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    Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

    Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

    When doing home improvement projects there are a lot of euphemisms that come with the territory. One that I’m sure we’ve all heard is “measure twice, cut once”. Great advice. It’s probably the single most important bit of knowledge that has saved many a DIYer from being bogged down in frustration. Below, we’ve included some measuring tips that can hopefully keep you from using another known euphemism, which is “caulk and paint can make a carpenter what he ain’t”. Next to the hammer and screwdriver, the measuring tape is probably the third most common tool in the toolbox. Believe it...

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    Painting the Exterior of Your House This Summer

    Painting the Exterior of Your House This Summer

    Painting the exterior of your house is an opportunity to spiff up the appearance of your home and extend the life of your exterior. Before you start painting the exterior of your house this summer you will need to prep and clean the exterior of your home thoroughly. Make sure to repair or replace any damaged surfaces such as wood, stucco, masonry, or metal. When cleaning these surfaces, use a high-pressure water sprayer to help reduce the amount of labor. Washing your house is not only for providing a clean foundation for your paint, but it also reveals problems with...

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    Lawn Projects for Spring

    Lawn Projects for Spring

    Spring can be a stressful season for any lawn, but there are simple projects you can do to prepare and protect your turf to withstand the rigors of spring. Which projects are best for your lawn will vary, but each one will help you nurture a lush, strong, healthy lawn. The Stress on Spring Lawns Spring is a very welcome season as gardens begin to grow, buds burst forth, and lawns green up thanks to longer days and milder temperatures. Despite its popularity, however, spring can actually be devastating to lawns with unpredictable switches between freezing and thawing, saturated soil...

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    Vegetable Gardens for a Shady Yard

    Vegetable Gardens for a Shady Yard

    A shaded yard is great for keeping cool in the summer, and it's a misconception that vegetables don't do well when they're cool too. In fact, a shady yard can be ideal for a rich, productive vegetable garden, if gardeners know how to make the most of their shade with the appropriate produce and attentive care. Vegetables That Thrive in Shade While there are many popular vegetables and fruits that require full sun to be productive, it is important that gardeners not overlook shade-loving produce. Many garden favorites that bear lush, edible leaves and tasty roots do best in shade,...

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    April Gardening Tips

    April Gardening Tips

    It’s almost that time of the year again. April is upon us and you know what that means. It’s time to break out your tools and go to work on your garden.  As always, we were forced to wait for Mother Nature to keep up as Spring rolls around while snow may still be on the ground in some areas. However, don’t let this fool you. Underneath that cold earth is a nutrient rich canvas waiting to be plowed and filled with beautiful plants.  Here are some tips to follow when gardening in April. First, plan for the rest of...

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