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Shade Sail Installation - Wooden versus Metal Poles

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Shade sails are a great idea if you want to protect your outdoor space from UV light and excessive heat during the summer months.  Most shade sails are fixed permanently using posts or poles made of either wood or metal.  But what's the best medium to choose for your shade sail?  Here's a comparison to help you decide. Wooden posts or poles It's important that the posts or poles you choose for your shade sail are strong enough for the job that they are required to do.

15 January 2016

The Benefits of Using Tinted Window Film

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If you are a home owner, there is no doubt that you want to keep your house in pristine condition so that it's the most comfortable place for you and your family to live, and also to retain or even enhance its resale price. One simple but effective thing that you can do in your home is to put layers of tinted film over your glass windows. This saves you from having to replace existing panels of glass with tinted glass, and the result is just as effective.

31 December 2015

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Winter

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While HVAC systems and window air conditioning units can be a lifesaver in the brutally hot summer months, come wintertime, they are all but useless. But to ensure that your system is ready to run that first warm day of spring after the snow and freezing temperatures, there are a few important questions to ask yourself to protect your system from the elements; the most common, whether or not you should cover your air conditioner.

17 December 2015

How to Prevent Dryer Fires

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Clothes dryers have become an important part of life, as convenience has overtaken the old-fashioned method of hanging clothes on a line. While safety standards have improved over the years, dryers still carry the risk of fire, as any appliance does. What Causes Dryer Fires Before you can prevent dryer fires, you need to understand what causes them. One of the major causes of dryer fires is a build-up of lint inside the lint trap, just behind the door (if it's front loading) and at the back of the unit.

7 December 2015

Various Advantages of Opting For In Floor Heating

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Although homeowners may have heard of in floor heating, not many may know what options are available to them. The first thing to note is that there are two main types of in floor heating systems. The first is the electric radiant heating system. This is one of the easiest to install; however, the operational costs may prove to be quite expensive for some homeowners. The good news is that there is an affordable alternative in the form of hydroponic radiant heating.

30 November 2015

Interior Plantation Shutters - A Style Guide

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If you're updating your home's interior d├ęcor, plantation shutters make a stylish, practical, and easy to maintain choice of window dressing.  There are lots of different styles available, so how can you be sure of choosing the best shutters for your home? Read on for a helpful buyer's guide to the different types and styles of plantation shuttersthat are available. Shutter types Plantation shutters are generally solid or louvered.  You can use them either as one style or in a combination of both, depending on your needs.

16 November 2015

Tips to Keep In Mind When Using Magnets to Install a Fly Screen

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Some people complain that it is very hard for them to use sticky tape to install their fly screens when they want to enjoy the summer air without letting insects into their homes. Magnets offer an easier way to install and then remove fly screens. This article discusses some helpful tips that you should keep in mind while using magnets to install a fly screen. Countersink the Magnets People who install fly screens using magnets may find it hard to clean the fly screen because the magnets get in the way, or they keep trapping grease/debris.

2 November 2015

4 High-Tech Gadgets For Your Bathroom Renovation

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Remodelling your bathroom has never been so exciting. Not only are there a wide variety of on-trend looks at your disposable, there are also high-tech gadgets now available for bathrooms. You may not think there's much need for technology in the bathroom, but these four gadgets will make your bathroom experience easier and more fun. 1. Smart shower heads Installing a water-saving shower head is a basic requirement for creating a water efficient home these days.

23 October 2015

How to Choose and Use a Dutch Hoe

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The Dutch hoe is a really useful piece of gardening equipment that makes a great addition to any gardener's toolset.  Here are some helpful tips on choosing a Dutch hoe, together with some advice on how to use one without hurting your back. Choosing a Dutch hoe When choosing a Dutch hoe, always look for one where the head and neck are forged from one piece of steel.  Always buy the best quality tool your budget will stretch to, and avoid cheaper makes where rivets have been used to attach the head of the hoe to the neck.

9 October 2015

What to Consider When Choosing a Security Door for Your Home

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A security door can go a long way toward increasing the safety of your home and its occupants, as a security door is more reinforced than standard doors so it's more difficult to simply kick in or pry open. Before you choose a security door, either a security screen door, as an inside door behind a screen door, or as the only door to an entryway, note a few important considerations first.

25 September 2015