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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018   /   by Kaye Dela Cruz

    Killer Vines and How to Spot Them

    There’s nothing as stately as a red brick house covered in green vines. This iconic image has been portrayed on television, in movies and, sometimes, in actual neighborhoods. Little does the general public that are busy oohing and awing at these buildings actually know, they’re really watching a house being destroyed bit by bit.


    Clinging vines are some of the worst things nature throws at your home on a regular basis, but a lot of homeowners have no idea because it’s death by a thousand cuts. Any one day isn’t probably hurting your house much, but as time passes, more and more hidden damage is taking place.


    Sorry to burst your bubble, but if your house has vines running up it, it’s time to figure out what you’ve got growing and start getting aggressive about destroying damaging vine infestations.


    Telling the Good Guys From the Bad


    Not all vines are the Devil — it just so happens that most of the ones people like to train up ...

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    Tuesday, June 12, 2018   /   by Kaye Dela Cruz

    Evict Those Wood Wood-destroying Insects

    Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably got some wooden bits on or around your house. In fact, the whole frame of your house is probably made of wood. It’s a great choice for framing, but it comes with one very specific weakness: bugs! Not just any bugs, but the kind that like to chew right on through studs and drill holes in eaves.


    Make Bugs, Not War


    The horrible truth is that these insects are pretty much everywhere, so you have to always be on alert for them to pop up and attempt to take over your home. There’s nothing quite as unbearable as an unwanted house guest who won’t stop eating your house, you know?


    These are the most common wood-destroying insects you’ll find inside:


    Powderpost beetles.


    These tiny, grey-brown beetles can go almost unnoticed for generations (beetle generations). Because they’re no bigger than a pencil eraser, the holes they drill in your house are also quite small and easy to miss. They could b ...

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    Tuesday, June 05, 2018   /   by Caroline Ohi

    Splish, Splash, Tips for a New Backsplash

    You’ve been watching HGTV again and you’ve been inspired to do something about that dated backsplash in your kitchen. It’s not exactly a small job, but certainly one an adventurous first time homeowner can do with just a few tools. Installing a backsplash is a pretty straightforward process, with a few caveats. Just make sure you’re really ready before you put mastic to wall.


    Choosing Backsplash Materials


    Anything you can glue to the wall can be used as a backsplash. How effective it will be, on the other hand, is a point you really need to consider. Sure, that wine cork backsplash you saw on Pinterest is cool, but how well will you be able to clean it the first time you splatter spaghetti sauce on it? Remember that backsplashes are exposed to tough conditions, including:


    * High heat.* Steam.* Water.* Food splatter.


    Even though you may love the idea of making your kitchen backsplash out of old newspapers, ask yourself how ...

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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018   /   by Kaye Dela Cruz

    How To Choose and Plant a Tree

    Being a homeowner means more than just cleaning, decorating and maintaining your house. It’s also your responsibility to take care of whatever land is yours. For a lot of people, this means putting their own mark with landscaping like perennials, shrubs and trees. Unfortunately for those trees, many are planted in the wrong place and end up being cut down in their prime. It’s a great loss to the neighborhood and to your yard. Next time you plant a tree, you’ll need to be more careful about where you put it.
    Tree Things to Know About Trees (Get It?)
    Planting a tree is a commitment, don’t ever think otherwise. You’re placing a sapling that has the potential to spread to enormous heights, overshadowing your house, your neighbor’s cars, and maybe even getting tangled in power lines or uprooting sidewalks. This is why it’s vital that you choose the right tree and put it in the right place the first time. So let’s talk about trees!
    If you ch ...

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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018   /   by Caroline Ohi

    Top tools for homeowners

    Buying a house is a little like taking up a new hobby. There are lots of things you don’t know yet that you’ll learn as you go along, you’re also gonna need some specialized equipment to get very far. Whether you hope to become a top level home remodeler or simply want to put some new slats on your privacy fence, it takes the right tools to do the job.


    The Right Tool for the Job


    First, it’s important to note that you need the tool you need on any given job. Trying to improvise can result in connections that don’t connect quite fully, excessive and unnecessary damage to your home or damage to fasteners that will make them hard to back out later. Always use the right tool. If you don’t know which tool is the right tool, ask someone at the hardware or home improvement store — they’re usually pretty friendly and ready to help.


    Without further ado, here are our picks for the top tools all homeowners need:


    7. Stud finder.&nb ...

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