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In our Alex’s World Segment – Brought to us by Windsor Door! Before you hire that remodeling contractor ask yourself: Why are you hiring them? Is it for the right reason or the wrong reason? #1 – Not all projects are created equal and neither are contractors. Do not hire someone just because they’re cheapest bid. Remember it’s not just about getting what you pay for it’s not getting what you pay for. #2 -It’s at least ½ the price to do it right the 1st time or putting it another way at least twice as expensive to redo the redo. #3-Experience pays, lack of experience costs…..someone. You have to live with the mess no...

HOW ARE PLASTIC BOTTLES RECYCLED? Plastic bottles make life so much easier. They're lightweight and easy to hold, and they're also strong and hard to break. A plastic bottle is the best way to contain and carry many kinds of liquid, from water and soft drinks to oil to household cleaners and baby formula. The plastic bottle is a great invention, but what happens to it when that handy container is empty? How Bottles Can Hurt the Environment Since the 1970s, people who care about the environment and the health of our planet have been worried about how to dispose of plastic once...

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...

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 Brought to you by Hargrave Foundation Repair – The Original Hargrave Foundation- It’s the time of year when we trim trees or sometimes lose them to inclement weather. Here’s a few things you can do with those trees instead of sending them to the landfill. Cut into logs for the fireplace. If you don’t want them your neighbors might. Hint: You can call a firewood company to take them off and sell them as firewood. Contact a local wood mill and have them milled and kiln dried. Hint: you can use this wood for Fireplace Mantels, Furniture, or wood paneling for your home.Trim the branches and...

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...

We are all from somewhere else, some other country, some other tradition, some other language, a multicultural society that came together to form the greatest nation on earth. Just like air conditioning running water and electricity it's easy to forget about how we got here and take it for granted, how this country was built, who built it and why. As we become accustomed to the conveniences that we've discovered and built in our history we've become less and less in touch with the basic question “How did it happen” What sort of sacrifices were made by the people who...

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...

In 1977 or so I was invited by some friends to help rebuild a lodge in the mountains near the small town of Gold Hill, Colorado. Since I had nothing better to do and was wasting time and my mothers hard earned money screwing off in junior college in Tyler, Texas, I jumped at the chance. So off I went to live in an old abandoned ski cabin, with no water or electricity on an old abandoned ski run on what would become the turning point in my life. My 1st job as grunt and sacrificial "helper" was to scale to...