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3 Common Problems That Start In The Crawl Spaces Of Old Balloon Framed Houses

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Balloon framing was once a popular construction method, including in Washington state. In a balloon framed house, the exterior walls have cavities in between the studs (known as stud bays) that run from the attic to the crawl space or basement. Due to this vast expanse of open space, homes with balloon framing have several problems. Here’s what you need to know if you own an older balloon framed house.…

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3 Reasons Why A Ductless Heat Pump Is The Right Choice For Your New Build Home

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Building a new home is exciting, because you get to pick the features and finishes that appeal most to you, rather than accepting something built to someone else’s specifications. One of the choices that you get to make is how you plan to heat and cool your home. Instead of going with a traditional central heating unit, you should consider that a ductless heat pump, also known as a mini-split, might be the right choice for your home.…

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How to Clean and Repair Your Home's Vinyl Siding for an Improved Look

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After years of sitting in the sun and weather, your home’s vinyl siding can become quite dirty and damaged. Bird droppings, insect stains, rust discoloration, dirt, and grim can all make your vinyl siding look old and dingy. As part of restoring the look of your siding, it is necessary that you remove all these types of stains and residues. Then, any holes and cracks in your siding should be repaired to avoid damage to your home’s exterior.…

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Craftsman Window Replacement: Double Hung, Fixed Pane, Or Single Hung Windows?

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When it comes time to replace the windows in your old craftsman house, you want to stay as true to the original character as possible. Therefore, you’ll likely try to find windows that mimic the style of the character windows you are trying to replace. As you shop, you might wonder why some windows with the slide-up design are more expensive than others. One of the big determiners of cost is whether the window is double or single hung.…

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4 Types Of Magnetic Kitchen Accessories To Help You Stay Organized

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In the kitchen, one of the main areas where you’ll find magnets is the refrigerator. This is a great way to organize papers, food menus, and important notes, but it is not the only place where you can use magnets in the kitchen. Adding more magnetic areas in your kitchen makes it easy to stay organized and provides a quick way to retrieve items for your home. If you’re looking for an efficient way to organize kitchen items, then consider the following four magnetic accessories.…

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Gas Furnace Not Coming On? Check The Emergency Power Switch

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If your home feels a bit on the chilly side, you may think that your gas furnace is on its way to breaking down. Although a broken blower fan or another big issue can prevent your furnace from operating correctly, it may not always be the case. Sometimes, simple problems can keep a furnace from putting out warm air, including an emergency power switch placed in the “off” position instead of the “on” position.…

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Spring Into Action: Protect Your Roof Against Spring Storms

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April showers bring a lot more than May flowers – they also usher in a season notable for damaging storms. High winds, hail and especially thunderstorms can suddenly interrupt a sunny, temperate season. These unanticipated assaults can overwhelm a roof already weakened or compromised by structural damage and inadequate drainage. Here are some things you can do to spring into action by “spring-proofing” your roof. Replace Bad Shingles Asphalt shingles have many attractive points, including their agreeable range of style, color and price options.…

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Five Ways to Protect Your Barn from Barn Fires

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If you have a barn for livestock or even for farm equipment, it’s important to take every precaution to protect the barn from damage. One of the most common ways barns are destroyed is through fire. Electrical fires are one of the most common causes of barn fires, and, sadly, most of them could be prevented through careful planning and thorough maintenance. You can personally avoid most electrical fires if you do the following:…

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3 Tips To Remember When Buying A Plot For Your New Property

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 Building your own home can be an exciting time, but if you’re new to home construction, it’s important to plan things in advance to ensure you don’t run into common roadblocks. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to overlook the process of buying land for their construction, so here are three tips to remember: Keep an Open Mind One of the main reasons people struggle during the early stages of building a home is because they are not willing to compromise on their idea of the “…

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Fancying A Fence? 3 Unique Fencing Materials To Consider For Your Backyard

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From patios and decks to swimming pools and outdoor kitchens, outdoor living is an important part of your home’s value, appeal, and function. In addition to these outdoor improvements, a fence around your backyard is also beneficial. Of course, deciding to install a fence is not your only decision. Considering there are numerous fencing materials on the market, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Wood, vinyl, and chain link are all great options to consider, but you may prefer something a bit more unique.…

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