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4 Tips For Preparing Your Trees For Winter

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Preparing Your Trees For Winter

Winter is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start getting the trees on your property ready for winter. The coldest months of the year can be very stressful on trees, so preventative action is essential if you want them to still be alive when spring arrives. Use the following tips to ensure that your trees are healthy through the winter: Trim Back Trees Ice storms and heavy snow can cause limbs and branches to crack or snap off, which can leave a tree vulnerable to continuing damage. One of the best things you can do during the falls months is hire a tree service company to remove weak branches and limbs that are at risk from winter storms. In addition to protecting your trees, trimming them back can also prevent broken branches or limbs from breaking and damaging your home. Keep Trees Warm The roots of a tree are generally not as hardy as the branches and stems, and they can be more sensitive to cold. If you want to keep the freezing temperatures from damaging the roots of your trees, place a layer of mulch around the tree to help keep the soil temperature from dropping too much. You can use straw or wood chips, but just make sure that the mulch is several inches thick so it creates an effective barrier against the cold.  Provide Water Winter air is often very dry, and as the ground freezes during the winter it can be difficult for your tree to access water which can lead to a low moisture content. During the fall months, it is a good idea to water all of your trees thoroughly–the ground should be very moist, but not waterlogged. Continue watering until the ground freezes to ensure that your trees are entering winter with an ample moisture content. Protect Against Rodents Pests such as mice and wild rabbits can damage trees in the winter while they are foraging to find food. If rabbits are a big problem in your area, you may want to place a wire mesh enclosure around the trunk of the tree to keep them from eating the bark of your trees. Mice can be harder to keep away–if your trees have been infested with mice, you may need to set out traps or call a pest management company for assistance. Paint-on repellants that keep rodents away from trees are also available in many garden centers.  Contact a company like Tree Sculptors for more info and...

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2 Fun Ways To Switch Up Your Current Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Fun Ways To Switch Up Your Current Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen is a room where you likely spend a lot of your time. Because of this, it is important that you like the way that your kitchen looks. The cabinets in your kitchen are one of the main focal points, so updating or changing them can really make a big difference in the way that your kitchen looks. If you feel that it is time to update your kitchen cabinets, or simply switch them up, there are so many great things that you can do. This article will discuss two fun ways to switch up your current kitchen cabinets.  Paint Or Stain Them If you are sick of the current color of your kitchen cabinets, then a great way to make them look completely different is to paint or stain them. If you have the natural wood cabinets, but feel that they are no longer in style, then you can paint them whatever color you would like to modernize them. White is a very popular color to paint your kitchen cabinets because it makes your kitchen look a lot bigger. Also, if you have light wood cabinets that you decide you want to look darker, then staining them will give you this look. To paint or stain your cabinets, you are going to want to remove all of the doors and paint or stain the actual cabinet boxes first. After you have done this, you will then paint or stain the doors and leave them to dry. Once everything is dry, you can then re-attach the doors and you have kitchen cabinets that look beautiful and completely updated. This is a great way to update and change your kitchen without spending a huge amount of money to replace all of your kitchen cabinets.  Replace The Regular Doors With Glass Ones  Another great way to make your kitchen cabinets more fun and unique is to switch out some or all of the regular doors on your cabinets with glass ones. These glass doors can give your kitchen cabinets a whole new look and they allow you to show off some of your pretty dishes inside. For example, if you have some beautiful China in your cabinets that you would like to show off, glass doors will allow you to do this perfectly. To install the glass doors you will want to first take the appropriate measurements to have the glass cut to the right size. From there, you can then install the door yourself or have it installed for you by a professional like All Marble Granite & Tile Imports...

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Finishing Your Basement Can Radically Increase Your Living Space

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finishing Your Basement Can Radically Increase Your Living Space

Finishing your basement can radically increase your living space. However, unless you have a specific need you’re addressing—such as an expanding family—it may be difficult to know the best way to remodel your basement. Think about what activities you do now that could be benefited by your having more room. From there, design a finished basement that complements your lifestyle and adds value to your home. Spare Bedroom A common addition for a finished basement is a spare bedroom. First, start by insulating the ceiling to minimize the sound of footsteps overhead, and finish it in a style befitting the rest of the space. Likewise, install carpeting for comfort. From there, use a cheerful palette, perhaps with yellow or peach as its foundation, to create a cozy ambiance. While it’s not necessary to furnish your spare bedroom as well as your master, do choose pieces specifically for that room instead of just filling it with leftovers from the rest of the house. Family Lounge Another popular basement idea is the family lounge. You should start with the same insulation and carpeting as the spare bedroom for comfort. However, a family lounge may be more spacious than a bedroom, so the palette might be neutral. Indeed, if you’re planning on entertaining, consider a chic gray color scheme. Next, talk to your contractors about wiring the room for sound and Internet to keep the cords hidden. Finally, Better Homes and Gardens suggests furnishing the room with comfortable pieces that can expand out to accommodate larger groups. Such an arrangement affords your basement lounge the most usability. Hobby Room The people in your family probably have hobbies. How convenient would it be to have space for them to enjoy these activities? Even if you’re adding a bedroom or lounge, consider dedicating some of the basement to a hobby room. The space should be outfitted with the appropriate storage, such as tiny cubbies for craft supplies or drawer inserts for tools. Depending on the hobby, you might have tables built in or just add furniture as appropriate. A very important consideration is adequate lighting, especially if the hobby involves fine work. Plan the lighting ahead of time to incorporate it seamlessly into the space. Kitchenette Whether you’re accommodating guests or indulging in hobbies, a kitchen space makes sense. It doesn’t have to be as well outfitted as your standard kitchen, but it should include a sink and a mini-refrigerator. You should also include some cabinetry. From there, you can accommodate it to specific needs, such as transforming it into a wet bar for entertaining or a coffee bar for sleepover guests. Design a finished basement that adds beauty and value to your lifestyle, and get a professional such as Property Service Agency LLC to help you make it a...

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Use Ductwork Zone Dampers To Correct The Poor Airflow Effect Of Bad Duct System Design

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Use Ductwork Zone Dampers To Correct The Poor Airflow Effect Of Bad Duct System Design

Most air conditioning systems make a space comfortable by taking in warm air, cooling it, and then dumping it back into the room. How much cool air the system dumps into the room is therefore something that determines the rate at which the desired temperature can be attained. Ductwork zone dampers usually help building owners to control air supply by acting like duct doors. When fully opened, they let in as much air as a duct can allow. When partially opened, they let in less air. And when closed, they completely shut off airflow through a given duct. This is something that a building owner can use to correct the airflow problems that usually occur as a result of poor air conditioner duct system design. Poor duct system design and air conditioner efficiency When multiple ducts are used to supply cooled air to different rooms, the size of the ducts matters as far as rate of air supply is concerned. Their lengths determine the amount of friction that the air encounters and is therefore something that will affect the rate of air supply. A poorly designed air duct system that uses different lengths and sizes of ducts may end up causing some rooms to receive more cooled air than others. This may then cause these rooms to be more air conditioned than others. As a result, air conditioning in the building will be inefficient, something that may then lead to an increase in air conditioning costs. Ductwork zone dampers and airflow rate correction Installing ductwork zone dampers in the building can help to balance out this inequality. This can be done by slightly opening the zone dampers in the ducts supplying air to the over-air conditioned rooms. In the rooms being starved of cooled air, the zone dampers are left completely open. The effect of this will be to increase the resistance that the air flowing into the over-conditioned spaces encounter. This will cause more air to flow into the starved rooms. The rate at which they receive cooled air will be almost the same as the one of the usually-over-fed rooms. As a result, the air conditioning system will end up running only as long as it needs to run. There will be no extra-running that the system has to do that over conditioning some spaces usually comes with. This will not only reduce the amount of energy that your air conditioning system uses to make your building comfortable, but will also increase the lifespan of your system since it spares it from overworking. Contact a business, such as HomeSmart From Xcel Energy, for more information....

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Fill Small Cracks In Concrete Basement Walls And Apply A Sealer To Them

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fill Small Cracks In Concrete Basement Walls And Apply A Sealer To Them

If there are small cracks surrounding the windows that are located in your basement’s interior concrete walls, fill them with concrete patch by completing the steps below. After you have finished, apply an even coat of sealer to each wall to provide your home’s basement with a layer of protection that will prevent moisture from entering your home.  Materials plastic sheeting putty knife wire brush bucket of soapy water sponge tube of concrete patch caulk gun hand trowel concrete waterproofing sealer paint tray paint roller extension handle paintbrush Remove Loose Pieces Of Concrete And Clean The Walls Place plastic sheeting on the floor, next to each interior wall in the basement. Move a putty knife or wire brush over the damaged areas to remove loose pieces of concrete. Remove dirty residue from the interior walls with soapy water and a sponge. Rinse the sponge out when you are done and wipe the walls with plain water. Wait for the concrete to dry. Repair The Cracks Pull out the plunger that is located on the back of a caulk gun. Insert a tube of concrete patch in the tool’s open chamber and push in the plunger to hold the tube in place. Apply an even coat of patch to each crack by aiming the tool’s tip at the damaged areas while squeezing the gun’s trigger. Use the flat side of a hand trowel to smooth out the patch so that it is flush with the rest of each wall’s surface. Wait several hours for the patch to harden. Apply A Coat Of Waterproofing Sealer Fill a paint tray with concrete waterproofing sealer. Use a paint roller that is attached to an extension handle to apply the sealer in straight lines. Move the roller across each wall from top to bottom. If there are any fine details in the walls that are difficult to cover with a roller, use a paintbrush to coat them with concrete sealer. Wait the amount of time that is listed on the back of the basement waterproofing product’s can for the sealer to dry.  Maintain The Interior Walls The waterproofing sealer will help keep the basement dry. Maintain the interior walls and prevent additional cracks from forming in the concrete by cleaning them with soapy water and a sponge on occasion. Wipe the walls off with a sponge that has been dampened with plain water afterwards and allow the walls to air dry or wipe them off with a towel. These basic maintenance steps will keep the interior walls clean and damage-free....

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Keep Pesky Mosquitoes Out Of Your Home Using These Ideas

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Pesky Mosquitoes Out Of Your Home Using These Ideas

Like many other pests, such as cockroaches, mosquitoes tend to make their way inside even when care is taken to keep the windows and doors closed. Once indoors, mosquitoes don’t waste time looking for skin to latch onto for an easy meal – and this tends to result in lots of itching and annoyance for the humans in the household. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep mosquitoes from infiltrating your personal space when spending time at home, especially during the hotter seasons of the year. Consider incorporating the following ideas into your household: Introduce Some New Houseplants You can effectively repel mosquitoes within your home by introducing a few new houseplants to the environment. Some houseplants emit distinct smells that mosquitoes don’t like and which keeps them from wanting to hang around. The following houseplants can be used both indoors and out to optimize mosquito control: Lemon Balm Marigolds Citronella Lavender Basil Plant your favorite options in small pots and hang them in the corners of rooms, give them a home on windowsills, and create centerpieces with them on various tables throughout your home. You can also plant them outside near areas where you like to spend time. Make Homemade Repellent With the help of a few essential oils, you can create homemade mosquito repellent that effectively doubles as air freshener. Just fill some small decorative containers with a little water and infuse them with a few drops of your chosen essential oils. Then place the containers around your home to keep mosquitoes away and to maintain a pleasant smell indoors. Create your own repellent air freshener using one or more the following essential oil options: Eucalyptus Thyme Peppermint Bergamot If you have pets that may drink or spill the bowls full of essential oil, you can put your water and oils in a reusable spray bottle and spray the concoction around your home periodically throughout the day. While these tips and tricks are sure to help keep mosquito infiltration down to a minimum, it’s a good idea to have a pest control specialist inspect and treat your home once a year. This will not only minimize mosquito problems, but it will help cut down on any other pest issues you may experience with pests such as roaches, flies, and ants. Your service provider should be able to offer you a list of specific suggestions you can use to keep pest problems to a minimum between professional visits too. Check with a company like Bisaillon’s Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions for more...

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3 Tips For Keeping Your Backyard Water Fountain In Great Shape

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Keeping Your Backyard Water Fountain In Great Shape

A backyard water fountain can often be a great way to make your yard into a more relaxing and aesthetically pleasing area. Unfortunately, many people seem to think that they can simply set the fountain up and leave it be, but that is a big mistake as the fountains will require regular maintenance. Listed below are three tips that can help you maintain your backyard water fountain so that it can remain in working order for years to come. Keep The Pump Clean The most important thing that you will need to do to keep your fountain in the best possible shape is to keep the pump clean. One way to do this is to check your fountain daily and remove any debris from the water. This will prevent dirt and other debris from getting into the pump and clogging it. If possible,  you will also want to use distilled water when refilling the fountain as the distilled water will not have any minerals in it that can build up in the pump over time. If mineral deposits do occur, you can simply remove the pump and soak it in vinegar to loosen calcium and other deposits, at which point you can simply wipe the pump clean.  Monitor The Water One of the most common maintenance tasks that you will be performing is checking the water at least once a day. A major reason for this is that you will want to make sure that there is enough water in the fountain to cover the water pump completely. This is vital because a water pump that is not covered in enough water will begin to degrade quite rapidly and cause you to need a replacement.  Another reason to monitor the water is to make sure that you replace the water entirely. In most cases, you will want to drain the water and refill it when the water starts to become stagnant, which can often take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Periodically changing the water can prevent the growth of mold and algae while also keeping the water in your fountain from smelling foul or looking dirty. Prepare The Fountain For Winter Finally, you need to prepare your fountain for the winter months by bringing it inside your home, garage, or shed if you can. If your fountain is too big or difficult to move, you will need to make sure that the water is completely drained, all of the fountain surfaces are dried, the pump is removed and placed indoors, and the fountain is covered. These steps are very important as an unprotected fountain can crack and degrade very quickly if left out during the winter. Keeping your outdoor water fountain in good shape is not all that difficult and can ensure that you and your family can enjoy it for quite some time. By keeping the pump clean, monitoring the water quality and levels, and preparing the fountain for the onset of winter you can greatly extend the lifespan of your fountain. For more information, contact businesses that have backyard water fountains for sale....

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3 Tips To Protect Your Kids When You Live Beside A Lake

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Protect Your Kids When You Live Beside A Lake

Living beside a lake can be a wonderful thing — it allows you to enjoy beautiful views and can make things like fishing or enjoying wildlife a whole lot easier and more fun. However, one thing that you might be worried about is the safety of your children. Just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you can’t live on a lake, but it is important to keep your little ones safe. Luckily, following these tips can help. 1. Have Your Property Graded to Create a Slope First of all, consider the drop-off to the lake. If the ground suddenly cuts into the lake and has a deep drop-off, you have to be more worried about safety than if the land is graded and sloped. With a proper slope, it can be easier for your kids (and the adults in the house!) to approach the lake without so much of a concern of slipping and falling in the water. It’s smart to hire a company that is experienced in doing shore line work to grade your property so that there is more of a slope and less of a drop-off at the edge of your lake. 2. Create a Safe Hang-Out Spot Your kids are probably going to want to spend time by the lake just like anyone else in the house, but you might not want them to hang out along the shore. Building a deck that overlooks the lake but that is closed off and locked can allow your kids to enjoy their surroundings without you having to worry as much about them getting hurt. 3. Teach Boundaries One of the most important things to do when you live near water — whether it be a pool, a pond or a lake — is to work with your kids to create boundaries and safety rules. Even very small children can be taught that they should stay away from the water when there is not an adult present, and you can start teaching your kids to wear life jackets when hanging out near the lake at a very young age. As your children grow, continue to teach them boundaries and safety rules that coincide with their age, swimming ability and other similar factors. As you can see, it is possible to protect your kids when you live beside a lake. By following these tips, you can keep the younger family members in your home safe while enjoying the perks of living beside water. Talk to a company like JK Landscaping & Grading Inc for more...

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3 Reasons Your Furnace Is Short Cycling (Turning Off & On Too Often)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Your Furnace Is Short Cycling (Turning Off & On Too Often)

A furnace will turn off and on periodically throughout the day to keep your home the proper temperature. However, sometimes a furnace will have a problem called short cycling. This is where the furnace keeps turning off and back on during short periods of time. Short cycling may not seem like a big deal, but your furnace turning off and on more often than it should, will cause more wear and tear, along with higher energy bills. If your furnace is short cycling, you need to know all of the reasons that can cause it.  Wrong Size Bigger isn’t always better. You might think that getting a large heater will ensure that you whole house heats properly, but it can actually increase your energy bills because of the short cycling. If your house heats too quickly, it will cool too quickly as well. This will cause your heater to turn off and on constantly throughout the day, and it will be in need of repairs much more quickly than if it just heated your home slowly and steadily. You might want to think about selling your large one and downgrading to a smaller size if this is the case. Clogged Air Filters Every house has a vent in the wall or ceiling where the air filter goes for your air ducts. This traps all the dust and debris so it doesn’t go flying through your home while your heat or air conditioning is running. If your air filter is dirty, the air isn’t going to flow through it properly. When the air has nowhere to go, it goes back to the unit and sends a message to your furnace to turn off. This is a very common issue and one that is simple to fix. Look around your home for the large grate (usually square) on your wall or ceiling. Remove the grate cover and you will see a large air filter with numbers on the end indicating the size. All you have to do is buy a replacement from any big box or home improvement store. Pull the new one out and slide the new one in place. Flame Sensor If you have a gas furnace, a bad flame sensor could be the problem. The flame sensor is a safety feature that allows your furnace to shut off if there is an issue. If it is corroded, it needs to be clean or it will keep thinking there is a problem when there isn’t and shut off randomly. You shouldn’t try to do any maintenance on a gas furnace unless you’re licensed to do so because the flammable gas is dangerous. If you have noticed your heater short cycling, change your air filter and see if it fixes the problem. If not, call a local HVAC professional to check the flame sensor, evaluate the size, or see if it’s another issue...

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Guide To A Gorgeous, Old-Hollywood Inspired Space

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guide To A Gorgeous, Old-Hollywood Inspired Space

If you want to bring a sense of chic style and glamour to a space in your home, go with an old Hollywood-inspired theme. With the right furnishings, textures, and accents, you will feel like royalty as you lounge and entertain in your home. Some ways to bring a piece of old Hollywood to your home include these style suggestions: Add sophistication with sumptuous textiles. For a rich, elegant feeling in your space, fill the room with a variety of textiles. Go with lush velvet, shimmering silk, and voluptuous velour on your upholstery, window treatments, and accent pillows. Bring in a dressing screen. A great dressing screen will really set the tone in your Hollywood-inspired space. Whether you are using this scheme for a master bedroom or an active family room, a screen helps to divide sections in your space for various activities or purposes, stylishly. Go with gold for glamour. If you are going for a Hollywood-look, you have got to have some gold. Look for gold-toned fixtures, such as light-plates, ceiling fans, fireplace sets, and even the legs or hardware of your furniture. Brass is an excellent choice that has timeless appeal and versatility. Invest in stone surfaces. A resilient stone floor is a wonderful way to upgrade your home, while giving a nod to days gone by. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, stone is an excellent option for any climate, and any room, which has been chosen in some of the most elegant homes for generations. Buy light that adds to the atmosphere. Lighting can add to the mood and atmosphere of your space, so look for some light fixtures that exude that old Hollywood feel. For instance, invest in vintage chandeliers or pendant lamps, which will hang in your space and evoke conversation. Imbibe in vintage focal points. Consider investing in one truly fantastic focal point for your space; this may be a great piece of vintage furniture or a really lovely piece of art. For instance, a stunning leather sectional seating arrangement or a velveteen chaise (or “fainting couch”) make useful and eye-catching focal points in any room. Make a space in your home into a homage to the silver screen with an old Hollywood-inspired theme. Bring in unique furnishings, classic fixtures, diverse textures, and vintage pieces to recreate the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood-style home. Talk with furniture retailers regarding the best pieces to fit your remodeling budget, and to suit your distinctive preferences. Visit http://www.mh2g.com/ for more information....

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