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You Should Have Your Parking Lot Sealcoated And Striped Every Three Years

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As a business owner you understand the importance of curb appeal.  If you own the land and building, you probably spent money on landscaping, keeping the outside of the building painted or in good repair, and keeping the parking lot looking good all in the hopes of attracting more customers. The fact of the matter is you definitely should have your parking lot sealcoated and striped every three years. Keeping your parking lot in good repair will save you a lot of aggravation and money.…

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Storm Damaged Vinyl Siding Repair Tips

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Wind or hail can cause major damage to your siding. While vinyl won’t bend or dent like metal, large hailstones can leave holes and cracks, while wind may sometimes rip hole panels off the house. A repair is necessary when this happens. The following tips can help you with getting the best looking repair so your home looks as good as new afterward. Tip #1: Match-making Successfully One issue with any pre-colored siding product is that you may not be able to get an exact match.…

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4 Heating Options For Tiny Homes -- And One Heating Option To Avoid

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Tiny homes, measuring just a fraction of the size of the standard family home, are all the rage as Americans seek simplicity, minimalism and affordable housing in tough economic times. Turning to a tiny house means sacrificing space, but also comes with some surprising benefits, such as heating bills as low as $10 a month in some regions. While tiny homes can provide all the normal comforts of a larger space – including heating, cooling and running water – these systems require a bit of extra planning to make sure they will work in your new dwelling.…

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Are Your Medications Harming Your Septic System And Your Groundwater?

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Can your medications be destroying your septic tank and even endangering other people? Maybe. Certain drugs can wreak havoc on a septic tank, even if used for a short period of time, and many can end up in the groundwater from which you and others use. Here’s what you should know. A perfectly operating septic system is a beautiful thing. When a septic tank is operating properly, waste water from the house enters the tank and the heavier solids sink and form a sludge.…

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How To Strip A Hardwood Floor

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The color and shine of hardwood floors can fade over time as the floor is worn down. However, unlike other types of flooring, hardwood flooring can be refinished, which is much less expensive than replacing the entire floor. However, before you can refinish a hardwood floor, you have to strip it first so that the new stain is evenly and properly applied to the floor. Thankfully, stripping a hardwood floor is a fairly simple process that won’t take too much time with the right knowledge and tools.…

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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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