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Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out. 

By Mary Ellen Polson

Basements in older homes are…


Added by Emily O'Brien on August 24, 2016 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Exposing the Brick

It all started with taking down the ceiling in the dining room.  The room above the dining room conveniently had only half the floor, so we were able to hit the ceiling from above rather than pulling it down on ourselves.  …


Added by Leah F on August 22, 2016 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Thunder Mount your garages for safety and clean finished looks that add value.

You are going to buy Thunder Mounts for your garage there is no substitute.…


Added by Thunder Mount Garage Systems on August 16, 2016 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Victim of the Tin Men

Through speaking with neighbors and previous owners, I've learned that an older school teacher lived by herself in our old house decades ago. Though I don't know any details about her, I envision a late-middle-aged English teacher, widowed, trying to manage a home by herself.

I'm quite sure that the prospect of regular maintenance to the wooden siding, windows, and trim work on a 2.5 story home was daunting for someone completely dependent on paid labor for such projects.…


Added by Stephen Saugnier on August 13, 2016 at 10:09am — No Comments

Topaz Furniture

Topaz Furniture are expert office furniture and fitout providers for the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin Areas. With over 25 years experience, you can rest assured that we offer sound advice and high quality products, including: reception furniture, boardroom furniture, meeting and training rooms, desks, workstations, chairs, lunchroom furniture and storage. We also offer an express furniture service…


Added by Aceline Fenton on August 10, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Linoleum Rugs


Does anyone have information on, or is interested in Linoleum Rugs?  I have recently purchased an older home (1940's) and discovered 4-5 of these.  Some better condition than the others.  I will try to attach a picture. 

Added by Jodi on August 3, 2016 at 2:11pm — No Comments

The Different Types of Showers and Shower Heads

Shower heads can be high pressure, high flow, low pressure and low flow. They can be mounted to a wall or hand-held.

Before a long workday the first task on my list in the early morning is to take a nice long meditative shower. Just about everyone loves the calming sound of water, along with the feeling of the droplets messaging the skin. What a great way to wake-up in the morning or unwind after a hard, stressful day.…


Added by Kimberly Allen on July 12, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Renovation DIY: Which Projects Pay Off

When one goes ahead and decide to do any renovations on their home, they want to focus on those renovations, which will pay off as far as their house does go at the end of the day. Why is this important? The answer is very simple to give. Individuals want to do renovations and upgrades that will boost the value of the…


Added by Heather Roberts on June 17, 2016 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

4 quick and effective bathroom mold removal tactics for busy moms

Being a busy mum with a lot of responsibilities and work you probably struggle with doing all household and cleaning chores. You can cope with them easier if you know at least a few useful tactics how to clean and keep tidy your home. In this article you will learn 4 quick and effective bathroom mould removal tactics. They will make sure your cleaning work takes you less time and efforts.

Mould is created by bacteria which lurks in every bathroom in a combination with the humidity and…


Added by Victoria Naylor on May 27, 2016 at 4:15am — No Comments

5 strategies for decluttering your garage

Has your garage turned into a hoarder’s heaven? Has it gotten cluttered with junk and things you don’t really need? Yes, most of us are guilty of cluttering our garages and neglecting their cleaning needs, but it is something that should be taken care of. This article will give you some tips and strategies on how to de-clutter, clean and organize your garage.

The most difficult part about cleaning and organizing your garage is starting doing it. Once you start, it gets easier. What…


Added by Daisy Hargreaves on May 27, 2016 at 3:55am — No Comments

Home-Made Floor Cleaner for Whiter Socks

Are you tired of always having to bleach perfectly good pairs of once-white socks because your wooden or tiled floors collect dust and grime? If the answer to this question is in the affirmative, there is a simple solution which will greatly minimise the time you spend dealing with bleach... and socks. And the best part of all is that you are not required to buy any aggressive detergents which are harmful for you and the environment. We suggest you try out this home-made floor cleaner…


Added by Jade Clayton on May 19, 2016 at 3:23am — No Comments

The smartest and laziest cleaning tips every dad could use

It is a worldwide secret that men do not like to clean. Of course, exceptions may be fund as well. But most of the cases the scenario is one and the same: men look for the money, women look for the house and kids. But nowadays women work a full-time jobs, too. And still need to do everything in the house. Come on, guys, you need some cleaning skills and it is would be nice to help your girl. You would rather sit on the sofa and do anything but the boring cleaning, but it is gentlemanly to…


Added by Shannon Wallis on May 17, 2016 at 4:28am — No Comments

Shower for a 1870s brick farm house

I need to replace the tub/shower combination on the second floor. my 1870's brick farmhouse. We've owned it for just over a year, so I suspect I have a lot to learn about working with this building!

I have gutted the bathroom and found that I need to repair some joists and redo some plumbing. The old shower/tub combo was a cast iron tub with a thin plastic enclosure stuck to the plaster walls. The walls in this room are all brick and plaster was applied above the height of the…


Added by John Merten on May 10, 2016 at 4:31pm — 2 Comments

New facelift for my American Foursquare....coming soon.....I

 You can click the link below for the pic of my house as it is now.....…


Added by James Godish on April 5, 2016 at 3:14pm — No Comments

was there a stove hearth?

My house is side hall 1840's Greek Revival cottage in Vermont.  The typical floor plan would have a chimney running through the center passing near or through a shared parlor and back parlor wall where stovepipes would outlet to stoves in either room.  Usually mantles would surround the thimble whey the stovepipe would pass as New Englanders and most Americans were reluctant to get rid of their "hearths" with the advent of stove heating and the replacement of fireplaces.  Like many early to…


Added by John Esposito on March 4, 2016 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Granite Fieldstone house – (Rubble) Basement insulation

My wife and I own a Century farm house on the North shore of lake Ontario about an hour east of Toronto. The 3 level house, with basement and walls of 18" rough cut granite fieldstone (sometimes called Rubble stone) , and solid wood floors, was built in 1840 (so its 175 years old!) and has an impressive view of the…


Added by Gustav Rodricks on March 3, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Pre-Civil War Log Cabin for Sale

We would like to sell this historic log cabin  located on our property to help us finish renovating my childhood home. The cabin is made of…


Added by Diane Landy on February 19, 2016 at 7:47am — No Comments

Real Estate in South Africa: Made Easier Online

All of us have dreamed of that “perfect home of my dreams”, “a little personal paradise amidst the blare and dust”, “an oasis of snuggling comfort” etc. in our life. But few can accumulate enough savings to purchase the real estate of their choice.

What is this “real estate”, actually? Taken in its most basic definition, it is a residential land complex which consists of buildings, lawn, poolside, minerals, crops or even entertainment parks---most real estate have either most, or all,…


Added by Anny on February 11, 2016 at 9:03am — No Comments

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Added by Ken Douglas on January 3, 2016 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

Things To Take Care of Before You Change Address

Moving is never easy. More so if you’re a student going away for further studies or somebody whose job requires him to constantly switch addresses. You hire labour to haul up your belongings, put them into boxes, and finally shove them up the back of a truck or lorry. And then when you move again or back home periodically, you repeat the whole process once more and incur the same charges. Then there are the goodbyes, the roots to uproot, memories to bid adieu to. In short, moving is not only…


Added by Anny on December 21, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments

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