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Color Trends 2011: Newest Color Directions In Fashion And Interior Design
I honestly don’t know how the color forecasters determine color trends, but they all seem to be in accord with one another. The color trends for 2011 are diverse, a little bit retro, and quite yummy gorgeous! As a designer, I rely almost entirely on my instincts to know what’s…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Interior Design and Decorating   Jun 23, 2011  
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How Does A Production Carpenter Install Wood Door Casing
Over the last few years I have been an Owner Project Manager for many construction projects that require wood trim to be installed and I am amazed at the number of people that call themselves carpenters that do not know how to install wood trim rapidly and concisely, so I…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  New Construction   Jun 29, 2011  
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Can A Refrigerator Cool A Room?
During a hot summer day, people try to find creative ways to cool down a room. Some people may even come up with the idea of opening their refrigerator or freezer door to help cool a room. These people may be surprised that by doing so, they will be increasing…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Heating and Air Conditioning   Apr 22, 2011  
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How To Organize The Closet In 4 Simple Steps
We’ve all have a least one closet in the house that frightens us every time we open it. Boxes and objects are piled on every shelf and we don’t even know what’s in them. Even if we do know what’s in them, we don’t care. If we do care, getting…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Cleaning Tips and Tools   Mar 25, 2011  
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Build Your Own Solar Panel And Save Money
Who wouldn't love cheap or free electricity? It is an achievable goal. There are several options available to you. Two of the most popular choices are using the wind or the sun. Unfortunately the cost of the system can make the dream seem unattainable. Factory made solar panels for example,…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Green Living   Feb 14, 2011  
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How to repair Poured in place Concrete steps that have deteriorated at an Industrial Complex
About 3 years ago one of my clients called me to check out 2 sets of stairs at his industrial Complex in Albany NY. He said the stairs need a little work, well when I got there and saw the shape of the stairs I was amazed that no one…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Remodeling   Jul 15, 2011  
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Building Construction Estimate
Introduction We are going to talk about Building Construction Estimates to put together a budget for a residential remodeling project to see if the project is worth doing and also to make sure that you’re not putting more money into the property then you can get out of it if…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Remodeling   Apr 22, 2011  
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Presto Knife Sharpener - Friend Or Foe?
The Presto Knife Sharpener is a must tool that most households and commercial kitchens have in their arsenal. It is a tool that brings life back to a used and battered blade which keeps you efficient in the kitchen, or for that sport that you enjoy. What makes the Presto…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Appliances   Mar 22, 2011  
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Eco Baby Products - Cloth or Disposable Diapers
Many parents these days are deciding to raise an organic "green" baby. Parents are looking for not only what is best for baby and its health but what is also best for the environment. The first decision many times is what kind of diaper to use with their newborn baby.…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Green Living   Feb 10, 2011  
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Sump Pump Switch - Review Your Options
Do you wish your sump pump would stop failing because of the switch mechanism? No sump pump switch mechanism will function forever; however some types do last longer than others based on how they work and their environment. Review your options to see which sump pump switch is best for you. Sump Pump…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Plumbing   Mar 08, 2011  
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Easy Home Automation -- How does Insteon Home Automation Work?
Home automation can improve home living -- If your eyes glaze over at the words "home automation" -- you're not alone. It sounds so . . robotic . . . so complicated . . . and so expensive. But if you've ever experienced the safety and convenience of turning on…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Feb 22, 2011  
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Benefits Of A Geothermal Heat Pump System
Geothermal heating and cooling is an environmentally friendly way of heating or cooling a home or business. Conventional methods of heating the interior of a building involve the combustion of fuel or the use of electricity to generate heat energy. The benefit of using a geothermal heat pump unit is…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Energy Efficiency   Apr 23, 2011  
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how to organize the garage
In this article I hope to give you some tips on how to organize the garage. A good garage is meant to perform its duty; being very functional and effective in the process. When garages are filled with piles and clutters it has gradually turned from a garage to a…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Cleaning Tips and Tools   Jul 19, 2011  
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Masonry Tricks Of the Trade I Have Learned
I am sitting in my family room thinking of something to write about for an article. Although I am a Carpenter by trade when you work on large commercial construction projects you get to know about other trades that you interact with. I decided to write this article about Masonry,…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  New Construction   Jun 09, 2011  
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Can You Build Your Own Solar Panel?
If you have been looking at home solar energy, then one of the things that may have put you off is the cost of the panels. These are the things that convert the sunlight into electrical energy. You may have been asking the question, can you build your own solar…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Green Living   Feb 14, 2011  
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Modern Hydronic Heating Systems
A modern hydronic heating systems uses water (Or water based solutions) to move thermal energy from where it is produced to where it is needed. The water within the hydronic heating system is therefore only a transfer medium. Thermal energy is absorbed by the water at a heat source, Conveyed…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Heating and Air Conditioning   Mar 11, 2011  
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Arizona Engineering
Being an arizona engineer and after working for several arizona engineering firms I have started my own Arizona engineering company called Arizona Code Consulting and Design Engineering, LLC. My firm focuses on the smaller clients and contractors and we encourage our clients to obtain building permits. Obtaining a building permit…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  New Construction   May 31, 2011  
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4 Top Primitive Decorating Ideas
How to decorate with primitives to incoporate primitive decorating ideas in your home without breaking the bank is something people like us want to know. So you want to know how to decorate with primitives? For one thing, you do not always have to use "originals" or "antiques" in your…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Interior Design and Decorating   Mar 16, 2011  
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Color Of the Year 2011: Chirpy, Perky, Gutsy, And Simply Fantabulous!
Every year, before the month of December ends, a select group of fashion professionals presents their color palette to a company called Pantone. Pantone is the ultimate global authority on color trends. Pantone selects one carefully considered color to be presented to the entire worldwide fashion industry, and thus dubs…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Interior Design and Decorating   Jun 24, 2011  
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How Do You Repair A Concrete Wall That is Only 3 Inches Thick
On a project that I was the OPM on a few years ago there was a problem with water leaking into the basement of the building from outside. The contractor could not come up with a proper solution so he asked my help. I just came back from my Cerlon…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Remodeling   Jul 11, 2011  
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How to Declutter your House and Conquer the Clutter once and for all
Are you struggling to declutter your house? Do you step over piles of clothes, papers and unidentifiable “stuff” just to get to your computer? Although a family might be small, homes are larger then ever. Even with more square feet of living space, many still store attics, basements and storage…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Cleaning Tips and Tools   May 09, 2011  
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Oygen Barrier Pex, A Flexable Solution
If you may be considering installing a radiant heating system one of the first materials you are going to need is an oxygen barrier pex tubing. Oxygen barrier pex tubing is a type of a high density cross linked polyethylene (pex) which has been treated with an oxygen barrier usually…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Heating and Air Conditioning   Mar 20, 2011  
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Free Homemade Bandsaw Plans
Sometimes people don't have the finances to buy bigger tools for woodworking, such as bandsaws or polishers just to name a few. They either just think it would be nice to have one and or just wish they could have one, or look for help through the internet or other…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   May 29, 2011  
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Green Energy - Build A Cheap Solar Water Heater
You probably know that you can generate electricity from the sun. However electricity is not the only thing the sun can give you. The easiest green energy project, and one that will give you a great saving on your utility bills, is to supplement your current water heating system with…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Green Living   Feb 14, 2011  
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Radiant Heating - Floor Installations Use Many Methods
When it comes to radiant heating, floor heat is often the method of choice for an effective way to heat your home. There are several different ways to install radiant heat in your floor. Air heated radiant floors are the least efficient because air can’t hold a large amount of…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Flooring   Mar 09, 2011  
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Saw Blade Lead Or True Line Of Cut With A Bandsaw
My husband is a woodworking enthusiast that has done many different projects over the years, from picture frames to picnic tables to nice furniture. A few years back, he was out in his shop looking at all the things he had collected over the years, and got a fascinating idea…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   May 09, 2011  
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Computer Aided Quantity Take Off Program is it Worth the Money
Today we will discuss the most time consuming part for the building construction estimator. That is the materials take off. This is how you determine the cost of the project by how much materials you need to do the job, also what should be figured for waste. When I first…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  New Construction   Apr 24, 2011  
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What Is a Sump Pump?
By definition a sump pump is a pump that is placed in a sump known as a pit or basin that collects water from the ground around it. It pumps the water to a desired location away from the basement foundation to keep it dry. Water build up around the…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Plumbing   Mar 06, 2011  
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How to Build Your Own Solar Panel
Learning how to build your own solar panel is a lot easier than you may think. Homemade examples are considerably cheaper than factory built ones. Plus the more you save on the initial cost of your solar power plant, the faster it will pay for itself with the free energy…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Green Living   Feb 14, 2011  
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How Do I Make a Solar Panel?
So you heard you can save a serious amount of money by making your own solar panels instead of buying them from a dealer. Now you’re asking, "How Do I Make a Solar Panel?” That is a question that you only ask once. Once you think you have the answer,…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Energy Efficiency   Jun 18, 2011  
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