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Green Home Pest Control Methods

Ant poisons and ant baits are extremely toxic substances. For homes with pets, small children, or those that just care about the environment, these methods of getting rid of ants may not be viable options. There are non-toxic home pest control methods, however, that are safe for kids, the environment, and pets and get rid of an ant infestation.

Common Types of House Ants and Where They Nest

  • Pharaoh Ants – Pharaoh ants are tiny. They can range in color from yellow to red and have black and white markings on their abdomens. Pharaoh ants are a common house pest and will build their nests in the walls, behind appliances or underneath carpeting.
  • Carpenter Ants – Carpenter ants are either black or black with a red head...
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Plumbing Noises In Your Home: Your Pipes are talking to you

To diagnose plumbing noises, it is important to determine first whether the unwanted sounds occur on the system’s inlet side-in other words, when water is turned on-or on the drain side. Noises on the inlet side have varied causes: excessive water pressure, worn valve and faucet parts, improperly connected pumps or other appliances, incorrectly placed pipe fasteners, and plumbing runs containing too many tight bends or other restrictions. Noises on the drain side usually stem from poor location or, as with some inlet side noise, a layout containing tight bends.

Common Plumbing Noises

Hissing Pipes

Hissing noise that occurs when a faucet is opened slightly, generally signals excessive water pressure...

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Winter Home Prep: 10 DIY Tips

WInter Home PRep tips

If you’re a warm weather fan like Laura is, the thought of the coming winter months can be a bit depressing. The knowledge that these bright sunny days will soon transform into those cold windy nights, is enough to make anyone want to find a warm cozy corner of their home to hunker down in hibernation. Unfortunately, if you’re homeowners like we are, you know there are way too many things that need to be done around the house in preparation for those icy rain storms and heavy snow. Winter can be very damaging to your home. Ice and snow can build up on roofs leading to leaks or structural damage, water pipes can freeze, and heavy snow can wreak havoc on plants and trees. So before you grab your homemade quilt and hot cup of cocoa, take these simple steps for winter home prep.

10 Winter Ho...

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Household Repairs Anyone can do

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Whether you are an urban homesteader or a rural homesteader, in the home there is always some aspect of the property that needs a little fixing up. Unaddressed, small problems and tasks become large and expensive eyesores, requiring professional attention, precluded by a sizable withdrawal from your bank account. Granted, not everyone has the skill set to remodel a house, or for that matter, even change a light switch. But everyone does have the ability to complete simple household repairs, and thereby save money and preserve their homestead.

A list of household repairs anyone can do should be approached from a perspective of maintenance, you’re just attempting to fix what you can properly to preserve a pleasant environment...

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5 Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself

5 Simple home repairs

You don’t need a carpenter, painter, or some other professional every time you have a problem in your apartment, condo, or house. In fact, there are plenty of household repairs that you can do yourself with ease. Anyone can do these jobs, so don’t waste your money calling a professional on such small things. You won’t’ be putting yourself into any danger with these jobs, so don’t worry.

5 Simple DIY Home Repairs

  1. Paint Jobs

There’s a good mix between people who paint their own homes and those who hire others to do it. However, you should always be able to paint your own walls inside your home. The outside of the house should always be left to the experienced though. Anyways, painting the inside walls of a home a pretty simple...

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How to Replace A Light Switch

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A light switch is often overlooked at how important it is around the house, until it no longer works correctly. When that happens, it is an easy task for any do it yourselfer to change out the broken light switch with a new one.

First thing to do is to figure out the type of light switch you will be working with.

There exist three varieties of light switch, a one-way switch, a two-way switch and an intermediate switch. All switches are rated at either 6 or 10 amps.

A one-way switch controls a light or lights from one position, usually by a door. A two-way switch is going to have a partner so that a light can be turned on and off from two positions, say by the kitchen door and the back door...

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