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Home improvement projects can add value to your house, make you more organized, or help you save money on monthly utilities. Articles on how to do these projects on a budget.

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Tools needed to install carpet

What Tools Do I Need to Install Carpet?

Let me start first by saying that when it comes to large-scale, complicated home projects – I am the first to recommend we call up the professional. It’s typically the wife who thinks we can take it on. So, understand that installing carpet and getting the tools necessary to do it is not a natural

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How to Dethatch Your Lawn in Fall

The smell of fall is in the air and that means that fall yard work is just around the corner. The fall is the best time to work on your lawn and prep it for having a nice looking lawn next year. For many years, my neighbors and I went in together on renting either

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Thrifty Green Planting: Annuals

This post was written by Aaron’s wife several years ago. Given that spring planting is upon us, we thought it may be a good time repost. Every year I look forward to the arrival of the warmer months.  Where we live, we are limited in the number of months that we can enjoy Zone 4

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How to Fix a Garbage Disposal

Let me just tell you – I’m no handyman. Most of my repairs are done with the aid of YouTube and the help of a trusted professional. So, when my wife said she had gotten something stuck in the garbage disposal the other day and it wasn’t working, my first thought was to think about

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dirty soffit vents

How to Easily (and Cheaply) Clean Your Soffit Vents

Last fall we got a notice from our homeowner association we needed to ensure our soffit vents were cleaned out before the first snow arrived. They relayed to us, blocked soffit vents are one of the leading causes of ice dams forming on the roof. Eek! ¬†Here’s an article I wrote about how poor insulation

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honeywell analogue thermostat

6 Cheap and Easy Home Improvements That Make a Big Difference

When we moved into our 1982-built townhome a couple years ago, there were some major design “no-no’s” going on. I loved the ’80’s as much as the next fella – but there are certainly some things that should have been left there! Among them are shag carpet, floral patterned couches and gold-colored anything (Gag me

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water meter

How to Tell if You Are Losing Money With a Secret Water Leak

It had been a couple months since my step-son moved out of the house, leaving the wife and I empty nesters for the first time. Ironically, the water bill didn’t offer any evidence to the fact. To my chagrin, our bill had actually managed to climb upwards. “How could this be?” I asked myself. I

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How to Save Money on Lawn Care (Do it Yourself Tips)

In a bad economy it’s always hard to save money on lawn care, and at the same time you don’t want your lawn to look like a jungle. If you live a suburban lifestyle as well you don’t want your lawn to be the talk of the neighborhood. Since going from being raised on a

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Does it Matter Which Furnace Filter I Buy?

This is a question that has been bugging me for some time: does it even matter what type of furnace filters I purchase (can’t I just get the cheapest?) I posed the question to our good friend, Jessie, who worked as an HVAC professional and offered her expert take on the subject. Hope it helps!

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swiffer wetjet refill

How to Make Swiffer Wet Jet Refill

About six years ago I was sick of paying $4.99 for the Swiffer Wet Jet Refills and wanted a cheaper solution. I could have gone with the classical mop and bucket route, but I liked the design and functionality of the Swiffer Wet Jets. So I started playing around with refill bottles and started looking

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