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Nov 24,2006
If you've jumped on the label-making bandwagon to keep your files, shelves and storage containers in order, you know labels are indispensable, but they always seem to run out just when you're in the middle of an organizing frenzy. Unfortunately, when trying out various fonts, sizes and effects such as bold, italic and foreign-language accent marks, it often takes trial and error before you get a label exactly right. Waste a few too many and ... [full story]
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Nov 10,2006
With autumn upon us, it's time to dress the doorways with a festoon of fall foliage. Make sure yours is right for your space. "When creating a floral garland for the entryway, color, size, shape and the door's architectural style should all be considered," said Elizabeth Souders, a marketing manager with door manufacturer Jeld-Wen Inc. "Homeowners often take their inspiration from the shape of the door itself or personalize their decor using plants from their own ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2006
We treasure our homes as a safe and cozy place where we can relax with family and friends. But there may be invisible hazards hidden behind your walls or lurking unseen outdoors that threaten your safety and that of your loved ones. With May being National Electrical Safety Month, now is a good time to find out just how safe your home is from electrical hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there’s plenty ... [full story]
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Oct 27,2006
Finding room for all the guests you want to entertain during the holidays and year-round dinner parties can be a problem, but you won't have to set up rickety card tables or serve people standing up to accommodate a large group with the Parisian banquet table from Century Furniture's Bordeaux Collection. Since a typical place setting with a full complement of china and silverware occupies 22 inches, the 17-foot-long table seats 16 people comfortably, and as ... [full story]
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Oct 02,2006
Not since Austin Powers daringly paired a lilac and cobalt blue suit with a blue polka dotted shirt and red-and-white scarf in a 2002 hit movie have we seen such a profusion of prints, plaids and patterns in fashion. From the runways of New York to the showrooms of home products manufacturers across the country, designers and retailers are encouraging consumers to be bolder than ever when it comes to mixing and matching.  At Olympus ... [full story]
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Sep 29,2006
After a heat-- and drought-ridden summer in most areas of the country, it’s not unusual to see plenty of bare and brown spots in the lawn. With fall upon us, now is the ideal time of year to rid lawns of those bare spots by reseeding or planting new grass seed to ensure a full and lush lawn for next year. The first step to reseeding a lawn is to loosen the soil, removing any ... [full story]
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Sep 20,2006
The colorful season of fall is almost upon us. But before we can sit back and enjoy the changing leaves and cooler climate, there are a number of fall fix-up projects that every homeowner should consider in order to prepare for the ensuing months of winter. From weather stripping windows, to sweeping out the chimney, in addition to completing routine maintenance on your home it’s also a good time to take a look inside and ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
Dear Jim: I want to install something on my windows and door glass to block the sun's heat and glare, but I want to be able to remove it during the winter. What do-it-yourself options are available? - Robert H. Dear Robert: There are several do-it-yourself options to improve the energy performance of glass during the summer. With the high cost of heating, it makes sense to remove heat- and sun-blocking improvements to get full ... [full story]
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Aug 03,2006
Dear Jim: I am landscaping close to the house walls and I want it to be efficient (both for water and energy). I don't know whether to use stone/gravel or low-growing ground cover plants. Which is best for me? - Kathy C.    Low-water-usage ground cover plants and boulders are shaded by trees during the summer and help warm the home during winter   Dear Kathy: Proper landscaping can impact the energy efficiency of your home and obviously the ... [full story]
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Jul 28,2006
Some blame it on El Nino, others on La Nina.  No matter what the cause, the majority of the states in our Union are likely to experience the driest summer on record. The National Weather Service is predicting record high temperatures and drought conditions will prevail across parts of the Midwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and the South. With conditions so dry, it's important for everyone to practice good water management practices.  Among the things ... [full story]
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Jul 28,2006
Dear Jim: I want to spend more time outdoors with my family. We get a nice breeze, so a screened room over the patio would be perfect. Also, we will not have to air-condition as much. What options do I have? - Cliff Dear Cliff: You have the right idea about spending more time outdoors with your family. If the sun is blocked by a patio room roof and there is a nice breeze, you ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2006
Dear Jim: I have plenty of fiberglass insulation on the attic floor, but it still seems as though the bedroom ceiling is warm on sunny days and the air conditioner runs like crazy. What can I do to keep it cooler? - Steve P. Dear Steve: If you put you hand against the ceiling, you would be surprised how warm it actually is. This extra heat will increase your cooling electric bills.   Low-cost single-sided foil is ... [full story]
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Jul 13,2006
Dear Jim: I am thinking of building one of those concrete/foam block houses for efficiency, security and strength. Since concrete feels so cold, it is really energy efficient and will I be limited on house styling? - Scott W. Dear Scott: You mentioned "concrete/foam block" houses, but that is just one subset of a construction method called stay-in-place-forms. Another term for this construction method is insulated concrete forms. This type of construction produces one of the ... [full story]
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