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Mar 30,2007
An average homeowner should be able to repair or replace a kitchen sprayer in a few hours using common household tools. First check for problems like a cracked or kinked hose, leaks, clogged aerator valve problem. Sometimes replacing the entire sprayer may be the easiest way to solve sprayer problems. [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
Q: We are redoing an old farmhouse in the country using a shoestring budget, so we need ideas that look great but don't cost much. For example, we can't replace the wood floors - they were lost to a fire before we bought the house (the reason we could afford it in the first place). What do you recommend? My husband knows how to install ceramic tiles, but aren't they out of character for an ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
McGraw-Hill Construction releases first research of green homeowners at the National Association of Home Builders' Green Building Conference McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, recently presented the findings of its latest market research investigating "green" homes, focusing on homeowners and home buyers. The survey, co-sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), finds that homeowners are happier with their new green homes than with their previous homes, and that they are eager to ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Q: If I want to have daisies in full bloom for an August wedding, when should I start them by seed? A: I assume you mean Shasta Daisies, but the word daisy can mean other kinds of plants too. The Shasta has a botanical name of Leucanthemum usually followed with an X which means it is a hybrid and then that is followed by a variety name in parenthesis. They are usually a perennial that ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Linda Murphy's fondness of hyacinths moves her. "These bulbs are such a favorite of mine. I moved to a new home three years ago, and I certainly didn't take all the bulbs, but I dug up just a couple of the hyacinths because they're really my favorite," said Murphy, who lives in Springfield, Ill.   PICKING YOUR FAVORITE - Forced bulbs, such as tulips, hyacinths and tete-a-tete daffodils, can brighten up the home in winter. CNS ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Now you can bring the richness of exotic hardwood to any level of your home. The Armstrong Valenza Hardwood collection offers new engineered floors that can be installed on any level of the home as well as solid floors that can be sanded and refinished if necessary. EXOTIC FLOORING - Armstrong offers seven new Valenza exotic hardwood floors, including this solid Pangali Ironwood. CNS Photo courtesy of Armstrong. A WARMER YOU - You ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Hot Water Tank Maintenance - Water heaters come in three types: oil fueled, gas-fueled and electric. All require maintenance to ensure proper operation. [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Q: Our condo has a picture window and a glass door leading to the patio. We have close neighbors, so we need privacy. Yet, the room is fairly small. Do the window and door have to match? I don't know what kind of curtains to put on them. A: A lot depends on the size of your room. If it's small, a matching treatment on window and door will make the room appear larger. Repetition ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Q: My friend says he has switched to a nonchemical approach to his lawn care. He says he went fully organic because it is safer. He wants me to switch, but I am not sure that I should. A: First, we need to remember that the word "organic" is not synonymous with the word "safe." Organic gardening and lawn care practices try to be safe of course, but they can use certain products that might ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
It seems what is old is new again. With this in mind, Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath recently unveiled the Era Collection, a series of free-standing soaking tubs inspired by those from the 19th century. Start with the Slipper and Roll-Top Double-Ended styles. These romantic and charming tubs are available with two options for feet - a ball and claw or Edwardian style. The selection of finishes includes white, chrome, brushed nickel or polished brass. There is ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
The properties of paint determine the quality of the coating. As a rule of thumb, the higher the amount of pigment and binder, the better quality the paint. Paint has four main ingredients that determine the coating properties and function. [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Q: We are building a log house in the country, but not with exposed log walls all through the house. I don't like all that yellow wood, so we're having regular plasterboard walls we can paint. There will be wood in the bedroom and bathroom, in deference to my husband who really does love the woodsy look. In fact, I'm even willing to have log-look cabinets in the bath. But before I say anything to ... [full story]
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Mar 09,2007
Spring is coming and many of us want it to be here already. For many areas of the country, the last half of winter was not warm and mild. March came in like a lion, but eventually, we will get to the warm weather. As we get a few warm days, many people are inclined to start planting, but until your last frost date is past, it is still not the time to plant annual ... [full story]
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