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THE 50 SHADES OF GRAY FOR A HOME’S EXTERIOR

“You can make all the excuses you want, but if you are not mentally tough, and you’re not prepared to play every night, you’re not going to win. “ ~ Larry Bird

 

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GREAT LAUNDRY ROOM IDEAS

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Are you thinking about adding a laundry room or perhaps re-vamping your existing laundry room? In the following article, there are some great examples of laundry rooms which service more than just laundry. The picture to the left also doubles as a dog washing/grooming area.

Click on the link below to view many more ideas .

9 UNEXPECTED ENERGY (AND MONEY) SAVERS

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3 ATTIC INSULATION MUSTS

3 ATTIC INSULATION MUSTS
“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Following is a good article from Inman News.  Saving money on your energy bills never got easier and these tips work equally well whether it is hot or cold outside.  So just click on the link below and start saving money.

3 attic insulation musts.

IF YOUR VISION IS FOGGY, IT MAY NOT BE YOUR EYES

IF YOUR VISION IS FOGGY, IT MAY NOT BE YOUR EYES

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow

If you have double pane, insulated windows, then at one time or another you may experience foggy vision.  Don’t worry, it’s not your eyes.  Your windows may have failed.  I have a link to an article that explains all about what happens when a double pane window fails and what can be done about it.  Just click on the following link to get the whole story. Signs your double-pane windows need fixing.

KEEP AMERICA WORKING!

KEEP AMERICA WORKING!

“Of all human activities, man’s listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.” –  Pope Paul VI

Let’s keep America working! We can do this by buying American made products.  Should we be such bleeding hearts that we build up another country at the expense of our own country and livelihood?  I think not.  Here’s a video from “Good Morning America” about a builder who refuses to use anything other than American made.  That’s right, everything in the home from the concrete, nails, sheet rock, to joists and sheathing have been made in America.  Koodoos to you Mr. Contractor,  I wish there were more people who felt this way.  For more information, and to look at the video please click on the link below.  Thanks Helen for sending me this link!

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PLEASE GET RID OF MY HOUSEGUESTS!

PLEASE GET RID OF MY HOUSEGUESTS!

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”    Henry Ford 

Colder temperatures send pests, such as field mice, spiders, water bugs, and cockroaches – or palmetto bugs as they call them here in Florida, searching for food, water and shelter inside your homes. Mice are a common winter nuisance here in the south, and only need a space the size of a nickel to enter your home.
I remember as a child, my father putting steel wool around the pipe openings, or if he made a repair, in the opening before sealing that repair.  It didn’t matter if there was no way anything could come into our home once the repair was made, as long as my mother felt secure, that is all that mattered. So to help you keep those unwanted house guests away here are some tips.

  • Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including utility and pipe entrances.
  • Seal the openings where a pipe comes into your home – under sinks etc. You can use that stuff that squirts into an opening then expands and hardens or you can use the old steel wool method.
  • Put screens on vents and openings to chimneys. This will also keep birds, bats, raccoons and squirrels away.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows, and at all entry doors. Helps with utility bills as well.
  • Keep attics, basements if you have one, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • If you store items in totes, make sure you tape up the holes.  Those holes allow spiders, roaches and other assorted bugs to crawl into the tote and nest.  You’ll usually find those holes in the handles or the carved out spaces for your hands to carry the tote.  Yes, those holes are there for ventilation, but I for one do not like to be surprised with a spider nest when I go for something stored in the tote. I would rather seal it, than create a nesting place for bugs and mice. Been there! Done that!
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