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Insulation Basics: What to Know About Spray Foam
Learn what exactly spray foam is, the pros and cons of using it and why you shouldn’t mess around with installation
"exactly spray foam is, the pros and cons of using it and why you shouldn’t mess around... figure out which is the best one for your project. We’ll begin with spray polyurethane... closed cell spray foam. However now that we tried spray foam we would only use spray foam... help if I sprayed only the underside of the roof? I don't want to spray the walls because... Can you spray foam a crawl space .. yes ....also spray foam is now being used under..."
Weed War: When and How to Use Chemical Herbicides
Before you spray, arm yourself with knowledge about which weed killers — natural or synthetic — are right for your yard
"e you spray, arm yourself with knowledge about which weed killers — natural or synthetic... bring out the big guns of weed management: the chemicals. Think carefully before... had been sprayed with RoundUp in a neighborhood about 3 miles away. If weeds or grass... clear out (no matter how small an area) go ahead and plant grass seed and use a starter... as a spray to the weeds’ foliage. The acid acts as a contact desiccant (“burning”..."
Dining Set Makeover: Paint and Tea-Tinted Fabric Make Old Chairs New
Reclaim dated dining chairs for far less than buying new, using spray paint, modern fabric and a handful of tea bags
"using spray paint, modern fabric and a handful of tea bags... B-I-N spray primer will stick to most anything and doesn't need a roughed up surface... of red spray paint. But I used a base coat first! Great job on those chairs. I would... using spray paint on a broad table-top. Much easier to see flaws and will take more... professionally spray painted at the shop. Here are the results. Oh, btw, I had the fabric... of that spray paint tomorrow! I have four antique oak chairs with caned seats that..."
Get a Grip on Kitchen Cabinets With the Right Knobs and Pulls
"soon find out that there are more cabinet knob options than there are stars in the sky... about spraying a lot of our stuff with clear acrylic spray to protect it, lights... type of pull that wasn't mentioned in this article is finger pulls (also known as lip... to pick out a fancy drawer pull or knob, but if each one is $10.00, that comes to around... knobs and pulls than my cabinets. Don't skimp on your pulls and knobs! This is the part..."
Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?
What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home
"home with spray foam insulation and pay in electricity about the same as our last home... we ran out of power and the lights slowly gave out. It is a definite mind set and... energy) pulled out of the ground and we've had a great ride using this stuff, inventing... take one out, rather than putting in a six-pack at a time. A smaller house is easier... screens made out of recycled milk bottles. Our solar shades over the windows are in fact..."
Great Design Plant: Knock Out Roses
As glorious as their high-maintenance kin for a fraction of the work, Knock Out roses make even beginners look like garden stars
"Knock Out roses make even beginners look like garden stars... endless spraying and pruning, right? Not Knock Out roses. These roses were introduced... various sprays to rid my bushes of this disease to no avail. Help! My knock-outs have... mites. I spray my Knockout roses with a mixture of plain dishwashing liquid and water... fungicide spray and extensive pruning. I was told these are disease resistant but I... And also spray with dish washing liquid solution throughout the season. These steps..."
Get Those Carpet Stains Out: Best Nontoxic Methods for Spot Cleaning
Banish blotches the safe way with pantry staples, to get your rugs looking as clean as the day they came home
"water in a spray bottle can remove many household stains. Caution: Before you tackle... blood out. I've used it on tan and beige carpets, and it doesn't bleach the carpet... get it out of our rug for anything. I've used OxyClean on everything...red wine on... it gets out not only the stain but any odor too. OxyClean kills organic matter, so... solvent. Spray it liberally onto the stain, blot and rinse with warm water until the..."
6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents
"also be sprayed. Just hope the spray doesn't drift my way. If you're around while... finishing go out and spray down everything you can. Just got a settlement for my garden... they are spraying make sure it is not a windy day - if it is, immediately upon them... with over spray - the trees seam like they will recover but won't really know til next... he was spraying on that day but figured he knew what he was doing and didn't know..."
Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio
Hang a vintage sign here and some inexpensive curtains there, for a patio or deck that looks polished and pulled together
"gazing out at your backyard, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don’t... Laura! I spray painted a couple of old wicker chairs that I already had and found an... switch out throughout the year and add color or warmth. I also buy replacement cushions... color to pull together an outdoor space. The most expensive pieces were the hayracks... had come out a few months ago before I bought furniture! I have old pallets in the..."
Discover the Ins and Outs of Pocket Doors
Get both sides of the pocket door story to figure out if it's the right space separator for your house
"figure out if it's the right space separator for your house... before spraying.) Great ideas and helpful hints. I love the idea of the 1/2 door... figure out how to get out of the bathroom! Any suggestions for double sided hardware... they are out of the way when not needed. After seeing this article I wish I had a... figuring out how to finish off the doorway openings without relying on huge amounts... in and out without interference and hangs in the middle of the space. Because of..."
Look Out for Lacewings: Beneficial Insects Coming to a Garden Near You
Lacewings are delicate insects that produce alligator-like, hungry offspring that devour aphids and other garden pests
"can get out of control. By leaving fallen leaves in the perennial garden and perennial... with a spray of water - the lacewings will ignore your garden because their babies... service to spray which I did for several years but stopped three years ago once I saw... work it out. On my 1/2 acre, only ONE (new) plant suffered during 2014 -- a native... stick out in front of their head, which they use to capture their prey. Turn over..."
How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim
New project for a new year: Add moldings and baseboards to enhance architectural style and create visual interest
"have 8', sprayed ceilings and one nice big window. I like the thought of a simple crown... those sprayed ceilings. The rooms are 12 x 13' and 10 x 10' in size. Hubs can handle... laid it out with painter's tape and then used Ralph Lauren Duchesse Satin paint. The... to find out before you start taking it off by having a sample tested. To know how... Check out the links at the end of this article as these and many other vendors provide..."
Get It Done: Clean Out the Linen Closet
"them, spray with starch, wrap tightly and place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator... to face out as do towels and they have to be folded so hems and labels are inside.... marks out of towels. I liked the idea of putting sheet sets together inside one... sheets out on a clothesline and can remember their wonderful scent and how white they... washing out each morning, that was what good housekeeping was all about - I even cheated..."
Let's Bang Out New Ways With Vintage Typewriters
We know, we've seen them everywhere, too. But these ideas turn a new page on vintage typewriter decor
"dried-out ribbons collecting dust. The solution: It is time for a rewrite. Here... 12 hrs. Spray it on then rewind the ribbon to keep it from drying out. I learned to... spewing out a horizontal string of about 5-inch-high blue and yellow flames, across... bring it out! My grandmother had the most beautiful pink Royal typewriter, and of course... with it out beside your computer on your desk! How do you find someone good at this..."
Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More
"would spray it with a degreaser and run it through the dishwasher. Pots had to be... (Spice pull out is adjacent to the cook top cabinet.) Love the pot-filling faucet... experience out there? It seems to me that the sink should be convenient to the stove... only keep out those things that are constantly used ( and washed). Hanging large sets... years out of necessity. The pots and pans AND the rack and hooks get greasy and then..."