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Home & Yard

This page is dedicated to our DIY home and yard projects.  Our home was built back in 1993 and at that time we took on several projects to help save money.  We did all the electrical and installed tile and hardwood flooring, to name the biggest.  It took some research and lots of hard work, but it all turned our very well.  Since then we realized that there were many projects we can do ourselves.

The articles on this page will highlight all the projects we’ve tackled.  We’ll show you some of the tools you may want to invest in to make these, and future, projects easier to tackle.  There are also a variety of tools, equipment and appliances that are very helpful to help keep your investment looking good.  We’ll show you some of this equipment and demonstrate how it can save you time and money.  Hopefully we can convince you that “average folks” can take on some of these DIY home and yard projects!

DIY Home Electrical Wiring Tips

By far the most challenging home project I've ever undertaken was installing my home electrical wiring. As I mentioned on the “About Us” page, I am a controls technician, so I am familiar with wiring and circuits. I also have a very good understanding of wire current ratings and general, ...
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Put an end to pet hair – get an iRobot Roomba vacuum.

A Dogs Perspective Buster and I have heard the old saying “dog is man's best friend”, but, from a dog's perspective, do you know what the new saying should be? Its “the iRobot Roomba vacuum is dog's best friend”! Actually, we should share the saying with all of our other furry, ...
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How to Control Pests Around Your Home

I am fairly certain that every home has them.  Those creepy, crawly, flying, biting, gnawing, hole digging, yard tunneling pests!!  Maybe they're not in your home or yard yet, but they are always nearby trying to figure out how to get in.  Our home is no exception.  I'd like to ...
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Gel Stain Application

Revitalize Your Garage Doors with Gel Stain

Are you tired of looking at your faded, chalky, aluminum garage doors? Revitalize your garage doors with a gel stain. Gel stains come in several colors and provides a nice finish that will last for years. We used a Minwax gel stain on our garage doors 2 years ago and ...
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Roomba Maintenance

If you read our first article on the Roomba, you would know it does a great job at controlling pet hair. We've owned our Roomba for about two years and we use it almost every day. It is still going strong. The battery life is still good and it only ...
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Be Prepared: A Power Brown Out Can Cause Damage

We all love our creature comforts. Air conditioning on a hot summers day; our furnace on a cold winters night and, one of the most important, indoor plumbing! All of these things have one thing in common... electricity. Most of the home's comforts, like refrigerators, freezers and water well, all ...
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Why I Love My Brinkmann Smoker

I've had my Brinkmann smoker for over 20 year now and I hope I get to use it another 20 years. In that time I've made all kinds of smoked meat.  This was a cheaper, basic charcoal model at the time, but I'm not sure if it was called the ...
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You Can Install Veneer Stone and Brick

Have you ever wanted veneer stone installed around a gas fireplace? How about veneer brick on a faux chimney? Those are two things we decided on when we built our home several years ago.  It's these types of finishing touches that can set your project apart from others. Your first ...
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Buy the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe

Something Every Home Owner Should Have   As home owners who have helped raise 2 children and 5 dogs, over the past 35 years, we have come to appreciate the things that have made this process easier. One such item is a carpet cleaner.  It helped us clean up after ...
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