• Learn What To Expect If You Need To Have Your Hot Water Heater Replaced

    When the water heater in your home stops working properly, it can be hard to know what to do as a homeowner beyond calling a professional. You will more than likely need to get it replaced if it cannot be repaired. If you find out that your water heater needs to be replaced, use the following guide to know what to expect to ensure that the process goes as simply as possible.
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  • Pooling Water In Your Air Conditioner: What Causes It And How A Plumber Can Help

    Window air conditioners are supposed to be installed at a slight angle in your windows. This allows the little drainage hole at the bottom to release rain water that falls through the part of the air conditioner that hangs outside the window. If water begins to pool inside the air conditioner, you can hire a plumber to help fix the problem. Here is how that works. Evaporator Leaks The evaporator inside older window A/C units often develops a leak.
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  • How To Prep And Sandblast Stucco Walls

    Stucco is an extremely durable exterior siding material. It is also very versatile because it can be applied over different types of sidewalls and it can be painted any color. This durability only poses a problem if you decide that you want to remove it from your sidewalls. It won't just scrape off with ease. You can rent a simple sandblaster and remove stucco on your own. The job is messy, but it is really the best way to remove stucco and expose the sidewall.
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  • Repairing Loose Outlets In Plaster Walls

    Do you have plaster walls with loose electrical outlets? Do your outlets push into the wall when you plug something into them? Your outlets should be secured to a stud to prevent them from moving around. Below, you will find out how to make this relatively easy repair. Find the Studs This can be a tricky part of making the repair. Generally, the outlet should have been installed using the stud in the wall to support it, but sometimes, especially in older homes, the outlet isn't located aside the stud.
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  • 3 Ways To Use Custom Glass To Make Your Home More Glamorous

    Constructing your own home gives you the opportunity to customize many different design elements. When it comes to selecting materials for your home, glass provides you with the ability to create a unique and glamorous design aesthetic. Here are three ways you can incorporate custom glass into your home's design to make it appear more glamorous. 1. Install glass railings on decks. It's often said that location is one of the most important aspects of any piece of real estate.
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  • Steps To Take When Your Shingles Blow Off

    A bad storm and high winds can wreak havoc on an asphalt shingle roof. If you go outside to find shingles in your yard and not on your roof, there are some steps to take. The following guide can help.  Step 1: Call Your Insurance Agent For those with homeowners insurance, an immediate call to begin the claim process is a must. Your insurance company will send out an adjuster who will decide if your roof simply needs a repair or if you need full replacement.
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  • Find Out How To Keep Your Oriental Rugs Looking Nice

    A good Oriental rug can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. That means that if something gets spilled on it or it gets dirty you want to make sure that it is cleaned very carefully. You don't want to do anything that may cause further damage.  Spot Check the Colors Before you do anything to clean your carpet, you want to check the colorfastness of the various dyes. To do this, you should find a small patch that is in an unobtrusive or hidden section of the carpet and put your cleaning solution on it.
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  • Frozen In The Summer: How Too Much Cool Can Make Your Home Hot

    Air conditioning systems are a critical part of modern living, for better or for worse. People have become dependent on being cool on demand and may not be able to deal with a hot household for too long. Unfortunately, the desperate desire to get cool as quickly as possible can lead some people to damage their air conditioning systems by turning the temperature down too low during hot, humid days. To understand the problems this behavior creates, read on.
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  • What To Know About Your Home's Oil Heating System

    If you have recently purchased a home that uses oil for its heating system, you may have some questions about how it works or what it will cost you.  As the majority of new homes built use electricity or natural gas, you may be unfamiliar with how oil functions. How Oil Heats Your Home In an oil heating system, the oil is kept in a tank, where it is saved until your thermostat detects that the house is at a lower temperature than desired.
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  • HVAC Heat Pump & Blower: How They Function & What Can Be Done When They Malfunction

    There are a few parts of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that are vital for energy efficiency. The heat pump and blower must be in a functional condition or you can end up with air that is not true to the temperature on the thermostat circulating in your house. Below, you will learn about the function of a heat pump and blower to an HVAC system and what can be done when they malfunction.
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