Clean Your Whole House with Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemon | Earth911.com

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One way to reduce the number of cleaning products you bring into your home is to clean with products you already have. People have been cleaning with household staples like vinegar, baking soda and lemons (or lemon juice) for a long time, and believe it or not, these items are safe and often effective. If you clean with these items, you may buy less, spend less money and have fewer harsh chemicals to worry about.

Click through to get some ideas for what you can clean with vinegar, baking soda and lemon.

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Clean Your Whole House with Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemon | Earth911.com.

Do You Have a Dangerous Tree? | HouseLogic Tree Maintenance Tips

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A mature tree can account for as much as 10% of your assessed property value, depending on your market. With that much at stake, you sure don’t want to have to yell, “Timber!”

Here’s how to tell if one of your trees is in danger of falling over, and what you can do about it.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/plants-trees/dangerous-tree/#ixzz2WbID4u7a

Do You Have a Dangerous Tree? | HouseLogic Tree Maintenance Tips.

Pipes And Plumbing Lifespan | How Long Do Pipes Last | HouseLogic

Nothing lasts forever, and that includes the plumbing pipes in your home. Fortunately, the majority of pipe materials perform well for decades. However, when that lifespan is reached, pipes may start to leak.

To prevent leaks, use the chart below to determine if your home’s plumbing lifespan is adequate or if water pipes are bursting for attention.

To prevent health hazards, check for lead pipes.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/plumbing/types-plumbing-pipes-and-their-lifespans/#ixzz2VXpXHGOH

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Pipes And Plumbing Lifespan | How Long Do Pipes Last | HouseLogic.

Laws For Lead Paint | Home Lead Paint Laws | Home Safety

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If you are renovating, repairing, or painting a home constructed prior to 1978, federal lead paint laws say your contractor must avoid contamination by taking specific precautions during demolition, construction, and cleanup. Home owners who do the work themselves are not subject to the laws.

Why lead paint laws?

Demolition, sanding, and sawing stir up lots of dust, which can be messy and inconvenient but usually not toxic. Unfortunately, in homes constructed before 1978, renovation dust might contain lead, which is harmful when ingested or inhaled by adults and children—especially those under the age of 6.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/painting/lead-paint-laws/#ixzz2VMNz1tmS

 

 

Laws For Lead Paint | Home Lead Paint Laws | Home Safety.

Laws For Lead Paint | Home Lead Paint Laws | Home Safety

lead paint

 

If you are renovating, repairing, or painting a home constructed prior to 1978, federal lead paint laws say your contractor must avoid contamination by taking specific precautions during demolition, construction, and cleanup. Home owners who do the work themselves are not subject to the laws.

Why lead paint laws?

Demolition, sanding, and sawing stir up lots of dust, which can be messy and inconvenient but usually not toxic. Unfortunately, in homes constructed before 1978, renovation dust might contain lead, which is harmful when ingested or inhaled by adults and children—especially those under the age of 6.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/painting/lead-paint-laws/#ixzz2VMNz1tmS

 

 

Laws For Lead Paint | Home Lead Paint Laws | Home Safety.

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets | Budget Kitchen Remodeling | HouseLogic

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This before-and-after shot shows the transformation that can take place with cabinet refacing. Image: Chris Harrison/Richmond Refacing

Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are replaced to match or complement the new veneer. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding complete the transformation.

What are the pros and cons?

via Refacing Kitchen Cabinets | Budget Kitchen Remodeling | HouseLogic.

Bad Trees | Tree Choices for the Yard | Planting Trees Tips

Bad Trees | Tree Choices for the Yard | Planting Trees Tips

Some trees are more trouble than they’re worth. Before you head to a nursery, see our slideshow. Then, see even more trees readers hate.

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Bad Trees | Tree Choices for the Yard | Planting Trees Tips.

Low Maintenance Ground Cover | Ground Cover Alternatives | HouseLogic

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Americans have long had a soft spot for lawns. Turf grass covers nearly 47 million acres in the U.S., according to the Lawn Institute. But there’s plenty that’s not green about all that green. For starters, the average household dumps 60 gallons of water a day on conventional lawns. Toxic lawn herbicides and pesticides run off into lakes and streams. Gas-powered mowers spew pollution into the air. And then there’s all that time spent watering, weeding, seeding, sodding, thatching, and mulching.

If you’re looking for an alternative, consider replacing some or all of your high-maintenance turf with ground covers that form walkable “carpets,” and innovative grasses that require little or no water or mowing once established.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/lawns/low-maintenance-lawn-alternatives-ground-cover/#ixzz2U1wDRaFW

 

 

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How to Update Kitchen Cabinets for Under $100 | Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

How to Update Kitchen Cabinets for Under 0 | Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

 

Knobs and pulls are kitchen jewelry that can dress cabinets up. Note that cabinet hardware can get very fancy and expensive — costing $30 and up for a single ornate knob. But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than $20 (that’s $2 a knob!).

To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades; 2-hole with 2-hole. That way, you won’t need to drill or patch.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/how-to-update-kitchen-cabinets/#ixzz2Tt40Zt1w

 

 

 

How to Update Kitchen Cabinets for Under $100 | Kitchen Cabinet Ideas.

How to Prevent Burglaries | Home Security Tips | HouseLogic

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You come home to an open front door, a ransacked house, and missing valuables. How did a burglar know you’d be gone? How did they get in?

In these 10 thank-you notes, your friendly neighborhood burglars share advice on how to stop lending them a helping hand.

via How to Prevent Burglaries | Home Security Tips | HouseLogic.