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Here we have a selection of topical articles on Home improvements from a variety of authors. Some are light hearted, others are extremley informative - enjoy.......

Tips For Buying a Whirlpool Bath Online by Kevin Taylor

Don't despair and settle for a Whirlpool Bath you don't want! Go online and save by buying direct from a Whirlpool tub distributor. Here's how...

Deck Design - Why Firm Foundations Are Essential by Arpad Nyikos

Backyard deck design, discover why preparing proper foundations for your deck design is the only way to build a ground level deck and how it will benefit you if you extend it over the years to incorporate a hot tub or build upwards developing into a multi-level deck design. When you realise that by cementing in your post anchors and connecting your deck design to the side of your home with masonry anchors is the only way to attain a long standing sturdy structure you wouldn't think of doing it any other way. Realize your dream this year by building your very own deck design in your backyard and be pround of your achievements by starting your project the right way. Deck design is the quickest and easiest way to update your home and take advantage of your outdoor living space.

How To Choose The Canvas For Your Awning by Carlos Mello

The main factor for the canvas for your awning, it's to choose to do in PVC, because will be light and malleable. Between their advantages we have the following ones: It's resistant to the UV ray...

Building Wood Stairs by Dave Markel

Building a set of wood stairs is not nearly as hard as you may think. With some basic wood tools and a bit of algebra you can easily build your own. Of course this can get a bit tricky for stairs wit...

Unfinished Furniture - Finish It Yourself! by Mike Yeager

Unfinished furniture has started to become extremely popular in the last few years. As customers have discovered the benefit of buying unfinished wood furniture, the industry has responded with an ev...

Unadulterated Truth About Black Mold: What You Don’t Know Is Destroying Your Home And Your Health by Kevin Thompson

With today’s new building procedures, our homes are more dangerous than ever before! Scientific evidence now shows that the air inside our homes is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. And ...

Marble Information by Joey Lewitin

Marble is any limestone or dolomite that can take a high polish and still be usable. Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat li...

How To Replace The Rollers On Your Patio Door by Adrian Dunevein

Have you noticed your patio door is getting harder and harder to open? Maybe it's time to change the rollers on the door. They generally last from ten to fifteen years but they do wear out and its a...

Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter by Mark D. Tyrol

Imagine leaving a window open all winter long -- the heat loss, cold drafts and wasted energy! If your home has a folding attic stair, fireplace or clothes dryer, that may be just what is occurring i...

How to Be Your Air Conditioner’s Best Friend by Scott Ethridge

Tips to prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your air conditioner.

Acting As Your Own General Contractor When Building Your Dream Home by Robert Kempe

This article is intended for the DIY (Do It Yourself) home builder; however, it is very useful information for the new home buyer to understand what processes you can monitor even if you are not acting as the general contractor and hiring a general contractor. For the inexperienced DIY home builder, acting as a general contractor is one of the most stressful things anyone can undertake.

Choosing Window Frames by Garry John

A comparison of wooden, PVC-u and aluminium window frames.

Recovering From a Failed Home Project by Robert Kempe

Everyone has a home project haunting them from their past. The objective was to upgrade their existing home, but it just didn’t turn out the way they originally envisioned. When this happens, what do you do now? I always smile and say “Punt!” In the real world we can’t punt, but we do have choices. One solution is to make it a work of modern art or the more common decision is to fix the problem and finish as planned.

Can You Buy Luxury Home Brands Online and Save - Worry Free? by Kevin Taylor

Are you frustrated with the high prices you've been quoted for luxury bath and kitchen fixtures, and appliances? What if you could safely take advantage of the great selection and value of online shopping for home decor items that are normally $1,000, $5,000, even $10,000? Here's some great news for people who need to bring their new dream home or home renovation costs under control.

Bamboo Flooring Is Taking The Design World By Storm by Kevin Brown

Are you looking for something different for your house? Maybe you do not want to be like all of your neighbors and you want to stand out from the crowd? Whatever your reasons are, bamboo flooring is a hot new trend in the interior design world and for good reason.

Cork Flooring Is The Best Option Around For Durability And Aesthetic Value by Kevin Brown

Cork has been used in a variety of capacities for thousands of years including flooring. Because of all of the wonderful properties found naturally in cork, it is a perfect choice for flooring, sound proofing, and of course in wine bottles.

Enjoy The Beauty Of Hardwood With The Endurance Of Laminate Flooring by Kevin Brown

Everyone likes the beautiful, timeless look of hardwood floors. Elegant, yet simple, hardwood is stunning. But take a closer look. Is that hardwood scratched and dented? Are those stains and fade marks that you see there?

Modern Rugs Add Color, Texture, Interest and Space Definition To Your Room by Tasneem Mirza

Utilize modern rugs to add color and warmth to any space.

How to Care for Laminate Flooring by E. Timothy Uy

It's hard to damage and easy to care for laminate floors. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain them:

Home Floor Plan Designing For Your Future Home by Robert Kempe

What is your dream home? Do you have an idea of what it will look like? Defining a dream home is very difficult, especially if you have a spouse or significant other that has tastes different than your own.

Home Improvement Projects That Really Pay Off by Scott Gray

Home improvement projects for your home that will add beauty and value to your home.

How To Buy Double Glazing In The UK by T. O' Donnell

Tips on how to buy double glazing in the UK.

Planning Your DIY Project by Alan Woodbridge

Ready to start your first serious DIY project? Read through the checklist below to make sure you are well prepared to start - and finish! - the job: 1. Do an overview of the project, making sure that you understand all its requirements. Sometimes imagining that you have been hired to do the job may help you take a better perspective on what it will take to complete the task.

How To Buy A Conservatory In The UK by T. O' Donnell

The first question is, what is a conservatory? There is no standard definition of what constitutes a conservatory (apart from "greenhouse"). This is one reason why quotes vary so widely. The conservatory industry itself does not have a consistent approach. So, the only way out of this is to be specific about your requirements. *Don't be afraid to ask questions if the sales rep or designer's comments don't make sense*.

How To Choose The Perfect Granite Work Surface by Edward Green

Natural stone is graded as to it’s suitability for a given task. It is also graded regarding the region of the world it originated from. This is a grade for general use but more for stone professionals to advise architects, surveyors etc which products to use for maximum efficiency in the building or home.

Hot Tubs: Without A Shadow Of A Doubt Guarantee Relaxation When You Dip Your Feet Into The Water! by Jack Gordon

A staple of healthy outdoor living, hot tubs equals to water therapy that pound our bodies with jaw dropping and heart stopping relaxation. Dating back to Roman times, baths served as a medical remedy in treating many maladies. Heated water provided a soothing oasis for the ancients. Whirlpools tubs, Jacuzzi tubs, portable hottubs, and spas provide innumerable benefits that will be further discussed.

10 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Kitchen by Lara Velez

The words "spring cleaning" can make the neatest person cringe. They mean more work....

Nursery Room Decor by Tasneem Mirza

The nursery is your newborn’s first room, his own little world: the environment, which in part will influence and shape his personality. As a parent your goal is to provide a surrounding that is comfortable, secure, inviting and cozy.

Home Air Filters: Knowing Which One to Choose by Jonathan Chase

information on choosing an air purifier that is right for you and your family.

Spring Deck Prep Tips by Chris Spewock

Tips on how to prepare your deck in the spring.

Building a Home Addition by Mark Donovan

Besides providing your home with more living space, a home addition can be a terrific investment. However, before embarking on such a project the homeowner should first consider several important items.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Theater – Without Spending a Fortune by Steve Faber

Make sure you're getting all the home theater you paid for. Inexpensive and free tweaks to maximize audio and video performance.

Five Simple Changes To Your Home Decorating by Bonnie Carrier

Home decorating, ever wanted to try it, but hesitated because of time constraints or budget concerns. The following ideas will not only give instant results, but more importantly fit into any budget.

Home Decorating & The Smaller Place by Bonnie Carrier

“Big Things Come In Small Packages” We’re all familiar with this quote, it’s normally associated with gifts not home decorating, but it should be. A one or two bedroom house, apartment, condo or townhouse can be just as impressive and grand as something with fifteen bathrooms,

Hydrogen Cell Generator For The Home by Lance Winslow

They are available now, what are you waiting for? An invite embossed or engraved.

How to Use Do-It-Yourself Toxic Mold Test Kits by Phillip Fry

Many homeowners, landlords, renters, property managers, business owners, and employees want to know, and need to know, the precise identities of the various toxic mold species inhabiting their home, rental property, or place of work.

Fire Hazard Alert - Is Your Dryer Ready to Ignite by Donald Grummett

In recent years there has been many stories about dryers catching on fire. Should we be concerned? Yes of course. We should take seriously anything that may put our family at risk. Was the problem the dryer?

Decorating Your Home: 5 Style Tips that Cost Less than $50 by Julie Dana

Decorate your home by spending time not money in decluttering, painting and accessorizing. By following these simple tips, you can make a huge impact by bringing your home from average to spectacular for very little money.

Light Imitating Art - How to Use Lighting as a Decorative Feature by Paul Forte

Lighting is often thought of as a necessity, which it is, but not often as part of the decor. This is more the case in residential settings. For years architects in commercial buildings have used lighting to compliment their designs. A good example of this melding of light and art is the Chrysler building in NYC.

Housing and Smart Houses; Energy Self Sufficient Possibilities by Lance Winslow

A stream of thought about energy saving houses and design.

House Plans – Where To Start by Martin Smith

You have found the perfect lot on which to build your new home. Now you have an abundance of decisions to make. Where will the house sit on the lot? You will have to decide this based on the total square footage of the house. What kind of features are you hoping to have. These are the things to consider, storage, a laundry room, a home office, a bathroom downstairs, a full bath upstairs, and a family room.

House Plans – Research Is Key by Martin Smith

When you think about building your new home consider your needs and your lifestyle. If you are newlyweds your choices will be different from a couple who is ready to retire and is looking for a smaller home. The lot may affect the type of house and its placement.

How to Create a Positive Environment in Your Home With Vastu by Robin Mastro

Our homes, carefully oriented, have the power to give us comfort and security and to be one of our best investments. We spend a great deal of time and money to accomplish this. However, many of us do...

Ridding Your Home of Geopathic Stress by Robin Mastro

Just as there are solar magnetic stresses that come from the sun and the galactic “soup” that supports the universe, there are geomagnetic stresses that come from within the earth. The field of geob...

The Science of Architecture by Robin Mastro

You’re told to take vitamins, drink plenty of water, get a good night’s sleep and exercise, but has anyone ever told you that the design of your home and office can impact your health? You wouldn’t...

How to Kill More Deals in Less Time! by Wally Conway

Do you know a Contract Assassin? In this article, author Wally Conway will show you how to avoid classic contract assassin traps!

Spring Chores at the Cabin by Elly Kendall

Whether you live in your cabin year round or it's been closed up for the winter, it's time for spring cleaning. It's hard to get motivated. We'd all rather be out playing in the sun and enjoying the spring after the long cold winter. I thought I would share my "to do" list and some helpful tips to get you started so we can both get the chores done.

Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly--Early Detection Monitors Make It Easy to Protect Your Family by Debra Lynn Dadd

If you burn gas, kerosene, or wood in your home to produce heat for cooking or warmth, you need to monitor the level of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless and can easily build up to dangerous levels. Ordinary carbon monoxide detectors don't sound an alarm until certain levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in the air. New monitors show the amount of carbon dioxide in the air at any given time, so you can take action well before levels reach the danger zone.

Vacation Break for Electrical Machines by Thomas Yoon

What happens if the circuit breaker is placed in a high temperature environment? The thermal bimetallic strip bends on high temperature. In this case, the current is not causing the high temperature in the bimetallic strip, but the ambient air is! The current may still be below the safe operating rated value for the motor.

Tuscany Style Decorating Ideas by Jill Kane

Great decorating ideas to get that tuscan style decor you are looking for.

Choosing Blinds For Damp Atmospheres by Garry John

A look at some of the issues to consider when choosing blinds for damp atmospheres found in kitchens and bathrooms.

Choosing Your Builder: Cheapest Quote Wins? by Adrian Kinley

You have your 3 quotes from each potential builder so choosing the one you are going to trust with your re-modelling, new garage, extension etc. should be easy, shouldn’t it?

Book Shelf Decorating Idea & Tip by Kathy Burns-Millyard

If you have book shelves in your home, and lots of books, you've probably discovered that bookends don't always keep everything in order. Sometimes your collection of books on the shelf are just too much for the bookend to hold.

Update Your Home Decor Using Colorful Rugs by Tasneem Mirza

Update Your Home Decor Using The Hottest Colors & Style Area Rugs

Laminate Flooring is Built for the Twenty First Century by Barry Hutch

While capturing all the beauty and elegance of hardwoods, laminate flooring is both durable and easy to maintain. Its machine made construction will not stain, warp or buckle and the Aluminum Oxide coated surface gives it a high degree of scratch resistance that is perfectly suited to heavy foot traffic.

Make Your House A Home by Lata Tokhi

When thinking about polished floors, cushions in place, exquisite flower arrangements, crisp folded napkins on the table, take time to think about comfort, family time and kids activities also when decorating. A lively place full of warmth and chatter is what makes a 'House' a 'Home'.

Building Your Dream Home – Part 2 by Mark Donovan

For most of my adult life I had thought about someday building my Dream Home. Several years ago I finally got the chance. In the subsequent parts of this chronology, I will review my experiences in hopes that others may gain from my experiences.

Hand Hooked Rugs by Tasneem Mirza

Add Splendor To Your Room Using Exquisite Designer Hand Hooked Rugs

How to Collect Physical Mold Growth Samples for Low-Cost Mold Laboratory Identification of Mold Spec by Phillip Fry

VANCOUVER, CANADA. Many property owners, apartment landlords, renters, employers, and employees want to know, and need to know, the precise identities of the various mold species infesting their moldy house, rental unit, or place of employment, according to Phillip Fry, Certified Mold Inspector and author of the book Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Prevention, Inspection, Testing, & Remediation. The accurate identification of mold species requires two steps: (1) physical collection of mold samples from the moldy building; and (2) mold laboratory analysis of the collected mold samples. The least costly way to collect mold samples is the do-it-yourself approach carried out by gathering actual samples of mold growth to submit for mold laboratory analysis ($20.00 or more fee per sample analyzed).

What Are The Benefits of Radiant Heating: How Do They Compare With Other Heating Applications by Larry Lentz

You maybe be considering radiant heat to install into your existing or your new home but don’t quite understand the advantages or the differences between heating applications? Well we would like to inform you of the benefits and the comparisons to other heating applications available.

Modern Rugs by Tasneem Mirza

The modern look is a highly admired form of interior design. The word Modern is a broad term that encompasses many different techniques and styles of design. Abstract Expressionism is one popular designation, which has a profound impact on interior design, particularly in the use of color and materials. The term Abstract Expressionism was first used by Robert Coates in the March issue of the New Yorker in 1936.

Concrete Cutting: Shedding Light On Your Basement Remodel by Robert Short

Do yo want to put an addition on your house but just don't have the land? You may already have one but you're overlooking it.

Installing a Toilet by Mark Donovan

The installation of a toilet is a relatively easy job for a homeowner. With a couple of wrenches, a screwdriver and a few shims a new toilet can be installed in about one hour.

Add Value To Your Home With A Home Improvement Loan by Paul Heath

Improve your home and its value with a home owner loan.

5 Reasons to Make Early Spring "Firewood Time" at Your Home by Susan Penney

Smart fireplace and woodstove owners know early spring is the time to buy or gather firewood. Why now, when the weather is warming? To save themselves both hassles and money!

Repairing a Hole in a Sheetrocked Wall by Mark Donovan

It is quite simple to repair a hole in a Sheetrocked wall, however there are minor differences in methods of repair depending on how large the hole is.

Quick and Dirty Guide to Wood Flooring by M J Plaster

If you've always longed for hardwood floors, you're in good company. While soft wooden floors date back to the Colonial era, hardwood floors first burst on the scene in the late 17th century. If you only know that you want hardwood floors gracing your home, read this quick and dirty guide so that your head won't spin when you talk with your contractor. This ten-minute read will guide you through the basics of wood species, grades, types and styles.

Roller Blinds by Garry John

A look at the reasons behind the popularity of roller blinds.

Building Permits and Inspections by Mercedes Hayes

Probably the most intimidating part of building your own house is the permit process. Not only do the the requirements vary from township to township, but at times the decisions made seem so subjective that we find ourselves seething in frustration. However, permits and inspections are a necessary step, and they are in place predominately for your protection.

Aluminium Conservatories by Garry John

A look at the rise in popularity of aluminium conservatories.

Home Fire Prevention Effectiveness 1 by Thomas Yoon

Everybody knows that heating can cause fires. However, we must not be unduly alarmed if there are sources of heat around us. We simply cannot avoid the heat. In fact we use heating for our own benefit...

Choosing the Right House Plan by Dascar Daniel

The basic things to think about when choosing the best house plan!

Home Interior Decorating by Emil Ustinescu

A small guide to decorating your home.

How To Clean Your Air Conditioner Like A Pro by Donald Grummett

With Jack Frost nipping at our nose who in their right mind would be thinking about window air conditioners at this time of year? Well, call me crazy, but I am. The following ten steps will show you how to clean your window air conditioner just like a professional, and get it ready for next summers heat wave.

Refrigerators Electric Consumption - Lower It In 15 Minutes by Donald Grummett

Save money by learning a simple step by step method that will result in your household refrigerator running at top efficiency. Conserve electricity and lower your refrigerators electrical consumption. The whole process done in 15 minutes using standard household equipment.

Home Remodeling Business by Dan Noyes

The need for home remodeling is on the rise as many people like the neighborhood they live in and the affordability of their existing homes. By incurring a little cost they can remodel their old houses to increase space and add new amenities. The need for remodeling is detailed below.....

Remodeling Online by Dan Noyes

Making remodeling plans for a house helps you to ensure that your home meets all your needs. It also adds value to your home in the long term. After all, you will spend at least half your working life paying off the first mortgage on your house—by making remodeling plans, you ensure that your home evolves with the changes in your lifestyle and add value to the property....

CCTV for the Home by Owen Gerrard

Some of the reasons for getting CCTV cameras for your home.

Home Furnishings and Shelving by David Kunstek

Its spring time and that means we start working on our homes. Cleaning, organizing, purchasing new things to spruce the place up are just some of the home furnishings we do. Why do we go to all this effort? Well, that's simple! We want our homes to be comfortable, clean, and beautiful so that we can enjoy it! One way to add extra storage or a great touch to a room is to add some shelving.

Get Your Home Ready To Sell by Chris Hickman

Have you been considering selling your home in the near future? If you have, then it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a good long look at your home, using an unbiased eye.

Would You Steel Your Household Appliances by Donald Grummett

Stainless steel household appliances are the “in” style right now. This article explores the pros and cons of stainless steel appliances and some reasons why people are being drawn to the clean look of stainless steel for their kitchens.

The Wireless Home by Mark Donovan

It was only a few years ago that Real Estate agents and Builders were promoting the “Wired” feature as a must have when buying a new home. Wired meant that the home not only had cable running throughout it, but also Cat-5 wire. Now the latest buzz from the Computer and Networking world is, “Unwire Your Home”, as the Computer/Internet world rapidly moves to wireless interconnections.

Seven Ways to Emphasize a Decor Style by Julie Dana

An inspirational article filled with clever ideas on how to emphasize your decor style.

Spring & Home Decorating - A Fresh New Look by Bonnie Carrier

Open Windows … Curtains fluttering from a warm breeze … The air smells fresh and clean … Buds on the trees are beginning to open … Tiny flowers are popping up threw the ground … Finally that little bird with the red breast is back

Clear Wax Candles vs. Gel Candles by Lisa Robbin

In the last five years a new type of clear candle has emerged - freestanding resin-based candles. Unfairly lumped into the "gel candle" category, resin-based candles offer beauty and design possibilities gel candles could never imagine. For starters, there's no container, no bubbles and no embeds. This alone makes clear wax candles a safer alternative to most gel candles mass marketed today.

Gel Candle Safety: What You Should Know Before You Buy by Lisa Robbin

A lot of attention has been focused on gel candle safety in recent years. Irresponsible (usually foreign) candlemakers have flooded the shelves of dollar stores and discount retailers with poor quality and at times unsafe container gel candles. As a result, gel candles have gotten a "bum rap" as being hazardous works of the devil, rather than being viewed as an alternative decorating option for candle lovers. Following the guidelines here will help you in choosing safe gel candles for your home or gift giving needs.

Bathroom Magic by Sam Stevens

Believe it or not, the bathroom is one of the most magickal rooms in your house; Your make up box and medicine chest can be treasure chest of tools , the bathtub and shower are wonderful place to conduct cleansing and attraction rituals, and the toilet can be a handy mechanism for flushing away negativity.

A Hidden Jewel In Home Decorating, The Powder Room by Bonnie Carrier

Typically a small space consisting of just a sink and toilet, you most likely know them by a more common term “half-bath” or “guest bath. Ever wonder where the term “powder room” came from? It’s derived from Victorian times, when women needed to “powder their noses”. Why consider them a jewel when it comes to decorating, also why bother decorating them, it is after all only a bathroom.

Hardwood Floors - 7 Tips For Selecting Perfect Flooring by S.A. Smith

Creating great looking hardwood floors in your home requires several important functional and design considerations to get it right.

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