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I had bought a house in a decent neighbourhood with all amenities nearby. When I bought the house I got it for a steal but the prices have since...

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What Is Water Damage Insurance? What Are Common Claims

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Walls / Ceilings / Attics

Leaky Ceilings and Telltale Signs of Ongoing Problems

Leaky Ceilings and Telltale Signs of Ongoing Problems

by Guest on Jan 19, 2010

There are a number of things that can go wrong on your roof that can cause water to leak into your home. If you have an older shingle roof, you might have a missing shingle that got blown off of your roof, or there might be cracks or a missing nail from the roof sheathing. There might also be a problem in one of the valleys on your roof. Continue reading →

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Ceiling Fans: How to Decorate and Update an Old Fan

Ceiling Fans: How to Decorate and Update an Old Fan

by Guest on May 23, 2010

If you have ever shopped for ceiling fans you have probably noticed the many styles and designs to choose from, and you have probably also noticed the prices. The more stylish the fans, the more costly they are, and even the most expensive ceiling fans do not always add a lot of color or unique design to a room. Instead of replacing a perfectly good ceiling fan that lacks style and color, consider punching up an old fixture with a few new additions. The following information provides a number of easy ideas for decorating and updating an old ceiling fan. With a little creativity you can turn an outdated lackluster ceiling fan into a new and decorative part of the home. Continue reading →

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Covering the Walls with Cork

Covering the Walls with Cork

by Jessica Ackerman on Jun 8, 2010

Cork can be a fun alternative to traditional wall-coverings. It creates an instant message space and art gallery. It also offers visual texture to a wall. Installing cork on the walls is not a difficult task, but it does require some simple tools. Follow the easy steps below to make covering the walls with cork a practical and fun project. Continue reading →

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3 Ways to Soundproof Joint Apartment Walls

3 Ways to Soundproof Joint Apartment Walls

by Guest on Aug 3, 2010

Common Apartment Walls Sounds Driving your CRAZY? Sometimes overhearing your neighbors can be a bad thing, especially if it is during intimate moments or loud parties. If you live in an apartment, it can be difficult to combat the assault of noise on your domain, because of the remodeling limitations. Thankfully, there are a few ways that can help cut down on the oohs and aahs that seep through the common wall. With a little bit of home-improvement know how, a staple gun and a hammer and nails, your joint apartment walls can be great sound barriers. Continue reading →

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Learning How to Remove Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles

Learning How to Remove Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles

by Guest on Jun 9, 2011

There are many individuals that really like the look of ceiling tiles. Therefore, when they need to replace their old polystyrene ceiling tiles they are going to want to make sure that they are doing this correctly. But, there are some people out there that have never actually removed these tiles before and they may be a little bit concerned about what they can do to ensure that they are not busting the ceiling tiles all over the place and making an even bigger mess. This is important because it can be messy when you are dealing with ceiling tiles in the first place. Continue reading →

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Easy Wall Crack Repairs on Smooth and Textured Surfaces

Easy Wall Crack Repairs on Smooth and Textured Surfaces

by Guest on May 7, 2012

When a crack develops on a flat wall or ceiling, the repair is rather simple. You cover it with a strip of paper tape (if indoors) or mesh tape (indoors or out), skim over it with your putty knife and the appropriate interior or exterior patching compound in three thin coats (each one wider than the last to float it out with the surrounding surface as smoothly as possible) and sand it just enough to remove any edges. Continue reading →

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Washing Painted Walls

Washing Painted Walls

by Michigan State University on May 12, 2012

When washing painting walls semi-gloss or gloss enamels are easier to clean than is flat sheened paint. Wash or spot clean most painted surfaces with a solution of water and mild detergent like liquid hand or dish washing soap. Another option is a mild commercial household cleaner, that says on label is safe for painted surfaces. Rinse off thoroughly with clear water. If walls are very dirty, use a stronger alkali solution such as 2 tablespoons ammonia or tablespoon trisodium phosphate or 2 tablespoons laundry detergent powder in 1 gallon warm (not hot) water. Continue reading →

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Drywall Repair and Fasteners

Drywall Repair and Fasteners

by Guest on May 14, 2012

Plaster or dry wall is commonly used for walls. Other decorative materials such as plywood paneling, paper, or just paint are used to help the appearance of the wall. Unfortunately, common fasteners do not perform too well when used on plaster and result in holes or cracks which are unattractive. Settling or shrinking of walls also cause cracks. Continue reading →

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Repairing Holes Through Plaster Walls - 2 Methods

Repairing Holes Through Plaster Walls - 2 Methods

by Michigan State University on May 14, 2012

Many home owners have homes with plaster walls that often need minor repairs to fill cracks and holes develop as the home "settles" and ages. Here are tips and instructions on how to do it yourself, including a list of tools and supplies. Continue reading →

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Improving and Installing Insulation

Improving and Installing Insulation

by Guest on May 14, 2012

Before you start adding insulation to your attic or walls, take the time to look around the house and improve on some important energy saving issues. Air infiltration is a major source of energy loss. You can reduce the amount of air infiltration in your home by utilizing some of these simple inexpensive tips. Continue reading →

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