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on 07/17/2014 - 03:29 pm
By Joe DeSouzaFence and Deck DirectWarm weather is slowly moving into Northeast Ohio, and that means it's time to get outside. Early spring is an ideal time to get those gardening, landscaping, and outdoor maintenance projects knocked out. Most professionals recommend doing the big outdoor chores now because you'll miss the oppressive heat of late summer, the ground is soft enough to work with, and you'll have 4-5 months of pleasant weather to be outside with your handiwork.Installing fencing is a good beginner-intermediate level project that adds intimacy and shape to an outdoor space. Whether you're using a professional fence installation contractor, or going to the DIY route, there's som ...
on 07/17/2014 - 12:50 pm
The garage may be the room most deserving of the title "multipurpose." And that space can be tough to design and organize, as we try to balance form and function.In the garage, we need an expansive open floor for vehicles and heavy equipment, like lawnmowers. The floors should be tough enough to deal with wet/muddy/salty/snowy tires and shoes. Plus, vertical space along the walls has to support storage space for seasonal equipment, decorations, and more.Oh, and can it all look nice?This conflict is what created a residential demand for technologies that had previously only seen commercial use. Polymer-based floor coatings have been used in factories and hospitals for years, but recentl ...
The technology that underlies LEDs (light emitting diodes) is a relatively recent development. British scientist H.J Round discovered that special materials called semiconductors emit light when supplied with a flow of electricity. Because LEDs don't need to heat metal to white-hot temperatures to achieve light, LEDS are more efficient than traditional, filament-based incandescents.LEDs have their own problems, though. Early LEDs only produced infrared light, which isn't visible to humans. GE Engineer Nick Holonyak solved this problem in 1964 with the first visible-light LED, but his red-light alternative didn't help the average homeowner, unless you owned and needed to light a dungeon.The f ...
By Jonathan PalmerMallard's Edge
Golf course living is beloved by many homeowners for its pristine landscaping, beautiful views, and close proximity to a favorite hobby. But do some homework about your potential parcel, home, and the course—before signing the papers or buying that golf cart.Here are some tips to consider before purchasing a home near a golf course:
1) Know the Building Materials
Talk to the builder or the Realtor about the materials used to construct the home. Are they impact-resistant? Is there a new warranty (or a transferable one) on the siding or windows, and what's covered in it? You can't buy a house built with cheap materials and expect noth ...
on 05/14/2014 - 12:41 pm
Category: Home Technology
By Terry GiguireLawndale ElectricalIf you are like many homeowners, you probably dabble in home improvement and remodeling jobs around the home, proudly joining the ranks your fellow weekend warriors. While you may be apt at tiling the backsplash in the kitchen, installing hardwood floors in the dining room, painting the walls throughout the house, and even building a bar in the basement, most electrical jobs should be left to the professionals.The risk of fire and injury is just too great when left to homeowners who don’t have the extensive knowledge and experience required to properly work on electrical jobs.Here are some projects that should be left to the professionals:1. If you ar ...
on 05/02/2014 - 01:55 pm
Category: Windows & Doors
By: Andy WimsattDivision Manager, Champion WindowsHow much time you spend letting your pet outside, then back in again, then back out again, then back in?Thanks to a new innovation at Champion Windows, you can give yourself, and your pet, some freedom by having a pet door installed in your new sliding glass patio door. That’s right, in your glass patio door.Champion Window’s pet doors are installed as part of the complete manufacturing process, not as an addition to an existing door. Most pet doors come as separate attachment units and require the existing door to be partially open, making poor energy efficiency, weather, debris, and unwanted pests all potential problems. But a ...