Articles by Laura Firszt

Condo Painting Tips (Great For Houses Too!)

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 18, 2019

Painting a condo is different from painting a house in a few significant ways. You have to deal with building rules and regulations, as well as working in a tighter space. But it will...

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Pick Your Plastic Plumbing Pipe: PEX Vs PVC

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 10, 2019

Are you planning to install or replace plumbing pipes in your home? You’ve probably heard that plastic pipes made of PEX or PVC are competing with copper in popularity, but what...

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Your Dryer Maintenance Guide

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 04, 2019

What’s wrong with the following sentence? “I just put my wash in the dryer and go to sleep.” These were the words of a young relative who recently moved into an...

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Lighting Tips For Your Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 28, 2019

Want a fast, affordable way to update your home’s interior style? Install new lighting! Check out these lighting tips for your home to select the most practical, best-looking...

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Appliances Customer Service, Twitter & Me

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 21, 2019

Ever been frustrated by trying to get information about a new appliance? Read how I made a mighty effort to contact appliances customer service … and got results! My New Stove A...

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DIY Security Tips To Keep Your Home Safe

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 14, 2019

The FBI reports that in 2017, there were nearly one and a half million burglaries in the United States, with property losses totaling $3.4 billion. Don’t become a statistic!...

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Choose and Install a Glass Countertop

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 07, 2019

One of the most exciting home improvement materials I’ve seen lately is glass – as in new glass countertop styles. A glass countertop gives a sleek, uniquely modern look...

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What Is A General Contractor?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 31, 2018

When you’re planning a medium to large-scale home improvement, you may hear that you should hire a general contractor ... in addition to the plumber, painter, drywaller, etc.,...

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Find Out The Best Month For House Renovation

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 27, 2018

Air conditioning contractors worked overtime this November in my northeastern city. No, we weren’t having a late-autumn heat wave. (Thank heaven -- summer was bad enough!) Instead,...

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Popular Kitchen Sink Types Pros And Cons

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 19, 2018

When you’re shopping for a new kitchen sink, prepare to be overwhelmed by the exciting variety of styles! For help selecting just the right sink, consult this handy guide. Our...