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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How to Winterize Your Home

With winter and beautiful snowy days comes a period of nearly unbearable cold for many parts of the country.  Another thing that is all too common during this time of year is high utility bills.  Whether you heat your home with electricity, propane, or oil, you will find that winter naturally causes the need to run the heater much more than other parts of the year.  What you may not know is that taking a few simple steps can help to greatly reduce your costs.  Today we will take a closer look at the process of winterizing your home.



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How to Winterize Your Car

While most people think to winterize their homes when the frost season starts to approach, many people do not think of their vehicles.  Believe it or not, there are many negative impacts that the cold can have on your car, from reduced tire pressure to frozen oil.  This article aims to help show you a few tips to help you prepare your car for winter.  Following these simple tips is easy and inexpensive and can help save you major repair costs or even prevent an accident.



Tuesday, April 06, 2010

How to Vent Your Attic

If you have an older home, you might just find that your attic is in need of better ventilation.  As moisture builds up inside your home, it travels upward and into the structure itself.  While there are building codes that mandate proper attic ventilation during winter, when heating systems release exhaust into the air, summertime moisture accumulation often requires much greater ventilation in order to prevent mold and mildew.  If your attic is in need of better ventilation, this article will help teach you how to install new vents yourself.



Saturday, April 03, 2010

How To Start A Small Box Garden



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Repair Dead Grass

Patches of dead grass in your lawn can be unsightly and frustrating.  When you work hard to maintain a beautiful lawn, these patches can be a constant source of ire.  The good news, however, is that they can be fixed.  The key is to first determine and eliminate the source of the problem, and then to reseed or patch the area so that it is as healthy and attractive as the rest of the lawn.  The process can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few months, depending on the repair that you choose.



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How to Pick Out an Efficient Shingle Color

When you are building a new home or trying to make your existing home more energy efficient, you will likely pay a great deal of attention to things such as appliances, insulation, windows, and doors.  One thing that many people overlook, however, is the roofing that they choose.  While many people take the time to choose the best roofing type for their home, few understand that the color you choose can have a significant impact on your energy efficiency.  This article aims to take a closer look at choosing the right shingle colors for your home, no matter where you live.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Insulate a New Wall

When making an addition to your home or creating partitions to divide a larger space, or even when finishing a basement, insulation is an important part of energy savings.  Insulating your walls can help prevent the transfer of both temperature and sound, and taking the time to ensure that you insulate the new wall properly is important.  Today we will take a look at a few different methods of insulating new walls so that you can choose the one that will work best for you.



Friday, March 12, 2010

How to Install Brake Pads

When your brakes are starting to make noise every time you stop your car or you find that your brakes are simply not working as well as they ought to, it is time to change your brake pads.  Changing the pads before they become too worn is important to preventing accidents.  While paying a mechanic to do the job for you may seem like the easiest way to get the job done, you might be surprised to learn how easy it can be to change the pads yourself.



Monday, March 08, 2010

How to Install an Instant Hot Water Heater

Instant hot water heaters, or tankless heaters, can be remarkably efficient.  By not constantly using electricity or fuel to keep a reservoir of water heated, these tanks utilize a great deal less energy.  They work by heating your water as it is used and can help to ensure that you never run out of hot water without the need to heat it around the clock.  Today we will examine how the average handyman can install one of these heaters at home without the need to hire a plumber or electrician to do the job.



Tuesday, March 02, 2010

How to Hang a New Light

Installing a new chandelier or light fixture in your living room, dining room, kitchen, or other area can have a drastic effect on the look and feel of a room.  While many people believe that ceiling fixtures are permanent or that professionals must be called in when a change is desired, the truth is that you can wire and hang your new light yourself.  This articles aims to explain all of the necessary steps you will need to follow in order to properly and safely hang and install your new light fixture.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How to Get Rid of Wasps

When your home, yard, or garden has been infested by wasps, the need to get rid of them can be strong.  If you have children, are allergic to the creatures, or they have simply become bothersome, you are likely wondering how to safely eliminate them without causing great harm or risk to yourself.  While many wasp nests are volatile and best removed by experts, there are a few things you can do if you choose to get rid of the wasps yourself.  Today we will take a look at some different methods that you should use to get rid of these pesky bugs.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How to Get Rid of Mold

Mold is exceptionally common in older homes and can cause a surprising number of health problems.  For people with allergies, common symptoms can include sneezing, watery eyes, and hives, but for asthma sufferers and people with respiratory problems, they can be much worse.  If someone in your home has been experiencing these symptoms and no cause can be found, it is quite likely that there is mold in your home.  This article will take a look at mold growth within the home, including how it starts, how to treat it, and even how to prevent it.



Monday, February 22, 2010

How to Fix a Scratch On Your Car

It happens to everyone at some point.  You come out of the grocery store or leave your child’s school, only to find that your car has a new scratch.  While exceptionally frustrating, you might be surprised to learn that you can likely fix the problem yourself for a great deal less than you would be charged if you took your car to an auto body shop.  Today we will look at what it takes to repair a scratch on your car.



Sunday, February 21, 2010

How to Combat Fire Ants

Fire ants are among the most resilient and hard to eliminate pests that plague the south.  Unfortunately, the creatures have also moved into many other parts of the country as well.  Eliminating the creatures can be much harder than it seems, and often requires a number of steps.  Today we will take a look at both indoor and outdoor fire ant infestations in order to help you learn how to get rid of the pests as well as how to prevent them.



How to Change a Headlight

When a headlight goes out on your car, it can be quite frustrating.  For many people, the first sign that a headlight has gone out doesn’t occur until you see a flash of blue lights behind your vehicle.  Checking your headlights is important, and replacing a burned our bulb as soon as possible is crucial.  Don’t spend a small fortune to pay your mechanic to do the job, however.  Your headlights can be replaced inexpensively and quickly right at home, and in many cases you will not even need a single tool to get the job done.



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How to Change a Hard Drive

When your computer hard drive dies or you run out of space, it is time to have a new drive installed.  While it is certainly possible to hire someone to do this, the process can actually be easily completed at home.  With a new hard drive in hand, a couple of basic tools, and a bit of patience, you can have your new hard drive installed in a matter of minutes.  This article is designed to walk you through the process step-by-step, ensuring that in no time at all you are enjoying your new hard drive.



Friday, February 12, 2010

How to Back Up Your Computer

Protecting your computer is very important.  We keep treasured photos, important documents, and more stored on our PCs these days, and the simple fact is that all it takes is a single power surge, hard drive crash, or virus to create a massive and permanent data loss.  Backing up your computer is a necessary step, and it can be completed quite easily.  This article will walk you through the basic steps of backing up a computer so that you can ensure that all of your treasured and needed files are kept safe.



Thursday, February 11, 2010

How to Add a Skylight

      Dark, drab rooms can be quite unappealing.  When you have a beautiful home that is simply in need of a bit more light to help spruce things up, the addition of a skylight can be just what you are looking for.  Today we will take a look at just what it takes to install a skylight on your own.  For do it yourself types, this article will offer a step by step approach that will ensure that you get the job done right without the need to hire a contractor or building specialist to complete the task for you.



Monday, February 01, 2010

How To Remove Your Old Tile



Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Mosquito Magnet