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Why do people install impact windows and doors?

Installing impact windows or doors at home is more of a necessity than luxury especially for people who live in storm prone areas. In case, you avoid installing these windows and doors at home, you are simply inviting storms to wreck havoc at your place. With any severe kind of winds, the window frame and glass simply bends and create small exposed opening where water can simply penetrate. Hence the best solution to rely is to install impact doors and windows.

Closing down the house

Winter weather preparation

The nights are getting chilly and depending on where you live, you may have already seen snow. Windows that were open all summer letting in a cool breeze are not shut up tight. Winter heating bills loom on the horizon. You can stay warmer and lower those bills by taking a few minutes to properly prepare your home for cold.

Portable generators: Useful resource when the power's out

Brand name generators save money.

When you look into your home, you may think that you should not have any issues at all because everything inside of your home is perfect. Then when you lose your power, you notice that it is going to be impossible to have that perfect home that you dreamed of. That is when you should know the reasons why you should purchase name brand portable generators vs. the non-name brand models.

One reason to purchase name brand portable generators is that they generally will have more information available about them. Since they have more information available about them, you should have the ability to determine if they can do the work for you or not. Then you can read all the reviews that are present to see what model people recommend for use.

T-12 change-over to T-8

Get ready!

The 1.5" fluorescent tubular bulbs are rapidly becoming a thing of the past.  Effective July 14, 2012, manufacturers are no longer allowed to manufacture these light bulbs according to a federal mandate.  Retailers will sell out of their current stock but no more will be brought in to replenish that stock.  New construction homes, for the most part, have already put up fixtures that take the thinner and more energy efficient T-8 bulbs. 

T-12 bulbs still account for roughly 1/3 of light bulb sales.  Typically T-12 bulbs use about 40 watts of energy where a T-8 bulb uses only 32-watts of energy to produce the same amount of light.  That doesn't sound like much but multiply that by how many hours the light is used and then multiply that by the number of fixtures throughout the country.  It adds up.

Keeping cool in a hot house

Beating the heat without A/C.

Record breaking heat has affected nearly every state in the U.S. these last few weeks. For many of us, especially those of us in older homes, central air conditioning isn't available. Even if you have air, the heat and heavy use could be taxing the system or your wallet when the electric bill comes in. How do you beat the heat without breaking a sweat?

What type of ladder do you need?

How are you going to use it?

What kind of ladder should you buy for your household?  The answer to that question depends on how the ladder will be used.  When thinking about what type of ladder you'll need you'll also need to consider what type of material it should be made of as discussed previously.  Let's look at some different types of ladders and how they are used so that you can decide which one is best for you.
 
Extension:  Extension ladders are used primarily outdoors.  If you have a higher pitched roof, a two story home or you just need to get up high, then this is probably the ladder for you.  Extension ladders extend out to sometimes 32 or more feet.  Be certain to follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines on the ladder.

Cheap landscaping

Decorating with different, scavenged objects.

Warm weather pulls me out into the yard, where a million projects await. Unfortunately, my budget is nowhere near as large as my landscaping dreams! Fortunately, I'm a skilled scavenger and have managed to completely landscape my backyard for nearly free.

My favorite places to find landscaping materials are through my local Freecycle group and Craigslist. People are constantly tossing out pavers, wood and planters and you can pick these up for free. We built six raised beds out of old cedar decking we received for free if we would just haul it all away. We also built a raised terrace by our driveway from discarded patio pavers. The extra pavers were used to create a border for our fruit trees and a retaining wall around a pond.

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