Fall-Winter Home Improvement 2015

12 Stories • Available July 2015
In The Gutter

In The Gutter

It seems simple to have properly installed, well-maintained gutters and downspouts that move rainwater away from the foundation, help keep water out of the basement, discourage insect populations

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Cleanup Crew

Cleanup Crew

Life is messy. From overpacked schedules filled with spilled Gatorade and muddy cleats to fast-growing children needing new clothes and toys, staying on track and tidy can seem impossible. Howeve

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Nontoxic Home Improvement

Nontoxic Home Improvement

As the days shorten and the winter holidays approach, many homeowners decide to freshen up walls, floors and furniture. But the effect isn't always fresh. There are many reasons to save home imp

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Defending Against Frozen Pipes

Defending Against Frozen Pipes

After a long, hard winter, the signs of spring are eagerly awaited. But don't let your spring thaw turn into a flood. Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, which can lead to costly home repairs.

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Cozy And Cost-effective

Cozy And Cost-effective

For many homeowners, the winter season means paying expensive monthly heating bills or enduring frigid temperatures. However, by taking a few simple steps now, you can mitigate the impact of high

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Lower Energy Costs With Insulating Paint Additives

Lower Energy Costs With Insulating Paint Additives

The next time you plan to paint either the exterior or the interior of your home, ask your local paint store salesperson about including an insulating paint additive in your paint. Insulating pai

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Resolve Ice Dams Quickly

Resolve Ice Dams Quickly

If you own a home in an area of the country where you get cold and snowy winters, then you've probably already experienced ice dams. If, on the other hand, you are a first-time homeowner or a new

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Purchasing A Wood Stove Is Smart

Purchasing A Wood Stove Is Smart

The cost of heating your home with oil, propane or electricity continues to rise every year. One way to combat the ever-increasing home heating energy bills is to install a wood stove in your hom

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Passive Homes

Passive Homes

The concept of passive home construction has been around for a while; however, it has increased in popularity in recent years with the growing interest energy efficiency. Whereas net-zero home

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Yard Privacy

Yard Privacy

Dear James: I just moved into a house with a small lot. I would like some privacy in the backyard, so I want to build a panel fence. The yard slopes, so please give me some advice on building it

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Entrance Halls And Hallways

Entrance Halls And Hallways

We all know first impressions matter. Well, my friends, the same holds true for our homes. Walking into an entrance hall should be a warm and inviting experience, a preamble to the rest of the ho

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Reading Nooks

Reading Nooks

Reading in a cozy chair is still desirable for a lot of people. Though you may be sitting with your Kindle instead of a bound text, the expression "curled up with a book" sounds so much more appe

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F-w Home Info 1

F-w Home Info 1

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