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Do you love spending time in the back yard grilling for the family get-togethers?  If you’re like most backyard chefs, you spend a little more time than you’d like picking up and replacing those propane gas tanks for your grill.  But, did you know that you don’t have to?  Most quality grills can easily be converted from propane to natural gas.  This means that if you’ve already got natural gas running to your home - maybe for your furnace, hot water heater, or kitchen stovetop – you’re already well on your way to never having to worry about those propane tanks again!...
Repair kitchen counters that show a history of wine spills, dropped pans, and unidentified sharp objects, and you’ll maintain the value of your kitchen and home. You can easily hide some counter mishaps, while only professional contractors can solve other surface problems.Here’s a look at counter cures and lost causes.Granite Even granite counters suffer kitchen wear and tear. But you can make them shine with a little time and know-how. After you fix them, don’t forget to reseal them.Cracks, chips, scratches: Fill nicks in granite by building up layers of epoxy...
Your house sometimes acts as if it’s alive — making strange sounds, emitting odd odors, and giving visual cues that say something might be amiss.Here’s how to interpret what your house is trying to tell you, and how to recognize the early warnings of common home maintenance problems that are easily solved if caught early:1. Peeling Exterior PaintCause: Moisture is probably getting underneath the paint, perhaps from a leaking gutter overhead or from a steamy bathroom on the other side of the wall.Cure: If you catch the problem right away, you might just need to address the moisture...
 Atlanta had a lovely weekend with unusual spring like temperatures. The warm weather had us dreaming about gardens and getting into the soil again. Of course we are too early to start acting on these tips but it can’t hurt to start planning for a bumper crop in the garden. If your garden has been lying fallow since fall, your first order of business is to give the area a thorough inspection. Check any raised beds for bowing sides and look over your fences and trellises for stake rot or broken cross-members. Also take stock of the overwinter weed growth—and whether you'll need a trowel...
Have you dreamed of a new kitchen and wanted to update cabinetry but don’t have the budget for brand new cabinets? Painting your existing cabinetry is always an option to consider. Here is a step by step guide to painting cabinetry. Wood, wood-laminate, and metal cabinets usually can be repainted without difficulty. Plastic laminate cabinets resist overpainting — those that can be refinished often require special paints and techniques, and results can vary. If your cabinets have plastic laminate surfaces, first check with a knowledgeable paint dealer, and test a sample of the paint you wish...
Atlanta and much of the country felt the effects of Mother Nature last week and many of you may be faced with some unexpected home repairs. If you weren’t able to drain the water from your outside hoses and waterlines, you may be dealing with burst pipes .  Although nothing feels more dramatic than rushing water in your home, the fix can often be relatively easy. To start, let’s review how to properly shut off the water supply and drain your outdoor faucets. In most cases, this is fairly straight forward and can be accomplished by following these simple steps: Locate the faucets on the...
Use the Proper Outlet For starters, safety first! Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent. We want your lights to shine, not sparks to fly! If you don't have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician can permanently install one outdoors for holiday seasons to come. Keep Extension Cords Out of the Way When using extension cords, make sure they are rated for outdoor use, and keep the connections above ground, snow and water. Try to avoid high-traffic areas. Tape cords across...
There are few things as damaging to a home as water.  Whether vapor or liquid, water is one of mother earth’s most powerful elements and even though we often think of storms and flooding as the source of water damage, we actually invite moisture into our homes on a daily basis without even realizing it.   The importance of a high performance bathroom fan can mean the difference between regular cleaning and maintenance and major problems.   The bathroom fan serves several purposes, but arguably its most important function is to remove moisture from the air after a hot steamy...
Bathroom renovations don’t have to be big, messy, expensive and painful. If you have a standard bathroom that has seen better days, a renovation can be easily within your reach. The key to a smooth bath remodel is planning.  When a wise person said “the devil is in the details” one wonders if they were talking about home renovation!The first step is to think about what doesn’t work in your space. That’s probably the easiest part and on the forefront of your mind. But maybe think a bit deeper. If lack of storage is something you struggle with, identify which specific items you can’t find...
Installing barn door hardware or sliding interior doors that are mounted on exposed tracks seem to be everywhere these days. No denying the look is fun, clever and it some cases a practical solution. Here are some tips and steps to installing one. Consider the space where you would like to add a door. Is there room next to the door equal to the door opening itself for the door to slide over? Is the sliding area clear of light switches, outlets, air vents, windows, or doors? How often will you use the door? Much like a pocket door, these doors function best when they’ll remain open or closed...

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