Articles by Laura Firszt

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Insulation Ratings: What They Mean for Your Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 10, 2018

According to the Insulation Institute, fully 90 percent of today’s American homes are underinsulated. That’s really too bad, because insulating your house is one of the...

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What Is FSC Certified Wood and Why Does It Matter?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 26, 2018

Wood is one of the most enduringly popular home improvement materials. It’s beautiful, sturdy, and useful for all sorts of projects, from flooring to furniture. Besides, it's...


What To Do With Fallen Leaves

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 26, 2018

Autumn leaves are gorgeous, all right … until you have to actually do something about them. Unfortunately, leaving fallen foliage on your lawn to rot is not the best option;...

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Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 16, 2018

Fall is the time to get moving and get your house and its equipment winter-ready. If you live in any part of the United States that experiences freezing winters, preparing your lawn...

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Black Mold: Get It Out Of Your House

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 09, 2018

Eew! Black mold! A mold-infested house not only looks and smells terrible, it may also be a serious threat to your family’s health. Find out how black mold can grow in your...

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Pros and Cons of Popular Roof Styles

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 04, 2018

The roof is a major design element of your house. But let’s not forget its primary purpose: to protect you and your belongings from rain, wind, and weather in general. Whether...

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Learn How To Move A Refrigerator – The RIGHT Way

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 27, 2018

If you’re wondering how to move a refrigerator, you’ve probably been picturing a couple of husky humans hauling the fridge out of your house and onto a truck. However, frequent...


Emergency Plumbing Repair Toolkit

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 20, 2018

Funny how it always happens on the weekend or after 10 pm – your plumbing goes haywire. Suddenly that leaky faucet turns into a torrent, or the slow-moving toilet overflows,...


Give Your House Exterior a Facelift

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 14, 2018

Is your house looking tired and shabby from the outside? Would you like to spruce it up to sell … or just to make coming home more enjoyable? There are tons of improvements...

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How To Remove A Tree Stump

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 08, 2018

So you removed that old or diseased tree from your property. That’s one problem solved ... but now you’re left with a second dilemma: how to remove the tree stump? Check...