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Eight of the most successful sales gimmicks in the home improvement industry.
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This article presents pre-inspection guidelines and suggestions for the home seller.
A normal part of the home sale process involves the inspection of a home by an inspection...
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Some tips and considerations from an expert about being your own "general contractor".
I have worked with the Matt and the Home Owners Club for many years and have seen their efforts in...
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Decent affordable housing requires a careful selection of construction techniques and materials....
This set of specifications has been on my desk and in draft form for a long time. My interest and...
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I think that you will like this simple recipe for mussels, but it also helps to have a good friend...
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This guide outlines two basic air conditioning methods for reducing overheating and increasing the...
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AFCIs are new on the market and are now a part of the electrical codes. They are an inexpensive and...
See Topics: Consumer News on Arc Fault Interrupters (AFCI).
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Most home inspections start with the basement or crawl space. It is also here where we find a...
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Good quality bathroom fans are a key to the long term maintenance of your home.
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Mortgage revisions may help many homeowners to keep the home they need and love but in some cases...
Mortgage revisions may help many homeowners keep their homes but in many cases that may not be...
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More than you ever wanted to know about shakes and shingles.
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How to choose the best pipe for your water supply system, waste lines and radiant heat.
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A few tips for a smoother close on your next home loan.
Obtaining home mortgage financing can be a very smooth or a completely "hair raising" experience...
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Here is a recipe a friend of mine gave me. I'm asked for the recipe every time I make it. It's a...
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A collection of George's favorite construction truisms and myths.
There are a bunch of widely disseminated bits of construction truisms and myths out there. I hear...
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Identifying and avoiding the potential plagues of condominium ownership.
One of the major attractions to condominium ownership is a desire for fewer maintenance and repair...
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October 2008 Dale Gavin is an expert in Washington State condominium related laws. This updated...
Dale Galvin is an expert on condominium related laws in the State of Washington. He teaches courses...
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Condominium home owner associations need a way to budget for future maintenance expenses. Reserve...
Ownership of a unit in a well-managed condominium complex is a good way to share in a property's...
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The Sound Home Guide to the latest construction product recalls, common problems and scams.
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A delicious and easy summer salad that also works as a main course.
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Harry, Glenn and George are teaming up to answer your most frequent inquiries about deck design,...
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The key to a drier basement or crawl space.
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New electrical toys and appliances may be overloading the wiring system in your home. Find out what...
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Our addiction to oil will have to stop. Here are some practical ways of doing so.
The following suggestions can reduce our dependence on oil and other energy sources. They can also...
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This article will help you choose materials and includes maintenance tips.
Some homeowners re-paint the exterior of their home every few years only to find that the new...
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In many older homes unlined brick chimneys are used with gas furnaces and water heaters. This can...
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A great summer recipe from from Georgia (not not the one in the SE US) by way of Moscow!
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Choosing the right gutter system for your home.
Among the most common reasons for moist basements and crawl spaces is an inadequate gutter,...
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Forced air heating systems need ducts. Most of those ducts are hidden inside wall and floor spaces...
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Replacing kitchen cabinets is a costly project. It may also be unnecessary. Here are some tips to...
Good kitchen cabinets are a joy! I know, I am the cook at home and appreciate the many fine...
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It Pains me to see old structures torn down but at times the alternatives are simply too expensive...
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The best place to save money and headaches in a kitchen construction project is in the planing...
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Read this article to learn why lead is a problem, where it might exist, and what to do about it.
Lead (Pb.), a common and serious hazard! Lead is a metal with a very low melting point. It is soft...
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This recipe is very easy and fast!
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Concerned about mold and mildew? The real issue is moisture! Here is why, for mold and mildew...
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I had the pleasure of helping the Washington Toxics Coalition with their page regarding moss and...
I had the pleasure of helping the Washington Toxics Coalition with their page regarding moss and...
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A checklist to make moving into a new home easier and less stressful.
Moving into a house is a big job, but with some planning, the process of creating a new home can...
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Using operable skylights to help cool your home and save you energy and $$$. No magic here, just...
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A seven step guide to keeping the cold out of your home in the winter.
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Radiant heating is a versatile, comfortable and energy efficient option to heat your home.
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Window replacement is one of the most popular home improvement projects. Here is some information...
The replacement of a home's windows is one of the most popular home improvement projects. It is...
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Step-by-step instructions on restoring your existing plaster and lath walls.
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These almonds are fried but I think they are generally referred to as "roasted".
This recipe is not only easy, it can involve the help or your guests! You can buy raw almonds in...
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A Viennese noodle casserole. (Schinken = Ham, Fleckreln = small pieces).
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Here is a highly sought after dip from Lake Guntersville, AL. You will not find a better onion dip...
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Some tips from a home inspector about "due diligence" during the pre-purchase process.
I am a home inspector and not a real-estate professional but I have watched my clients navigate the...
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What is a home inspection? When is a home inspection useful? These and other questions are answered...
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Whether you are a current underground oil tank property owner, or a soon-to-be property owner, this...
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The following recipe is based upon Julius Boehm's recipe as recalled by his friend and fellow...
Julius Boehm (1897 - 1981) was famous in Western Washington for any number of reasons: he was a...
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A good gutter system is a pre-requisite for a dry and safe home.
Not all homes need a gutter system. Gutter systems may not be needed in an arid climates and areas...
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Wood fires are "romantic", but gas is so practical...
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A lovely bird, but not when it damages your siding and trim or wakes you in the early morning hours...
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Re-roofing is one of the most expensive building maintenance projects. It is also one of the most...
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