Articles by Laura Firszt


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Stucco Homes Advantages and Disadvantages

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 18, 2017

Stucco homes stand out. Whether you’re just looking around the neighborhood or seriously shopping for a new home, you’ll notice these houses, with their attractively seamless...


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Chipped Plaster Is An Easy DIY Fix

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 14, 2017

There’s just one problem with plaster – the wall finish of choice before drywall rose to popularity in the 60s. If you have a home with plastered walls, it’s so...


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Broken Doorbell Troubleshooting and Repair

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 13, 2017

It’s amazing what a problem a broken doorbell can be. You’re likely to miss drop-in visits from friends and family, time-sensitive deliveries, and possibly even important...


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Don’t Let a Small Hole in the Roof Turn Into a Big Problem

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 12, 2017

A hole in your roof can be truly bad news unless you get prompt repair. To detect any possible holes, keep your eyes open for the following signs of damage to your roofing, particularly...


Door Colors Guide

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 07, 2017

Have you heard the news? Front door colors are one of the hottest topics in home improvement these days. Presenting a homeowner’s guide to choosing the best door colors, how...


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Swale Landscaping Benefits

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 05, 2017

Does your property have excessive runoff from rainwater or melting snow? All that liquid can not only make your yard a soupy mess, it can even threaten the structural stability of...


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Removing Bamboo: Why And How

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 31, 2017

Live bamboo is popular as an inexpensive, natural, privacy fencing material which is about as green as you can get. Although it’s a type of grass, bamboo is actually stronger...


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Wasp Nest and Wasp Sting Solutions

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 29, 2017

Have you ever been stung by a wasp? Believe me, it’s an unforgettably painful experience. That’s why the sight of wasps and their nests strike fear into the heart of even...


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Electrical Outlet Not Working? How To Troubleshoot

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 27, 2017

One of life’s little annoyances is when you find an electrical outlet not working. But annoying as it may be, a non-functioning electrical outlet is actually fairly simple...


Kitchen Remodel Ideas: Myth Vs Truth

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 24, 2017

My nice next-door neighbor and I had our first disagreement last night. The subject: “Kitchen Remodel: To Do or Not to Do?” We live side by side, each in a condo with...