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How and When You Should Clean Your Chimney
Chimneys should be safety features that help funnel sparks, fumes, and smoke out of the home. Yet, they can become the very cause of a dangerous house fire when left neglected for too long. Here’s how to know when to clean a chimney and how to do it yourself.
How to Paint a Ceramic Tub or Sink
Chips, scratches, stains, and dullness can all leave the fixture looking less than its best. Ceramic or porcelain can be particularly tricky to paint, but it’s feasible with the proper preparation and materials. The new finish will look good and should last for a few years with regular use and careful cleaning.
How to Repair Chipping or Peeling Paint
Chipping, peeling paint may be desirable in small doses for the shabby chic look. But when it’s occurring on a wall rather than in a controlled way on a decorative item, it’s a problem rather than a decorative touch. Solve any underlying issues with the ceiling or walls before attempting to patch small areas of paint. Entire walls of chipping and peeling indicate a need for painting the whole room or even the whole home.
How to Remove Carpet
Carpet seems like the perfect flooring material when it’s first being installed. Make sure you’re ready for this challenge so you can move on to flooring that suits you better with a few simple tools and some basic preparation.
Winter Storm and Blizzard Preparedness
When it’s still warm and sunny out, it is all too easy to forget about the harsh cold of winter. Yet spending a little extra time preparing for winter, especially winter storms and blizzards, can make life a lot easier during the season. Aside from preparing for routine chores like shoveling snow or keeping ice dams from forming on the roof, consider these tips to get ready for more severe weather.