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Inspired Ideas For Customizing Your Inground Pool

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inspired Ideas For Customizing Your Inground Pool

Your swimming pool is bound to become the center of your backyard enjoyment. As such, it should have its own unique character. Additions to your pool can include a functional space, such as a cabana, or a decorative piece, such as a waterfall. Customize your inground swimming pool so it becomes the heart of your backyard landscape. Poolside Cabana A poolside cabana is essentially a pergola, but you can outfit it with plenty of amenities. The Landscaping Network recommends planning a cabana that complements your outdoor living. For example, screen off an area for changing. Likewise, consider fitting the sides of the cabana with fabric panels to control the sun. If you fancy an entertainment center, include a drinks station under your cabana. Spa A swimming pool is no longer about just an inground pool. In fact, homeowners prefer...

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How To Seal Your Granite Countertop

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Seal Your Granite Countertop

Granite is a beautiful, hard material that looks gorgeous when used for flooring, back splashes and even countertops. The downside with granite is that, although hard, it is a porous material that needs to be sealed to prevent stains. See below for instructions on how to seal granite and how to tell when it need to be sealed. When To Seal Your Granite You can tell when your granite needs to be sealed by giving it a quick test with a few drops of water. Add a few drops of water on your countertop and watch to see how quickly it soaks into the granite. If it only takes a few minutes for the stone to become darker where the water was absorbed, it’s time to seal your granite. How To Seal Your Granite ​Clean your granite countetop with...

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3 Tips To Help You Improve The Installation Of Vinyl Siding On Your Home

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Help You Improve The Installation Of Vinyl Siding On Your Home

If you are looking for an affordable and durable choice for the exterior of your home, vinyl siding can be a great choice. It is a low-maintenance option to use to finish your exterior. There are some things that you may want to consider to improve the use of vinyl siding, such as using plywood sheathing, adding an air barrier and using a rigid material with foam backing. If you want to have durable vinyl siding for your home, here are some of the things that can help improve the vinyl siding: 1. Installing Rigid Plywood Sheathing For Backing Of Siding If you want to have a durable exterior, you may want to consider using a plywood backing for the siding. In some areas this is required, but some contractors may still use a foam sheathing if it is...

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Home Maintenance: Maintaining Your Home’s Electrical System

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Maintenance: Maintaining Your Home’s Electrical System

The electrical system is the lifeblood of any home. It is the hub of power that controls almost every aspect of a house, so it is crucial that it remains in good shape. From time to time, it is important to check on your electrical system in order to ensure that it is working properly and is efficiently powering your home. In many cases, the electrical system is not large enough for the current electrical demands of a home, so having it replaced is something to seriously consider. The following signs are things all homeowners should watch for to make sure their electrical system is safe: How To Know if the Electrical System is Not Safe One of the biggest risk factors for an unsafe electrical system is the age of the home. In general, the older the home,...

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Get That Illegal In-Law Unit Up To Code

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get That Illegal In-Law Unit Up To Code

If you are looking at buying a home that has an “in-law” or “granny flat” unit, know that the unit might not be legal to rent out as is. In many cases, these extra living spaces were not built with the right building permits. Many are in fine shape, but the lack of permits means that cities can shut down the units and potentially fine the owners. The lack of documentation can also affect your safety as an occupant of the house. With the help of building code consultants, though, it may be possible for you to fix up the unit so that you have a safe space that you can rent out. Permits Mean Minimum Standards Without a building permit, you have no idea if the unit in question is actually a hazard — maybe the location blocks...

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Kilo-What?! How To Read Your Electric Meter

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kilo-What?! How To Read Your Electric Meter

Are you frustrated with high electric bills? Perhaps you just want to be able to read your electric meter outside your home or place of business to help conserve energy in your home. Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, there is nothing wrong with wanting to know what all those dials, numbers, and pointers on your electric meter mean. Simplifying Your Electric Meter First, it helps to understand exactly what it is that the electric meter does. As the name suggests, it measures the amount of electricity your home or place of business is utilizing. The question is, how does it do that? Well, it measures the electricity being used inside of the building in kilowatt hours (kWh) and then tells the power company how much you use every month. Now, you might be asking yourself...

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