home + garden

Beer Cans Solidified Americans’ Recycling Habit

In the United States, citizens do their share and recycle a lot -  literally tons. Americans recycled 135 million tons of their waste in 2012 and  0.7 million tons of that recycling was aluminum. This metal is one of the easiest and fastest materials to recycle as well as one of the earliest items recycled in our modern recycling era. Recycling is the system of ... Read more

Troubleshooting Dishwasher Leaks And Water Flow Problems

Homeowners expect dishwashers to work every time they press the button, but they can be a little temperamental and develop problems. Some of the most common are leaks or water flow problems, which you can diagnose on your own with the following guide. How to Troubleshoot a Leaky Dishwasher There are a number of issues that could lead to a leaky dishwasher. These are the easiest ... Read more

Your Renovation Debris Can Be Hazardous

All of those do-it-yourself home remodeling shows make renovations look at easy as tearing out the old and installing the new. Homeowners decide that they want a total remodel so they go for it--knocking out walls with sledgehammers, ripping up floors, and stirring up a flurry of dust. When they are finished, the result may be a sparkling new kitchen, a luxurious bath or ... Read more

How to Install a Wooden Fence

Aside from the practical barriers they provide to dogs, deer and other unwanted critters, fences can help set the character of a garden or yard. Many fences can be installed relatively easily and painlessly, even if you’re not a contractor. They can also be installed fairly economically. Pre-made fence kits are one option, but you can also make your own. The following is a ... Read more

Roof Repair or Roof Replacement?

Every house will need a new roof at some point. Whether it's after two years due to a massive storm or 100 years due to unbelievable luck (or, more likely, neglect) eventually every roof is destined to fail. It's like anything in life-- nothing is ever permanent. The question, as the following excerpt from House Logic  attests, is when to replace a roof. The ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Replacing Your Windows

If your windows are old and allow cold, damp air to seep inside your home, the sooner you replace them, the more comfortable your home will feel. Moreover, your furnace or heating system will have to work less hard to heat your home, which can lead to big savings on your energy bill. Since new windows can also add value to your home, they ... Read more

Choosing the Right Contractor for Home Improvement Projects

Hiring the right contractor for a home improvement task is a big decision. While it may seem most practical to seek out estimates and go with the most reasonable quote for the job, budget should not be the only consideration when determining whom to hire. Consider the following characteristics of potential contractors before making your choice, and consumers are ensured of finding the best ... Read more

How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Everyone cares about the environment. We reduce, reuse, and recycle everything that comes into our houses, but what if our houses could do these things too? Here are some tips on how to make your home eco-friendly. Energy Drainers Go around your house and look for ‘energy drainers’. These are appliances that can either be upgraded to new energy-efficient models, or fixed to prevent energy leaks. ... Read more
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