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What You Need To Know About Your Home's Insulation

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You probably don’t think about your home’s insulation often, but if your energy bills are high, you may not have enough insulation. The right amount of insulation allows you to use less energy to comfortably cool and heat your home. If you haven’t thought about your home’s insulation before, check out these five important facts.   Insulation Is Measured in R-Value Just about every material used to build your home has an R-value, including wood, drywall, bricks, etc.…

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4 Things You Need To Know About Fireplaces And Household Safety

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If you’ve never lived in a home with a fireplace before, you’re probably really looking forward to spending time in front of a cozy fire with family and friends. You’re probably also aware of several fireplace safety basics, such as never leaving a fire unattended, having the chimney cleaned on a regular basis, and keeping a fireplace screen securely in place if there are small children in the vicinity. However, there are less obvious ways that you can help ensure that you and other household residents enjoy the fireplace without taking unnecessary safety risks.…

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Find The Plumbing Problem From The Inside Out – Use A Drain Camera!

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Unclogging drains and locating leaks is never a fun task. Couple that with the fact that most pipes disappear underground or into your walls and it may seem nearly impossible to discover what’s wrong without unearthing the entire thing. Thankfully, destroying your landscape or knocking out walls isn’t your only option. Drain cameras are helpful tools in examining your pipes without making a big mess. What Does a Drain Camera Do?…

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How To Remove, Inspect, Clean And Replace Pulse Furnace Spark Plugs

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Different kinds of furnaces from places like Wightman Mechanical are in-use for heating homes and other buildings, but the pulse furnace is a somewhat-unique technology. If you have a pulse furnace, you need to understand the importance of  spark plugs as well as how you should clean or replace them. Below is what you should know: What is a pulse furnace? During World War Two, the German military used the V-1 flying bomb to terrorize the city of London; this revolutionary weapon was powered by a pulsejet engine.…

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Becoming More Like Iron Man By Using Energy Efficient Lighting

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Tony Stark of the avengers has some pretty sweet gadgets, right? But how much energy do you suppose it takes to supply enough power to his tower? Probably enough to light the entire city. So how does he do it? How does Jarvis stay charged without dimming all the lights in a 5-block radius? How does that giant “STARK” stay lit? The answer is simple: energy saving lighting.  Tony carefully consumes electricity by using CFL and LED lighting.…

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What You Should Know When Choosing To Demolish Or Deconstruct That Old House

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In many cases, old houses can benefit from a good remodel. However, when the internal structure of the house is compromised, it is often better to just tear it down and build a new one or sell the land alone. When it comes to tearing down a house, there are two ways: deconstruction and demolishing. If you’re ready to tear down that old house, learn the difference between these two options to help you determine which the best choice is.…

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How Can Advances In Technology Help The Home Purchase, Sale, And Inspection Process?

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If you’re looking to purchase your first home – or are simply trading one home for another – you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of taking weeks or months to peruse listings, visit open houses, and secure financing for your next home. Even after you’ve found the right home, you’ll still have to undergo inspections and appraisals to ensure your financing will remain solid. However, recent advances in technology have made the home selection process substantially easier, even for those with on-the-go lifestyles.…

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Renovating? 2 Kitchen Cabinetry Upgrades You Should Consider

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As you peruse the kitchen showroom at your local cabinetry shop, you might be more focused on price and stain color than you are about small details like door hardware. However, unless you have the money to renovate your kitchen every few years, choosing the right kitchen cabinets will make a big difference down the road. Here are two kitchen cabinetry upgrades you should consider, and how they might make your life a little easier: …

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What You Should Know When Replacing Your Roof

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It’s time to replace your roof. This is a big undertaking, and the decision will last for years or possibly the rest of your life. If you’re considering replacing your roof, check out these four facts you must know first, so you make an informed decision. Some Materials Don’t Work on Low Roofs Depending on the slope of your roof, there are some materials you just shouldn’t use. Asphalt and metal are fine whether you have a low roof or steep roof because they do a good job of blocking rain and allowing it to slide off with ease.…

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How To Fix 3 Common Home Plumbing Problems

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All too often, leaks, clogs, and water temperature problems can ruin the convenience of a home plumbing system. While many homeowners rely on a professional plumber to fix all of their home plumbing problems, there are a few simple fixes that anyone can do. Here are the fixes for three common plumbing problems. Pipe Noise There are a number of different noises that can come from the pipes in your home, and the type of noise that you hear will vary depending on the cause of the problem.…

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