How To – Consumers Guide Working With Contractors And Understanding Project Timelines

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    Contract completion times are one of the most common complaints by consumers however by asking a few questions up front most of the headaches can be eliminated.

    Like no other business Remodeling and Building Contractors are always blamed for longer then expected completion times, delays in service while the work is being completed and delays before work begins. In some cases the blame is justified however in many cases it is just miscommunication of all of the …

    How To – Dried Beans As A Long Term Storage Food Source

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      Long Term Food Storage is important for many reasons including emergency food sources and even for saving money but how long can dried beans really be saved?

      Adzuki, Black, Black-eyed, Black Turtle, Garbanzo, Great Northern, Kidney, Lentils, Lima, Mung, Navy, Pink, Pinto, Small Red, Soy, and Split-pea can all be dried and stored.

      A recent study has shown that Dried Beans can be stored for 30 years. This was the length of the study and it …

      How To – Getting Rid Of Bad Smells In Your Kitchen Sink

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        There are a few different reasons that your kitchen sink could be giving off a bad smell but lucky for us it is a pretty easy thing to cure.

        The first thing you have to determine is where the smell is coming from. Is it actually coming from the drain in your sink or is it coming from under the sink. Place a stopper in the sink and fill it with a few inches of …

        How To – Can I Clean My Drain With Baking Soda And Vinegar?

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          If you ask half a dozen people how to clean out a clogged or smelly drain more then half seem to come up with the idea that baking soda and vinegar is the best way to get it clean. So what is the truth about this old wives tale will this solution clean your drain or are you just dumping money down the drain and hoping it will help..

          The first thing to look at …

          How To – Using Bleach As A Household Disinfectant

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            The next time that you are at the store and are looking for a bottle of disinfectant to clean bathroom, kitchen and other surfaces in your home you should take a closer look at what is really in the ingredients.

            Surprisingly you are likely to find that along with some possible soaps and fragrances the main active ingredient in most disinfectants is Bleach or chemically known as Sodium Hypochlorite.

            You will also find a listing showing …

            How To – Cleaning Clogged Drains And Pipes

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              Tools & Hardware : Drain Sweep Drain SnakeEvery home will eventually have a clogged drain there is really not much you can do to prevent it so it is important that you prepare for the situation, not panic when it happens and have the tools you need to get things working again.

              Although in some cases you may need to call in a professional if a pipe needs to be replaced or a line needs to …

              How To – Choosing A Kitchen Water Filter

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                Water filters have made their way into many homes today. Many of us have grown accustomed to bottled water for drinking while out of home and want that same fresh flavor for drinking and also for cooking.

                So what are some of the features that you should look for when purchasing a cost effective water filtration system for your home?

                The most important thing you need to look at is quality vs price. In this HowTo …

                How To – Home Safety Detecting Natural Gas Leaks

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                  Natural and other combustible gasses in your home are often a necessity but using them safely requires both knowledge and care.

                  Natural Gas is delivered to our homes through underground pipelines that run across our country and branch feeders that traverse many of our local streets. Propane gas is delivered to our homes by trucks and stored in large steel containers.

                  Both of these energy sources are very close in their makeup so close that manufacturers …

                  How To – Painting Laminate Countertop

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                    In a recent conversation with a friend they told me of a laminate countertop that they were unhappy with due to discoloration over many years. Although the countertop was in relatively decent physical condition it seems stains, scuffs and scratches were making the countertop look unappealing. They then asked my opinion on painting the countertop and told me of a few websites that had suggested painting could restore the countertop to new condition.

                    After hearing …

                    How To – Pullout Sliding Kitchen Shelves For Easy Access & Storage

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                      Lets face it one of the most difficult tasks of making dinner is searching through your bottom cabinets for pots or pans that are hidden from view.  You end up crawling on your knees for that pan you can’t find and arranging things so they fit well takes all the fun out of the kitchen.

                      Well you have two choices you can order out every night which might sound fun until you get your credit …