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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»

What Type Of Cedar Fence Should You Construct?

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The process of constructing a fence for your yard or other property can feel overwhelming. From choosing and pricing out materials to determining the appearance and structure of your fence, you may feel you’re faced with an endless array of options. There are many good reasons to choose a cedar fence, and narrowing down your choices to this material can help make the rest of your decisions much simpler. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of the various types of cedar fencing to help you make your final decision. Read More»

How To Clean Your Air Conditioner's Evaporator Coil

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You’ve used your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable while the outside temperatures continued to climb. However, recently, your air conditioner just hasn’t provided as much cooling to your home as it once did—even though you’ve replaced your air filter and had your refrigerant charged by a professional. In such a case, it’s likely your evaporator coil is dirty. Clean it by following these steps: Gain Access To Your Evaporator Coil Read More»

Keep The Itch Away: How To Protect Yourself From Fiberglass And What To Do Should You Be Exposed

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Fiberglass insulation is simpleto install, and that makes it a popular choice for homeowners who want to do the work themselves. However, fiberglass is also known for its annoying tendency to cause skin irritation. While the irritation is usually mild, it can cause significant reactions in some people. That’s why it’s best to prevent the irritating effects of fiberglass insulation by preparing ahead of time. But, if you do find yourself exposed, there are effective home treatments you can use to rid yourself of the itching and burning. Read More»

Plumbing Emergencies: What to Do When There's a Leak

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Water squirting from the plumbing fixtures can cause damage throughout the home. If the water leakage is not resolved as soon as possible, water that is pooling on the floor and the walls can easily cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Even small leaks that are hard to detect from the plumbing can cause water to pool overtime and have damaging effects. Studies have shown that water leakages account for 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water loss each and every year, which can equates to a huge water bill for you. Read More»