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We all can become victim to the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to home maintenance or repair. The health of an older shower pan can certainly fall under this category. If your shower pan becomes faulty, it’s time to take action. The shower pan is one of the insulating materials used in the proper construction of all showers. It keeps the moisture inside the shower and away from the materials that could rot as a result of excessive moisture. Ceramic and marble tile showers are not waterproof: they are water-repellent. Under the tiled floor surface about two inches of...
To embark on a large scale kitchen renovation is something many of us hope to do but may not have it in the budget. Many of us would love a new kitchen but know this house will only be home for a few more years and we don’t want to invest too much time or money. Home values are on the rise but people are still conscious of not over building or investing beyond the resale value of our homes. A small scale renovation or facelift might be just the thing to make the space you are in now work harder and look better. Here are some tips and design ideas for that smaller scoped renovation.  ...
As far as stovetops and ranges go, a commercial style appliance is the first choice for many serious home cooks.  In addition to keeping it looking sleek, proper cleaning is key to maintaining its functionality. The more you put off cleaning an appliance, like the dreaded oven, the more the grime builds up. But keeping it clean is critical from an aesthetic and a practical standpoint. Without proper maintenance, fuel ports and hood vents can clog and ovens can smoke. Remove the grates and any griddles, as well as the burner heads and caps. Using a non-abrasive sponge, wash them well...
Spring is on its way it is a great time to put exterior home maintenance on the front burner. One maintenance tip we recommend is making sure animals and pests don’t seek refuge in your home. Hereat DogGoneHandy we have a soft spot for most furry beasts.  However, uninvited guests can cause a headache in home repairs.  Squirrels, raccoons, possums, rats and skunks love to find a warm and dry spot to spend some time. You want to make sure it’s not at the expense of your home. Wildlife is just that, wild! Their rules regarding what to eat (woodwork and trim) and where to relieve...
Without the expense and pain of major surgery Here are some tips to take your current bath and give it a shot of style. Adding new medicine cabinets or faucet fixtures is a great way to give a whole new look to your bathroom. For good deals on these accessories, shop at the end of May and September when many high-end retailers have inventory sales in anticipation of the new merchandise arriving. A window in a bathroom is a luxury. Do you have a window that brings in lots of natural light? Maintain your privacy but keep the sunshine with a static cling window decal or texture. Cut out a...
Wow, Atlanta! This has been one crazy winter. Here are a few thoughts on how to save some energy and have your home function its best in the cold weather.Programmable Thermostats  According to Energy Star, lowering the heat by 8 degrees or more while you are at work and sleeping can lower household energy costs by an average of $180 per year. If you are worried such a drop in temperature will put too much of a chill in the air, keep in mind that you will be away during the day and under layers of covers at night. The easiest way to manage temperatures is with a programmable or “...
A build up of lint in your dryer can reduce its function but more importantly, it can pose a serious fire risk.  A quick clean out can prevent this home accident. Here is a quick tip on learning where lint is, how to get at it, and the best way to clean it.The first step tp dryer maintenance is easy. Empty the lint trap after every load, vacuum behind the machine regularly, keep flammables away from the dryer, and annually clean lint from inside the dryer cabinet and vent duct.Caution! If you are going to begin a serious clean out of your dryer, your first step should be to unplug the...
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...
Everyone wants to get in shape or stay in shape. Every January the collective voice seems to be saying, "This is the year I focus on my health." One way to do this can be to look into creating a home gym. Save on gym membership fees and invest in your home. A room loaded with expensive equipment may not be what your budget or space allows but we have some tips to creating that workout space without too much work!Basements or little used guest rooms seem to be the first place people look when they want a space for exercise. Start with cleaning out the space and evaluating what needs to be in...
Christmas is days away. You’ve decided on your tablescape, the menu is set and you know what you’re going to wear. Now where are you going to put all of your guests? Whether you live in a spacious dwelling or a small city apartment, it’s time to space plan. But don’t stress: This task just requires a careful observation of your space, so you can utilize what you have, whether it means simply moving some furniture or getting a bit more creative. Read on to learn how to maximize your entertaining space. For many of us, especially city dwellers, our kitchen and dining areas are much smaller...

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