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DIY Guide to Repairing a Leaky Kitchen Faucet

A leaky faucet is more than just an everyday annoyance. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a faucet that drips one time per second wastes upwards of 3,000 gallons of water each year — that’s enough water to take 180 showers.

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Table grinder

DIY Home Safety Tips

Do-It-Yourself, or “DIY,” projects are a fun way to improve your home. By creating and modifying your living space, you are challenging yourself both creatively and functionally. It is very important before undertaking any type of DIY home improvement job to familiarize yourself with the safety risks associated with that project. These risks can come…

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Kitchen island with wine shelf
Walk in shower
Tile grout
Wood flooring

Carpet and Flooring Glossary

Above Grade Flooring: A floor that is raised above the ground, leaving at least 18 inches of well ventilated space. Axminster Carpet: A machine-woven carpet distinguished by having a large variety of colors and patterns. A Turkish style named for the first place it became internationally popular, in England. It has a fine soft pile….

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Overhanging light

Electrical and Lighting Glossary

A-Line Lamp: An incandescent lamp generally used in most indoor residential homes. Accent Lighting: Lighting used to accent or highlight a particular object and is four or five times the level of ambient light in an area. Alternating Current (AC) : An electric current that changes direction with regular frequency. Alternator: An electric generator that…

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Wood framed windows

Windows Glossary

AAMA Certification Label: The American Architectural Manufacturers Association certifies the structural integrity of windows and doors. Apron: The decorative molding below the windowsill. Awning window: A window with hinges on top that can be propped open like an awning. Balance spring: A counterbalance for a sliding sash, usually used with a double-hung window to hold…

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Wall tile

Tile Glossary

Abrams Law: A process used to determine the strength of concrete: the ratio of the amount of water in proportion to the amount of cement in the mixture. Abrasion: Erosion through friction. Absorption: The weight of water absorbed by a ceramic specimen through immersion in relation to the weight of the dry specimen, always expressed…

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