• Clematis And Climbing Roses: 2 Beautiful Landscape Vines And How To Prune Them

    9 October 2014

    Vines add vertical splashes of color to landscape by scrambling up wall, winding around trellises, or sprawling across fences. These plants also grow rapidly, so they require proper pruning and training to remain healthy and stay within their boundaries. This is especially true of commonly-grown vigorous, woody vines likes clematis, climbing roses and wisteria.  1: Clematis  Pruning your clematis can be tricky. You need to know if your plant is a spring or mid- to late-summer bloomer, so you can prune it at the right time of year.

  • 3 Strategies For Staying Sane And Safe In Jail

    9 October 2014

    The prospect of going to jail for the first time is disconcerting at best and downright frightening at worst. If you are faced with the prospect of doing time behind bars, it's very important that you keep a clear head and make a realistic and workable game plan so that your stay in jail is as safe as possible. Although doing time in real life rarely mirrors the physically dangerous circumstances portrayed in dramatic television shows and movies, you still may run into trouble with other inmates as well as experience substantial amounts of anxiety.

  • Four Signs That Your Air Conditioning System Is Low On Refrigerant And Why You Should Take It Seriously

    9 October 2014

    Refrigerant leaks are one of the easiest types of air conditioning repairs for consumers to recognize, but they must be repaired by professionals. When air conditioning systems lose refrigerant, they become undercharged. Continuing to operate an undercharged unit can damage it. Simply adding more refrigerant to the system will not fix the issue. The leaks have to be repaired first. Then refrigerant is added which is followed by recharging the unit.

  • How To Measure Broken Torsion Springs On A Garage Door

    9 October 2014

    You know you've probably broken a torsion spring on your garage door when you have to call for some help to get the door open. Torsion springs are mounted on anchor brackets and help to open and close your garage door. The springs can snap over time as they wear down from use. You'll need to measure the length of the spring, inside diameter of the coils, and the thickness of the wire to make sure you buy acceptable replacement springs.

  • Leather Furniture: How The Sun Can Harm It & How To Make It More Durable

    9 October 2014

    When you have leather furniture in your home, it is important to prevent too much sunlight from hitting it through the windows. The sun can cause severe damage over time, but you can make the furniture more durable if you protect it. In this article, you will learn how the sun can harm your leather furniture and what you can do to make it more durable. How Can the Sun Harm Leather Furniture?

  • 7 Important Questions To Ask Yourself Before Remodeling

    9 October 2014

    Are you considering remodeling your home? People remake their homes for a variety of reasons, including modernizing or improving eye appeal. Here are some questions to ask yourself to decide whether or not you should include windows and doors in your redecorating plan: Do your front window and doors match the rest of the exterior? If you're planning on living in your home for awhile, it should suit your tastes and appeal to your sense of beauty.

  • 2 Things You Should Do After Discovering That Your House Contains Chinese Drywall

    9 October 2014

    According to Today's Homeowner, it is estimated that Chinese drywall was installed in 50,000 to 100,000 homes. A lot of people report that they smell a "rotten egg" smell from the drywall, and this is often what causes people to begin investigating the problem. The problem with Chinese drywall is that it contains toxic materials that can make you sick, such as high levels of sulfur. It not only causes health problems, but it can also cause damage to your home's plumbing and electrical systems.

  • 7 Unused Items To Organize Your Garage With

    9 October 2014

    Organizing your garage is more easily said than done. The first step you can take to organize your garage is giving everything a home, not pushing it into a container never to be seen again. Below are seven items that you may not be using for anything else that you can use for handy garage organization. Shower Curtain Rings As you change the d├ęcor of your bathroom, you may have tons of old shower curtain rings in various shapes and colors.

  • Vinyl Vs. Wood Windows: Which Is The Best Choice?

    9 October 2014

    When purchasing new windows for your home, the biggest decision you will need to make is if you should go with vinyl or wood for your window-construction material.  Each type of window replacement has their own pros and cons, and by understanding the differences between vinyl and wood, you will be able to decide what will work best for you. Cost If the cost of new windows is your main concern, you cannot go wrong with vinyl.

  • Two Jobs to Leave to Your Home Improvement Contractor

    9 October 2014

    If you like saving money, you might be all about grabbing a screwdriver and taking care of your own problems around the house. Unfortunately, some tasks that seem simple are actually pretty dangerous. Here are two jobs that you should leave to your home improvement contractor, while you relax and work on other tasks. 1: Tree Trimming When you are working on your flowerbeds and weeding your grass, nothing is more frustrating than checking out overgrown, unsightly trees in your yard.