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Preparing for the Holidays

By Jessica Klimczak on November 20, 2014

Whether you realize it or not, the holidays have arrived. With the impending arrival of friends and family it is important to make sure the festivities go off without a hitch. We checked in with a few of our Home Improvement Experts on the most important things you should check in your...


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Water Saving Tips

By Jessica on November 11, 2014

While a large part of the country is seeing typical rainfall and even snowfall, the sunshine state of California is suffering from one of the worst droughts seen in decades. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, at this point, even El Niño conditions, which are...

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True or False - Turning down the hot water heater saves on bills

By Jessica on November 06, 2014

I don’t know about you but I pay little to no attention to my hot water heater. As long as the water is hot when I need it and cool when I don’t I assume that machine in my basement is working efficiently. My father, on the other hand, is neurotic at best when it comes to the hot water...

DIY or DI Don’t: Fixing a Cracked Countertop

By Jessica on September 25, 2014

In our newest home improvement blog series, we are going to help you determine whether your home improvement tasks are something you can “do yourself” or if you are better off hiring an expert. We will take your questions, pose them to our Home Improvement Experts and see what they say...

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Prepping your home and garden for the arriving of fall

By Jessica on September 02, 2014

The days are starting to shorten and the evenings might be chillier than just a week ago. In no time, the leaves will be changing and we will be in the middle of fall. While preparations for fall are significantly easier than those we all do for winter, it seemed prudent to share a few...

Houseplant in diffused sunlight

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Houseplants: everything in moderation

By Jessica on January 09, 2014

Q: I just bought a few houseplants for my new apartment. I’m not much of a green thumb, and I made a New Year’s resolution to keep them alive this year! Any general rules for keeping houseplants healthy? One of them is a majesty palm.

A: With houseplants, like human...

Broken Ornament

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Repairing a broken Christmas ornament

By Jessica on December 20, 2013

Q: I have 30-year-old Christmas ornament that broke this year. I have the pieces and will be gluing it back together. I want to put it in a block of acrylic or plastic like people do with baseballs. Are there home kits I can use for this? I really want to preserve this sentimental...

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Will winterizing lower my heating bills?

Q: What percentage can I expect my heating bill to drop if I put plastic sealer on my windows, foam self stick seals on my doors, and use spray foam insulator to plug up cracks in my walls.

A: You can generally save 5 to 10% on heating costs by taking those simple and...

Squirrel walking on top of a wooden fence.

Squirrels enjoy wooden fences, too. (Photo: Flickr/stab at sleep)

Which wood should I use for a backyard fence?

Q: Which wood would you choose for doing a backyard fence, and why? I'm considering $500 for Douglas fir, $560 for some kind of treated wood, not stained, and $660 for redwood, not stained. Also, how long should it last?

A: It saddens me to tell you this (being a wood...

Large oak tree in a field. Many branches, but no leaves.

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Should I plug an aging oak tree hole with concrete?

Q: I have a large oak tree that has a decayed hole at the bottom, which is home to a copperhead snake. Is it safe to fill the hole in with concrete? I have heard pros and cons about this. How should I treat that decayed hole? (I also have jasmine planted at bottom of tree. Should I pull...