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Four Evergreen Pruning Tips

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Evergreen Pruning Tips

Full evergreen trees, such as yews as spruce trees, can provide year-round color in the landscape. They make a good anchor plant in an island garden bed, or you can use them to frame in an entry or walkway. These trees also make good windblocks if the branches and needles reach to the ground. Keeping them properly pruned is the key to ensuring they continue to add a stately and symmetrical element to your yard, and these tips can help. Tip #1: Spring Is for Shearing Wait until new growth begins to show on your evergreens in spring before bringing out the clips. By waiting until spring, you will give any winter-damaged branches or burned needles time to recover. This also ensures the tree is back in its full growth cycle so that it can recover quickly from any...

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Pebbles, Stones And Bricks! In Kitchen Design, The Possibilities Are Endless!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pebbles, Stones And Bricks! In Kitchen Design, The Possibilities Are Endless!

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you might think that you must stick with what’s common in your neighborhood. Since you are the one who is going to be in your kitchen daily, it’s perfectly fine to go against the norm, and create a space that’s unique to your style and makes you feel happy and comfortable. Using pebbles, stones or bricks in your kitchen is one way to accomplish a unique style. However, using these items doesn’t mean that you have to stick with one particular style. This guide explains three design types that you can you choose from. Going Rustic To incorporate rustic charm to your kitchen, choose a pebble, stone or brick in natural tones. Natural pebbles compliment each other well, whether they match or are simply in the same color family. Unrefined bricks or distressed stones,...

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Triage Your Bathroom Problems After Water Damage

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Triage Your Bathroom Problems After Water Damage

Toilets can leak or let water flow indefinitely or until they’re shut off. Some issues could be from wear and tear, while others could be from poor installation. Water damage in the bathroom can bring a modern home down to primitive levels of comfort, but a few inspection and troubleshooting techniques can help you work around the problems or at least know what to expect from repair professionals. Toilet Flushing And Filling Failure Toilet clogs are common problems, and require either a plunger, a professional or enough time for the clogging materials to break down and pass through. A few mechanical issues may be harder to ignore. If your toilet doesn’t flush when you push the lever, there’s a few problems between the lever (the flushing handle) and the flapper (the stopper that signals old water to flush and...

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Tips To Remove Mildew From Vinyl Siding

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Remove Mildew From Vinyl Siding

Mildew forms on vinyl siding after it is exposed to moist, shady conditions and can diminish the beauty of your home. Learn how to remove these unsightly green streaks and how to protect the vinyl so that mildew isn’t as likely to form again.      Materials plastic sheeting rubber gloves long handled scrub brush water hose (with adjustable nozzle) industrial strength detergent bucket bleach vinegar small scrub brush ladder Cover Foliage And Remove Surface Dirt Place sheets of plastic over foliage that is located close to your home so that it doesn’t come into contact with the cleaning solution. Put on a pair of disposable gloves to protect your hands while you are removing the mildew stains. Fill a bucket with water and add a small amount of industrial strength detergent to it until it is sudsy. Set...

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How To Paint Your Bathroom Walls

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Paint Your Bathroom Walls

The bathroom is often the first room in a home that needs to be remodeled. It has endured more foot traffic than other rooms. Luckily, since bathrooms are typically smaller, changing elements like flooring, molding, or paint is more affordable. This article will explain how you can remodel your bathroom on the cheap by repainting the walls and ceiling. Choosing the Right Paint When painting your bathroom you need to use semi or high gloss paint. Usually, paint with a higher gloss will last longer, especially in the moist environment of a bathroom. However, many people do not like shiny paint on their walls. Semi-gloss paint is a good compromise for people who like walls with a lower sheen. Priming the Walls When painting in a bathroom, you need to prime the walls first. Primer will protect the drywall...

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When Is It Time To Call An Electrician?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Is It Time To Call An Electrician?

There are some simple electrical tasks that can be performed by the average homeowner, such as replacing outlets and light switches. However, there are some electrical projects that are best left to professionals. These include Working inside the circuit breaker box The circuit breaker panel beneath the cover of the breaker box contains a myriad selection of bare wires, powered breaker slots, and grounding bars. The only safe way to work inside a breaker box without the possibility of instant electric shock or death is to turn off the main breakers and work in the dark by flashlight. Attempting to thread bare wires into circuit breakers and grounding bars in a cramped and crowded circuit box by the light of a flashlight may lead to incorrect wiring. That could create a breaker box that has a live power wire...

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