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Useful Guides and Tutorials in All Aspects of Life

OUTDOOR LIGHTING (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

With a little lighting, your yard becomes a lot more usable In the summer months, our yards become our personal playgrounds and weekend gathering spots during the daylight hours. When night rolls around, a little extra lighting allows for extra use of the back yard. A yard can be as lit up as a kitchen… read more »

FALL (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Take advantage of the cooler (yet not cold) weather to do some maintenance around the house Fall is sort of a batten down the hatches time in many parts of the country. Winter cold and wet are coming, the warm weather is heading south, and daylight is slowly disappearing. All those lovely colorful leaves are… read more »

COMPOSTING (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Why pay to have yard debris hauled away when you can easily reuse it? Nature recycles itself. Plants die and decompose, enriching the soil. Seeds blow or drop in, and the cycle starts all over again. In an effort to better the environment, cities have increasingly called for separating yard waste from household trash for… read more »

WINTER (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Winter’s here, so start up some routine cold weather maintenance If the snow is falling, it’s a little late to paint the windows or clean the gutters, so here’s hoping all that maintenance is finished. Winter maintenance chores are limited, but there are still some pesky tasks to attend to. Do you have air conditioning?… read more »

RAIN BARRELS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Save rainwater for a sunny day and help the environment According to the American Water works Association, the daily indoor per capita water use in the typical single-family home is 69.3 gallons. Billions of gallons of water could be saved every day if water-efficient fixtures were installed. Rain barrels aren’t considered water-efficient fixtures, but they… read more »

SPRING (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Spring brings the yearly maintenance cycle full circle—it’s time to start again You think of spring, and spring cleaning comes to mind, a fresh start now that the snow and cold are gone. You may do your own repairs or pay to have them done, but there’s no way around maintenance if you want a… read more »

SAFETY GATES (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Set one of these up to keep young children out of harm’s way Young kids like to wander—and they should. Everything is interesting to them. Once they become mobile, little stops them from snooping around. You want to keep them safe, of course, without hindering them too much. Safety gates restrict access but not curiosity,… read more »

MONTHLY (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Make monthly maintenance a regular event like cooking or doing laundry Life is full of repetition: sleeping, shopping for groceries, eating big holiday meals and regretting it later. To keep your maintenance and repairs to a manageable level, treat them the same way. Instead of waiting for problems to appear, try to prevent them. As… read more »

WINDOW PRECAUTIONS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Make windows in your home child-safe while keeping them functional For the most part, kids are careful around windows, but accidents happen. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than four thousand children end up in emergency rooms every year due to window-related falls. The basics should be addressed first: Move furniture that kids… read more »

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