Articles by Laura Firszt


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Concrete Flatwork Best Practices for Installation and Repairs

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 13, 2019

One of today’s top building materials, concrete is versatile, durable, and affordable. But you need to handle it right. Find out the best practices for installation and repair...


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Flooring Price Comparison

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 07, 2019

How much should you pay for a new floor? And how do different materials stack up, in terms of flooring price, installation, and best use? To accurately compare flooring price, check...


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How To Keep Your Washing Machine Clean: Smell, Mold & Germ-Free

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 29, 2019

Is this the mark of a veteran homeowner (or a true grownup): you finally know how to keep your washing machine clean? Seems like I, personally, have been doing it all wrong. Since...


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French Drain Installation Fact Sheet

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 23, 2019

A damp basement is bad news for homeowners, and a flooded basement is even worse. How can you protect your property? One solution is French drain installation in your yard or basement....


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Why Is My Shower Not Getting Hot?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 16, 2019

When the days grow chilly, you want – no, you need – a steaming hot shower to get you going in the morning. So if you turn that faucet and wait and wait ... and wait some...


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Seamless Guttering Pros, Cons and Materials

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 09, 2019

Is roof gutter replacement on your to-do list for fall? If so, consider seamless guttering. This type of gutter installation has been skyrocketing in popularity among American homeowners...


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Kitchen Cabinet Installation How To

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 03, 2019

QUESTION: Which upgrade makes the greatest difference to your kitchen’s look? ANSWER: New kitchen cabinets give the whole room a visual facelift. And the choice is yours: hire...


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Home Maintenance After Labor Day: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 26, 2019

Where did summer go? That’s the real question. Seems only yesterday we were dusting off the patio furniture and unpacking our barbecues. Now Labor Day’s sneaked up on...


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5 Paint or Stain Products That Make DIY A Breeze

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 19, 2019

When it comes to DIY, there are 2 kinds of homeowners: diehard weekend warriors … and the rest of us. Blessed with limited patience (and/or free time), we don’t mind picking...


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Clothes Moth Control

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 12, 2019

Are your clothes safe this summer? When you packed away your favorite woolly sweaters and long johns last spring, you probably didn’t expect to give them a second thought till...