Locks Frozen? Unthawing & Preparation Guide

Shannon Lee


Of all the little annoyances of winter – the icy walkways, the frigid wind, the snow piling up – one of the most frustrating must be the frozen lock. Whether it happens to the locks on your house or those on your car, the moment that key refuses to turn can be even more chilling than the weather.

One of the most important things in dealing with winter is preparation. And if you’re prepared for frozen locks, you’ll be less annoyed when the inevitable frozen lock happens.

Fortunately, there are several ways to get out of the freezing situation.

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Water Heater Leaking? Let Us Guide You

Nick Jessup


A leaking water heater can mean bad news for your home. Water damage to carpets, floorboards, and walls will get expensive quickly, and uncontrolled flooding may threaten your personal belongings as well. That’s not to mention the health risks: dampness breeds mold and mildew, which can potentially cause allergic reactions and asthma.

Because water heaters have a fairly long working life, many homeowners will have little experience in dealing with leaks. That’s why we’ve prepared a simple guide to get you through the situation:

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Understand Your Window Insulation Values

Shannon Lee


Buying new windows is easy. All you have to do is choose the windows you want, ensure they are right size, and place the order with the installation professional. Right?

Well, maybe not. There are many points to ponder when considering new windows, and the avalanche of information can be daunting. The avalanche of information can be daunting.

This primer is designed to help you understand each point that matters about your windows, so you can make a more informed decision.

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Small Appliances for Tiny Spaces

Shannon Lee


Tiny houses are all the rage lately. A tiny house means tiny everything, including appliances.

But with the trend toward larger and larger appliances, how can you find the perfect tiny appliance that fits into a small space?

Whether you are intending to live in a tiny house, a dorm room, or the smallest apartment imaginable, these tiny appliances can help you live large.

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5 Landscaping Projects That Don’t Pay Off

Cheryl Smith


“WOW, We just got our taxes back! I got a raise! We got an inheritance! Let’s upgrade! We’ve wanted a new pool for years. Now’s our chance. Just think of the fun we’ll have, plus, it’ll improve the value of our home.”

Whoa Nelly! Not so fast! All of those improvements sound like fun and could improve the value of your home, but not all of them will.

While you might love your new backyard, some folks (particularly potential future buyers) may not see it your way. Some people may see that new pool as a huge maintenance problem and added water expense. Others may hate that garden you want to add and view it as a huge turnoff.

So before you consider hiring that landscape architect, be sure you know what you’re getting into and if that expense is going to help you, or hurt you financially when it comes time to resell.

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Quick DIY Fixes for Your Garage Floor

Shannon Lee


Over time, most garage floors begin to show their age. It often happens after a harsh winter, when you suddenly see small cracks begin to form.

Or it might happen when you drop something heavy on the concrete, and soon you have a crack radiating out from the point of impact.

Or you might simply have a garage floor that has been through so much, it is now pitted and cracked enough that you worry about your tires as you drive into it.

Here are the most common garage floor problems, and how you might be able to use a DIY fix to get it back up to par.

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Can Skylights Lower Your Energy Bill?

Mike Rower


Skylights bring us closer to nature. They allow warm, natural sunlight to stream into your home, illuminating all in its wake, and provide unparalleled ventilation.

What’s more – you can enjoy all the benefits of skylights without spending an extra dime on electricity. But saving on your energy bill with skylights does require some forethought.

We’ve put together a list of factors that go into whether your skylight saves you money or costs you extra.

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Put Your Gutters to Work for Your Garden

Shannon Lee

41-gutters-with-leavesYour gutters perform a valuable service on your property – they direct rainwater to the downspouts, which then carry it away from the foundation of your home or outbuilding.

Obviously your gutters help prevent water buildup, preventing your home from experiencing serious water damage. But did you know that gutters can do much more than protect your home?

We’ve put together a quick list of additional benefits you can receive from your gutters.

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Adding a Gazebo to Your Deck

Shannon Lee


Have you thought about how wonderful it would be to spruce up that old deck with something new?

Gazebos can be a great way to enhance your deck and your evenings. Besides their beauty, they give you a great place to lounge, have dinner, and just enjoy yourself.

But as with any other home improvement project, there are pros and cons to consider before you take the plunge.

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Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener

Shannon Lee


Anyone who has ever gone to war with their own garage door opener knows they’re a serious piece of machinery. After all, it’s designed to move a heavy door up and down, over and over, and is expected to last for a very long time. So when one of them malfunctions, it not only makes for a serious inconvenience, but can also lead to high costs to repair the problem.

If you’re looking for a new garage door opener, you’ll need to consider many factors before making a final purchase. We’ve put together a list of popular garage door openers, broken down by brand and price, as well as their pros and cons.

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