Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 | Home Improvement
In part 3 of this occasional series on home security we are
going to look at the main points of entry to your home the doors.
It makes no sense to have flimsy weak doors on your house, what
you really need is something that a House Breaker will bounce
off when they try to force it. In the next article in the series
I will deal with the locks and hinges fitted to your doors but
for now I would like to concentrate on the physical construction
of the actual doors themselves. The back and front ...› Continue reading
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 | Home Improvement
b>Lawn Maintenance in Fall
The harsh conditions of winter can inflict a lot of damage on
your lawn. In order to protect your lawn as much as possible
during the winter months you should be prepared to do some
regular lawn maintenance every fall.
Try to keep your lawn as free as possible from falling leaves.
Although the rotting leaves can add nutrients to the soil, they
also prevent sunshine from reaching the grass, and this can
cause the grass to die off before the winter snows arrive.
Raking ...› Continue reading
Monday, March 10th, 2014 | Home Improvement
Imagine leaving a window open all winter long ' the heat loss,
cold drafts, and wasted energy! Well if your home has a folding
attic stair, a fireplace, and/or a clothes dryer, that may be
just what is occurring in your home! These often overlooked
sources of heat loss and air leakage can cause your heat pour
out and the cold outside air pour in ' costing you higher
heating bills, causing cold drafts, and wasting energy. Air
leaks are the largest source of heating and cooling loss in the
home. ...› Continue reading
Sunday, March 9th, 2014 | Home Improvement
A payback analysis every energy conscious consumer should consider
There are a lot of tankless water heater manufactures claiming a wide range of savings on your next water heating bill. A quick search on the web will show you a percent reduction of up 80%.
However the question still exists: how much would you really save on your water heating bill using a tankless water heater?
Most importantly what is the payback or ROI of the average tankless water heater and how does it compare to a ...› Continue reading
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 | Home Improvement
First, this bug has many names. Some of it's names are: lady
bugs ladybugs lady beetle asiatic lady beetle Asian Lady Beetle
Asian Lady Bugs Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle The Ladybird
Beetle is the correct name for a Lady bug and are not bugs but
are beetles. Worldwide there are nearly 5,000 different kinds of
ladybugs of which 400 are found in North America. The Convergent
Lady Beetle is the most common beneficial species of Ladybird
beetle in North America.
The life cycle of all Lady Bugs ...› Continue reading
Friday, March 7th, 2014 | Home Improvement
The home is the one place where you can do the things that can give you comfort. This is the place where you can relax and unwind away from the pressures at the workplace, where you can do anything that you want, and where you could spend some quality time. Because of these, it is therefore important to deal with home maintenance. Keeping the home clean, orderly, and in a good working condition will allow you to fully enjoy the list of activities that you do at home. Home maintenance is not ...› Continue reading
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Home Improvement
For all of those who suffer from the giant ice growth at the
eaves in the winter.
Ice and Water Shield
The onset of the ice & water shield usage in the northeast after
the great ice storms of the early 90's has brought with it a
mentality that has made for the profession a strange enigma. The
experience that is forever embedded on the minds of those that
dwelled under the massive influx of water resulting from ice
dams has caused the mandate of ice and water shield usage in the
installation of ...› Continue reading
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 | Home Improvement
Dangerous chimney fires are not exactly a major contributor to the overall number of houses destroyed by fire or lives lost during fires in the South. But the farther north you go, the higher the statistical probability of damage to a house caused by a chimney fire. For instance, in the state of Washington, the proportional ratio of chimneys as the origin of substantial damage done to residential structures is quite impressive. Once a chimney fire has begun, there is very little a homeowner can ...› Continue reading
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 | Home Improvement
One of the biggest challenges for vegetable gardeners is pest
control. Anyone who has tried to keep a determined deer from
eating the sweet corn knows how difficult it can be to deter
animals, including insects, birds, rabbits and other wildlife
from what, for them is a natural smorgasbord. From their
perspective, there sit these wonderful veggies, all neat and
weeded, almost as if you placed the plants there just for them.
And so animals that we might otherwise enjoy can become a
nuisance when ...› Continue reading
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 | Home Improvement
A fireplace is usually the focal point of a room, but all too often it is the last area of the house to be updated. Old outdated brick from the 70's with dark mortar joints go a long way to dating your home's decor. Modernizing a fireplace does not have to be a major renovation, and there are plenty of small improvements you can make to bring it up to date.Styles that evoke a natural, earthy mood:Get a load of river rock, stack them around around the outside and front of your fireplace and ...› Continue reading