Handy How To's and Design Tips

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Do not attempt to adjust, test or make a repair if you do not have basic repair skills or if you do not fully understand the directions provided in this web site or its affiliates. Furthermore, if your appliance, device, project, object of repair or its components differ from those described, you should not attempt the repair based upon the provided instructions. If the manufacturer's instructions differ from ours, always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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Lawn Care 101

When it comes to your lawn, there’s no such thing as fashionably late. Get the most out of your efforts by giving your lawn what it needs, when it needs it. By Eric Liskey – Better Homes and Garden Treating Broadleaf Weeds Broadleaf weeds are the bane of lawn lovers. Dandelions, clover, dollarweed, and others invade quickly and spread relentlessly. …

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Programming Irrigation Controllers

What’s the number one reason for customer complaints and callbacks? If you’re like most irrigation contractors, an improperly programmed controller is the typical answer. Today’s irrigation controllers offer a variety of features and program options. As much as these modern marvels help improve the flexibility of an irrigation system, they do increase its complexity and, sometimes, the frustration you’ll experience …

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How to Clean or Replace a Faucet Aerator

A faucet that has weak water pressure for both hot and cold water may just need the aerator cleaned. Another symptom of a dirty aerator is an irregular spray pattern or a stray stream of water going off at an odd direction. Cleaning or replacing the aerator is very easy and you might be able to do it without any …

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Air Conditioning 101

By ASHARE.org How an Air Conditioner Works The job of your home air conditioner is move heat from inside your home to the outside,thereby cooling you and your home. Air conditioners blow cool air into your home by pulling the heat out of that air. The air is cooled by blowing it over a set of cold pipes called an …

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Optimizing your weatherstripping

Raise the threshold: If you feel a slight draft of air coming in underneath your house door it may be that your threshold needs to be raised. This is fairly common and typically occurs as the threshold ages, people walk on it, or in the first few years of the home while the home is ‘getting comfortable’ for duration of …

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Irrigation Start-up

IMPORTANT!!! It is VERY important NOT to start up your irrigation system until the threat of freezing temperatures is not present.  In Colorado this is typically the week after Mother’s Day. We recommend that you check with a local and licensed irrigation contractor or local nursery for this information.  We recommend that a licensed irrigation contractor be contracted to perform …

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Garbage Disposal Stops working

Perhaps one of the most common maintenance items in a home, but one that most people do not typically know how to fix. Therefore they call a plumber and pay him (or her) to ‘fix’ the disposal when it could had been done without the plumber. Firstly, if the disposal ever turns off or isn’t turning on, the first thing …

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Caulking Your Tub and Shower

(Dummies.com) Caulking the connection between your shower walls and tub prevents leaks and reduces mildew buildup. Removing old caulk and recaulking joints between tiles and your tub is an annual bathroom maintenance job. If you have tile shower walls, as the house moves (a natural process that occurs in every home), a hairline crack can occur that allows water to get …

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High-style Kitchens on a Budget

“You don’t have to spend a fortune to create beautiful kitchens that buyers will love.” View the PDF

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Repairing Small Holes in Drywall

Small holes in drywall can be easily repaired. These types of holes include nail or screw holes (like those left from picture hooks), paper tears and indentations made by furniture and other hard objects. To repair a simple small nail or screw hole, paper tear or small indentation: Clean the area. Apply a small amount of spackling compound in the …

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