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How to Hide Pesky Carpet Seams

Are your carpet seams beginning to show a little more each day? If so, your carpet seams might be suffering from age, poor installation, direct lighting or high-traffic locations. If you’re looking for a solution to your visible seams, HomeAdvisor recommends hiring a pro. A professional will repair your carpets and even offer tips and…

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Roofing and Gutter Terms

Alligatoring Alligatoring is a rooftop condition that occurs when the seams open up or the tar and gravel cracks. This commonly happens to most tar and gravel roofs at the end of their lifespan, which is typically 10-12 years. In most cases, the roof should be replaced as soon as possible. Aluminum Gutters Aluminum is…

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Fences Glossary

Barbed Wire: Wire fencing that is constructed with barbs or points. Most often used in fencing for agricultural purposes. Chain Link: A fence made from steel posts and chain. Corner Post: The post that sits at the corner where two lines of fencing meet. Cross fencing: Fence lines that divide pastures within a piece of…

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Green Building Glossary

Abatement: Reducing or removing any kind of pollution. Agricultural Bi-products: Products developed in agriculture but are not a primary product. This is often converted into building materials, such as straw used in wall panels or entire bales used as building blocks. Agricultural Fibers: Natural fibers, such as cotton, often used as insulation materials. Air Quality…

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Countertops and Cabinets Glossary

A-frame: An A-shaped framework used to transport countertop slabs on edge in a truck. Accents: A contrast, outline, or highlight added for detail and emphasis. American Colonial: Traditional design elements inspired by the American Colonial period and influenced by English Georgian style. Antiquity Glass: Blurred, tempered glass with seeded impressions. Apron Front Sink (farmhouse sink):…

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outdoor pool

Swimming Pool Glossary

Chemical and Water Definitions: Acid Demand: A titration test used to determine proper amounts of acid needed to reach correct levels. Balanced Water: Balanced water is the result when all of your chemical parameters are where they should be, and thus “balance” each other. Base Demand: A titration test used to determine proper amounts of…

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3 Simple Carpet Cleaning Tips

3 Simple Carpet Cleaning Tips

If you’re like most homeowners, your carpets could use a little love. And, if you’re also like most homeowners, you know that having your carpets professionally cleaned can be a little pricey. The good new is, lifestyle blogger and HomeAdvisor contributor, Michelle Hinckley has a few wallet-friendly tips to give your carpets a new lease…

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Easy Ways to Cut Energy Costs

The 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Energy Costs

Are your utility costs getting out of hand? If so, don’t rush into an expensive energy efficiency remodel. Instead, check out these energy-saving home hacks from lifestyle blogger and HomedAdvisor contributor, Michelle Hinckley.

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5 Remodeling Projects that Cost Less Than a TV

5 Home Improvement Upgrades that Cost Less Than a TV

When homeowners think of home upgrades, they usually picture big projects like roof repair, new flooring or a kitchen remodel. But what if you could give your home a helping hand for less than the cost of a new TV? It turns out you can. Here’s how:

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Difference between caulking and weather stripping

What is the Difference Between Caulking and Weather Stripping?

Upgrading your home’s energy efficiency is always a good idea. But before you jump into pricey energy audits or new HVAC systems, it’s also a good idea to spend some time caulking and weatherstripping your home. Here’s how to use both energy-boosting (and money-saving) solutions:

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