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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...
Winter is coming. Freezing temperature can mean large utility bills and a huge waste of energy if your home isn’t insulated properly. Adding insulation to your walls and attic isn’t hard and it can pay off immediately in energy and cost savings. Here are some great tips that will show you fast and easy ways to insulate your home right.   Manufacturers now produce batts with higher fiberglass densities, so you can buy 3-1/2-in.-thick batts with R-11, R-13 or R-15 thermal resistance values. The higher the number, the better the insulation. The high-density R-15 batts are best, but...
Fall is in the air. Even though the drop in temperature is slight here in Atlanta, it's enough to get folks thinking about colder months ahead and toasty fires. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about getting your fireplace ready for the season. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireplaces and chimneys cause more than 25,000 house fires every year, resulting in at least 10 deaths annually. Some of the dangers of fireplace operation include the following:Sparks popping into the room and setting fire to rugs or furnitureCombustible materials...
Winter is fickle here in Atlanta. Relatively mild for weeks then a blast of freezing temperatures, then buds and blooms appear the next week. As Southerners, we sometimes don’t prioritize maintaining our home for the cold months. Here are some tips for planning ahead.Winter-proofing your home is important for multiple reasons. For one thing, it helps prevent damage to your home due to leaks, moisture, and other problems. For another, winter-proofing helps conserve energy and saves you money on your energy bills.Make Sure Your Furnace is in Working Order.Change your furnace’s filter, and have...
Urban chicken coops are not a new idea but boy, they sound like a good one!  Who wouldn’t love to live out a little country charm in their urban or suburban yard? Fresh eggs would be terrific as well as the companionship of a flock of friends. If you’re thinking about venturing into this territory, here is a link from the fine folks at Virginia Tech’s poultry science department outlining general care and requirements. https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/2902/2902-1092/2902-1092_pdf.pdf   Still interested? Now you need a cool house for them. DogGoneHandy is looking to build their first coop....

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