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Fresh coat of paint …..

Applying a fresh coat of paint does wonders to brighten up both inside and outside of your home.  Many real estate agents highly recommend a new coat of paint when preparing to sell a home.  There are many different paint products and applications available today so be sure to read the manufacturer’s instruction label and safety warnings on the paint can.  One issue in particular is “prepping” the surface.  It must be clean and free of any dirt, dust, grime, oil etc.  Providing a clean surface for […]

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Removing sliding wood windows….

Here’s a tip for removing wooden windows (horizontal slide).  The windows had frame channels on the bottom that rests on wooden rails (in the middle), while the top had trims on the outside to keep them aligned properly.  Needless to say the fit was tight and would not allow for a “lift and tilt” removal.  I decided to cut the rail in half diagonally.  Using a flat bar I lifted both rail and window off the frame.  Prior to reinstallation, I used a cheap candle wax (white) […]

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Jalousie windows…..

My rental house has a lot of jalousie windows which is good for natural cooling throughout the house. But not so good when it comes to repairs or replacements.  You can find many of these parts at your local hardware store or online.  What I had to deal with mostly was broken levers!  It seems like the weak point was the lever handle/attachment.  Since I was new to this type of fixing, I decided to take off a bracket (lever side) and have a local screen/window shop replace the […]

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Adjusting Door Hinges to fit ….

  When replacing door hinges, you may see spacers being used to help for a good fit. These spacers are important and should not be discarded unless unusable.  I’ve seen a number of them being used while doing renovation work on my rental home.  Some were old and fell apart when I removed the old hinges.  At first I thought it was a waste of time to keep or replace them.  Then I learned why it was used.  Without the spacers the door hinge sat too deep (door, door frame […]

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How To Plan Out Your Home Improvement Projects

Getting a home improvement project done is something you may have to deal with from time to time. If you are wondering what you must do to plan out your home improvement project, then this article can help you to do that. Read along carefully and you will be able to get your project done quickly and properly. Mentally prepare for the home improvement project that you’re going to be doing. This is going to take you some time, and you are going to need to be […]

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How to Hire a Contractor for Home Projects

Many people tend to make mistakes when they hire a contractor. Some will take the person with the biggest ad in the Yellow Pages. Others will just pick the first name in the list. Yet others take the cheapest option. In all of these cases, a little additional research would go a long way, and this article details what extra steps need to be taken. Ask anyone you know who owns a home for a referral. Everyone has used an electrician, plumber, inspector or contractor at some […]

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How To Find A Reliable Contractor For Your Home Improvement Needs

When you want to renovate your house, no doubt you want to do it in the most cost-effective way. You may frequently want to do the home improvements yourself. However, there are projects that are best left to the professionals. They services can be expensive. Typically, the labor itself is two-thirds of the total cost of a project. With such a big investment in labor, you can see why you owe it to yourself to find the best contractor for the job. This article will guide you […]

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Home Improvement Tips That Lead To Success Despite A Lack Of Knowledge

Home improvement is not always as easy as we are taught to believe and most of us have a horror story to tell about some project that took a turn for the worse in the past. This article will leave you feeling more secure about any projects you wish to attempt and give you an outlet to expand your knowledge and reduce the risk of failure by a large margin. Ego, lack of planning and impatience tend to be the biggest causes for failure but by the […]

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Cost Cutting And Budget Friendly Home Improvement Tips For You

If you want to work on some home improvement projects but are operating on a strict budget, you might be wondering what you can do to get started. There are actually many more options available than you might have thought. Consider the following helpful advice concerning cost-cutting and budget-friendly home improvement tips for you. Wouldn’t you like to update those appliances? Well, they can be very costly, but did you know that there is a way around this fact? You can search online for used appliances, some […]

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How to Make Home Improvement Free of Stress

When it comes to home improvement projects, you want to make sure you approach things in the right way. If you’re not prepared with a plan and know the necessary information about your projects, then you can have a very difficult time. Continue reading to learn how to make home improvement projects free of stress. One thing you’re going to want to do is to simplify each project you’re planning. Take things one step at a time, and make sure you’re not leaving anything out. It’s okay […]

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