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3 Signs That Your Home Locks Need To Be Replaced

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The first goal of home security is to convince would-be burglars to not bother breaking in by installing state-of-the-art doors, locks and other security systems. Locks are very integral to your home safety and should be changed every once in a while to prevent burglars and other unwanted guests from gaining access. Lost keys or a situation change If you notice that one of your home keys is missing, it is advisable that you schedule a lock change with your locksmith as soon as possible, as it could actually have been stolen. Even if you end up locating the key later on, it is better to be safe than sorry, as someone could have made copies and then returned the key. Changes in your living situation should also prompt you to get your locks changed. This may include a nasty divorce or a roommate who has moved out. Having the locks replaced will help deny unwanted guests access to your home, giving you peace of mind. Indications of lock tampering Burglars are always coming up with new ways to tamper with household locks. If you notice any broken locks, windows or missing household items, you should file a police report right away. However, there are instances where you may notice subtle signs of an attempted break-in, in which case you should call in a locksmith.   If you notice warped door frames or bent latches or deadbolts, this could indicate that a burglar had attempted to bash in the lock or kick the door open. Fresh nicks around the edges of the keyhole could indicate that a key was inserted into the keyhole forcefully in an attempt to tamper with the lock tumblers, while shiny metal edges or scratch marks on the keyhole might indicate someone attempted to pick the lock. Any such evidence on your entrance doors should prompt you to change your locks. Wear and tear Over time, your locks can become rusty and wobbly, increasing the risk of a malfunction that could lock you out or make the door latch easier to pry open. Rust accumulation and overuse could also make the door knob disengage itself from its original installment, making it harder to open and close the door. If you notice any rust on either your keys or locks, or have increased difficulty turning your knobs or dead bolt, it could be time to have your locks changed. For more informaiton, talk to a professional like Bob’s Lock &...

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Three Styles Of Shutters To Choose From For Your Home

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You may be looking at many different types of improvements for your windows. This can include things like window treatments, replacements or adding film. You may want to consider a more conventional improvement, such as shutters. If you want to have shutters on your home, you have a choice between modern and traditional styles. Here are some of the different types of shutters you may want to consider having installed on your home: 1. Bahama Style Shutters For Shade And Storm Protection If you want to have more than shutters on your home, Bahama style shutters are an option you may want to have installed on your home. These are shutters that open outwards and can also be used like an awning to give windows extra shade. If you live in a southern climate, Bahama shades can be a great way to keep the sunlight out of your home during the summer months, as well as to protect your home from storms and high winds. 2. Traditional Plantation Shutters For Storm Protection And A Classic Look Plantation shutters are another option that you may want to consider having installed on your home. These are shutters that have a more conventional look and open like double doors. If you want to have a more classic look for your home, plantation shutters can be a great addition. In areas like kitchens, you can even have these shutters installed as interior window treatments and be able to adjust them just like blinds. This is a more aesthetically pleasing solution for the shutters you have installed on your home. 3. Giving Your Home More Of A Modern Look With Roll-up Style Shutters There are also more modern options if you want to have shutters installed on your home. Roll-up style shutters can be a great choice. These shutters can also be motorized, allowing you to add automation. Roll-up shutters will be out of the way and hardly noticeable. They can provide your home with automation, energy efficiency and security. These are shutters that work like garage doors and can be opened and closed whenever you need them. These are some of the different types of shutters that you may want to consider having installed on your home. If you are ready to have new windows installed on your home, contact a window shutter installer and talk with them about some of these styles for your...

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Bed Bugs Be Gone!

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Bed bugs are a nasty parasitic pest that can take residence in your home from seemingly out of the blue. But never fear, bed bugs can be eliminated, but you need to take the first steps in finding them and doing the right things to get them out. Read on to learn about bed begs and how to get rid of them. What are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs are very small, brown insects that typically first hide out in your mattress or box springs. Unlike hornets or bees, they do not have nests, and they prefer to hide in groups and come out at night to have a snack. Give bed bugs enough time, and they will scatter to different areas of the bedroom. Don’t feel like you do not keep your house clean if you find out you have bed bugs because they can find residence anywhere if they are able to get in. How Can I Be Sure I Have Them? If you happen to wake up with small red bites that you didn’t have the day before, it may be worth looking into. The first thing to do is to check your bed for small brown, oval-shaped bugs. Just because they only come out at night doesn’t mean they are invisible during the day. You may find their molted skins or droppings before you find them. Once you do find them, you will need to take immediate action. How Did They Get in my House? There are a wide variety of ways that bed bugs could have infiltrated your home. Some of the most common ways are travel and used furniture. When you travel, bed bugs may find their way into your luggage and come home with you. Used furniture is another way that they can get in since they can hide out as long as there are animals to feed on nearby. Be careful to check luggage and furniture before you bring them back into your home. How Do I Get Rid of Them? Killing bed bugs can be a huge task, so many people will just contact an exterminator. A bed bug exterminator will make sure all of them are killed in one visit, while you will need to do a lot of things on your own to get rid of them, and you may not even get them all. Visit this link to see the steps and tools it takes to get rid of a bed bug...

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Got Old Car Tires? Upcycle Them With These 3 Creative Ideas

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Whether you’ve just replaced the tires on your car, need to replace them because they’ve been damaged beyond adequate repair or have simply come across several damaged tires, there are many ways to put those old, damaged or undamaged tires to good use. There’s really no reason for them to head off to the dump or any other place when you can upcycle them at home. Here are three interesting and creative ideas for your old car tires: 1. Grass Stools If you’ve ever been to Lima, especially the Invasion Verde, then you may have seen these really cool grass stools made out of old car tires. You’ll also notice the old tires being reused as garden planters. However, the stools are what really draw your attention in. You could easily do this at home by creating a base on the bottom of the tire (with a piece of plywood usually), placing the soil and planting the seeds. Mount on three-to-four stool legs to the previously-installed plywood and you’ll have yourself some excellent and comfortable outdoor chairs. 2. Rope Table Another excellent idea is to use some rope to cover the tire and create a beautiful table that can be displayed indoors or outdoors. You will need to get a piece of plywood or some form of hard wood that can be cut to fit the top and bottom of the tire, as you’ll need something for the legs to attach to and something sturdy for items to sit on. If you don’t want the brown-colored rope, consider either purchasing colored rope or painting it beforehand. You’ll also need construction glue, such as liquid nail, to make sure the wood and rope adheres well to the tire. 3. Sandbox If you have little ones that love to play outside, then using your old car tires for a sandbox may be the perfect idea. This is also one of the easiest projects to implement at home. While it is true that a tractor tire would be best used for this project because it is larger, car and truck tires will work. If nothing else, you could always cut them to form a larger area or butt them up to one another to create a really awesome play area. Basically, to create the sandbox, all you do is paint the tire the color of your choosing and add the sand. With these ideas in mind, the next time you go to have your tire replaced, you’ll want to make sure you keep the old one so that you can implement one of these ideas or a different idea. Contact a company like Terpstra’s Sales Service & Rentals for more...

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Using Curtains, Drapes, And Valances To Change The Shape Of Your Windows

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The shape of your windows can have a dramatic effect on whether a room feels well-proportioned or not. Unfortunately, if you have windows that don’t fit well with your rooms, it’s not so easy to change them. Choosing the right window treatment, however, is a much cheaper and easier way to change the effect your windows have. Whether it’s making windows seem bigger, smaller, shorter, or taller, the imaginative use of drapes, curtains, and valances is a great way to change up the interior of your home. Changing Window Shape There are a number of reasons why you might be unhappy with the shape of your windows. Windows with oddly-shaped tops, such as decorative arching, may seem too ornate for some home décor schemes; if this is the case, the top of the window can be squared off with a rectangular valance box. Small but irregularly-shaped windows that you dislike can be obscured by covering them completely with a window treatment such as a hanging curtain. On the other hand, you can embrace the irregular shape and choose to install custom blinds that showcase a unique window rather than covering it up. Making Windows Taller or Shorter If you’re worried about a window looking too short, mount a valance higher than the top of the window and allow it to extend down past the arch, and you’ll end up with a window that looks taller than it is. Alternatively, mount a curtain rod higher than the top of the window frame, and the longer drapes or curtains will give you a taller window. Shortening windows is done in a similar way; mount your curtain rod very close to the top of the window or even below the top of the window frame. A large valance can do the same thing, but you will sacrifice some of the window’s view if you block it this way instead of using curtains that can be opened. Generally speaking, it’s easier to make a window taller than shorter. Making Windows Wider or Narrower Valances are not effective for changing the width of a window; for this, you should rely on curtain rods. Curtain rods that are wider than a window will allow you to hang curtains that extend past the window on both sides, which makes for a wider-looking window as well as an attractive frame to the window when the curtains are drawn open. You can create quite large differences in actual and perceived width this way. Narrowing a window, on the other hand, is difficult. You can hang your curtains to only barely reach the edge of the frame on each side, but it’s better to play with the window’s height if you can. If you make it look taller, you will make it look proportionally narrower, and adding height is much easier to do. For more information, contact a company like Budget Blinds Of Coachella...

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Need A New Grill? Why You Should Consider Paying Extra For An Egg Grill

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If your grill has finally conked out and you are shopping for a new one, you will likely see odd looking grills that look like a large ceramic egg. These grills are commonly called infrared grills. It may be more expensive, but you still may want to shell out the extra bucks for one. Below are four reasons why. Cook Food Faster An infrared grill cooks food faster than a traditional grill. This is because it uses gas or electric to heat the surface, and then sends the heat directly to the food. These grills can also reach a much higher temperature than gas or charcoal grills. You save time in waiting for the infrared grill to heat up, and you do not have to preheat it as you do with traditional grills. Cook Varieties of Foods When you think of a grill, you probably think of grilling out hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, etc. With an infrared grill you can do all of this, but you can cook many other things also. If you want to have pizza, cook it on the infrared grill instead. If you want to make a batch of delicious cinnamon rolls for breakfast, instead of waiting for them to get done in the oven, put them on the grill, and they will cook faster. You can even cook casseroles on this grill. Clean it Easier Most infrared grills are self-cleaning, so they require very little clean up when you are finished grilling.  Residential heat burns away any grease that may build up while you are cooking. You will have some left over residue, however, but it can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth. This means you will not have to worry about using any types of chemicals. The main thing you will have to clean is the grill grate. It is easiest to do if you clean it each time you finish grilling. Control Temperature Most infrared grills have temperature control, which allows you to control the temperature, and cook your food at the exact temperature you want.  If you are grilling on a gas grill and need to lower the temperature, it takes a few minutes to get there. With an infrared grill, it gets to the right temperature quickly. You can also use your infrared grill to smoke your food, such as ribs, by adding a few smoked wood chips to it while you are grilling. How you do this depends on the grill you purchase. For more information about outdoor grills, contact a company such as Hearth and...

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9 Tips For Maintaining Your Drapes

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When you hang your drapes, maintenance is a must. If you fail to maintain them, it could not only impact the drapes, but also the other furnishings in the room. Here are nine tips for helping you keep your drapes in top notch shape.  Shake your drapes nightly. During the day, dust settles on your drapes. Over the course of a few days, the dust builds up and becomes more difficult to remove. To help make it easier to keep the drapes clean, lightly shake them nightly.  Hand wash the drapes. Even though your washing machine is equipped with a gentle cycle, you should wash the drapes by hand. This helps to ensure the integrity of the fabric is not compromised.  Iron on the reverse side. Before ironing the drapes, check for signs of puckering. If the fabric has puckered, lightly spray the drapes with water and slightly pull on the drapes as you iron them. Vacuum monthly. At least once a month, vacuum the drapes to keep them clean. You can use an attachment to ensure that the entire fabric is cleaned.  Close your windows during rainstorms. Rain can leave watermarks on your drapes. The watermarks are difficult to remove. To keep your drapes looking nice, close the windows when bad weather is on the way.  Clean the drapes’ hardware. Dust from your drapes’ hardware can get on the fabric and ruin your hard work to keep them clean. Take some time to dust your rods and valances when you vacuum the drapes.  Protect dark-colored drapes. Dark fabrics tend to soak in the sunlight. As a result, they fade quicker. If you have darker colored drapes, move them to the side on sunny days. If you have blinds, keep them closed on those days. Watch for condensation. When moisture builds up around your windows, it can impact your drapes. If your windows are prone to excessive moisture around them, keep the drapes pulled away from them and wipe away the moisture when possible. Move the drapes around. Your windows get various levels of sun exposure. To help keep the wear on your drapes even, periodically rotate them. This allows your drapes that get the most sunlight a break.  If you are ordering custom drapes, ask your supplier for other special tips you can use to keep your drapes in good condition. The more care you give your drapes, the longer they will last. To learn more, speak with someone like Frieda Ross Draperies, Blinds and...

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Learn How To Restore A Wooden Coffee Table That Has A Dull And Damaged Surface

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If your wooden coffee table has a dull appearance and is suffering from some minor damage, learn how to restore it to its original condition. Once you have finished, you will have a beautiful piece of furniture that you will be proud to display in your home.  Use The Following Materials lint free cloths towel mild detergent water bucket sponge emery cloth gel stain polyurethane paintbrush drop cloth epoxy putty plastic scraper wood cleaner Clean The Table Place a drop cloth underneath the table to collect spills while you are cleaning and making repairs. Add a cup of mild detergent to a bucket of warm water. Stir well. Dip a sponge into the cleaning solution and apply it to the table’s surface to remove stains. After the table is clean, dry it off well with a towel. Stubborn stains can be removed from the table’s surface with an emery cloth. An emery cloth is a tool with sandpaper on one side and fabric on the other. Press the emery cloth down firmly and move it with the grain of the wood. Once all of the stains are removed, wipe away dust particles with a lint free cloth. Repair Chips In The Wood If small sections of wood are missing or damaged on the table’s surface, they can be repaired with epoxy putty. Mold the putty with your fingertips and press it into the parts of the table that are damaged. Flatten the epoxy with a plastic scraper. The epoxy will take a few hours to dry. After this occurs, sand the repaired areas with an emery cloth until they are level with the rest of the surface. Wipe the table off with a clean cloth to remove residue that was left behind by the emery cloth. Add Stain And Polyurethane Stir gel stain that matches the original color of the table. Apply it to a lint-free cloth and rub it onto the table’s surface. Move the cloth with the grain of the wood. Cover the trim and grooves in the wood with a thin paintbrush. Wait for the stain to dry. Add a coat of polyurethane to the table’s surface with a cloth and paintbrush. Again, make sure that the polyurethane is being applied with the grain of the wood. After the surface has dried, the coffee table will have a brilliant shine and there will not be anymore signs of damage. Maintain the table’s appearance by regularly removing dust from its surface with a clean cloth. If visible stains are present, remove them with wood cleaner and a cloth. Contact a furniture repair specialist for more information or...

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Fun In The Sun: Four Tips To Pet-Proof Your Carpet This Summer

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As temperatures soar, you probably find that your house is a large revolving door—especially if you have pets. The dog wants in and out, the cat comes and goes, and the children can’t seem to make up their mind—everyone is constantly opening and closing the door. Pets, specifically, can make your home incredibly dirty with the in and out parade. Dirt, dust, and water can wreak havoc on your carpeting. Fortunately, you can prevent—or at least limit—the damage by being proactive. Here are four tips to protect your carpeting this summer from your beloved pets: 1. A Quick Wipe If your pet spends any time outdoors, he will bring dirt inside. Fortunately, with some quick action, you can limit the dirt that is trapped in your carpet. Act quickly when your pet comes indoors and wipe their paws. Although it won’t get all of the dirt, it will remove most of it. If that sounds like too much work, use a heavy-duty and waterproof doormat and place it near the doorway. The mat won’t remove dirt, but it will loosen most of it so that it falls away. Just make sure you have tile or linoleum flooring in the area to collect the dirt, and that your pet walks over it. 2. A Good Grooming Pet hair seems to be everywhere in many homes, and it’s difficult to remove. If it seems like your home is covered in pet hair during the warmer months, invest in a good grooming service. Although you should not remove all of your pet’s fur, a quick trim will significantly reduce the amount of pet hair that gets stuck to your home. If you pet has long hair, you should also make sure you brush him daily, as this will remove most of the loose fur. 3. A Tip-Proof Bowl The hot temperatures of the summer months make pets thirstier. Although you cannot entirely prevent sloppy drinkers from tracking water everywhere, you can limit it. If your pet likes to play in the water dish—or is just too rambunctious—consider investing a tip-proof water bowl. You can also place the bowl on a mat or an area that is free from carpeting, to help minimize the mess. 4. A Dry Dog Summer rain may bring relief from the scorching temperatures, but it can lead to an unpleasant “wet dog smell.” If you find that your home wreaks of wet dog after a romp in the rain, make sure you dry your dog off after playing in the water. Store a large towel near your door. When you come inside, wipe off your dog well. Make sure you wipe off their body, as well as their paws and tail. If the smell is still lingering around, use an air freshener spray to remove it. For more information, contact Darling’s Carpet & Floor Care or a similar...

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Understanding The Basics Of Creating A Spring Garden

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As seasons change and spring begin to arrive you may notice that your backyard area lacks a little color. Consider planting a garden with lots of spring colors to brighten up the exterior of your home. The following information provides some basic tips on creating a spring garden to fill your yard with a burst of color and lots of healthy blooms. Prepare Landscape Design Before beginning to work out in the yard, it may be beneficial to create a garden and landscape design. Typically, you can do this using some graph paper to aid in marking off the area where you will plant your garden and other landscape features. You can also determine if there is enough space to plant everything you want in the garden area. In order to further spruce up your yard, consider adding some pathway lights or a stone pathway if you are adding a garden to your backyard. Pick Your Bulbs After planning and marking off the area where you will plant your spring garden, it is time to determine the type of bulbs to use. For beginners, it may be best to stick with the classic brightly colored bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and peonies. The good thing about these bulbs is that they are also available in a variety of shapes and sizes. This will add a little more pizzazz to your yard. It’s important to understand how each bulb you choose grows throughout the year. It’s essential to know the height, colors and when each bulb blooms. This will help you determine which bulbs should be placed next to each other so the garden will remain cohesive.  For instance, tulips and daffodils bloom early in the spring, which makes them a good choice to plant next to each other. Prepare Soil Once you determine which bulbs you will use for your spring garden, you will need to prepare the soil before planting. This means that you will need to amend the soil by adding organic matter or inorganic fertilizer to the garden area. Using the organic matter or inorganic fertilizer will ensure that your bulbs turn into healthy blooms.  If you have difficulty with preparing your soil or it is too time-consuming, consider container gardening or using potted plants outdoors. It may also be advantageous to consult with a landscape contractor to assist you with your garden as well as overall landscape design. To learn more, contact a company such as CNC Lawn Care, Inc. with any more questions you...

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