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Concrete Reinforced Homes Provide Strength and Safety

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Most people are used to conventional home construction and for most locations, this is still the best way to build a home. However, there comes a time for some people, living in areas where Mother Nature can play havoc on not just one home but also entire communities. Concrete Reinforced homes not only provided strong weather resistant homes, but they are also stylish.

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Casa Bella Design Offers a Truly Unique Home Design Expertise

Thursday, January 14, 2010
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You Can Take Meaures To Prevent Roof Leaks

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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roof cables to prevent leaks

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Why Should You Use Residential Solar Power

Friday, November 20, 2009

As soon as you hear of solar electricity what is that which strikes you first? It is the sun. With the power of the sun you can generate electricity. We all know that here and now there is a huge crisis of non-renewable energy sources.

solar powered house

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Healthy Fan System Ceiling Fan Creates Cleaner Healthier Air

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Haledyne Healthy Fan is a cieling fan that not only provides air cirulation but also improves the air you breathe.

haledyne healthy fan improves the air you breathe

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Sony Home Theater Options

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sony is a company that people have grown to respect and trust over the years.  The name Sony is almost synonymous with quality and value.  This is especially true in the field of electronics. Since Sony first began making electronics they have been recognized as being at the top of the line.

Home Theater Design

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Get More Space with Glass Shelves

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shelves are one of the most common part of furniture in any household. Almost any item that needs to be stored can be placed in shelves. Though, generally we find them being used widely for storage of books or for display of picture frames.

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Things You Can Do to Change the Environment of Your House

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some people go all out and do remodels. Others do minor changes but can still provide a different look to their houses. Changing your flooring with a new design is one those things. This can work wonders in changing the look of your home.

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Let Your iPhone Take Control of Many Things You Use Every Day

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The iPhone has over 50,000 apps and counting available, but did you know that the iPhone can take control over some of the things you use the most?

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The iPhone May Have Met it's Match with the Droid from Verizon Wireless

Monday, November 2, 2009

We have written about the great features and apps that the iPhone and iPod Touch have. The iPhone is one of the most popular phones that has so many great functions, but now Verizon Wireless is about to unleash the Droid.

The Droid by Verizon Wireless

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How to Make a Simple Drywall Patch that Works Every Time

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sometimes patching in a small hole or crack in a damaged wall can be a real challenge. However, there is a technique that I have used over the years that works very well, is not expensive to do and is pretty easy to do. 

Drywall patch

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Tax Credit & Replacement Window Companies

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Say you want to make use the tax credit passed by congress recently then take a few minutes to go through this article. I will mention some important facts to consider when dealing with a contractor.

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The WebTVPlug Allows You to Watch Over 300,000 Videos Without a PC

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You can watch over 300,000 videos and nearly 6,000 of them in High Definition on your TV without a PC using the new WebTVPlug.

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Give Your Cabinets a Factory Like Finish with CabinetCoat

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

For years my clients have asked me to tell them what is the best way to put a new finish on their existing cabinets. One of the least expensive ways to do this has always been to paint them. Until now, unless spray equipment was used, it was impossible to get a factory like painting finish with a paint brush, that is until CabinetCoat came along.

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California Fires Cause Need For Barricade Fire Blocking Gel Home Protection

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

With the extensive fires in southern California threatening to destroy the homes of numerous residents, there may be a way to help protect and prevent your home from catching fire and being destroyed. There is an award winning product, that may be able to help save your home.

barricade fire blocking gel

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Exterior Style, Materials and Color Creator

Monday, August 10, 2009

Now you can visualize the exterior of your home before you build, add on or remodel your home. View siding, roofing and color changes now.

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Plug in Wind Power with the Jellyfish Wind Appliance

Monday, July 6, 2009

Once in a while an truly amazing, energy saving, money saving product comes along that is also very affordable. One such product is the Jellyfish Wind Appliance.

Jellyfish Wind Appliance

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iPhone and iTouch. The Latest in Home Improvement Tools?

Monday, May 11, 2009

 

That’s right.  The iPhone and iTouch have infiltrated our toolbox with some unbelievable handy Home Improvement Tool apps.  Here are just a few that you will wonder how you ever did without.

 

 

 

iphone itouch home improvement apps dimensions calculator for iphone  CAD app for iphone

 

 

 

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Residential Building with Structural Insulated Panels

Friday, May 1, 2009

Today, builders are not only looking for stronger ways to construct residential homes, but also more "green" ways to build them.

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Five Eco - Friendly Home Improvement Products That Can Change Your Life

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I love to share new home improvement products with you. Products that can make life easier when it comes to doing your home improvement projects, have always been my favorite. Today I am going to introduce you to five great products that will help you, the do-it-yourselfer, to do the job faster and easier.

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Ask Rick the Contractor Any DIY Home Improvement Questions or Professional Advice

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Showroom411 Launches a New Free Feature. Ask Rick is a wonderful source to ask an actual contractor any DIY or home improvement questions and get free advice.



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It's Easy to Make Straight Tile Cuts on Walls That Are Not Straight. It's True!

Monday, March 23, 2009

I am sure that if you ever decided to put down a tile floor in a room in your home, you were bound to come up against a wall that was not straight. So, you take out your tape measure and measure the distance from each edge of the tile and then get a straight edge to mark a line to cut off. 

 

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How do you replace rotten siding. Do it yourself. Step by step instruction.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So you want to know how to replace the rotten siding on the side of your house, yourself?  Well, your in luck.  This article will guide you step by step through the process.
 
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Home Improvement Tips: Cleaning Green

Monday, March 2, 2009
I love a clean Home!  My favorite aisle in the grocery store had always been the one in which the cleaning products resided.  Ah! Those wonderful cleaning products promising everything from "100% germ free" to the destruction of every bacteria known to man. 
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The Best Window Cleaner--EVER.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Of all the window cleaning solutions that are on the market, it's hard to believe that you can make up the best cleaner ever, and it took a cleaning pro to tell me the secret.

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Roof and Gutter Cables Can Help Prevent Roof Leaks

Monday, February 2, 2009

roofing and gutter heating cables

 

Winter roof leaks can be prevented. One of the things you can do before the snow starts to fly is to install roof and gutter heating cables. There are different products available, so find out where you can get them and get protected!

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Ice and Water Shield Can Help Prevent Roof Leaks

Monday, February 2, 2009


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If you don’t know what an Ice Dam is then you probably don’t live in a very cold climate. For those of us who do live in climates where we get ample amounts of snow and ice build up on our roofs, then the product of the month, Ice & Water Guard, is the product that can save you from costly and aggravating water damage to your home.

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Ti-Proboard Allows You to Tile a Deck. It's True!

Monday, February 2, 2009
Something very interesting has happened that may change the way you install a deck for a long time. It is called Ti-Proboard and it is a system that allows you to be able to install tile on your deck instead of wood and other standard decking products.
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Converting a Barn Into a Home

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I have had people ask me what is the best way to convert a barn into a house. Questions about the structure itself and the beams and other lumber issues have come up.  In my research, I have a found a very interesting Ezine article that I am going to reprint here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and hopefully this will help you to do a barn conversion.


   
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Go Tankless! Hot Water Tanks May be a Thing of the Past

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today's homes are all about saving energy. The standard hot water tanks that are installed in most homes provide hot water, but at a cost. True, the newer units are more energy efficient but now there is a way to reduce your energy bills and provide a way to never run out of hot water at the same time.


 

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The Cost of Living for Homeowners is Skyrocketing

Thursday, September 18, 2008

 Let Showroom411.com Show You How To Take Control

 

Let’s face it! Gas prices are up, food costs are up, projected home heating cost is a major worry for so many people and it doesn’t stop there. Take your car to a service shop for repairs and the bill is usually in the hundreds of dollar.  If you know how to do the repairs yourself, you can save a lot of money. The cost of living is soaring and people need ways to deal with this huge issue.

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Ask Rick - Laminate Flooring and Cabinet Installation

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Rick

 

I've seen this on a show once where they put the flooring (laminate) flush up against the cabinets, rather than doing all floors first THEN putting in cabinets. I think it was just for their demo purposes, but I'm wondering if that's okay to do? Or will it look bad?

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Ask Rick- My Bathroom Door Squeaks

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Rick.......our bathroom door squeaked every time we opened it so we sprayed WD40 on all the hinges. We seemed to fix one problem, but created another. Now the door doesn't squeak but if we want to partially close the door without shutting it entirely this is no longer possible. Pardon the expression, but did we "over WD40" the hinges? Is there any way to reverse this?

 

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Ask Rick - Re-finishing Cabinets

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I hated my drab, boring cabinets. They were finished in a honey oak. I love the look of cherry, so I stripped them and used a stain/varnish all in one product.

My problem is that it does not look good. It's hard to get smooth and even and it is already chipping off. What can I do? Should I have just stained and then varnished? Please help. I don't know what to do now!

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Install New Ready Built Cabinets

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Install New Ready Built Cabinets

 

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Kitchen remodeling is not only one of the most requested home remodeling projects, but is also one of the best ways to re-coupe your remodeling investment. Among the several things you can do to update your kitchen is to replace your cabinets with new ready built cabinets.

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Milwaukee M-Spector Digital Inspection Camera 6-volt Alkaline

Monday, June 9, 2008

 Milwaukee Digital Inspection Camera

You need to install a cabinet but you are not sure where the plumbing and wiring is located, there are a couple things you can do. For one, you could guess and take your chances that you won't put a screw or nail into anything you wouldn't want to or you can get the Milwaukee Digital Inspection Camera. 

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Home Theater Lighting At The Touch Of A Button

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lutron MasetroRemote Dimmers Give You Complete Lighting Control

Lutron Masestro Dimmer

One of the best ways to enjoy the Home Theater experience is with the proper lighting. Lighting sets the mood and makes for a more theater like setting. The Lutron Maestro IR remote control dimmer is the perfect solution.

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Everybody's Going Green

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Going Green

It's true. Everyone is going green and living green is easier than ever before. From baby products to appliances and so much more. It's not just the craze, it's the reality.  

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Solatube Lets The Daylight In

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Solatube Daylighting System

How would like to make a dramatic change when it comes to brightening up just about any room during the day? If you are lacking windows and don't want to or can't have a typical skylight installed, well now there is a better way.

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Ten Things You Should Do Before Hiring A Contractor

Saturday, April 12, 2008
1. Licensing - Find out if the contractor is licensed and/or bonded in the cities or counties in which it is required. 2. Insurance -  Make sure the contractor carries liability insurance and ask to see a copy of it.

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Five Things You Should Not Do Before Hiring a Contractor

Saturday, April 12, 2008
1. Lowest Price - Don’t choose your contractor just because he is the lowest priced. A legitimate contractor has many expenses to keep his company going. Contractors need to carry liability insurance, worker’s comp. insurance and health insurance for employees.  They have several operating expenses and pay city, state and federal taxes. With all these expenses it will become apparent that they will have to charge enough to help cover their costs.
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Stanley TriPod Rechargable Flashlight

Friday, April 11, 2008

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I can't tell you how many times I have tried to pry up a flashlight so that I could see the exact spot I wanted to see. I have wedged a flashlight between wires, up against a furnace, in between rafters and many other places. Of course, there is always the old under the arm trick where you wedge the flashlight between your arm and your body and still it just doesn't quite work.

 

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ChordSavers USA Now Offers More Products

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Now ChordSavers USA offers more cable and cord protection!

 

ChordSavers USA has evolved into a company that offers many different types of cable and cord protection. With their new line of products, you can get protection for just about any application.
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SealPro Paint Tray Saves The Clean Up For Later

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cut Down On Your Paint Clean Up Time!

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Every time I decide to take on a paint project, it never fails when I am half way done and plan on finishing the job the next day, I have to clean out the roller and the paint tray. For those of us who dread the clean up SealPro is perfect for us!

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Sloan Solis Solar Powered Faucet EAF 275

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

  Sloan Solar Powered Faucet

The Solis EAF-275 Series faucet from Sloan is Solar Powered. There are so many innovative, energy savings products coming out all the time. Sloan has given us a very unique faucet that is powered by any light source... ...

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Unclog Your Drains with FlexiSnake

Monday, March 17, 2008

Don't Hire a Plumber, Try FlexiSnake to Unclog Your Drain!

  FlexiSnake

I first thought that this might be another one of those tools I would try and find out that is dosen't work very well. Boy, was I wrong!

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Sound Proofing Drywall - QuiteRock Is the Answer

Friday, February 22, 2008

QuiteRock Soundproofing Wallboard Really Works!

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For many years I have been building Home Music Studios and Home Theaters with the real challenge of how to keep the sound in the room and quite outside the room.

We have used many types of “Soundproofing Insulations” with moderate results. They are very expensive sound absorbing panels on the market and these also work as well for a better price.

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Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Is Truly Amazing!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Using the latest technology, you won't believe what this Smartpen can do!

Here is my second great gadget choice.

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Imagine you are at a lecture or seminar and you want to make sure you get the important points written down. So - you take notes, but the speaker is going a little to fast for you and when you look back at your notes, you can't remember exactly what the point was being made.

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ZBoost Will Extend Your Cell Phone Signal!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Boost Your Cell Phone Signal With zBoost!


Stop running to the window or going outside to talk on your cell phone - Many wireless users suffer cell phone signal strength loss when using a cell phone in their home, office or in the car.
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Amazon Kindle e-Book Is a Great Read!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Amazon Kindle eBook Is User Friendly and Fun!

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What’s smaller than a book but can hold about 200 books?  Give up? It's the amazing Amazon Kindle eBook!

 

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Now Is The Time To Remodel! And You Can Do It Yourself!!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

With home sales the lowest in twelve years, Do It Yourself is wise advice and will save tons of money!

 

It’s happening all over the United State and you can read about it all over the world. Existing homes are becoming more and more difficult to sell. Not only is the market saturated with homes, the economy is making it more difficult for people to buy. For those wanting to sell their homes, the price you want or even need to get for it may just not be a reality.

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LG All-In-One Washer Dryer

Friday, December 28, 2007

Today I am going to tell you about the LG WM3431HW All-In-One Washer Dryer.


•    Problem #1 - The laundry room is in the basement and there is no room on the first floor for a conventional washer and dryer. 
•    Problem #2 - You live alone and you just don’t have that much washing to do.
•    Problem #3 - You are in a situation where both of the above apply.


The Solution! The new LG series of all-in-one washer dryer units.  Can you imagine?  It’s true. This unit actually is made to fit under a kitchen counter and very much resembles a dishwasher installation.

LG Washer/Dryer

 

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Add More Storage To Your Cable DVR

Friday, November 9, 2007

If your cable company uses the Scientific Atlanta 8300HD Cable Box there is a product available from Maxtor called the QVX Expander Plus -Quickview, which can be connected to the cable box and provide you with up to an additional 500GB of programming storage.

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Energy Savings Starts Now - Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Friday, November 9, 2007

By now many of you have heard about the Compact Fluorescent light bulbs also know as CFL’s. Typically they look like the photo of the bulb above. But what you may not know is that they come in many different sizes and shapes, which makes them usable just about anywhere in your home.

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ChordSavers - The Ultimate Cord Protection

Friday, November 9, 2007

ChordSavers™ are a unique solution for protection of all your cords and cables. Specifically designed for protecting guitar, microphone, XLR, patch, PA, RCA, DJ equipment, digital, fiber optic, extension cords and cables, ChordSavers™ come in 36" lengths and interlock to any length of run required.

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Eliminate Squeaks In Floors The Easy Way

Friday, November 9, 2007

Squeak-Ender is the easy and effective way to get rid of those annoying floor squeaks!

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Denim Is Now Being Used For Home Insulation

Friday, November 9, 2007

It’s True. You Can Insulate A Home With Insulation Made From Cotton Denim Scraps.

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 And…The best part about it is It Doesn’t Itch!

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