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Nixing The Bottled Water? Read These Pros And Cons Of Home Water Purification

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No matter what manufacturers do to reduce the footprint, bottled water negatively impacts the environment. In addition to providing excess waste from your household that ends up in landfills, bottled water hits your grocery bill–hard. According to information from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), in 2012, bottled water sales soared to $11.8 billion. Are you thinking about cutting your grocery bill and nixing the bottled water? Read on to learn how home reverse osmosis systems work and the pros and cons to using these water purification systems.…

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How To Cover A Small To Medium Water Stain On Your Drywall

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Repairing your home after water damage can be a costly and time-consuming project. Replacing sheet after sheet of drywall adds up quickly. If you have a few sheets of drywall that only have a few small to medium-sized stains, you may wish to leave them in place instead of replacing them. This will allow you to save your cash for more important repair measures, such as mending the floor or replacing your shorted-out refrigerator.…

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Replacing Your Windows? Protect Your Investment! Learn How To Read Energy Star Glass Ratings

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Outdated windows can lead to a ton of problems for a homeowner. Air leaks increase the cost of heating and cooling and light can be lost through old, dingy glass. Replacing these costly old fixtures could actually pay for itself with savings from the cost of your utilities. That being said, most people don’t know the first thing about windows.  In order to make sure you’re making the best choice for the money, the answer may be in the Energy Star Program.…

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What To Do About Leaks And Water In Your Home

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Water damage can be expensive to fix, but if you can catch it early enough, you may be able to get away with minimal losses. Signs of leaks and water damage aren’t always immediately visible but can be noticed by foul odors, discoloration, blistering walls and ceilings, or buckling floors. If you’re lucky enough to catch the leak itself first, you can sometimes get away with drying the water out with little consequence.…

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Want Plants On A Hillside? Learn About Soil Erosion And How To Mitigate It

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If you love your sloping landscape and want to plant some flowers or other vegetation on it to make it more attractive, you might think that you can just go out and begin planting. As much fun as this sounds, if you’re new to planting on slopes, it’s important to understand how disturbing that soil can create problems down the road. This guide explains what you need to know about soil erosion and how you can help prevent it, while still having a beautifully landscaped hillside.…

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How To Troubleshoot Vacuum Leaks In Your Pool Pump

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In-ground pools are one of the great luxuries of modern life. Yet nothing could be more frustrating than a pool that stops working the way it should. And as all pool owners know, it is only a matter of time before something goes wrong. When that time comes, the more you know about your system, the better. If you own an in-ground pool, read on. This article will provide a beginner’s guide to troubleshooting vacuum leaks in your pool pump.…

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How To Install A Squeak-Free Hardwood Floor

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Nothing is quite as annoying as an obstinate squeak in your hardwood floor. Unfortunately, once a floor is installed, fixing such squeaks is often more trouble than learning to live with them. For that reason, it is important to install your floor correctly the first time around. If you have upcoming plans to redo your home’s hardwood floors, read on. This article will explain how to ensure a squeak-free result.…

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4 Reasons To Invest In New Windows

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If you’re thinking about making improvements to your house, you may be considering upgrading your windows. This upgrade can offer many benefits and can also make your home look even better than it does now. Take a look at the following information to better understand some of the reasons as to why you may want to invest in new windows for your home.  Save Money on Energy Costs If you’re looking to make changes to better the Earth and also want to save some money, investing in new windows is a great option.…

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