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Archives: April 2014

  1. Intermediate Kitchen Maintenance

    Thousands of kitchen fires erupt unexpectedly throughout the U.S. each year. Causes can be attributed to a variety of factors from faulty wiring, improperly maintained Electric Equipment, unattended cooking episodes using stove tops or ovens, up to and including small appliances like toaster ovens or in-home grilling systems. However, there are several common sense strategies the homeowner can undertake to reduce fire risk in the kitchen. Having personal safety equipment handy is one of the most effective ways to address a spontaneous flame. For example, every home should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen that is easily accessible in case of a small fire event. There are other more proactive strategies that are very important and can also help prevent kitchen fires. Continue reading
  2. Advanced Home Repairs

    Wood siding shingles offer an attractive feature to the décor of many homes. Besides their beauty, cedar shingles provide a near water-proof barrier, protecting the home’s exterior. Yet, it is this moisture proof quality that can cause shingles to crack or split given the softness of the wood. Consequently, it is likely you will need to replace at least some shingles during home ownership. Replacing wood siding shingles can be accomplished with a telescoping ladder and some Professional Grade Tools including nails, a hack saw, a razor blade knife, wood putty, and new replacement shingles. Whether your house has horizontal 6-inch lap boards covering the entire exterior or decorative row style rectangular shingles covering only a portion, the advanced handyman should have no problem installing new shingles. Continue reading
  3. Heating Solutions For Small Spaces

    Portable Heaters have been helping to heat homes, cabins, garages, patios, and construction sites for several decades. By definition, they provide a mobile mechanism in which to move a heat source from one location to another. What’s more, portable heaters are often used in spaces that don’t need to be heated all the time, often making them far more economical...
  4. The Seasoned Organizer

    Creative organization and storage can be easily accomplished in basement rooms that the family uses. In this blog we will spotlight fun and colorful ways to build or buy storage units that hold commonly used items the family access in a finished subterranean space. For example, by using Construction Tools such as a handsaw, hammer and nails, as well as enamel paint...
  5. Organizing The Basement

    In previous blogs we discussed the importance of organizing the home and garage. In this blog we will look at improving storage space in the basement for the Weekend Warrior. A well organized basement to store household supplies, paper products, infrequently used items such as camping gear, holiday ornaments and the like, will keep things neat, clean, and easily retrievable...
  6. From Mason Jar Terrariums To Fish “Bowls”

    If you have been looking for a new twist on the age-old Party and Event favors or table centerpieces, we have some exciting and fun ways to light up the mason jar. Listed below are four great ways to add some pizzazz to any event by using mason jars of various sizes. All that is required is some ingenuity, sand...
  7. Create Distinctive Bookends

    Some of the most distinctive bookends have been crafted from portions of recycled furniture such as old legs or antique bedposts. Converting old furniture parts to attractive and unique bookends can be a fun way to add character and an artistic flare to an otherwise ordinary looking bookshelf. What’s more, scouring local used furniture stores or garage sales can yield...
  8. Preventing Mold In Attics

    It is not uncommon to discover mold growth in the attics of older homes. This is particularly true in colder climates, although attic mold can also be found in warmer regions of the U.S. as well. Fortunately, there are some simple and effective ventilation strategies that can prevent mold growth. By installing a proper venting system using Electrical Equipment and a solid...
  9. Intermediate Safety & Sanitation

    If your home has sustained water damage due to pipes breaking, sink or tub overflows, sewage backup, or floods, some basic steps can eradicate the mold and mildew that may have built up as a result. Remarkably, mold and mildew will develop in as little as 24 to 48 hours after a water event and will worsen if not removed...
  10. Ladders And Saws For The Veteran Homeowner

    The most commonly used Electric Tools by the do-it-yourself handyman preparing the home and yard for the spring and summer include electric saws and ladders. Telescopic ladders, in particular, save on storage space, while large extension ladders facilitate greater access for roof tops and high tree branches that require trimming with a powerful Makita reciprocating saw. Regardless of electric tools...

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