs are perfect for any meal or snack. Because many egg aficionados prefer the taste and quality of very fresh eggs, many now choose to have their own flock of laying hens on their own property, even when living inside cities and towns. If you are part of this growing trend of backyard egg producers, or plan to become one in the future, these tips will help you easily convert a pre-engineered metal building into a safe, comfortable and attractive chicken house for your flock. Read More»

How To Effectively Remove Moisture Saturation From Drywall

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Homeowners usually recognize the urgent need to remove flood water from carpeting or flooring, but they often fail to grasp the seriousness of saturated drywall. Even if the water level only reaches a couple of inches, the drywall will absorb water and begin wicking it up the side of the wall. Within a matter of days, water can be pulled several feet up a wall and turn a minor flood into a disaster for homeowners. Read More»

How To Prevent Debris From Bypassing Your Central Air Conditioning And Heating System Filter

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Central heating and air conditioning systems depend on a supply of clean air to keep them operating efficiently and to achieve a long lifespan. That’s why air filters at the intake must be kept clean or regularly replaced. However, in the effort to maintain the filter, it’s easy to overlook the cracks and crevices that exist around the filter. Inadequate sealing around air filters can allow damaging debris to slip into the entering airflow. Read More»

How To Easily And Inexpensively Blue Tempered Steel At Home

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Bluing is an attractive means of decorating tempered steel with a rich, dark blue patina finish. It’s common to find firearms that have been blued, but other items can blued, as well. In fact, practically any tempered steel, from knife blades to wrenches to decorative fittings, can be blued. While there are a number of ways to blue steel, many of them involve the use of expensive chemicals and equipment. However, below is how you can perform bluing at home using relatively low-cost chemicals and common equipment you probably already have. Read More»

Eight Advantages Of Living Roofs

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Living roofs may seem like just the latest green fad in building design and maintenance, but the idea is actually built on age-old concepts that go back at least as far as Babylon’s famous hanging gardens, which were built around 500 B.C. Green roofs have recently come into favor among modern architects and commercial building owners for commercial roofing. If you’re considering replacing a roof on an existing commercial structure or are in the process of planning the design of a new building, following are eight great reasons to consider going green. Read More»

4 Ways To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes To Prevent Water Damage

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You might think that if you don’t live in an area that is prone to heavy rains and flooding that you won’t ever have to worry about water damage or water damage cleanup after a flooding emergency. However, flooding can happen due to personal negligence, and not just due to heavy rains and the whims of nature. One biggest way that floods in a home occur is by freezing pipes that burst, and then flood a home with water. Read More»