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3 Potential Kitchen Repairs Homeowners Might Not Expect

photo from istockphoto.com[caption id="attachment_5139" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo from istockphoto.com[/caption] Owning a home is one of the most exciting, life changing experiences that a couple will enjoy together. It is a huge step up from renting, and most homeowners can do as they please in their own homes. However, with the freedom of home ownership comes the responsibility of repairs. There are no longer landlords who foot the bill and responsibility for repairs. Some of the following kitchen repairs can truly catch homeowners off guard. Oven One of the biggest repairs associated with ovens is a bad element. When the primary heating element in an oven blows, the oven will no longer bake food. Since this is the most widely used appliance in most family homes, it can be a very serious repair that needs to be completed quickly. Some ovens can be fairly easy to repair, but many people prefer to seek the help of a professional. For glass top ranges, the glass can break under heavy stress; such as when a cast iron pot hits it too hard. This is a more costly and time intensive repair. Refrigerator Refrigerators can run into a few different problems throughout their lives. The most

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Tips Before Remodeling Your House

No matter how much a family loves living in their home, at a certain point the signs of wear and tear, and the limitations of the home itself may become an issue. While a home is a place where a lot of life and love happen, over time all that living, with all its ups and downs, will result in some torn carpeting and some stained walls and tiles. Though some homeowners decide to move once a home seems too much in need of repair, for some, the idea of a remodel can be a sound one. Remodeling a house does take a lot of creativity and initiative, but done well it can add a lot to a home’s value. So, how does one start on a real plan? The first step is take a look around and see where the real improvements need to be done, and then to think about the realities of the budget. Many home remodels are financed via a loan off the home’s equity, which can be a smart approach if a low interest loan can be found. Getting Ideas Ideas for a remodel can be inspired by a review of the many home decorating

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5 Ways to Make Your Chain Link Fence Look More Attractive

181[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"]Chain link fence material is one of the more secure ways to protect your home and property. It is sometimes overlooked due to the fear of having the home look too industrial, or business-like. This is a small problem that can be dealt with a few ways that are budget-friendly, but effective. Below are five simple ideas to make your chain link fence more inviting and attractive. photo from www.doityourself.com[/caption]         Add a Splash of Color You can lose the more business-type appearance of chain link fences by using a product that is coated with a polymer material in a variety of colors. It can add a dramatic look to your property, while still providing a sturdy form of security. Strategic Plant Placement A little creative gardening can help disguise a chain link fence. Plant flowers, smaller flowering trees, and shrubs to distract eyes from the view of a stark metal fence. You can make the exterior area of the fence look like a complete oasis. Privacy Slats A relatively inexpensive way to decorate a chain link fence is by using privacy slats. These can be inserted through the chain link mesh in an

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Where to Turn For Electrical Help

photo from cableorganizer.com[caption id="attachment_5021" align="alignleft" width="225"] photo from cableorganizer.com[/caption] The answer is a well-experienced licensed General Electrician that guarantees their workmanship for a period of years and stands ready to repair any problems free of charge if some should occur during that time. Their knowledgeable technicians are willing and able to make sure that the wiring in your home or business is properly connected and safe up to the code in your area and can also fix any problems that could possibly prove dangerous. The metal box with switches is your main panel that is the heart of your electrical system and the distribution point for all your building's electric circuits. As you continue to add circuits and electrical appliances, the demand on the power panel is increased. Depending on the age of the building and the amount of electricity used, it may become necessary for the power panel to be replaced or consider adding a sub-panel in order to keep up with the electrical demand. The main electrical panel is the central distribution point for the branch circuits, which are connected to the service panel by circuit breakers, which have the purpose of safety because they cut off electricity if there

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Finalizing Your Plans to Improve Your House’s Beauty and Function

 photo Fotolia_37140993_L_zpsychv3juy.jpg[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="161"] photo from http://geraldlight.com[/caption] After weeks or months of dreaming, discussing, and budgeting, you are now finally ready to start the remodeling of your home. The only details that are between you and a house that is even more beautiful and function are what contractors to hire and what projects to which to give the green light. You can finalize plans for both of these details by going online to check out the latest in home renovation contractors and get inspiration for both interior and exterior project. Everything that you need to finish off your plans may be available to you on the website today. Vetting Contractors Even if you are on the most modest of budgets, you still want professional contractors who can give you the highest level of service. You do not want to trade quality for low costs. You can find contractors who can get the work done to your satisfaction at a price that fits in your budget by using the website's listing of area home remodeling businesses. This listing gives you all of the contact details you need to decide what contractors to take bids from and which ones to overlook. When

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Quick Guide on Decluttering your Home

 photo cartoon-messy-room-w-boxes_zpshhit6d7p.jpgIf you’re like most people, you have a whole host of possessions that are meaningful and important to you. Over time though, the amount of things that you have in your home can go from reasonable to pretty ridiculous. Many people even find that some parts of their home are so cluttered that they’re embarrassed about entertaining guests in them. While private spaces may be off limits to guests, everybody knows that clutter can take a toll on you eventually, even if you’re not worried about what people think. Clearing some of the clutter in your home isn’t as difficult as you might think though. Keep reading to learn more about how you can get your beautiful home back. Whether you’ve got 800 square feet or 8,000 square feet, the process is pretty much the same. Start with the Easy Stuff When you’re trying to clear clutter in your home, the best thing you can do is to start by getting rid of the stuff you know is just junk. Try donating this stuff, putting it in the trash or giving it to friends and family who may be able to use it. When going through the process, move items

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Lighting The Board

 photo corn-hole-clip-art-item-1-vector-magz-free-download-vector-em3gTA-clipart_zpsuzek2kob.jpgCornhole is a fun game that can be played to raise money for a special event or that can be played with family and friends at the end of the day. If you plan on playing in the evening when it's hard to see outside, then consider adding cornhole lights to the board so that you can see where you're tossing the beanbags. There are several ideas that you can use when it comes to installing the lights, but the easiest thing to do is to add a string of lights around the holes. White lights are sufficient, but you can add lights that blend with the theme of the board, such as lights that match the color of a sports team. If the lights are around the holes, then you'll easily be able to tell where the bags are to be tossed instead of guessing at where they land. Another idea is to use lights around the exterior of the boards. LED lights are often brighter and last longer. You can also add lights that glow in the dark or that are lit by solar energy. This would prevent you from having cords everywhere while playing. Blue or green

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Making the Most of Your Garden

 photo IMG_60741_zpsms1swkw7.jpgPlanting a summer garden? Want bold colours, unique floral arrangements, and something that will truly stand out? These are a few simple tips to really make your garden pop, and draw attention to your outdoor garden area this summer season. Plant for the weather  No matter where you live, make sure you know the flowers will bloom there. Make sure you know the vegetables are going to grow in that region. Make sure you know which plants can withstand the weather in your region. Doing a bit of research allows you to properly plant, grow, and plan out the space, so it looks good and will thrive. Go with colour  Don't simply throw in every colour under the sun however; instead, plan around your decor. Depending on the garden items, furniture, and arrangements you have in place, you can make a truly unique space. Further, you can bring out the bold, and something that is going to stand out in the garden area. Properly plant  This means don't simply stick the plants, trees, and perennials in the ground and hope they'll grow. Instead, do the research. How much water is needed? Can you plant certain plants next to one another?

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Design Your Dream Kitchen

For the average homeowner, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house. You can spend up to 40 percent of your time in your kitchen cleaning, cooking and preparing meals for yourself and your family. Why not have the kitchen of your dreams? Whether your interior style is traditional, contemporary, eclectic or country French, you can design a beautiful kitchen that will make cooking and cleaning easier and more enjoyable. Decide on the look that's right for your home, then concentrate on materials, finishes and colors. Floors Kitchens get messy, so think about durability and maintenance when you're choosing a floor. Hard surface materials like granite, marble, limestone and slate are extremely durable, but they need a sealer to resist stains. Ceramic and porcelain tiles don't require a sealer, and they're available in thousands of great patterns and colors. Hard surface flooring can be tiring under your feet, but area rugs and kitchen mats can help. Flooring alternatives like wood, real or laminated, and linoleum are also durable and much softer when you're standing for long periods of time. Today, you'll find many linoleum patterns that mimic the look of natural stone, wood, metal and glass.

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How to Shore Up a Failing Wooden Fence

The garden fence is a staple of the American home; it delineates property lines and adds beauty, protection, and privacy to the home. Fences come in many different materials and designs, but perhaps the most popular fence is the wooden post and panel variety. Unfortunately, unless these fences are put up with care and forethought, the posts in the construction are subject to rot and will eventually fail, resulting in the fence bowing and collapsing. While you could call today and have a professional come over, dig out and replace the posts, there is another option that is less expensive and just as functional. How to Shore Up a Failing Wooden Fence The technique described below comes with a caveat: the posts will remain rotten. Nothing short of digging out the post (with its attendant concrete base) will return your fence to its former glory, giving you the look that you wanted when you first raised the fence. If you must have this, then you will need to replace the posts, but if you just want the fence to remain erect, fully supported for functional purposes, then read on. The information below will save you the time, money, and headache

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How to Maintain an Air Conditioning Unit

Maintaining your air conditioner is essential to helping it last longer. Failure to maintain an air conditioner will end up costing you a lot of money in repair costs, and possible replacement costs. Simple things can go a long way to properly maintain your AC unit. Use the following tips to maximize your air conditioning in Georgetown. Change the Filter Each month you must take the time to change the filter. Some air conditioners will have a filter that is washable, while others will require you to purchase a new filter. It is important to determine what type of filter your system requires to run properly so you can maintain your air conditioner. A new filter allows fresh air to circulate through the home, and it provides greater efficiency of the air conditioner. A dirty air filter will make the air conditioner work harder to push the air through the ducts. According to the Environment Protection Agency, replacing an air filter can improve the energy consumption by 5% to 15% or more. Service Your System Hire a professional to test your system each year. Having a technician come in the spring and again in the fall will allow you to

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Dry Cleaning at Home

I have been planning to send all the stuffed toys in the laundry shop for dry cleaning when I saw this dry cleaning kit over the internet. I didn't know we can do dry cleaning at home, I didn't even know that I can do it myself, all this time I have been trusting laundry shop when it comes to cleaning my kids' most loved stuffed toys. Now, after discovering how it is done, I'm giving dry cleaning kit a chance and I hope this will impress me just like those cleaning supplies that I bought online so I can save some bux as this is definitely less expensive than dry cleaning service at the laundry shop. Oh...the toys are begging for a massive clean up day and it's going to be on the weekends.  
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Organizing Kitchen Cabinets and Cupboards

You are probably not the only person who simply cannot find the lid for that piece of Tupperware. You also aren’t the only one who has to lift up six pots or pans just to get to the one you need on the bottom. Having an accessible and organized kitchen can be a challenge, for sure. If you are in need of some organization suggestions for your kitchen cabinets in SLC and your kitchen in general, you’ve come to the right place. Use Organizers No doubt you have a drawer full of sandwich bags, foils, and other wrapping tools, right? One trick that could help save you some space is to use a magazine file holder for those tall boxes. It stands upright and can fit several containers in it. This way, you can use a fraction of the space in a taller cupboard, and use that drawer for something else. If your utensil drawers are completely chaotic, invest in a couple of plastic organizers. They exist in all shapes and sizes to fit any drawer and any utensil. Keeping all the knives in one slot, all of your ladles in another, and other similar objects together can help you

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Conquering Clutter

Last week marked my sixth month of juggling work and mommy duties plus on top of that I have a home to be manned. As you know, I have toddlers at home who are a good clutter operator. While I keep cleaning for hours, they'll mess up our abode in just a minute. However I am getting things organized and neat. I hate it when I dig closets or cabinets just because I couldn't find what I am looking. Good thing we have installed shelves from the best selection of pull out shelves to maximize storage spaces. Stashing things out and conquering clutter project had me great organizing ideas that are helpful and will surely organize your home. Here's sharing some decluttering ideas. Sort things out and get rid of unused stuff (clothes, shoes) hibernating in your closet. I have been donating some of it and I had few more. Maximize walls. Install shelves and use it as decorative storage. You can also place decorative basket storage on shelves for aesthetics. Organize your storage by categorizing items. You may use boxes and have them labeled. If you have toddlers who has tons of toys, it would be helpful to label toy

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A Safe and Effective Cockroach Killer

combat cockroach killerIt seems that getting rid of cockroaches at home (particularly in our kitchen) is a serious battle given that we have toddlers. I have been using spray and a trap to get them out of our household but after a week or two, I would see them crawling in the kitchen again and again. As I was burn up with this pesky nuisance, I then went to a hardware to find a better cockroach killer. A sales lady offered me Combat Source Kill Max which comes in a form of gel bait traps. It was (according to the sales lady) safe and effective to use. I was at first hesitant to buy it because it was a bit expensive, but then after a few more sales talk, I end up paying for it. As soon as I got home, I set the traps all over our kitchen; under the sink, at the back of the fridge, cabinet corners and hinges. I was very hopeful that it would rid them out. The following day, we found the roaches dead. Same scenario on third, fourth and fifth day.     It's four weeks since we use Combat at home and I barely

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