Frozen Pipes

During the winter, it’s easy for pipes to freeze. As the pressure builds up, pipes can easily burst. According to State Farm, the average claim for flooding from burst pipes is $15,000. So what do you do when your pipes freeze? First, find out if it’s all the fixtures in the house or just one […]

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Bathroom Remodeling Can Produce Good Returns

When you’re looking to sell your home, the bathroom deserves more than a bit of attention. It is the second most dreamed of remodel. In most cases, the bathroom is far from the biggest room, but it scores very high in importance to buyers. You don’t have to do a huge renovation, just making it […]

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6 Cost-conscious Routes to Boosting Your Home’s Value

As spring approaches, homeowners are looking to remodel. Here are six tips to spruce things up: Inspect and repair the systems you already have. Energy tax credits. See if adding a few minor green features can help out with a nice tax credit. Pick the areas that will give you the most return on investment. […]

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Stone Fabricators Get Health Warning

In a press release, OSHA said that there is a problem with stone workers who do not use and/or don’t have access to the safety equipment needed to protect them from breathing in crystalline silica, which causes serious and possibly fatal lung problems. Workers are contracting silicosis, an incurable lung disease. Symptoms include shortness of […]

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How to Install a Chair Rail

Installing a chair rail can bring visual and textural interest to a room. Before beginning, measure the room and decide how high and wide the chair rail will be. At the hardware store, you can choose between wooden types and foam types. Both are fine, but foam is easier to cut (only requiring a utility knife). […]

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Green Building Elements

Are you looking at buying a green home? Here are six tips to help you make sure you’re getting what you pay for: Get copies of utility bills. The seller should have these; if not, most utility companies do. Be observant, ask questions. Make sure windows and doors seal properly. Are the appliances Energy Star? Check the ventilation […]

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New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces

There is a new set of standards coming for gas furnaces. The current minimum AFUE rating is 78%, though most are at 80%. The new requirements are possibly going to be between 95%-98%, which will mean a savings of billions of dollars — savings that could equal the gas and propane needs of New England for […]

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Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting

If you’re putting in landscape lighting, here are a few things to consider. First, you will have to decide if you want a line voltage or a low-voltage system. This article recommends the low-voltage system – installation is easier and it’s much safer. Lighting kits usually include fixtures, cables, and the transformer, but generally cannot […]

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The Basics of Replacement Windows

There are two type of window replacements. The easiest and least expensive repair is to replace the window inlet. This leaves the window sill and frame alone and just replaces the window itself. Your repairman will come out and measure the windows, making sure the frame and sills are still in good condition, and order […]

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