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Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels – rain barrels are a simple way to capture extra water for gardening and jump into home sustainability. First and foremost, you will need to check local codes as rain barrels are not permitted in many areas, or have limitations on...
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Light Bulbs

Light bulbs – there are so many type of light bulbs that it is impossible for me to address. But I will discuss a bit about the five most common around your house. The original light bulb (1) was incandescent. It ran a lot of power through a...
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Mold

Mold – mold is a broad term for living organisms that are categorized as fungi. In biology, there are six major kingdoms. We are most familiar with: the kingdom of animals which ingest food for energy (cats, zebras, humans, etc.); the kingdom o...
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U Value Windows

U Value (windows) – the U Value of windows, which for some reason stands for thermal transmittance, is a rating of how well a window conducts heat across one side to the other. This is nearly the opposite of the window’s R Value (or resis...
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Low E Windows

Low E Windows – low emissivity glass is different from double or triple pane windows that are insulated from convective heat loss. Low E glass is coated with a miniscule amount of a thin and transparent layer that is thinner than a human hair....
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Outside Freezer Won't Freeze

Fridge/Freezer Outside or in a garage doesn’t work well in winter? If you are like me, you have a fridge/freezer combo in your garage. Garages that are not heated in the winter may lead to a freezer not completely freezing food. This is because...
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Lawn Tunnels

Lawn Tunnels. Have you noticed a strange phenomenon in your grass after winter's heavy snow melts? It may look like cracked, dry dirt in the desert or, if you get close, it looks like a network of interconnected tunnels. Indeed, it is likely t...
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Welcome to the Buyer's Inspection!

The buyer’s inspection process starts as soon as an offer is accepted with a fully signed purchase and sale agreement that includes an inspection contingency. The buyer or buyer’s agent will schedule a home inspection, sewer scope, rad...
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Outbuildings

Outbuildings are those extra structures that are not attached to the primary residence, and are often not habitable. This includes garden sheds, carports, detached garages, greenhouses, cabins, guest houses, hobby workshops, gazebos, and other periph...
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Backwater Valves

Backwater valves are a plumbing device that prevent waste water from backing up into homes. Clogs and backup can still occur from problems inside the home itself, because these devices are intended to protect against outside problems. All houses o...
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