Archive for December, 2014

Is DIY Carpet Installation a Bad Idea? Ask Yourself 5 Questions to Decide

Laminate floor installation

The first flooring decision most homeowners face has to do with material: carpeting, hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, tile flooring or vinyl flooring? There are so many options that it can be overwhelming to choose. But even once you’ve selected your material, the next dilemma you’ll need to face is whether to hire a professional or attempt a DIY installation. While there are a few products on the market that are specifically created to be self-installed, such as carpet tiles or peel-and-stick options, in most cases professional hardwood or carpet installation is the best choice. Regarding the latter, there are a few questions you should ask yourself to determine whether you ca

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Three Ways to Prevent the Winter From Busting Your Air Conditioner

Fixing air conditioner

If they’re not careful, many homeowners are going to find themselves fixing air conditioners come the springtime. Ice, snow, sleet, hail, and water runoff all pose serious threats to HVAC units.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure that you’re not one of those homeowners stuck fixing air conditioners come the thaw. Here are just a few smart ideas.

Cover Your HVAC Unit.

One of the main reasons homeowners spend the beginning of their springs fixing air conditioners is because they left their units uncovered all winter. These covers not only protect the units from blowing debris, but from melting snow as well. The water runs off, and drips in to the unit, where it freezes and ruins the unit’s mechanisms. These problems can be easily avoided if a cover is put on f

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Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom

Bathroom sink cabinets

Redoing your bathroom for the first time can be exciting but quite overwhelming. Purchasing bathroom equipment that is both functional, stylish and affordable can take some time and energy — and frustration — to pick out.

While it is easy to get swept up amongst all of the colors and textures of bathroom paint swatches, tile colors, cabinets and light fixtures, it is incredibly important to not neglect the functional aspects of the bathroom.

The two main areas that you should start with when remodeling your bathroom are the bathtub and the toilet. While they aren’t as fun as picking out paint swatches, ensuring that your bathroom has functional equipment like a toilet and a tub will provide a solid foundation for you to explore further design options.

Finding the Right Bathtub For Your Ba

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The Nuts and Bolts of Everything

Nuts and bolts organizer

We would be at a loss without nuts and bolts. Quote simply, while nuts and bolts are a pretty basic technology, they are responsible for holding up and holding together a great many of the important structures that are a part of our daily lives. But you may not know that there are many different kinds of nuts and bolts, that work in different ways.

One type of bolt is the hex head bolt. Hex head bolts are the industry standard for fasteners with forged heads. There are several different types of hex bolts and nuts, designed to accommodate the wide range of needs and applications for the hex cap bolt.

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Five Ways to Choose the Best Window Treatments For Your Home

Store awnings

There are numerous reasons to use window treatments in your homes, ranging from increased privacy to improved energy efficiency. Unfortunately, choosing the right window treatment for your home is rarely as clear-cut: with all the custom blinds, curtains, drapes and awnings available, it is hard to know which will best complement your house and prevent energy loss. However, by following the right steps, you will be able to choose the best window treatment trends for your home. Ask yourself the questions below and start your search!

How Much Privacy Do You Need?
Whether you’ve got nosy neighbors or simply want some more security, privacy is an important consideration for many people. If you want to block unwelcome views as much as possible, look for heavy, light-blocking options like

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