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Three Tips For Maintaining Your Sliding Glass Door

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If you have a sliding glass patio door, then you may not think much about the necessary care and maintenance required to keep your door sliding smoothly. However, if you’ve recently noticed that your door is difficult to slide open or closed, then it may be time to start taking better care of the sliding glass door and its components. This way, you can avoid the need for a potentially expensive sliding door replacement. Read More»

What Can You Do To Protect Your Midwestern Modular Home From Seismic Damage?

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If you live in the Midwest, you likely give much greater thought to protecting your home from fire and tornado damage than any other natural disasters. But while hurricanes may not ever pose much of a danger for those who reside above the Mason-Dixon line and away from the coasts, damage from seismic shifts (including rumbles from the New Madrid seismic zone) can be a very real possibility for those in the Midwest. Read More»

Three Preparation Tasks To Complete Before A Home Heating Oil Delivery

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If you have recently moved to a home with an oil boiler system, then you will need to have heating oil delivered to your home on a regular basis. Many heating oil companies will set up regular billing with you or they will offer a cash on delivery service. To receive your delivery, you will need to call the heating oil business in advance. When you do this, you should also do a few things to make sure your tank is ready for the delivery. Read More»

5 Potential Causes Of Your A/C Problems When The Outdoor Unit Refuses To Start

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While there are dozens of problems that can interrupt your enjoyment of cool air from the air conditioner, only a few of them completely stop the outdoor unit from turning off. When you notice there’s no noise at all coming from the unit, it’s time to start troubleshooting the problem. Here are five potential causes, some of which you can check yourself before calling for repairs. Lack of Electricity Start by making sure the unit is plugged into a 220 outlet or that the permanent wiring isn’t disconnected. Read More»

3 Dangers Of Dirty AC Filters

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It’s been a long, hot summer. In fact, July 2015 was the hottest month ever in the history of recorded temperatures. And it’s not over yet – in many parts of the country, there are still at least a few weeks of heat and humidity. If you’ve been relying more heavily than usual on your air conditioner this summer, you may not have been changing the AC filter as often as you should. Read More»

8 Simple Tips For Keeping Your Garage Door In Good Shape

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A garage door can last for decades on end, but only if it’s properly cared for. Keeping your garage in great shape also sidesteps many of the nuisances associated with garage door operation, plus you’ll be able to prevent small problems from snowballing into larger and more expensive ones. Here are a few simple pointers to keep in mind when it comes to garage door maintenance: Check All of the Nuts, Bolts and Other Fasteners Read More»

Ways To Save With Windows

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Windows are an important part of any home, but they come with some downsides. Windows can often be drafting, causing money to practically float out of the house with the air. Windows are also expensive to replace and can fall apart quickly if not well maintained. However, as a homeowner you will find there are some ways windows can save you money. Here are a few.  Fix Stripping and Sealing Problems Read More»

3 Reasons To Consider A Whole House Fan To Cool Off Your House

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If your home currently does not have central air conditioning, you may want to find out what options you have for making your house cooler in the summer. Installing a central AC system would be a good option if your home has ductwork, but if your home has a boiler this might not be a feasible option. Of the remaining choices you have, installing a whole house fan might be the best option for you and here’s why. Read More»

Installing Pool Lights For Night Swims: The Difference Between Incandescent, Halogen And LED Lights

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Although having residential pools can help enhance one’s quality of living by offering a chance to swim in private, maintaining and designing residential pools is not easy. Approximately 15% of all U.S. households have reported to have access to residential pools. Swimming at night is a hazard, especially if insufficient pool lights are installed, since one’s vision is limited. Speak with a licensed electrician to determine which types of pool lights are best. Read More»

DIY Stone Spiral Herb Or Flower Garden

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If you are tired of traditional flower beds and hanging baskets and would like to do something different in your backyard this year, you may have already considered a spiral stone flower or herb garden. If you are like most people, you probably assume it will take a lot of work to stack all those stones to get the look you want. This DIY project eliminates the stacking and securing of stones without compromising the beauty, as the spiral of stones is held neatly in place with a wire mesh cage. Read More»