Home Improvement Maintenance Article Archive 2017-06-04T19:07:58+00:00

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NARI Keeps Holiday Spirits High For Sandy Victims

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) 12 chapters that represent the Northeastern region are stepping up in big ways this holiday season—lending a hand and expertise to those who need it most.

Colorful Custom Roof Projects

Because the company has the ability to custom create any roofing color or color blend, the options are limitless for builders, architects, roofers and homeowners who wish to create unique colors for their polymer DaVinci slate and shake roofing tiles.

Historic Home Gets 21st Century Roof

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

2013: Color Us Blue

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Homeowner Tips For Rebuilding In The Aftermath Of Super Storm Sandy

In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, thousands of homeowners along the East Coast are beginning to assess the damage their homes sustained in the storm and will soon begin the rebuilding process.

Homeowners To Save Money With DIY Furnace Repair

RepairClinic.com®, the most popular online store for replacement parts for home appliances and outdoor power equipment, today announced that it added replacements parts for furnace and central air conditioners to its site.

Step-by-Step: Creating A Custom Soffit

When contractor Steve Roth decided to transform an 1860s Michigan home into a lodge-style rental property, he began by tackling the look of the exterior.

NARI Offers Tips To Hurricane Victims To Avoid Home Repair Scams

Make sure your contractor is legally able to work in your area.

Impact-Resistant Roof Saves Thanksgiving

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Polymer Shake Roof Blends In With Lakefront Home

Each multi-width polymer roofing tile replicates hand-split real cedar shakes with slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths.

DaVinci Roofscapes® Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating”>

Just in time for October’s National Energy Awareness Month, DaVinci Roofscapes® has announced that eight of the company’s EcoBlend® polymer roofing tiles have qualified as ENERGY STAR® compliant.

Custom-Color Polymer Roof Crowns Condo Community

The Jupiter, Florida residents discovered the hard way that the metal roofs on their high-rise homes and facility buildings started rusting and fading less than five years after installation.

Step-by-Step: Transforming A Porch Ceiling

Contractor Steve Roth wanted to give new life to an old porch, so he turned to innovative urethane products.

Weather Wise And Season Savvy Homes …

As days grow shorter and temperatures fall, it’s time once again to prepare your home for the long winter months ahead.

Lawn Mower Storage

As the season comes to a close and it is time to place your lawn mower into storage

Dogs And Cats At Risk From Mosquito-Borne Heartworm

This summer’s record-breaking number of West Nile virus cases has prompted major mosquito-control measures to combat the spread of the disease.

Keeping Hardwood Floors Looking Beautiful Is Easier Than You Think

No matter what the setting, the good looks and durability of hardwood floors can be maintained with minimal effort. It’s simply a matter of proper care and maintenance.

The Architecture Of Home Improvements

Not all home improvements begin with a comprehensive plan

2,000+ Superior Walls Foundations Used By EGStoltzfus Homes, LLC

Currently, their preferred foundation for their new homes is the precast concrete walls manufactured by neighboring company Superior Walls.

Interior Paint Primers Can Solve Problems And Save Money

Like exterior primers, interior primers make surfaces more uniform and help paint adhere better, but they can do a lot more …

Flood Wood Care Introduces OneCoat Waterproofing Finish

Flood® Wood Care, a leading producer of specialty wood stains, introduces OneCoat Waterproofing Finish, a product that protects wood surfaces with one application rather than two.

Early West Nile Virus Cases Prompt Mosquito Warnings

If cases of West Nile virus herald the arrival of the summer season, then summer has arrived with a vengeance in the USA.

Polymer Roof Meets Oceanfront—and Insurance—Demands

When Mike and Andrea Boone received a cancellation threat on their homeowner insurance policy, they knew it was time to take action.

How to Choose Brick Exteriors

As brick manufacturing technology progresses, home buyers can tap into a wider range of looks, textures and colors at a broader price range

Minwax® Announces 2011 Community Craftsman Award Winners

Minwax®, the leading manufacturer of wood finishing and wood care products, has selected the Michigan Woodworkers’ Guild of Royal Oak, Michigan, as the grand prize winner in the 2011 Community Craftsman Award Program.

Insect Line Protects Households And Landscapes Against Various Pest Issues

For more than 30 years, the Amdro® brand has been trusted by homeowners and professionals to eliminate a wide variety of pest problems.

Make Your Home And Landscape Less Susceptible To Pest

An essential aspect of landscape maintenance is insect control

Five Things Your Dad Was Wrong About

Your dad may have taught you well the basics of baseball and what’s under your car’s hood but did he get Yard Care 101 wrong?

RepairClinic.com® Shares 10 Easy Appliance & Lawn Mower Care Tips & Fixes To Sweeten Mother’s Day

RepairClinic.com®, the trusted online store with replacement parts for major household appliances and outdoor power equipment, today shared a list of easy, money-saving care and repair tips for home appliances

New Foundation Flood Vent System Provides Smart Home Solution

The SMART VENT automatic foundation flood vents protect buildings from the devastation and destruction that a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster can cause.

Homeowners Personalize Their Home Rather Than Move

In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) reveals that homeowners are personalizing their space during a remodel.

Stress Can Also Affect The Paint On Our Homes

Who among us hasn’t complained at one time or another about the stress we’re under? Yet our homes suffer silently in the face of constant stress.

Soil Preparation For A Beautiful Lawn

There is no better time to enhance lawn’s ultimate beauty and success than by improving the soil before any planting takes place.

Unearthed Paints Announces NEW Natural Hard Wax Oil Finish

A Non-toxic, Breathable Silky-Matte Finish, Enhancing Wood’s Natural Beauty

RotoZIP Breaks Down The Barriers To Spiral Saws With Introduction Of RotoSaw

Versatile cutting system extends company reputation beyond drywall

The Joy Of Clean, Well-Dressed Windows

Few home projects do more to enhance the overall beauty of family homes than clean, sparkling, windows.

Home Saftey: JELD-WEN Expands Window Safety Options

JELD-WEN is expanding the availability of its Window Opening Control Devices (WOCD) to include more styles of windows, which means homeowners now have more ways to improve window fall prevention.

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Fashionable New Insect Screens For Sharper Visibility And Maximum Protection

Homeowners begin the semi-annual task of checking and replacing window and door screens throughout the house

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Finally! A Solution To That Age Old “Reach-It” Problem.

So you have gutters or second floor windows to clean. You need a ladder to reach them. You go to the store and find the extension ladders.

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So Many Ladders. So Little Time. How Do I Know Which To Choose?

Most handy men and women have a favorite ladder for getting at those pesky hard to reach spaces

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Why Exterior Painting Should Be First On Your Spring To-Do Lists

As the springtime weather shifts from messy to mild, every homeowner’s attention turns to the out of doors. It’s time to clean things up, tend to the garden, and make needed repairs to both the home and its surroundings.

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A Hardwood Flooring Comparison: Types And Finishes That Add Value To The Home

Choosing hardwood flooring for your home can be a valuable investment.

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New Rockler System Helps Homeowners Build Shutters

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has introduced the Shutter Building System – a line of jigs, hardware, stock, and customized step-by-step plans

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American Society of Home Inspectors Elects New Leadership

ASHI named 2012 president-elect, vice president, treasurer and secretary at annual InspectionWorld conference.

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Fire Safety CO2 Hazard Top List

As the cold weather keeps more people indoors, the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents rises.

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Green Benefits Help Homeowners Save Through Durability, Low-to-No Maintenance

The latest options in clay brick offer increasingly green benefits for more sustainable homes that can help homeowners save on major household costs.

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Werner Announces The Launch Of Their New User Focused Website

Werner Co. has launched a newly redesigned website to provide customers with complete product information and ensure that they have the tools necessary to make the best choice in ladders and other access equipment.

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Werner Innovates Extension Ladders With A New Compact Design

The new Werner Compact 3-Piece Aluminum Extension Ladder lets 16′ extension ladders go where they have never gone before – around corners, through doors, in elevators and through narrow stairwells

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Tips For Weatherization To Save On Winter Utilities

Older homes that haven’t been updated in the last few decades could be huge energy wasters that needlessly increase a home’s power usage and expenses.

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Fresh Paint Can Be A Difference-Maker When Selling Your Home

Realtors know that well-maintained homes tend to sell faster, sometimes for a much higher price . . . and there are some inexpensive ways to spiff up a house.

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New Brick Comparisons Bust Common Myths On Home Exteriors

Especially in this economy and housing market, it’s necessary to offer a competitive picture of how clay brick stacks up to other exteriors.

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Remodeling Activity Reaches Record Levels According To BuildFax Remodeling Index For September

Today, BuildFax, unveiled its BuildFax Remodeling Index (BFRI) for September 2011, which shows that remodeling activity reached a record high during the month.

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Handicapping Your Two-, Or Three-Level Residence For Safe Home Care

Accidents and illnesses have a way of happening when we least expect them.

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Award-Winning Brick Homes Offer Latest Ideas for Design Excellnce

Home buyers and homeowners looking for the latest in outstanding brick design and sustainability can turn to award-winning brick homes for ideas.

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“Ladder Up” And Choose The Extras

With homeowners become increasingly attracted to versatility in the equipment dollars, it’s no surprise that mainstays, like ladders become more multifuntional.

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Prepping Your Home For Cold Weather Pays Off

By properly preparing your home for the upcoming colder months, not only are you ensuring your family stays warm and safe during storms, blizzards and extreme temperatures, but you’re saving on energy-related costs as well.

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Getting Your Lawn In Gear For Fall

It’s a common sight across the country—brown patches on lawns. Despite homeowners’ best attempts to keep lawns lush and green, the summer of 2011 was difficult even for seasoned lawn care pros.

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How To De-clutter Five Rooms In Your Home

It’s time for a fresh perspective on home organization. Start new by clearing clutter from your life and start fresh with a clean and clear home, and most importantly, a clear mind.

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Kitchen Cabinets Open Up New Possibilities

Kitchen cabinets are intended to be functional, but few design professionals or homeowners leave the choice simply at that. Otherwise, cardboard or plywood boxes might suffice.

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Come On Get “APPy”

Choosing Hardwood Just Got Easier.

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From Man Cave To Kid Cave: Get The Most Out Of Your Home Theater

The American Lighting Association offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.

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Keep Your Cool While Saving Money And Energy

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), installing a ceiling fan in each living space will help family members feel cooler while saving energy.

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Budget-Friendly Tips To Brighten Your Kitchen And Save Energy

Rising gas and food prices may have put a damper on your plans to remodel this year, but there are some economical ways to update your kitchen.

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Lighting Can Be Your Eyes’ Best Friend As You Age

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), changing the lighting in your surroundings can go a long way to enhance reading ability and increase comfort.

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Safe And Sound At Home… In Seven Days

Making your home a safe haven for your family – no matter how big or small, young or old – should be a top priority.

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Get a Grip on Style and Safety

Whether your family members are three years-old or 93, the risk of getting hurt in the bathroom is the same for all ages.

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Add Safety To Your Spring Cleaning ‘To Do’ List

Your bathroom may not be the first place you think of to make a positive impact on the environment…but maybe you should.

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10 Simple Ideas – One Multi-Generation-Friendly Home

Many simple, quick, affordable – and even stylish and savvy – updates can make homes safer and more enjoyable for you, your family and your parents.

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The Recipe For Spicing Up Any Room Is In Your Pocket

Add a dash of elegance to any room or entryway. Install a door-in-the-wall with a Pocket Door Frame.

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Add Flexibility To Your Home: Go with the Flow

Today’s new homes and home remodeling projects embrace far more open designs, allowing for unprecedented levels of flexibility.

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Three Ways To Cut Your Energy Bill

The American Lighting Association offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.

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CertainTeed Partners With improveit! 360 For New Credentialed Contractor Success Program

improveit! 360 is a program designed to help remodeling contractors generate and close more leads and increase customer satisfaction

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Fresh Paint Color Can Improve Your Mood!

Repainting is a low-cost way to greatly enhance the appearance of a home.

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Breakthrough Cordless Chainsaw Power?Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

Rather than buying a costly designer patio set or lounge chairs that will lose their luster by next season, invest in a new lighting scheme that will enhance your existing outdoor furniture and amenities.

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New Restoration Millwork® Beadboard Offers Industry-First Design, Speeds Installation

The widest beadboard trim on the market that installs up to 30 percent faster than standard width beadboard.

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Savvy Homeowners Can Save Plenty by Painting, Rather Than Replacing, Vinyl or Aluminum Siding

Repainting is a low-cost way to greatly enhance the appearance of a home.

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Close The Door On Energy Loss With Simple Improvements

Therma-Tru Doors, the nation’s most preferred entry door, offers homeowners tips on identifying their door problems and solutions to prevent further energy loss.

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Come Clean From A Bath That’s Green

Your bathroom may not be the first place you think of to make a positive impact on the environment…but maybe you should.

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CertainTeed CertaSpray® Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation Certified In Wind Uplift Resistance

The adhesion strength of CertaSpray can help reduce building damage during tropical storms and hurricanes.

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How To Apply Specialty Finishes For Hardwood Trim

Specialty finishes such as bleaching, pickling and antiquing are popular treatments for solid hardwood mouldings and other woodwork throughout the home.

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Mold Awareness Month Is In September, It Should Concern You!

Mold should be at the top of the maintenance list for you and those living in your home.

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Summer Tips To Nurture Nature In Your Own Backyard

Having trees at home can bring a touch of nature to any yard, but homeowners need to know that sometimes nature has to be protected from itself.

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Protect Plants And Lawns From Fungal Diseases

Black spot, late blight, root rot, powdery mildew, turf dollar spot, rust, grey mold and other fungal diseases can damage and even kill garden plants and lawns.

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Natural Insect Killer

Are bugs bugging your garden plants? Mother Nature has a cure.

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A Cure For Green, Yucky Pond Water

A Floating Barley Straw Planter acts as a natural filter to keep the water in ponds clean and clear.

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Deep Drip Watering Stakes

Deep Drip Watering Stakes are the perfect way to get water down to plant roots.

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Fresh Paint – A Great Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling

Many people underestimate the dramatic change you can make in a kitchen with a little imagination and a couple of cans of paint.

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Remodelers And Homeowners Weigh In On New EPA Regulations

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) reveals a significant increase in the cost of a remodeling project due to current federal regulation.

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Why Hire An Arborist

Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.

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Keep Your Cool While Saving Money and Energy

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), installing a ceiling fan in each living space will help family members feel cooler while saving energy.

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Outdoor Lighting: Create An Outdoor Resort In Your Back Yard

Rather than buying a costly designer patio set or lounge chairs that will lose their luster by next season, invest in a new lighting scheme that will enhance your existing outdoor furniture and amenities.

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Help For The Remodeling Challenged

From renovation coaches to design videos, a multitude of resources are available that fit all different skill levels, time frames and budgets.

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Deck Staining Solutions – Tips From SHUR-LINE

SHUR-LINE Introduces New Line of Deck Staining Tools Designed to Provide Better Coverage and Reduce Project Time.

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Experts Predict “Mosquito Summer From Hell”

Top mosquito control experts are expecting the summer of 2011 to be the worst mosquito season in decades.

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Laminate Flooring…A Rich Alternative

ABET LAMINATI reintroduces its Laminate Flooring, a premium product perfect for areas subjected to greater wear.

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Deck Staining Is Easy And Economical

Staining a deck is an inexpensive and relatively simple project that virtually anyone can do in a weekend.

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New Armstrong AirGuard™ Coating For Ceilings Removes Formaldehyde From Indoor Air

One of the easiest ways to improve the basement space is to start at the top with a suspended, or drop ceiling.

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Every Type Of Home Exterior Can Benefit From Top Quality Paint

When applied to a properly prepared wood exterior, top quality 100% acrylic latex paint can protect and beautify a home for up to 10 years or more.

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With Trane’s ComfortLink II Thermostat, Saving Energy and Lowering Bills Has Never Been So Easy!

Trane offers a full suite of reliable, innovate thermostats that provide safety, comfort and efficiency options.

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Avoid Tree And Utility Conflict – Plan Ahead

Proper tree and site selection will provide trouble-free beauty and pleasure for years to come.

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Proper Mulching Techniques Key to Healthy Trees

Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a homeowner can do to keep trees healthy.

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HDecoustics Sets A New Standard with Claro-T

Claro-T, the most durable, concealed grid fiberglass ceiling panel on the market today.

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Brick Offers Growing Options for Sustainable Homes

The latest options in clay brick offer increasingly green benefits for more sustainable homes that can help homeowners save on major household costs.

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How To Give Mom A Clever Kitchen Makeover This Mother’s Day For Just $79!

“Giani™ Granite Paints have introduced the world’s first ‘paint on granite’ for laminate countertops.

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Electrical Contractors Help Lower Home Utility Bills Through Energy Audits

Electrical contractors are increasingly partnering to help homeowners improve their homes’ energy efficiency and lower their utility bills through comprehensive energy audits.

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Salvaged And Stylish: JELD-WEN Introduces Reclaimed Wood Windows & Doors

For homeowners, architects and builders, respecting the heritage of what’s old by breathing new life and purpose into it is definitely in keeping with one of this year’s hottest home style trends.

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Guidelines For Selecting A Commercial (low-slope) Roofing Contractor

Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work.

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Best Paint Offers The Best Return On Investment—Economics Favor The Highest Quality Paint

In times of economic stress, we all look for ways to cut back on expenses.

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Universal … And Lightweight Aluminum

Werner’s Fiberglass Equalizer® Extension Ladders are as good as it gets for do-it-yourself home owners with home improvement projects occurring outside, and on uneven surfaces.

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CertainTeed’s New Restoration Millwork FinishedEdge Extends Quality to Every Edge

CertainTeed’s New Restoration Millwork FinishedEdge Extends Quality to Every Edge

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CertainTeed Adds Three Eye-Catching, New Colors to Wolverine® Vinyl Siding Line

CertainTeed is adding three eye-catching, new colors to the Wolverine® American Legend™ vinyl siding product line.

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New CertainTeed WideWrap™ Duct Wrap Decreases Jobsite Waste, Saves Labor

This saves time and labor costs for contractors, as it allows them to use less expensive in-shop labor to wrap ducts, and with a standard application of duct wrap, installations will have a cleaner look.

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CertainTeed Expands Color Palette for Wolverine® Encore™ Vinyl Siding Line

Wolverine® Encore™ vinyl siding now includes a new Cypress color, a warm, neutral hue that complements popular home styles and natural surroundings.

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An Affordable PVC Tray Ceiling System Adds A Practical Touch of Elegance

The Elegant Tray Ceiling system is 80% less costly than traditional tray ceiling installation.

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How A Thousand-Dollar Makeover Can Make A Home Look like A Million Bucks

Whether homeowners dream about enjoying their home for the next 20 years or selling it in 2, adding innovative exterior décor products delivers valuable character to help turn those dreams into reality

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Equal Footing For High Maintenance And Improvements

Werner’s Fiberglass Equalizer® Extension Ladders are as good as it gets for do-it-yourself home owners with home improvement projects occurring outside, and on uneven surfaces.

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Foundry Siding ‘Rocks’

Foundry® Stone Siding delivers the genuine look of stone in a simple vinyl siding system.

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About To Show Your Hardwood Floor The Door?

Your existing hardwoods can be the foundation, literally, of a fresh new decorating scheme, anywhere in your home.

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Kill Mosquitoes Naturally—Before They Become Biting Pests

Mother Nature has her own mosquito killer—it’s a naturally occurring bacterium called B.t.i.

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Simple Tips And Updates To Ensure A Home Safe Home

Start off the New Year by completing a few simple home updates to help protect you and your loved ones from these top home dangers.

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Safety Tips for Painting

The basic gear you need for a safe DIY paint job are: gloves, safety glasses or goggles, a dust-mask for sanding, and sensible shoes with a good grip.

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Safe At Home

Latest advances in home security give parents an edge when kids are alone.

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How To Protect Your Home While On Vacation

There are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars.

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Exotic Hardwood Decking with Two New Colors in EverNew® LT Cellular PVC Decking Line

CertainTeed Corporation is bringing building professionals more decking options that offer the authentic look of exotic hardwood decking.

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CertainTeed Roofing Updates Exclusive Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM 10) for Roofing Professionals

The 10th edition of the Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM 10), the industry’s most comprehensive, fully illustrated roofing installation manual available to roofing professionals.

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Supercharge Your String Trimmer with an Aero-Flex Universal Kit

The Aero-Flex Universal Kit replaces a standard trimmer’s monofilament line with a unique four-line blade cutting system.

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Emergency Preparedness

A disaster plan will help with safety, security, and comfort.

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CertainTeed MainStreet Vinyl Siding Color Palette Expands To 20 Eye-Catching Colors

The new colors join an already broad palette of 17 colors designed to perfectly accent the classic wood-style siding appeal of MainStreet.

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5 Tips For Creating Outdoor Spaces Suited To Young Families

Many homeowners are creating gathering spaces right in their own backyards, to provide a fun and at-home retreat.

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Vintage Charm Meets Contemporary Design

The Cambridge garage door fuses urban design with vintage flair.

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Psychology Of Color Is Helpful In Choosing Interior Paint Schemes

Skillful interior decorating is largely an artistic endeavor, but there’s some science involved also, and none more important than the psychology of color.

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10 Point Checklist To Take To The Paint Store

The Paint Quality Institute painting checklist.

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Liquid Wrench Introduces The Ultimate Six Pack

Liquid Wrench Introduces The Ultimate Six Pack First-of-its-Kind Six Pack of Liquid Products

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CertainTeed’s Broad Vinyl Siding Color Palette Paints A Vibrant Picture At New Townhome Development

CertainTeed’s Broad Vinyl Siding Color Palette offers a variety of color options.

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Achieve Zen with Serene Home Spaces

Johnson hardware door hardware systems can transform the feel of a space with Shoji screens.

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Want More Space? More Privacy? Think Pocket Door

Create extra space just by installing a Johnson Pocket Door Frame.

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Winterize Your Home To Avoid Unnecessary Damage

Home tips that can help homeowners protect their homes this winter and prevent minor trouble spots from becoming major repairs.

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CertainTeed’s High-Performance Acoustic Gypsum Board

CertainTeed’s SilentFX gypsum boards are designed for use on interior walls and ceilings and can be used for new construction or renovations over wood or steel framing.

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Werner’s Efficient New Lock-In Accessories Make Household Ladders Work

New Lock-In Accessory System Make Household Ladders Work.

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Battening Down The Winter Home

Getting a head start on important home maintenance can pay in terms of damage that doesn’t happen over those lengthy winter months.

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How sprinklers work

Only the high temperature that results from a fire will activate the sprinkler.

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Growing Organic Food Made Easy

The Organic Ready-to-Grow Kit from EarthBox is the perfect gift for a beginning gardener.

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Beautiful Countertops For Life

Artisan Group Granite Kitchen Countertop professional fabricators

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Successful Modular Home Company Chooses InsulStar Spray Foam Insulation

The Schieler family manufacturers over one hundred modular homes each year for families in five Midwest states with their company

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ColorTouch Touch Screen Thermostat From Venstar

ColorTouch, the multi-functional, simple-to-use, richly featured, programmable touch screen thermostat.

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CertainTeed ProRoc Gypsum Board – Multiple Performance Attributes For High Traffic Building Areas

CertainTeed Gypsum now provides ProRoc Extra Abuse Gypsum Board with M2Tech to its popular gypsum board offering.

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NARI Offers Tips To Natural Disaster Victims To Avoid Home Repair Scams

(NARI) is offering tips for homeowners affected by disasters to get their home back in shape and avoid home restoration scams.

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A Recipe for Great Kitchen Lighting

According to the ALA, this multi-tasking room not only serves as the family’s central gathering spot, but it also performs as a dining area, homework station and casual entertaining space.

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Setting the Scene: Put Your Outdoor Living Space in the Best Light

Curb appeal is essential, whether you are selling or buying a home, or giving a warm welcome to friends and family.

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Hardwood Finishes More Eco-Friendly than Ever

Finishes are vital to protecting the beauty and performance of hardwood cabinetry, flooring and millwork.

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New NFPA campaign puts a face on the lifesaving impact of home sprinklers

NFPA Urges sprinkler requirements in new homes to reduce fire problem

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Color Trends 2011: Affordable Remodeling Drives Paint Color Direction

Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating, will drive 2011 paint color trends, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

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NARI Supports National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of lead exposure by observing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

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Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with!

Smoke alarms save lives, and can cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. However, smoke alarms must be installed, maintained and working properly to do so.

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Turn Your Home’s Exterior From Simple To Simply Stunning

Offering the most advanced cellular PVC trim solution, IQm Trim has the industry’s only color-through design that’s available in 17 colors.

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Create Picturesque Style with Richly-Textured Siding

The siding from The Foundry is a new breed of premium vinyl siding that combines maintenance-free living with a bold color palette and the classic natural appeal of cedar shakes and shingles.

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Nothing Enriches A Home’s Value Like the Beauty Of Stone

Whether used indoors or outdoors, stone adds warmth and character that no other building material can deliver.

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Stone Veneer – Your Next Home Improvement Project

Stone veneer adds grace, beauty and warmth to any home making fireplaces cozier, kitchens more distinct and outdoor spaces extraordinary.

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Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Stylish, Eco-Friendly Roofing

InSpire™ roofing now gives homeowners the opportunity to enjoy long lasting, architecturally distinct roofs on their home.

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Egress Window Well Systems Provide Safety and Peace of Mind

Egress-style window well systems provide that surefire exit route for new home construction.

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Guidelines For Selecting A Commercial (low-slope) Roofing Contractor

Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work.

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CertainTeed Unveils New Name, Look For Industry’s Greenest Fiberglass Duct Liner

ToughGard® 2 Textile Duct Liner from CertainTeed Corporation is taking on a new name and look.

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10 Tips On How To Select An Electronic Security Company

Electronic security systems give homeowners peace of mind and act as a primary deterrent against criminal activity.

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Sophisticated Shutters Create the Ultimate Distinction

Atlantic Premium Shutters Architectural and Classic Collection shutters are offered in hurricane storm-rated options that add a level of protection for coastal homeowners.

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No Room For A Door? Slide It Aside The Wall

Gain the advantages that pocket doors offer by using a unique hardware system from Johnson Hardware to install a wall mount door.

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Bathroom Beautification Begins At The Door

Using a Pocket Door Frame, you can eliminate doorway clutter and free up extra space in any bathroom by installing a door-in the-wall in place of a conventional swinging door.

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Access To Inside Doorways, Just That, Accessible

With a Johnson Pocket Door Frame, you can quickly and affordably transform any inside entryway into one that makes the coming and going from one room to the next, a whole lot easier.

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Drop-Down Gorgeous – Five Myths About Suspended Basement Ceilings Debunked

One of the easiest ways to improve the basement space is to start at the top with a suspended, or drop ceiling.

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Finding A Landscape Professional

A yard and garden upgrade is becoming as important to Americans as other popular home improvements.

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Two Scott Brand Products Available For Household Cleaning In Time For Fall Home Improvement Season

Scott Rags in a Box and Scott Shop Towels – which are both designed to outperform kitchen roll towels.

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SMA Continues Focus On The Safety Aspects Of Window and Porch Screens

No home maintenance survey is complete without a complete check of the condition of window, door, and porch screens.

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Is Your Household Really Ready For An Emergency?

Throughout the country small and some not so small communities rely daily on the efforts of volunteer firemen and women to provide emergency services when fire alarms sound.

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Prepare Trees for Potentially Damaging Weather

High winds and violent rain in the spring and summer can present dangers to our trees and communities.

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Fire Escape Planning Starts With Having A Plan

The Home Safety Council and Werner Ladder are urging families to work together to develop a fire escape plan.

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Begin Your Winter Season With A Built-In Escape Ladder To Protect Family Members When Fire Strikes

Werner Ladder Company introduces the Werner Fire Escape Ladder, always ready and always there for emergencies.

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Home Safety Council And Werner Ladder Urge Families To Prepare For Home Fires

Fire safety begins with everyone in your house being prepared and knowing what to do in the case of a fire.

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Families Need To Protect Homes From Fire And Carbon Monoxide Danger During Winter Months …

As the cold weather keeps more people indoors, the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents rises.

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CertainTeed Gypsum Revolutionizes Wallboard Industry With Sustainable Gypsum Board

CertainTeed Gypsum introduces a revolutionary and ground-breaking approach to improving indoor air quality with AirRenewTM gypsum board.

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Does Your Family Know How To Escape Your Home In Case Of A Fire?

The Home Safety Council has provided a Home Escape Map for everyone to plan an escape route in the event of a fire.

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How To Repaint A Room In A Weekend: 10 Tips To Save You Time

For more tips on saving time and money when doing interior painting.

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Nine Maintenance Tips For Winterizing Your Home

Inspecting important systems from a safety perspective and making note of routine maintenance chores that need attention-is a great way to get started

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Fall, The Best Time To Rejuvenate Your Lawn

Horticultural experts generally agree that proper lawn care in the Fall has greater impact than similar efforts in the Spring or any other season for rejuvenating a lawn throughout the year.

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Drought, Let Your Grass Go Dormant

Grasses have the ability to go dormant for differing lengths of time depending on their genetics and overall health.

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Five Easy, Inexpensive Paint Projects To Quickly Beautify Your Home

A little imagination and a small outlay for top quality 100% acrylic latex paint, you can quickly make big changes in the appearance of your home’s interior or exterior.

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USG Corporation Unveils Milestone Achievement In Wallboard History

USG Corporation has created a new lightweight category of gypsum wallboard with the introduction of its SHEETROCK Brand UltraLight Panels.

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Break Out The Brushes! Great Exteriors Start With Great Painting Tips

Decks, doors, and siding may benefit from a fresh coat of paint to update their appearance and protect the surface.

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Home Buyers See Value In Hardwood Floors, Says Mr. Sandless

Flooring Expert Offers Tips To Improve The Appearance of Your Hardwood Floors

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An Expert’s Guide To Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is just that; a solid plank of hardwood milled into a piece of flooring, usually with a tongue and groove on the edges and ends.

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New Exterior Trim Makes Great Impression!

Today, homeowners and remodelers are turning to advanced building materials to get long-term performance from their exterior trim.

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Ventilation … Insects … And New Design Aspects Of Residential Screens

Screens for ventilation and protection from insects are available for windows, front and back doors, sliding doors, pet doors and even garage doors.

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Control Indoor Water And Mold Damage With An Easy-To-Use Solenoid Shut-Down Device

Installed to sense the presence of water and immediately transmit a wireless signal that SHUTS OFF the main water supply.

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Lightweight Drainage System And Filler For Pots Helps Ensure Healthy Plants

Packing Pearls are extra-large polystyrene balls that can be placed at the bottom of large containers.

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“Tap” Into Expert Painting Advice With The Paint Quality Institute’s (SM) New iPhone® App

A free and easy-to-use handy tool that allows both do-it-yourselfers and professional painters to identify and correct old paint problems before picking up a brush or roller.

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Lighting Makes a Splash in the Bath

The finishing touch to a redecorated bathroom is complementary lighting that is highly functional and attractive.

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How To Turn Your Home Into A Sanctuary With Carefree-Maintenance Outdoor Products

How about a vinyl deck that starts in the garden and climbs toward the treetops?

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Before Installing New Fencing, Get The Lay Of The Land

Royal Outdoor Products offers a complete package of vinyl deck, fencing, railing systems, columns and full trim which can be custom configured to suit all style applications.

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Manhattan Home Depot Stores To Stock MirrEdge™ An Easy-To-Use Bathroom Mirror Retread

This practical, easily applied do-it-yourself product can conceal deteriorating mirror edges and transform unsightly mirrors into fashionable furnishing in minutes.

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Electrical Contractors And Green Home Builders Partner For Greater Value

Electrical contractors are now collaborating with builders early in the process—to maximize energy efficiency and offer homeowners greater value.

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Drop-Down Gorgeous – Five Myths About Suspended Basement Ceilings Debunked

Home improvement information on Armstrong suspended basement ceiling panels.

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Access To Inside Doorways, Just That – Accessible

With a Johnson Pocket Door Frame, you can quickly and affordably transform any inside entryway into one that makes the coming and going from one room to the next, a whole lot easier.

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Bathroom Beautification Begins At The Door

When remodeling or in new construction, the addition of a pocket door can not only save precious space, but make a design statement as well.

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No Room For A Door? Slide It Aside The Wall

Gain the advantages that pocket doors offer by using a unique hardware system from Johnson Hardware to install a wall mount door.

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Enhance A Home’s Character With Hardwood Architectural Details

Redecorate by incorporating hardwood architectural details and see how wainscoting, chair rails and crown moulding create a greater sense of warmth and indeed enhance the beauty of your home.

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Turn Your Home’s Exterior From Simple To Simply Stunning

With color trim, there are endless ways you can evoke any emotion or personality you desire.

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Space-Saving Hardwood Storage Stunners

Hardwood cabinet options abound as you look to increase the functionality of your family room.

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Rock And Roll Your Next Home Improvement Project With StoneCraft manufactured stone veneer

StoneCraft Industries manufactured stone veneer features dynamic selections to personalize any desired look, whether modern, Old World or mountain rustic.

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It’s A Brand New Year: Make It Look Like One, With Fresh Ideas From The Paint Quality Institute(SM)

A gallon of paint and the right painting tools are all that stand between a space that’s ‘drab and dreary’ and one that’s ‘bright and cheery.’

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Mix – Don’t Match – Wood Textures And Colors; Experts Across The U.S. Urge Diversity In Design

Mixing is the magic that brings a kitchen to life, believes the designer.

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Remodeling? Don’t Forget To Pull Permits

If a contractor asks a homeowner to pull his or her own permits, that should be a red flag for a homeowner to find a different remodeler, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

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All Your Painting Questions Answered, Just A Click Away @ Paintquality.com, Where A Great Paint Job Begins

When is it too cold or hot to paint? Can I paint my vinyl siding and what about staining my deck? If I paint my dining room blue, what color should I paint my kitchen?

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Helpful Painting Steps For First-Time Home Buyers

Prior experience is essential when tackling many home improvement projects. But not so with interior painting. Even first-time painters can get super results when painting their newly purchased house, condo or apartment …

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Go Green With Your Home And Save Money

It seems as though everyone is jumping on the environmental bandwagon these days, but not many know that by making their home green, they can save hundreds of dollars a year through reduced energy bills while adding value to their property.

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Don’t Throw Away That “Green” Shower Curtain!

The handiest recycle job in my house is a neatly folded, forest green vinyl shower curtain …

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By Frame Or By The Yard—The Story Of Screens

Man was not made impervious to insect bites, and therefore requires protection against the big and small varmints when they try to slide inside with rays of sunlight and fresh ocean breezes.

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Choosing The Right Ladder Is High Up On DIY Safety List

Upstairs, downstairs, all around the house you need to fix it. Scrub it. Paint it. Or paper it. And just like the pros, you can tackle all of these seasonal cleaning chores with the same level of safety and security required by professionals as they …

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Ramping Up For Yard Work Or Recreation? Get The Right Equipment To Do The Job

Moving and storing necessary lawn and garden equipment may be less exciting than loading an ATV for fall hunting, or hitting the trails for a ride in the woods—but the deal just got sweeter.

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Dow Coating Materials Introduces High Performance Aqueous Stain-Blocking Binder with Avanse™ Technology to North American Coatings Market

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) has announced the introduction of Rhoplex™ PR-295 with Avanse™ technology, a highly-innovative, high-performance, environmentally-advanced, aqueous binder to the North American coatings market.

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How Much Is Too Much … When Planning A New Home … Or Remodeling An Old One?

Conventional wisdom calls for a comprehensive plan when considering any major purchase. When the planned outlay of resources happens to involve the family home, the blueprint sometimes involves life-changing decisions.

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Take Advantage Of Updated Energy Tax Credits With Follansbee® Metal Roofing

As a result of the new stimulus package, homeowners who make energy-efficient updates to their homes may be eligible for a tax credit up to $1,500.

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Vytec® Yukon Board®Premium Insulated Siding Welcomes New Design, Accessories

Yukon Board® Premium Insulated Siding from CertainTeed Corporation™ Vytec® brand of vinyl siding products, welcomes a new updated design preferred by homeowners and building industry professionals alike.

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Low Cost Options For High Style Improvements Paint And Color Tips From The Paint Quality Institute

As the summer season approaches, decks are the entertaining space of choice for many homeowners. However, before you pull out that table and umbrella, think about re-energizing this space with a fresh coat of paint or stain.

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Seal Up Your Warm Weather “To-Do” List With White Lightning® Caulks, Adhesives And Sealants

Maintaining your home in warm weather is just as important as preparing it for winter — and if done correctly, can provide energy efficiency and eliminate the need for costly repairs

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Survey: Nearly Half of U.S. Homeowners Who Are Aware of The Newly Created Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Intend to Make a Qualified Purchase in 2009

More than two-thirds of survey respondents, or 68 percent, said they were aware of the newly created federal energy efficiency tax credits …

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Spruce Up This Spring

Many homeowners are planning spring improvement projects and often at the top of the list is exterior painting.

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Introducing New Minwax® Water Based Woodsheen®

Minwax®, the leading manufacturer of wood finishing and wood care products, recently introduced Minwax® Water Based WoodSheen®

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There Is Still Time To Paint To Make Your Home Shine This Holiday Season

Paint this weekend and turn the inside of your home into a warm, colorful gathering spot for the holiday season.

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Preventing Window Falls

Every year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in falls from windows. To help prevent these tragedies, take the following actions — especially for windows in bedrooms.

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ACE DuraFlo Announces ePIPE—A Patented Repiping Alternative

New “in-place” pipe restoration technology is fast, cost-effective, clean and quiet—Does not destroy expensive floors, walls, ceilings and foundations as is typical with other piping techniques …

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New, Stronger Work Towels Introduced In Time For Fall Home Improvement Season

To coincide with the fall home improvement season, Kimberly-Clark Professional, the manufacturer of Scott Rags in a Box, has introduced a new, stronger towel for do-it-yourselfers and contractors.

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As Energy Costs Rise, Survey Finds Iowa Homeowners Are Concerned About Home Energy Efficiency-And Many Are Taking Action To Reduce Heating And Cooling Bills

October is Energy Awareness Month, and today, Johns Manville (JM), a global building products manufacturer, released the results of its annual Energy Awareness Month Survey …

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Throw Open The Windows—Summertime Is Here

Throw open the windows—summertime is here! Oftentimes overlooked during yearly maintenance, window screens need regular cleaning and care.

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186,000 BTUs Of Energy Saved By One Homeowner … In One Year …

Homeowner Rob Fanjoy knew he was making a smart move back in August of 2007 when he replaced the 50+ year old windows in his Michigan home with energy-efficient Simonton windows.

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Paint-It-Yourselfer’s—Learn Valuable Tips From The Pro’s

With a little planning and the right materials—homeowners can enjoy highly successful home painting projects without hassle and without breaking the budget.

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What Every Homeowner Should Know About His/Her Roof

Harsh winter weather and inevitable spring storms wreak havoc on roofs, a home’s first line of defense against Mother Nature.

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New All-In-One Hardwood Floor Mop … Shines!

When a hardwood floor mop provides premium, luxurious hardwood floor care for a lifetime, it’s more than a mop—it’s a must!

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Elegant Hardwood Floors With Safety And Ease

Think hardwood floors are a lot of work? Many busy homeowners want elegant wood floors but have little time available for preserving the life of fine wood.

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Survey Probes Rocky Relations Between Homeowners And Contractors

The fall home improvement season will soon be upon us, ushering in the next installment in the ongoing soap opera that homeowners might refer to as “Contractors of Our Lives.”

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Common Paint Problems And Handy Solutions For Better Curb Appeal

Paint is a valuable ally that can help protect and rejuvenate your home’s exterior.

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SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation Recieves Breakthrough Award

SAFETOUCH won a Breakthrough Award because it solved a long-standing problem for those installing home insulation. Do-it-yourselfers have long avoided installing home …

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Dow Helps Support Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Annual ‘Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project’ in Gulf Coast

Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) joins former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to support Habitat for Humanity’s 25th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project (JRCWP) in the Gulf Coast …

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Professional Ladder Series Helps Homeowners Step Up To The DIY Challenge

Contractors aren’t the only ladder users enthused by the Contractor JobStation™, a performance rated (Type IAA) fiberglass stepladder …

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Green builders Antimicrobial Effectiveness Of Copper Metals—A Timely Study For Builders And Remodelers

Two studies funded by congressionally appropriated funds will continue clinical trials by the Copper Development Association, to determine the antimicrobial effectiveness …

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All Decked Out!

As the summer season approaches, decks are the living and entertaining space of choice for many homeowners. However, before home-owners pull out that table and umbrella, they should consider re-energizing this space …

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Open The Door To A New Home Décor

From newlyweds and urban singles to second-home owners and empty nesters, home décor and remodeling isn’t just for the pros any more.

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New Exterior Trim Makes Great Impression

Whether you are buying a new home or are selling your existing one, first impressions are everything.

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The Importance Of Well-Fitting And Well-Maintained Window Screens

Spring rushes in with it share of home improvement challenges just as certainly as certainly as the scent of flowering trees and warm breezes. None more important than ventilation …

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Put Your Walls On A Diet

“Paint color and sheen can influence a person’s perception on size and width of a room,” Debbie Zimmer, Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute (PQI) paint and color expert says.

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Safe “Living” With Your Home Repair Projects

Every family’s home represents a big investment—perhaps the largest of your lifetime.

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Imagine A World Without Natural Grass

Imagine a world barren of natural grass; a world where today’s front lawns and backyards are no more.

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Patio Furniture Shows its True Colors

Wood is a wonderful, versatile material that makes beautiful indoor and patio furniture.

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Egress Window Well Systems Provide Safety And Peace Of Mind

Family rooms, kids’ playrooms, home offices, bedrooms, and home theaters are just a few popular uses for today’s basement living spaces.

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Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal With Stylish, Eco-Friendly Roofing

Imagine your home with an elegant new roof that offers durability and low-maintenance, too.

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First Line Of Defense For Small Household Fires

First Control™—a new chemical and water fire suppressant delivery system …

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Not All Ladders Are Created Equal …

For those certain home improvement projects when two ladders are better, faster, or sturdier than one, or perhaps one leg of the job is simply higher than the other—Werner Ladder has a range of perfect solutions.

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Inside … Outside … All Around The House: It’s Home Improvement Time

Spring always brings its share of surprises. As the snow begins to melt in Northern and Middle Areas, and early flowers …

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New Time-Saving Device For ‘Do-It-Yourselfers’ Promotes Family Leisure

Don’t be stuck with time consuming household projects.

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Homeowners Bullish On Home Improvements Despite Current Housing Slump

While the forecast for the real estate market has been pretty stormy in recent months, there seems to be a silver lining when it comes to homeowner outlook.

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SHUTTERCOVER TRIM to FIT™ Whole House Attic Fan Cover

Many of you have an open window in your house and don’t even know it, the shutters on your whole house attic fan.

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Kiss Messy, Black Asphalt Goodbye!

Through the Roof™ clear roof sealant from Sashco solves the problem of ugly, black roof repairs with a permanent seal that’s both tough and beautiful.

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Consumers Are “Brushing Up” On Painting Knowledge According To Rohm And Haas Paint Quality Institute

In a recent telephone survey conducted by the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute, consumers shared their personal painting experiences and attitudes for this common do-it-yourself home improvement project.

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New — Patented Wireless Remote Controlled Water Security System

A new Wireless Remote Controlled Water System developed by Millennium International Development Corporation can prevent damage to property and can save homeowners water and money.

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New Exterior Trim Makes Great Impression

Whether you are buying a new home or are selling your existing one, first impressions are everything.

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Building Green With Copper

If you are looking for ways to “green” your next building project, consider the benefits of copper.

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Mold In My House? … Confronting The Issue Of Moisture In Homebuilding And Repair

With more than 100,000 species of mold present in- and outdoors, wherever there is standing water or any dampness, it’s no wonder that leading building product manufacturers are making major commitments

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Preserving The “Welcome” In Hardwood Floors

“Shine” says it all when you enter a home with elegant wood floors … “taste … permanence, … cleanliness … and downright good looks.”

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Leave The Mess Behind, Give Your Hardwood Floors An Enduring Facelift With Waterborne Floor Finishing Products

Family health is an up front ’in your face” issue today requiring homeowners to take another look at building, remodeling, and maintenance materials.

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New Dimension In Home Attic Ladders Makes Space Exploration Both Popular And Probable

A telescoping attic ladder introduced by Werner Ladder last fall is causing quite a stir among today’s home improvement planners.

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Easy Steps For Finding A Memorable And Practical Holiday Gift

If you are looking for a great gift that “raises” expectations and has special appeal to the home maker/fixer-upper in your life

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How “Green” Is Your Home?

Fresh air and clean water are undeniably the most essential elements necessary to any home environment.

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“Go Green” – Save The Environment, Save Money and Save Your Mirrors

No need to dispose of existing frameless mirrors that are showing signs of deterioration around the edges.

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A Step Towards Preventing Water Damage Caused By Rainwater Accumulation … The Easy Way

Rainguard™ Automatic Downspout Extensions is part of an effective and low cost protective maintenance plan to help prevent water damage caused by rainwater accumulation. And it couldn’t be easier!

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Spring into Exterior Painting – Four Tips from the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute (PQI)

With warm weather just around the corner, soon it will be time to begin those home exterior painting projects.

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Mold Coalition Helps Homeowners Control Moisture, Avoid Mold

An Internet search reveals that there are more than 33 million sites one can visit to learn about controlling moisture and mold.

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A Fresh Coat Of Paint Can Help Sell Your Home: Four Tips From The Rohm And Haas Paint Quality Institute

An attractive quality paint job imparts the kind of well-maintained appearance to a home that gives it a distinct selling advantage.

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Great Interior Painting As Easy As One-Two-Three

Painting can quickly and dramatically transform the appearance of a room, an apartment or an entire home; it’s personally rewarding; it’s inexpensive; and it’s fun.

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Paint Color Choices: The Psychological Impact

The words “paint” and “personality” aren’t often used together, but they certainly could be. Studies show that paint and room color can have an effect on the body and mind

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Comfort Color Trends Promote Stress-Free Room For Living And Relaxing

From spicy color combinations to hues that warm the soul, 2007 color trends contain palettes that work independently as a “statement color” or as a subtle backdrop where home furnishings and accessories take center stage.

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Mold Coalition Helps Homeowners Control Moisture, Avoid Mold

An Internet search reveals that there are more than 33 million sites one can visit to learn about controlling moisture and mold.

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Five Mold Myths And Facts For Homeowners

In a recent Ducker Worldwide Research survey, 86 percent of homeowners said that mold is a critical issue to them. Among 400 consumers surveyed, 74 percent say they have experienced indoor or outdoor moisture issues in their homes

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House Painting Tips: Most Often Asked Questions About Painting

House painting ranks as the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement project. Here are some of the most popular questions about painting, and answers from the experts at Dutch Boy.

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Choosing The Right Adhesives For Home Repair And Remodeling Projects

These tips from the adhesives experts at Macco Adhesives can help when choosing and using an adhesive for your next home remodeling or repair project.

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New Surface Care Products For The Home

Four new surface care products have been developed to help homeowners clean and maintain their investments in quality hard surface home improvement products.

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Improving Attic Ventilation: Shabby Shingles Plus Soggy Insulation Equals Higher Energy Bills

Does your roof show signs of premature deterioration? Is your attic insulation soggy? Are your energy bills going through the roof? If any of these applies to your home, you may have inadequate ventilation in your attic.

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Preventive Maintenance Can Keep Your Home Fit

Many people seem to be taking better care of their cars than the homes they live in. According to a survey by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the leading association for the home inspection profession in the U.S. and Canada, “poor overall maintenance” was rated one of the top five problems most frequently found during pre-purchase home inspections.

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Shopping For A New Home? What To Expect From The Home Inspector

In many parts of the country, a pre-purchase evaluation of a home’s condition has become routine, providing buyers with the vital information they need to make a sound purchasing decision. Since the home inspector profession is still relatively young, however, consumers should learn something about it so that they will understand what to expect, and what not to expect, from their chosen home inspector.

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Residing With Vinyl Siding Products

Many prudent homeowners are considering residing their home’s with vinyl siding due to its durability, easy care, great looks and high return on investment. Yet older homes can pose an aesthetic problem for vinyl siding installations because they can have wavy, uneven walls which sometimes give ordinary vinyl siding panels a warped look.

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Tips For Keeping A Healthier Home

You may have some uninvited guests creeping around your home. And they’re not your relatives. They’re allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, and molds that reduce the quality of the air in your home and can harm your family’s health.

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Professional Home Inspectors Play A Vital Role

Professional home inspectors play a vital role in the home buying process, helping to educate and alert consumers to problems or potential problems in a prospective new home. That’s why it’s so important to choose a home inspector with credentials.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing–Make Old Hardwood Floors Look New

Bona Kemi offers a complete line of easy-to-use hardwood floor refinishing and maintenance products. Bona’s Swedish Formula Hardwood Floor Refresher, for example, is a do-it-yourself maintenance coating that can help restore the protective coating on worn polyurethane finished hardwood floors.

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Unique Corrosion Resistant Faucets Answer Homeowners’ Concerns

Faucet corrosion is unsightly on the outside, but a persistent cause of leaking and dripping as well. Ceramic disks in Gerber’s corrosion resistant faucet cartridge can help solve the problem because they’re harder and more durable than the stainless steel or plastic components often used in faucet cartridges.

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Choosing A Home Inspector: Standards You Should Look For

Standards governing home inspectors and the home inspection process vary significantly from one state to another. It pays to do your homework to help make sure the home inspector you choose will do a good job.

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Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth In New Homes

Mold and mildew prevention is an important point of discussion for new home builders and their contractors. Proper building techniques and materials can help minimize the moisture problems that foster growth of mold and mildew in the home.

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Holiday House Cleaning Tips

From stubborn sticker residues to tree sap drippings and more, it seems like Magic American manufactures a specialized cleaning products for nearly every cleaning job in the home.

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Easy Furniture Fix-Ups For The Holidays

These simple furniture maintenance tips can help you fix a wobbling chair leg, repair a loose spindle, remove watermarks from a table or address problems with your couch’s upholstery.

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Lawn Aeration Benefits Run Deep

Periodic lawn aeration is a great way to help you reduce thatch build-up, combat soil compression and otherwise maintain a healthy and attractive lawn.

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Winter Home Maintenance Tips

A thorough visual inspection of your home before winter sets in can help you identify and address potential maintenance issues before they become a problem, and a good winter checklist can help.

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Woodstove Safety Tips

Woodstoves are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners combat the ever increasing cost of energy. If you’re considering a woodstove installation in your home, take time to learn about the potential dangers and what precautions you can take to keep you and your family safe.

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Completing Those Fall Home Improvement Projects

Fall is a great time to begin home improvement projects for a variety of reasons. These tips from the NARI explain why.

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New Minwax Hardwood Floor Reviver Restores Beauty and Luster

Minwax™ Hardwood Floor Reviver is a clear protective topcoat that homeowners can apply to help restore beauty and luster to scuffed, scratched and dull hardwood floors. Excellent results can be obtained on many floors in one simple application.

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Tips For Simple Wiring Repairs

Electrical wiring repairs and maintenace are best left to professionals, but it helps for homeowners to have an understanding of their home’s electrical wiring system so they can recognize a potential problem.

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How To Break Mold’s Grip On Your Home

Mold thrives in certain conditions, and homeowners would be well advised to seek out and eliminate these conditions from their homes to avoid potential mold growth. The same is true for home’s already affected by mold growth.

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Fall: The Best Time To Rejuvenate Your Lawn

Lawn care and maintenance you do in the fall has a potentially greater impact on your lawn than efforts undertaken at any other time of year, say horticultural experts.

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New Extension Ladder Features Integrated Leg Levelers For Added Safety

Who hasn’t tried in vain to stabilize an extension ladder on uneven terrain? The laddder experts at Werner Ladder Company have solved the dilemma forever with the recent introduction of an extension ladder that includes a built-in leg leveling system.

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New Independent Survey Reveals What Folks Would Rather Do Than Climb A Tall Ladder–With Some Surprising Results

If the thought of climbing a ladder makes you cringe, you’re hardly alone. A new survey finds that climbing a ladders rank high on the list of anxiety-boosters. Learn how Werner is addressing these concerns with new ladder products that address some key safety issues for homeowners.

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FLIR Introduces New Entry-Level IR Camera For Building Professionals At An Extremely Affordable Price

Moisture intrusion can be disastrous in a home. Yet many leaks are all but impossible to find until it’s too late. Learn how infrared thermography cameras are being used to find moisture and other common—but hard to detect_problems in homes.

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Restore Natural Beauty And Gloss To Worn Polyurethane-Finished Hardwood Floors

If hardwood floor maintenance seems to be taking up more time than you have to spare, you’ll want to check out Bona Kemi’s line of hardwood floor maintenance and refinishing products.

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Microfiber Cleans Floors And Controls Allergens

Hardwood floors require special care and attention to help maintain the protective coating that preserves the wood beneath. In fact, some homeowners are avoiding maintenance on their hardwood floors in fear of doing more harm than good.

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Stamp Out Grubs!

A brown lawn often signals a lack of water, but—if your lawn is getting plenty of water and still going brown—try pulling it out by the roots. Loose roots and browning are signs of a grub problem.

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Wood Floor Refinishing Pioneer BonaKemi USA Earns Greenguard Certification

Greenguard Certification is awarded only when products meet stringent guidelines for VOC’s and other air quality standards. Bona’s Greenguard Certified hardwood floor dust containment system for hardwood floor refinishing, and its low-VOC waterborne hardwood floor finishes are two such examples.

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New Extended Reach Power Tools Make Landscape Jobs Easier

Yard maintenanceand landscaping tasks around the home are much easier to accomplish when you have the right tools for each job. New extended reach power tools from Mantis offer new solutions for tough to reach trimming and pruning tasks.

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Spring Into Exterior Home Painting And Add Sparkle With A New Coat Of Paint!

New exterior paint on your home can really make a difference in your home’s appearance, but paint also serves as an important barrier to the ravages of mother nature. The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute offers these tips to help you get started and keep your home well maintained.

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Get Ready For Spring Painting-Five Simple Tips For Hiring A Professional

Thinking of hiring a professional house painter? These tips can help you locate a reputable painting contractor.

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Spring Cleaning… There’s Something In The Air

If the Spring cleaning ritual is getting you down, a whole home air cleaning system may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Maintenance Tips For Hardwood Cabinets

Nothing adds warmth and beauty to a kitchen like hardwood cabinets. Here are some tips on how to care for them, according to the Hardwood Information Center.

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Household Traps Capture Insect Pests Without Using Harsh Chemicals

New insect traps from Gardens Alive! make it easy to get rid of pesky insect pests in your home and yard—without having to use harsh or toxic chemicals.

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New Website Provides Information About Fighting Mold

For home owners interested in learning more about how to fight mold in their homes, USG Corporation has launched a web site that provides the latest information about controlling mold.

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Indoor Air Quality … The Challenges Today’s Homeowners Face

Indoor air quality is important to your comfort and health. Learn how a whole home air cleaning system can help.

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Lawns, Water And The Environment

A publication offered by Turfgrass Producers International, titled “Water Right: Conserving Our Water, Preserving Our Environment,” explains how homeowners can maintain a beautiful landscape and still conserve water.

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Fix Small Wall Cracks Quickly And Easily

Ever notice how small cracks in your home’s drywall suddenly look like gaping crevices when company’s coming over? Repairing these cracks is not that difficult, and these tips from USG can help.

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The Buddy System: A Painter’s Best Friend Since The Drop Cloth

Paint touch-ups in your home are easier than ever with The Buddy System. Find out how this unique tool can help you touch up scrapes and dings quickly and easily with no mess.

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You Can Minimize The Risk Of Indoor Home Pollutants When Tightening Your Home

It is estimated that Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. And with studies showing that indoor environments are two to three times more polluted than the outdoors …

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Minimize The Risk Of Mold In Your Home

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York City Health Department, you can minimize the risk of mold in your home by keeping these tips in mind.

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Window Sash Replacement Kits

Maintaining the charm and original look of older homes usually means dealing with the problem of old windows. Often older double hung windows don’t operate smoothly, won’t shut tightly or sometimes won’t open at all. Worst of all, they’re drafty and inefficient, a problem that’s hard to ignore as fall and winter set in.

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Carpet Cleaning Tips

Your new carpet has just been installed and it’s looking terrific. In fact, it looks so good you’re tempted to protect it with plastic runners and assorted carpet scraps strategically placed throughout the house. Well isn’t that special!

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Tips For Proper Carpet Care

Whether you’re still thinking about installing a new carpet or already admiring carpeting that’s just been installed, there are some very important things you need to know and do to protect your new carpet investment. The result of proper carpet care will be longer carpet life, improved aesthetics and a cleaner, safer indoor environment for you and your family.

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Replacing Window Screens Is Easy And Inexpensive

Early Spring is a good time to repair or replace window screens. “Besides being a home’s first line of defense against flying insects, clean, well kept window screens make a home more attractive,” says Peter Miranda, Executive Director of the Insect Screening Weavers Association.

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Vinyl Floor Maintenance Tips

The following vinyl floor maintenance tips from Congoleum will help you keep your vinyl floor looking bright, shiny and new.

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Spring Home Maintenance: After The Winter, The Repairs!!

About the only good thing that can be said about winter is that it’s over. Okay, that’s a little harsh, but as people welcome the sights and sounds of gentler weather ahead, they realize that the Spring is likely to bring with it a daunting list of home repair and maintenance chores.

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Home Maintenance Checklist: Getting And Keeping Home Repairs Under Control

Many homeowners find home repair to be difficult work. Yet for some the job is even harder because they can’t decide what needs to be done or where to begin. How can you fix a chronically wet basement, for example, if you don’t know where or how the water is coming in?

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Easy Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Whether you’ve installed a new prefinished hardwood floor, or refinished a hardwood floor that has been hiding under carpet for years, maintenance of your hardwood floor is an important issue.

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