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  • Properly Caring For A Precast Stone Fireplace Mantel

    If you just purchased a new home with a fireplace in your living room, and your mantel is constructed of precast stone, caring for it properly will be an important task in order to keep it looking its best. Simple maintenance steps to a precast stone mantel will ensure it does not suffer from staining, excessive debris build-up, or a damaged appearance. Here are some tips you can use to keep your stone mantel in the best possible condition so it enhances your fireplace beautifully.
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  • Four Goops And Goos To Have On Hand If You Plan On Tackling DIY Plumbing Projects

    Small plumbing tasks, such as caulking in a sink or replacing a faucet, can often be tackled without the help of a plumber. However, your results will only be as good as the materials you use. In order to ensure your DIY plumbing attempts are successful, keep the following goopy, gooey products on hand and know how to use them. Pipe Dope Also sold as "thread paste," this substance comes in a jar with a brush on the lid.
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  • Fall Is Coming...And So Are The Pests

    The arrival of fall means that pests are moving into your home. The best way to keep pests from taking over your home is to take action before the weather starts to cool down. Here are some tips that you and your family can put to use to keep pests out of your home.    Check and repair the weatherstripping. Weatherstripping not only helps to keep cool and warm air from entering your home, but it also helps to keep pests out.
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  • It's Not Rhubarb: Tips For Spotting And Removing Burdock From Your Yard

    When it comes to managing weeds in your yard, one of the most important things to consider is your ability to recognize what is a weed and what isn't. For example, burdock is commonly mistaken for rhubarb, but it's an invasive nuisance that will suffocate the roots of your landscape. In addition, it releases thousands of seeds each season in small burrs. These burrs will stick to all kinds of things, including animal hair and clothing.
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  • What To Consider Before You Begin Planting Landscape Trees

    Trees can form a major component in any home landscaping plan. They aren't just attractive, though. They can also make your home a safer, more pleasant place to live and play. The following are some things to consider if you are planning to plant trees around your house. Do you need to block wind? If you live in a windy area, then trees that can help block the wind are a definite plus.
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  • Tips For Preventing Bacterial Growth In Your Hot Tub

    Getting the most enjoyment from your hot tub means you need to know how to keep it safe from harmful bacteria. By taking the time to learn more about how you can prevent bacteria from living in the soothing water of your hot tub, you can always look forward to soaking in it without worry. Check out these tips for helping you keep your hot tub a clean and healthy environment.
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  • Finding The Right Sliding Gate Opener: Three Tips To Help You

    Having a high-quality gate and the right opener go hand-in-hand. If you don't choose the right opener, you will have limited functionality and an increased chance of maintenance issues. If you're planning to install a new sliding gate system for your business, make sure you know what factors you need to consider when choosing an opener. Operation The frequency at which you need to operate the sliding gate system is very important.
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  • Teach Your Child These Safety Tips About Mowing The Lawn

    When your child reaches the point at which you believe that he or she is mature enough to begin mowing the lawn with a standard rotary mower, it's important to ease the adolescent into this activity while making safety a priority. While the child may be eager to take up the job as a way to earn some spending money, you need to be sure that he or she will see mowing the lawn as a serious job that requires full attention at all times.
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  • A Look At The Pros And Cons Of Residential Steam Boiler Systems

    Forced air heating might receive a lot of attention because it's cheap to install initially, but if you're building a new home and need to install a heating system, it's worth your while to consider steam boiler heating, too. Steam boiler heating systems work by heating up water to the point that it boils, and then driving that steam into radiators found through the home. Here's a look at the pros and cons of this type of system.
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  • Characteristics Of Good Corian Countertops And How To Recognize Them

    When you walk through several homes looking for just the right home to buy, you may see several different kinds of countertops in the kitchens and in the bathrooms. At first glance, most of these countertops may all look like the same material, just different colors or patterns. However, countertops can be made of granite, marble, polyurethane-covered plywood, and even Corian, a substance that is solid and made of a mixture of acrylic and aluminum.
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