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2015

How To Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Exposure From A Gas Fireplace

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Gas fireplaces offer a lot of benefits that wood-burning fireplaces do not offer, and that is why you might be considering a gas fireplace for your home. If so, you should realize that gas fireplaces do require maintenance and they do have risks. One risk you should be aware of is the possibility of carbon monoxide leaking into your home from your fireplace. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas; however, you can prevent this from being a problem by installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home, and by keeping your fireplace maintained. Read More»

4 Reasons You Should Be Treating And Purifying Your Water

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There is no doubt that you want what is best for your and your family’s health. One of the best things you can do for your family’s health is to make sure that you are having your water treated and purified. Treated and purified water can lead to healthy practices in the future and can instill the values of living a healthy life in younger members of your family. Not only that, but it will just help you live a healthier life. Read More»

Out-Swing French Patio Doors: 2 Things That Can Affect Your Installation

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If you plan to replace your patio doors with out-swing French patio doors, there are a few things to consider before and after installation. Although French patio doors make excellent replacements for your current doors, they can experience a few problems after installation, including weather damage and a high threshold. However, with the right tips, your out-swing French patio doors can be exquisite additions to your home. Here are two things that can affect your out-swing French patio doors after you install them and tips you can use to solve the issues. Read More»

An In-Depth Guide For Bleeding Baseboard Heating Systems

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Hot water baseboard heating systems aren’t as common as they used to be, but they’re still used in many older homes and apartments throughout the country. After a long period of dormancy, the baseboard heating system can become “air-bound” – that is, the heating zone or loop can develop air pockets that prevent the heat from circulating. Learn how you can successfully diagnose and repair this issue. How to Tell When Your Baseboard’s Air-Bound Read More»

How To Seal A Cast Iron Pipe Joint Using Oakum And Silicone Grease

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A common way for do-it-yourself homeowners to seal iron pipe threads is the use of plumbers tape. Also commonly called Teflon tape, thread seal tape and PTFE tape, plumbers tape is relatively easy to use and inexpensive. However, its effectiveness decreases as the diameter of the pipe increases, and this can result in leaks. Most do-it-yourselfers don’t realize there is an alternative to plumbers tape, and that is the use of oakum and plumbers grease. Read More»

3 Tips For Pumping Concrete In Cold Weather

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Concrete is one of the most popular building materials used globally, so much so that it is used twice as much as any other building material. Concrete can be poured and applied using many different techniques. Concrete pump trucks are ideal for large-scale projects, as they discharge large volumes of concrete via a pump system. Although effective and useful, you’ll find yourself facing many obstacles when pumping concrete in cold weather conditions, as the concrete may end up freezing at the bottom of truck. Read More»

Which Siding Should You Side With? 3 Factors To Consider

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New siding can serve as a great asset to your home, adding many years of beauty and protection. But it’s also an investment, and if you choose the wrong type of siding for your particular needs you may end up with a house-sized case of buyer’s remorse. Here are three factors you want to think about carefully before you plunk down your money on siding materials and installation. 1. Durability Read More»

Dealing With Allergies In Your Home? It Could Be Because Of Your HVAC System

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Contrary to popular belief, staying indoors isn’t a surefire way of staying clear of common allergies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside of your home may be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. While indoor air pollution comes from a wide variety of sources, it may be your own HVAC system that deserves most of the blame. To find out why, take a look at this in-depth explanation of how a HVAC system can harbor common allergens, as well as how you can get rid of them. Read More»

What Are Some Red Flags that Could Indicate Electrical Issues?

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If you’re like many homeowners, your home’s electrical system may be out of sight, out of mind. Unless your power goes out during a thunderstorm or a fuse blows after you’ve plugged in too many appliances, you may assume all is well with your wiring. However, this assumption could be a potentially dangerous one. Read on to learn more about several red flags that could indicate electrical issues, as well as what you can do to ensure the safety and security of your home’s electrical system. Read More»

8 Unique Rebar Toppers To Make Your Festival Set-Up Truly Yours

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If you attend festivals and set up a large tent or shade area, you probably know that rebar is used for much more than traditional construction projects. Rebar can be one of the cheaper, more effective tent stakes that you can make. The ribbed surface of rebar makes it grip sand or dirt better than smooth tent pegs, and since you can purchase it in different thicknesses and cut it to various lengths, you can customize your tent stakes to stand up to the weather of whichever festivals you attend. Read More»