One reason that chimney fires can be so dangerous is due to their ability to burn undetected by home residents. Chimney fires can smolder for long periods of time, then suddenly erupt into violent burning flames or penetrate into the home's wooden structure. At other times, you may not even know there was a fire until it has burned out. However, consider a chimney fire as a warning sign that another fire may occur in the near future.
18 December 2015
The warmth of a crackling fire on a winter evening is one of life's simplest, but best, pleasures. However, your contentment can quickly turn to horror when you discover that your wood pile is home to destructive insects and other organisms. Learn how to keep these pests from hitching a ride on your firewood into your home; here is what you should know: Common firewood pests In the United States, you are apt to encounter many, if not all, of the following pests that inhabit firewood.
19 November 2014
As a PC gamer, you might spend hours each night sitting at your computer strategizing with your teammates or attempting to beat the next level. All of that time sitting can adversely affect your health, resulting in discomfort and pain throughout your body. Thankfully, you can mitigate the damage by fitting your gaming station ergonomically to support your body appropriately. Pay close attention to the following areas to keep your body healthy through hours upon hours of gaming.
5 November 2014
As a homeowner, it isn't always easy to pinpoint air conditioner problems, especially if you work during the day. Instead of being able to quickly identify issues and address them right away, you might have to deal with months of weird quirks before discovering a broken system component. To make your next fact-finding mission a little easier, here are two strange occurrences that could signal air conditioner trouble. 1: Weird Smells
30 October 2014
North American gardeners must often contend with a range of persistent garden weeds. Some of the most problematic plants can stifle your attempts to grow a healthy lawn, so determined gardeners must develop a plan of attack against the most common pests. Crabgrass is a common weed that plagues gardeners across North America, but, with the right strategy, you can rid yourself of this problematic plant. Learn more about how to spot crabgrass, and find out how you remove this weed from your lawn.
30 October 2014
If you're like most busy homeowners, chances are that you don't spend nearly enough time outside enjoying your patio furniture. So why not take the time to celebrate fall outdoors with your friends and family? Send out the party invitations and prepare by decorating your patio with the help of these ideas: Create Crafty Table and Chair Covers A great way to brighten things up for your fall celebration is to make simple covers for your outdoor table and chairs.
30 October 2014
Older homes offer charm and a sense of history, but sometimes their electrical systems create frustrating obstacles to modern living. When you purchase an older home, make these 5 convenient electrical upgrades to avoid potential headaches. 1. Replace Two-Prong Outlets with Three-Prong Outlets Many of today's electronics come with three-prong electrical cords. If all your home's outlets have two-prong receptacles, however, you might be out of luck for simple tasks like vacuuming the floor or operating your computer.
28 October 2014
Sometimes when people notice bugs and spiders crawling around their house, their first instinct is to blame the last exterminator that treated the area. Instead of trying to figure out what they can do to fix the issue, many people make angry calls to their pest control professional, demanding an additional treatment. However, if you have bug problems, you might be part of the reason that they keep showing up. Here are three ways that you might be creating pest control issues in your home, and what you can do to resolve the problem.
28 October 2014
If you have asthma or indoor allergies, then the air quality in your home is extremely concerning. Basic furnace filters are only designed to get out particulate that is big enough to harm the furnace, and they do not help much with allergies. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to reduce the amount of allergens that are clogging your air. Invest in a Better Vacuum Cleaner (and Use It) Most dirt and allergens settle to the floor before ever making it to the furnace intake.
21 October 2014
Children and pets can be hard on furniture, so learning how to effectively remove spots and stains from upholstery is usually your best defense. A few common household products and some elbow grease are all you need to safely clean up spills that landed on a couch, chair or ottoman. The following tips will help you bring back the beauty of any upholstered piece in your home. What You Need
16 October 2014