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How To Choose Between Real Wood and Wood Look Tile

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    A friend is thinking of installing new flooring in their Living Room / Great Room and they are trying to make the choice of a wood floor which they want or a tile alternative that looks like wood.

    They are considering the ceramic tile alternatives not the commercial grade fake rubber wood that you see in restaurants but in all reality neither product is wood and neither product is going to give them that wood floor …

    How To Repair A Casement Window That Is Jamming

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      Casement windows are great options for many homes because they allow you to open your window and get good ventilation however there are some problems with this design. They normally can not use screens and additionally you are dependent on a mechanical crank to open and shut the window where sliding windows don’t have this problem. On the other hand they are pretty secure and weather tight so many homes do use them.

      A friend writes …

      How To Use Your Existing Cable or Dish Coax For Antenna Installs

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        If you are contemplating cutting the cord and going with an antenna and a broadband subscription for Netflix, Hulu and whatever else then one of the hardest parts is rewiring your home. In many cases homes that already have a Dish or Cable TV subscription have existing coax to each room. The quality of the install including the layout, coax type and equipment such as splitters will differ based on the age of the home …

        How To Perform a do it yourself Home Energy Audit

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          A friend that just bought a 1927 home is wondering what they can do to improve their home insulation and reduce their heating and cooling bills. Although best results would come from having a professional perform a home energy audit it is easy enough to do some of the steps yourself and see what types of results you can get before taking the next step of paying someone to audit your home.

          Some electric and gas …

          How To Choose between Blown or Bat Insulation and Fiberglass or Cellulose

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            A friend that lives in the Northwest is asking about insulating their home that they just purchased before winter kicks in. They have done a little research and called a few contractors for estimates but they are still not completely sure which material is best for their situation.

            They will be insulating both their walls and their attic space and the home is already built so the wall insulation will mean having a contractor blow insulation …

            How To choose between Deck Stain and Waterproof Sealer

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              Every deck is a bit different and depending on the area of the country the type of wood used in its manufacture can vary a lot too. For most of the country a pressure treated wood deck made of a pine wood is pretty much the standard and because we all want something that looks nice the next step after installing it is sealing or staining it.

              So, should you choose a Solid Stain, Transparent Stain …

              How To Quick Guide to Saving Money on your Home Gas Bill

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                In this guide we will look at some tips that should save you money during the heating season and maybe some money on the rest of the season too. The first thing you should do when assessing your Natural Gas or Propane bill is get a history of your account. You want to know not only the amounts that you have been paying but the volume of gas that you have been using because gas …

                How To Select the right Fire and Smoke Detectors for Your Home

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                  Every home should have smoke detectors and local home building regulations will suggest the locations and types but the selection can get a bit confusing.

                  In this How To we will look at some of your options however the information you read here should not be used on its own to make your final selection. You MUST use other sources of information when making your final choice about which devices are best for your specific application. …

                  How To Painting Rooms Without Removing Moldings

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                    One of our friends is purchasing a new home and they want to give it a fresh paint job in a few of the rooms before they move in. The problem they are having is deciding if it is better to remove the moldings before they paint or tape around them.

                    In my opinion if the moldings are tight and in good condition and you don’t have plans to remove them because of a design change …

                    How To Buy a Good Set of Jack Stands for your Vehicle

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                      If you are a home mechanic there may be times when you need to get under your car to make repairs and at those times you want to do it as safely as you can. A friend recently asked about the differences of Jack Stands and I thought I would share some of the advice I gave them.

                      The first things you want to do when considering jack stands or car ramps for your garage is …