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How To Integrate An Exterior Drain Tile Into Your Earth Sheltered Home

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Earth sheltered homes provide various benefits for their owners. Not only do they look aesthetically pleasing due to their integration with the land around them, but using an earth berm against your home can save on building materials and keep the temperature in your home more consistent throughout the year. Earth sheltered houses present various architectural challenges due to the heavy load of earth pressing against walls and roofs. However, an exterior drain tile can help alleviate some of the problems you encounter. Read More»

5 Things To Consider Before Adding A New Chimney To Your Existing House

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 Chimneys and fireplaces have risen and fallen in popularity over the last century since they became an optional accessory instead of the main source of heat in a home. If you’re the owner of a newer house that lacks a real masonry chimney, you might dream about adding a tall stack of brick or stone to your structure. Consider these five complications before calling up a masonry contractor to start the hard work. Read More»

How To Replace Your Garage Door Weatherstripping

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When it comes to winterizing your home, your garage door is very problematic. Although your door was installed with sufficient weatherstripping, exposure to rain, UV rays, and other environmental factors has caused your weatherstrips to crack and leak heat. Luckily, you can replace your door’s worn weatherstrips in just a few hours by following these steps: Gather Your Supplies Measure the width of your door and count the number of panels that must receive new weatherstrips. Read More»

Using A Fog Machine To Test For Duct Leaks

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When looking for ways to reduce energy usage, many homeowners forget to check the air ducts connected to their HVAC systems. However, leaky air ducts can be responsible for up to 25 percent of energy loss in your home. While it’s best to have an HVAC repair company test your air ducts for leaks, you can also do this yourself in a couple of different ways. One way is to use a fog machine. Read More»

6 Things You Should Never Burn In Your Wood Stove

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Wood burning stoves can add a cozy ambiance to any home as well as significantly contribute to reduced fuel costs, but you can’t burn just anything in them. In fact, some items may pose a threat to human health and safety when tossed into a wood burning stove and ignited. Following are six things that should never be put into a wood burning stove. Glossy Paper Magazines, catalogs, and newspaper advertising inserts are all perfect examples of the type of glossy paper that you should never burn in your wood stove. Read More»