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Women Spring Into Home Improvement Projects

by Nancy Landa
Warm-weather season is an ideal time to learn how to use power tools and start much-needed home improvement projects. It is becoming more common to hear that women are finishing DIY projects without calling a professional or waiting for their husbands. While DIY projects are not new, the amount of time women spend doing them is. With the onset of do-it-yourself television shows and magazines, more and more women feel confident in their abilities to handle home improvement projects themselves. In fact, many home improvement centers report a greater percentage of women purchasing power tools and supplies. And recent research […]

Home Improvement: 5 Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home

by Nancy Landa
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When it comes to interior home decor, it’s easy to get into a rut. Often, we’re so used to our surroundings that we don’t notice when things start to look a little worn or dreary. Over time, a certain malaise can set in. It’s not that we’re unhappy with our home; rather, it’s that our living spaces no longer trigger the sparks of contentment and feelings of refuge that they once did. Happily, it doesn’t have to be difficult or costly to do a little home improvement and spruce up our home decor. Here are five ideas to get you […]

5 Great Reasons To Harness Solar Power

by Nancy Landa
Very simply put, ‘Solar energy’ is energy that is derived from the sun. Our sun is an abundant source of energy; it gives off heat and light. The sun’s been revered by several cultures of the past and even by a few cultures still present today. The ancient Egyptians even worshiped the sun as a God. All said and done, it was not misplaced respect; the sun certainly is an abundant and limitless source of power, at least for several generations to come; the merits for using its solar energy are numerous. It’s free Every morning with each dawn, the […]

Backyard Activities for the Home Improvement Lover

by Nancy Landa
When we think of backyard activities, sports often come to mind. While sports are a great way to spend your time outdoors, they are not all that backyard activities include. In fact, while you may not necessarily think so, backyard activities also involve the completion of projects. If you are a home improvement lover, it is quite possible that your next backyard activity could involve the building or the remodeling of a structure. In the United States, backyards are filled with millions of different things. Many homeowners have pools, barns, work sheds, or garages. If you already have these items […]

10 Surefire Ways to Avoid Common DIY Home Improvement Mistakes

by Nancy Landa
Ask people who have completed do-it-yourself projects and they’ll tell you that the projects took at least twice as much time and three times the money they thought it would. The basic reason is that DIYers usually make a lot of mistakes that end up making home improvement projects more expensive and time-consuming. Here are 10 surefire ways to avoid the top DIY home improvement mistakes in the future and ensure success. 1. Take out the required permits — it’s amazing how many DIYers skip this step. Sure, it takes time, and it means you have to deal with the […]

Concrete Paver Molds: The Latest Trend in Home Improvement

by Nancy Landa
In California, home exteriors are almost always constructed using either siding or stucco. Bricks are used sparingly, if at all, and stonework is generally confined to indoor tiles and outdoor patio stones, river rock set in gardens, and exposed aggregate patios. In contrast, many homes in South Carolina are constructed with bricks; either partially or completely. More often than not, though, walkways, patios, and driveways are simply poured concrete or asphalt. Personally, I’ve always been attracted to stonework of all kinds. Whether it’s a cobblestone driveway, a fireplace made from river rock, or a ledge stone wall, I think that […]

Why pay for home improvement when you can do it yourself?

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Why pay for home improvement when you can do it yourself? There has been a decline in consumer confidence in the building and construction industry. This may be the same reason why many homeowners are now doing home improvement by themselves. Why not? A little knowledge of the technical aspects combined with the eye for creativity is enough to do the home improvement on your own. Why are people turning to do-it-yourself home improvement? Many construction workers who do not have a lot of experience or expertise in construction or home maintenance are out there right now trying to work […]

Tools for Home Improvement Success

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Tools for Home Improvement Success As the weather warms and brightens, it’s a great time to start working on home improvement projects. By following a few tips from Lou Manfredini, home improvement expert and Skil Power Tools Ambassador, tackling DIY projects is as easy as one-two-three. Have the right tools to get the job done. A combination of power and hand tools will go a long way toward tackling projects all around the house. Having a cordless drill, circular saw, sander and jigsaw on hand, along with an array of nails, screws, a staple gun and a hammer, will make […]

In Memory of My Hero

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2010 brought with it many joyous and happy times, but it also brought a time of deep sorrow and loss.  My Dad passed away on October 17, 2010.  He was truly my hero, my support, my cheerleader.   One of the greatest qualities he had was his ability to see the good in people; especially his family.  None of us are perfect, but rather than dwell on our inperfections, he chose to dwell on what we did well.  He was a joy to be around.  Though he was 93 years old; almost 94, he was sharp as a tack right […]

Snow for Christmas!

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It doesn’t happen too often that snow falls at Christmas in South Carolina, so I thought the fact that it did this year was significant enough to show you some pictures of this wonderful home surrounded by snow! About 4 inches of snow fell on Christmas night.  Though I’m not a huge fan of snow (I grew up in New England), it is nice to see at Christmas time.  It is my personal hope that it is the last snow we’ll see here this winter! I hope you enjoy the pic.  I had to get out pretty early in the […]
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