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Five Financial Strategies for Home Building
Five Financial Strategies for Home Building

The Laughing Crow is a moniker whose voice I borrow: a rascal who is abrasive but honest, curious, and outgoing. IntroductionWhen you look at those home-building programs, you see that almost every one of them runs out of budget. The typical strategy used by the family that are prospective home builders is to have more money than budgeted, essentially throwing more money at the problem.

Tips for Spray Painting Baseboards With an Airless Sprayer
Tips for Spray Painting Baseboards With an Airless Sprayer

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Spray Painting Baseboards vs Paint Brush ApplicationIf you don& 39;t want to spend the day on your hands and knees painting baseboard trim with a brush, use a paint sprayer instead. Even for a newbie, baseboard trim is easy to spray paint, using an airless sprayer, equipped with the right size spray tip.

Instructions for Making a Scarecrow
Instructions for Making a Scarecrow

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. History of ScarecrowsThe use of scarecrows goes back farther than when Dorothy visited the land of Oz. In fact, the first recorded version of a scarecrow goes back to the Egyptians, thousands of years ago.

Great Plant Choices for Your Poolside Landscape
Great Plant Choices for Your Poolside Landscape

Chris has been professionally developing award-winning landscapes for pools and patios in the West Michigan area for over 11 years. Adding plants around your poolside retreat will help create a lush and inviting place to kick back and relax. Not only will plants add interest around the landscape, there is a direct functional benefit for having them around, too.

How to Fix a Slow-Draining Bathtub: Six Methods
How to Fix a Slow-Draining Bathtub: Six Methods

Since leaving college, Paul has worked in a variety of roles, including: painter and decorator, general handyman, and freelance writer. In my experience is that it& 39;s always worth trying to avoid the expense of employing a plumber if you can help it, and fixing a slow-draining bathtub yourself often isn’t anywhere near as challenging as many people think.

Tropical Taste of Hawaii: The Wondrous Wi Apple
Tropical Taste of Hawaii: The Wondrous Wi Apple

The author lives in a quiet seaside community in lower Puna on the Big Island. He& 39;s an avid gardener, traveler, and photographer. Wi apple (pronounced wee or vee apple) is a tall tropical fruit tree often seen growing in gardens and parks in Hawaii. Originating from Polynesia (Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands), wi apple has been widely cultivated throughout Southeast Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.

Polymeric Sand
Polymeric Sand

Polymeric sand is a building material that fills and binds paving joints—spaces between units such as concrete pavers. It is officially described as dry joint sand stabilizer.Online it& 39;s called all sorts of things that revolve around pavers (to know why see History) polymeric sand for pavers, filling gaps between pavers, paver leveling sand, paver locking sand, and the like.

10 Things That Make Life Easier
10 Things That Make Life Easier

Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world. The world can be a pretty serious place most of the time. Once in a while, it& 39;s nice to take a step back and truly appreciate life -- giving thanks for the wonderful people who surround you, and for all the modern conveniences that make life a little more enjoyable.

How to Plan and Build the Perfect Garden Deck
How to Plan and Build the Perfect Garden Deck

Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden. Starting With a Blank CanvasThere’s no better way to start than with a blank canvas and let it evolve over time, albeit an existing furnished decking can be rearranged and enhanced at your leisure.

How to Install a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
How to Install a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Bert spent 25 years working as a home-improvement and residential construction contractor in central Florida. A properly working bathroom exhaust fan replaces contaminated air in one room with fresh air from a neighboring room or hallway. A bathroom without proper ventilation suffers with foggy mirrors and unpleasant odors.

My Review of Kilz Original Oil-Based Primer
My Review of Kilz Original Oil-Based Primer

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Does Kilz Oil-Based Primer Block Stain Well?I have used Kilz oil-based primer many times in my painting career to seal over tough stains on drywall that would otherwise bleed through latex paint.

Top Aromatic Plants for a Sweet Smelling Dog
Top Aromatic Plants for a Sweet Smelling Dog

I love pottering in the greenhouse and garden and listening to classic rock with my Labradoodle, Florrie. Last year we had a family holiday in the Cotswolds. Florrie Labradoodle came too.One sunny afternoon, we paid a visit to the local lavender farm near to the pretty village of Broadway. It was quite pleasant wandering through the different pink, purple and blue flowering plants.