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How To Buy A Good Composter

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NOTE: I’m testing backyard composting bin! Would love to hear your favorites and ones you think I should try. I’ll add my findings and the best composters to this post. If you’re the kind of person concerned about helping the Earth, you’re probably already recycling. Recycling is a great way to be kind to the environment without changing up your routine. ... Read More »

Guide for Easy Gutter Installation

Gutter on house

Gutter installation — as a cost-effective do-it-yourself project — can be completed within a day or two. Properly installed gutters protect your property investment. Without an applied drainage system, rain has the power to wear down a home’s surrounding soil, damage its foundation, flood the basement or crawl space and seep into siding. Once water is introduced into any of ... Read More »

How to Restore Deck Paint

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I found out how to restore deck paint, and now I’m going to share the secret with you. I had just bought a house, and the previous owners had allowed the deck paint to become chipped. It looked awful, and I was beside myself. We had really wanted an outdoor deck, but not one that got splinters in our feet ... Read More »

How to Fix a Yard Full of Weeds

how to get rid of weeds in lawn

Are you inviting weeds to live on your lawn? If you’re not practicing good lawn care, you are! You can fix a weedy, thin or even patchy lawn just by providing good care and giving the lawn what it needs. While it takes some effort on your part, a beautiful lawn is well worth it. What Causes Weedy Lawns? Lawn ... Read More »

Basic Water Well Maintenance Guide

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We’ve asked SimpleWater to share their knowledge about well maintenance and their new product Tap Score. Enjoy, DIY Folks While we’ve come a long way since the hand-dug wells of Egypt and other ancient civilizations, modern wells are still susceptible to a range of issues that may affect the quality of your home’s drinking water. Thirty-eight percent of America’s population relies on ... Read More »

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage vs. a Fixed-Rate

ARM vs fixed

If you’re in the market for a home loan, you may be wondering about the difference between an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) and a fixed-rate mortgage. In an ARM, the interest rate adjusts periodically, depending on the direction of interest rates. ARM interest rates are typically low for the initial period. After that, they go up or down, depending on the ... Read More »

5 Innovative Ways to Automate your Home

Home Automation with Amazon Echo

If you’re a new homeowner and tech is your thing, a central vacuum is no longer going to cut it. Personal technology has always been hip, but recently we’ve learned to expect more from our cars and even our homes. Why can’t we enjoy the same level of tech in these big-ticket items that we do every day on a ... Read More »

The Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best Mattress for Back Pain

I’m only in my thirties but I already have horrendous back pain. I work in construction so I’m constantly bending over and lifting heavy supplies. Over the past few years, it’s gotten progressively worse. I tried to mitigate the issue with yoga (corpse pose is my favorite), acupuncture (helped the first time…not so much after that though), and even cortisone ... Read More »

Choosing Between Geothermal, Oil, Gas and Electric for Your Home

Deciding on a new — or replacement — home heating system is a difficult process. Needs and costs differ from person to person, region to region, month to month. Of the heat sources available, electric, oil, natural gas and geothermal heating remain four of the strongest contenders on the market. Each has their own fervent supporters and vicious detractors. Constantly ... Read More »

5 Steps to Hosting a Successful Garage Sale

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Summer’s well underway, and with warmer weather beckoning us to spend more time outside, you may be thinking about hosting a garage sale. If so, you’ve made a great choice! Garage sales are a great for: Incentivizing you to clean your house Making money from household items you no longer use Keeping usable materials out of the waste stream Getting ... Read More »

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