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2016

Tips To Stay Safe With Electricity This Holiday Season

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Approximately 150 home fires occur every year because of electrical holiday lights. Using electricity wisely at the holidays can help you stay safe and avoid tragedy. The following tips will help. Use Extension Cords Safely Extension cords are often misused during the holiday season. Proper usage can help you avoid electrical problems. Choose the appropriate extension cords for your purposes. Indoor extension cords should be used for indoor purposes only, while outdoor extension cords should be used for exterior use only. Read More»

5 Ventilation Tips To Consider When Building A Horse Barn

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Both you and your horses will appreciate a well-ventilated barn. You (and those who work in your barn) will appreciate that scents drift away and the temperature stays somewhat consistent when there is adequate ventilation. Your horses will appreciate that hot, stale air will have a place to go, allowing cooler, fresh air to be drawn into the barn. When designing and building your barn, there are several aspects of ventilation that you should keep in mind. Read More»

Designing Your Dream Custom Home? 2 Important Tips for Making It Fire-Safe

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If you are in the midst of designing your first custom home, then you are likely excitedly choosing all of those great features you have always wanted in a home, like high ceilings, specialty flooring and cabinetry, and all of those other little special touches that will make the house perfect for your family. However, in the midst of all of the fun (and stress!) of designing your dream home, it is important to not forget to keep safety in mind while planning, and that includes fire safety. Read More»

Dated Wooden Windows | A Maintenance Guide For Homeowners

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Even though wooden windows have been replaced by more modern styles in a lot of homes, older wooden windows can still be found in many houses across the country. If you happen to live in a home which houses these wooden-framed home fixtures, it is important that you do know how to properly care for them. Old wooden windows are notorious for becoming non-functional or damaged. There are a few maintenance tips you should use to ensure your dated wooden windows stay as functional as possible until you can afford to make upgrades or replacements. Read More»

Siding Trends For 2016

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When it comes to selecting siding for your home, there are many decisions you need to make. You need to select a siding material, such as wood, vinyl or aluminum and you need to select a color. If you are overwhelmed with the number of options you have, you may be trying to figure out how to select a material. Looking at trends can help you select a popular choice that will help your home look great. Read More»

How To Protect Travertine Tile Countertops From Red Wine Stains

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Travertine tile countertops give a kitchen a natural, rustic look. To maintain a travertine tile countertop’s beauty, though, you must protect it from stains. Here’s how to protect these countertops from red wine stains – and what to do if they are stained. Prevent Drips with Wine Accessories and Coasters Even if your travertine tile countertops are sealed, which they likely are, it’s important to make sure no red wine spills on them. Read More»

Drivers Need To Know: Do Road Construction Flaggers Have Any Authority And Is Training Required?

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Flaggers are such a common sight wherever road work is being done that many drivers have no idea just how much authority flaggers have; thus these drivers sometimes avoid a flagger’s direction. Actually, flaggers are a very important part of every road construction project. They move vehicles and pedestrians through or around work zones safely, while protecting construction workers and equipment. As a driver who must put a lot if trust in the flaggers at road construction sites, you may be surprised that training and/or licensing isn’t always required. Read More»

Interior Painting: When to Leave It to the Pros

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Painting is something that most homeowners feel equipped to do. Lay down some drop cloths, tape off the molding and electrical outlets, and you’re good to go … right? While interior painting might not look difficult, the truth is, it is sometimes worth the money to pay a professional to complete the project. After investing in good paint, the last thing you want is to end up with streaks, dabs of color in the corners of the ceilings, or a failed experiment that means the walls need to be sanded and primed to look nice again. Read More»

3 Eye-Catching Options To Make Your Store More Visible

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You have a sign over your store identifying who you are and what you do, but people aren’t coming in to browse or inquire. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t need you – only that the promotional tools you’re currently using aren’t sufficient to catch their eye and demand their undivided attention. Here are some ways you can boost your store’s visibility as a prelude to boosting your success. Read More»

Tips To Make Lasting Plaster Crack Repairs

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Plaster walls were often constructed in homes through the late 1950s until drywall replaced plaster as a wall covering. While plaster may need to be replaced by a professional contractor if excessive damage is noted, you can fix cracks on your own. Cracks can be easily filled in with lime-based plaster material. However, quick repairs rarely last. You will need to do several things before the repair is made to make sure that plaster remains after your fix is completed. Read More»