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While I was finishing undergrad, I rented a small, two-bedroom home in a sleepy neighborhood of both students and families who all lived in similar houses: ‘40s construction retrofitted with additional rooms, gravel driveways, and weathered wooden decks badly in ...
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Your house’s heating system is one of those hidden components of your home that is easy to overlook—as long as it’s working correctly, that is. But when the heat goes out without warning or your utility bills skyrocket unexpectedly, the heating system is suddenly forefront ...
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One of the most popular materials for fences, wood is favored for its traditional aesthetic, versatility, and economy. Beyond adding beauty and value to a property, installing a wooden fence has several functional advantages: fences provide privacy, containment for children ...
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If you’ve ever worked in a chilly office or needed to warm up an unheated room, you have probably used a space heater. Space heaters can be wonderfully convenient, but they do present a serious fire hazard—especially when they aren’t used properly. In fact, the ...
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A high electricity bill is never a fun surprise, especially if your utilities have been reasonable during the other months of the year. After your blood pressure returns to its normal level, what’s your next step? Determine what caused your power usage to spike. In some ...
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For many, the garage has become a wasted space, a dumping ground for paint cans, bicycles, empty boxes, outdoor appliances, extension cords, and other rarely used odds and ends. Sometimes it’s so full that fitting a car in between the bags of dog food and the rarely ...
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If you’re plugged into the ongoing conversation about ways to increase energy efficiency at home (or if you’re building a green home), you’re probably familiar with the many products on the market designed to make your house friendlier to the environment: Tankless ...
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With Irma’s devastation mercifully behind us and your annual Halloween sugar binge mercifully hours away, it’s easy to forget that hurricane season is not yet over. While the peak season begins to drop off in early October, hurricanes may form throughout November, and ...
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The decision to either fence your yard or replace an existing fence is not a small one. Fence work can be expensive, and the material, style, and quality of your fence make a significant impact on your home’s value and curb appeal. To make matters even more ...
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Hating bugs, rodents, and other critters (in our homes, at least) may be the one thing that brings us all together. Almost all of us can relate to the disgust, revulsion, and violation we feel when we see a pest skitter across the baseboard. We ask ourselves ...
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