Insulation Tips for Drafty Openings

Light switches, light fittings and outlets can be a major source of heat loss in winter and cool air in the summer. A tiny 1/8-inch gap around six ceiling light fixtures adds up to a 2 square-inch hole in your ceiling. Putting gaskets behind switch plates is a good start, but these don’t provide a …

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Tips for Easy Wallpaper Removal

Wallpaper can be a real pain to renovate, so here are some tips to make this messy task more manageable. Take your time—wallpaper takes time to remove so set aside at least two days to do a full room. Leaving enough time will mean you don’t try to rush it and end up damaging your …

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Improper Hardwood Flooring Care Could Void the Warranty

Hardwood flooring will change as natural environmental conditions change. The humidity and heat of the summer can cause wood to expand while the dry winter conditions will result in contraction. The manufacturers of wood flooring products have studied the idea conditions for their flooring and have detailed recommendations on the temperatures and ambient humidity that …

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What New Homeowners Should Spend Money On

Whether you are the proud owner of a new house or a seasoned contractor advising new clients, knowing what to tackle first can really help you get settled in. Here’s how to decide what you can do yourself as a homeowner, and what you should leave to the pros. Angie Hicks from Angie’s List explains: …

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How to Prevent Humidity Damage

The key to preventing damage by moisture is to understand how water vapor interacts with building materials. Building materials absorb airborne water vapor and, if the material is cold enough to be below dew point, condensation occurs. We don’t want either condensation or absorption to occur, so there are two principles to adhere to avoid water damage, mold and mildew.

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