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  • Frustrated with a Barren Lawn? How to Add Topsoil to Improve You Yard's Soil Quality

    Trying to maintain healthy lawn can seem like a fruitless task if your yard is filled with poor quality soil. Even if you dutifully fertilize and water your plants, they not thrive if the soil contains a lot of clay or is compacted. If the top layer of soil seems to be barren because your plants do not thrive, you should consider replacing the topsoil. You can remedy many problems by adding topsoil to your lawn.
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  • Drab to Fab: Painting to Perk Up Your Basic Bungalow

    It was the classic single-family home style in the first half of the 20th century—and now it's yours. A bungalow built with good old-fashioned construction methods and sturdy, traditional building materials is a smart investment for first-time buyers and small families. There's nothing fussy about its boxy shape, standard windows, low-pitched roof, and two to three bedrooms. Compared to sleek, contemporary houses with higher prices, you might even call a bungalow mundane.
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  • How To Address An Asphalt Driveway Bowl Or Dip

    If you have a paved asphalt driving leading up to your home, then you can expect the asphalt to remain in great shape for about 12 to 35 years. If you want your driveway to last for closer to 35 years than 12 years, then you need to make sure that you deal with maintenance issues as soon as they arise. The ponding or pooling of water on the surface of the asphalt is one thing you should address.
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  • Air Conditioning Costs: Taking Your Energy Savings To The Next Level

    As summer nears, many homeowner's thoughts turn to the increase in costs that their air conditioner will require. These people aren't mistaken in thinking this issue is important --air conditioning accounts for 5% of all electricity produced in the United States each year and costs approximately 11 billion dollars. That's why it is always a good idea to utilize a programmable thermostat and to always turn off your air conditioning unit when not in use.
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  • Choosing The Best Blades For Your Lawn Mower

    If your lawn mower is simply not cutting your grass as cleanly as it should any longer, then it may be time to opt for new mower blades. Mower blades are made from high-carbon steel that makes them hard and durable. Mower blades can be sharpened every few months so they cut better. However, the blades can bend, warp, and become nicked after several years of use. It is wise to purchase a new blade when you start to see noticeable wear.
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  • 5 Add-ons to Ask About Before Ordering Gutter Cleaning

    Experts say that a standard gutter cleaning usually costs between $125-$175. However, this price is dependent on several factors such as the size of your gutter system and the slope of your roof. It is also important to note that different companies include different services in the cost of a cleaning. Below are five services you should ask about when you order gutter cleaning.  Gutter Flow Assessment  One of the main reasons to clean your gutters regularly is to help ensure proper flow of water through your gutters and away from your home.
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  • Considering a Water Recycling or Collection System? What Are Your Best Options?

    Whether you live in a drought-prone area and are required to ration water during hot weather or are simply trying to reduce your home's water consumption to lower your utility costs, you may be considering installing a water recycling and rainwater collection system in your home. With the average American family using 400 gallons of water each day, reducing your water consumption by installing water-efficient appliances and reusing your "grey water"
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  • Vinyl Or Wood? See How These Two Common Privacy Fencing Materials Compare

    If you're looking for a sturdy fence to enclose your yard and enhance your property, you have several choices. Two of the most common privacy fence materials are wood and vinyl, largely because it is easy to make a solid structure out of these materials. Both vinyl and wood have their pros and cons. Here's a look at how the two compare when it comes to common fencing features and considerations.
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  • Spring Cleaning Time—Spalling May Cause You Squalling If You Don't Take Care of Your Concrete and Brick Surfaces

    The winter months can be very harsh on the exterior surfaces of your home. Freezing and thawing can be especially brutal on your concrete sidewalks, pool and patio decks, and driveways. Then there are the de-icing chemicals, which can potentially save your bones from a nasty fall but also wreak havoc on concrete. Severe winter weather can also take its toll on your brick surfaces, including your chimney. Unfortunately, ignoring damage caused during the winter months could end up costing you a lot of money in expensive repairs down the road.
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  • 5 Tips For Preparing For The Arrival Of Your Ready-Mix Concrete

    If you areordering ready-mix concrete for a large DIY project, such as installing a new walkway or driveway, it is important that you are fully prepared when the concrete arrives. This is because concrete, even with additives meant to slow the hardening process, needs to be placed and set soon after it is mixed. Also, most companies charge an extra fee if their concrete mixer stays at your site for longer than a half hour or hour.
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