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What to Do When the Heat Goes Out An extended power outage in extreme cold can be more than an inconvenience — it could jeopardize your safety. Bad weather and a power outage often go hand-in-hand, when ice, heavy snow, and high winds down power lines. And when temperatures dip into the nether-regions, losing your home’s heat is no laughing matter — especially when widespread power outages may take days to repair. Follow this step-by-step plan of action to help you successfully ride out a power outage: 1. Prepare now. Check out FEMA’s guidelines for creating a home emergency preparedness kit and assemble everything you’ll need before you experience a power outage. Your kit...

M Washing mugs in the tub and getting hooked on Pop-Tarts — here’s what to expect if you stay at home during construction Becky Harris September 13, 2018Houzz Contributor. Hi there! I live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe...

Green Remodeling Tip : Replace Old Appliances Replace Old Appliances Spending thousands on a new fridge may not be the most cost-effective green remodeling tip, so this tip really depends on your budget and how important new appliances are to you. Either way, it’s important to keep in mind that older appliances were built without efficiency in mind. That means your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and washer/dryer could be sucking up excess energy by the minute. ENERGY STAR provides a great list of resources for checking how much money and energy appliances with their certification can save you. You can also take advantage of rebate programs to get additional dollars back. f ...

Choosing an eco-friendly product is great, but if it has to be shipped across the country, it’s hard to say it’s truly green. Buying locally sourced materials requires far less energy to get the products to your door. Additionally, local professionals are a valuable resource, as their knowledge of nearby communities, the types of homes in the area and even the local climate can be very useful to you and your project. “Use materials that are locally sourced and fit your home. What works in Phoenix often won’t in Philadelphia, but it can also vary from home to home. The solution for a newer suburban home might not be...

Today’s Green Tip Harvesting Aluminum Cans Did you know, aluminum is 100% recyclable? Maybe the most recyclable metal there is. Aluminum is one of the only materials in the consumer and industrial waste stream that more than pays for its own recycling. This recycling process propels business activity rapidly. Aluminum cans return from the recycling bin to the store over and over again in a true closed loop that recycles in as little as 60 days. Aluminum WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED? Beverage cans, pet food cans, aerosol cans, aluminum foil, and cookware WHY IT WANTS TO BE RECYCLED Aluminum is infinitely recyclable. Recycling a can takes just 5% of the energy and...

Hey Kris! Please excuse all typos as I am doing this by voice. I try and correct them but I might miss some. Thanks for contacting me! Garage floors are typically A separate pour from the main house slab And not connected to it. You can look at the edges where the Garage slab butts up to the house slab and see if there is a small gap and possibly a piece of expansion material. It may look like a little piece of rubber or wood or there may just be a gap between the garage slab and the beam of the...

From NRCA  http://www.nrca.net/   As more women enter construction industry, job sites and equipment are slow to adapt Although the percentage of women who work in the construction industry is below 10 percent, there has been a steady increase of women in the field during the past decade, and their search for construction jobs has been made a bit easier by the high demand for construction workers. Still, the industry needs to take steps to ensure safety for women on job sites, according to www.marketplace.org. Many women face warnings about the challenges ahead when they choose to enter the roofing industry. But Tamara Crooks...

PLANNING YOUR REMODEL Big Decision Time Should I stay or Should I go? 1) Ask yourself what you’re willing to live with and have a realistic view of what you’ll be living through. If you stay are you?: 1) Are you slowing down the progress – time = $. 2) Creating dangerous living conditions for your family? 3) Making the workmen uncomfortable by creating a tense environment? 4) Willing to live with the dust, noise, and constant inconvenience of a remodel. 5)Can the work be scheduled during a scheduled vacation time? Preparing the family- If you’re redoing your kitchen –create a temporary kitchen. Plan on eating out at least 1 or 2...

Today, I had lunch with an old friend. As to be expected our conversation quickly veered to my radio show, we were laughing so hard the waiter had to come back twice to get our order. We talked about how social media has become the primary vehicle by which we all communicate and how many wheels it roles on and how old fellas like us are being drawn from the dark ages of pagers and dial up internet. Recently, I  watched a video of a group of teens surrounding a young woman in a classroom, attempting to learn how to use...

Why would a person (me) give up his free time, evenings, and Saturdays to start a radio show? All I can say is passion. Passion to express and share my life's experiences. Passion to explore the stories of others and learn from their lives. I'm fascinated by the voyages others have taken, each and every story is a novel waiting to be heard. Hopefully this adventure will pan out and I can build a listener base and get support from enough advertisers to keep it going. I plan on moving into syndication and a podcast in the next few months....