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Got Hard Water? Follow These Cleaning Tips While You Wait For A Water Softening Device

Water softening refers to the process of removing magnesium, calcium, and other metal cations found in hard water. Households with hard water experience a variety of problems due to the buildup of limescale. These problems include rapid corrosion, sewage system interference, and foul plumbing. If you have hard water, the best thing you can do for your wallet and your stress level is to invest in a water softener, like a reverse osmosis or ion-exchange polymer filtration system. Read More 

5 Tips For Coordinating Your Draperies With Your Passive Solar Heating Design

Passive solar design involves orienting your home towards the winter sun to maximize your natural energy gain. However, even if your home was not designed with passive solar heating in mind, there are severalwindow treatments that you can apply to help you save energy during winter and summer. This include installing awnings or applying reflective film to your windows. Of all of your options, new draperies are often the easiest and cheapest to install. Read More 

3 Log Home Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Have you always dreamed of living in a cozy log home? What's stopping you? For many people, it's the stubborn idea that log homes are impractical or even unsafe that prevents them from considering logs as a home-building option. The problem with that assumption is that log homes are neither impractical nor unsafe – in fact, the truth is quite the opposite. While log homes are certainly less common than they once were, there are certainly enough historical examples still standing to attest to the fact that a well-built log cabin is a stable dwelling that holds up well over time. Read More 

How To Keep Pillbugs From Invading Your Vegetable Garden

Some pests like pillbugs aren't dangerous or poisonous to your family and pet's health. However, pillbugs can become nuisances in your vegetable garden when they take over. You can contact a pest control specialist to get rid of the pillbugs, or you can take measures into your own hands. Here's how you keep pillbugs out of your garden without harming them or your vegetables. What Are Pillbugs? Pillbugs or roly poly bugs aren't true insects. Read More 

Survivor: Successfully Moving With Your Teenager Edition

You've announced to your family that you will be making a move and movers are coming to pack you up. Chances are, your teenager hasn't responded with enthusiasm. To them it looks like they're about to become an unwilling participant in their own episode of Survivor. They'll be sent to an unknown place, among unknown people, and they'll have to figure out how to survive all of the challenges that will come their way. Read More