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Unintended Consequences: Cleaning A Mirror Can Damage It

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If you have been noticing dark spots on mirrors in your home that appear to be behind the mirror, and not on the surface of the glass, take a look at how you clean the mirror. Your diligent scrubbing could actually contribute to the spot formation if you’re not careful. Custom glass companies can resilver the back of the mirror, but prevention is the better route to take. Here are tips on how to care for mirrors so that you don’t end up with unsightly brown or black spots destroying the way the mirror looks.…

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4 Plumbing Issues To Watch For When Buying A Home

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It’s a good idea to make sure the plumbing is in good shape when you are buying a home, especially if it’s an older home. A basic home inspection may not catch some major plumbing problems. Keep the following four plumbing issues in mind as you look over a potential home purchase. #1: Check the Main Sewer Line A common issue in older homes is the main sewer line. A clog in this line can cause a messy backup later, resulting in not just replacement or repair of the sewer line, but water damage inside the home.…

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Four Tips To Help You Start A Rural Homestead Project

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If you want to live a more sustainable life with fewer bills, a rural homestead can be a great investment. Before you can get started, you will want to have a good plan of action. The land, surveying, designs and utilities can be designed to give you a modern homestead. Here are some tips to help you prepare your rural homestead project: 1. Finding The Perfect Parcel Of Land For Your Needs…

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Understanding And Preventing Alligator Cracks In Your Pavement

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One of the common issues that people see with asphalt surfaces is a condition called alligator cracking. They get their name from the pattern formed by the shallow cracks in the asphalt, which are very similar to that of the scales on an alligator. If your roadway is suffering from this condition, you’re going to have to have the asphalt removed and a whole new asphalt foundation applied. It’s the only way to restore the structural integrity of the road.…

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3 Fixes For Unusual Toilet Problems

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There are some toilet problems a homeowner comes to expect: frequently running water and slow flushing are two of the more common issues. But plumbing is a complicated system that can throw you some unexpected problems from time to time. You should ultimately call a plumber when these occur, but here are the likely causes. Scalding Water: Mixing Valve Issue Is your toilet suddenly filling with scalding hot water? Does your tank look like its sweating?…

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Custom Staircases and Handrails: Three of the Most Difficult Designs to Execute and Why

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Custom staircases and handrails add dramatic or beautiful touches to your home. However, there are some staircases that are difficult to execute, and handrails that are very hard to construct. Here are three examples of the most difficult designs to execute and why. It is worth keeping them in mind when you ask a contractor to build a custom staircase for your home. Tight Spiral Staircases Made of Wood Wood is only as pliable as the heat, steam, or acid bath you dip it in can make it.…

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Why Metal Roofing Is An Environmentally Friendly Choice

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An energy-efficient home is friendly to the environment and also less expensive to operate than an older, energy-guzzling building. There are several things you can do to make you home more energy efficient, but a good place to start is with a new metal roof. There are two main reasons why metal roofs are more earth friendly than other roofing types.  Recycle to Save Earth’s Resources As the human population continues to expand, we consume more and more of earth’s resources.…

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Using Your New Wood Stove: Getting The Best Heat

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When you have a new wood stove installed in your home, you get to enjoy the many benefits of alternative heating. Caring for your wood stove properly is the best way to ensure safe fire burning and proper energy output so your home is nice and warm whenever you use it. Here are some tips for using your wood stove after it’s been placed in your home so every fire you burn is safe and efficient.…

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Got Bed Bugs? 3 Cleaning Strategies That Will Get Rid Of Them And Their Funk

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Bed bugs are everywhere! They have been found on city buses, in hotel rooms, in commercial buildings and in homes all over the country.What’s more, there are more bed bug infestations now than there were 10 to 15 years ago. And they’re very easy to pick up and take home since they like to hitch rides in clothing and luggage. If you have bed bugs, don’t blame yourself. There are countless people living in cities all over the country dealing with the same problem.…

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3 Big Reasons To Have A Home Inspected For Mold Before Purchasing

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Anyone thinking about buying a home should do everything possible to ensure the home is safe to live in. Most lenders require a home appraisal and inspection, but neither of those things will necessarily detect all the problems a home has. Among the things you should have done before purchasing any home is a mold inspection. There are three big problems mold can cause a new homeowner: Mold Damages Surfaces in a Home…

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