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How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not

Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think Full Story
     Comment   July 23, 2014
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glencoe
For anyone interested there is a great piece of software for mac that I use to catalogue a large proportion of my possessions (my books in particular) but it covers other items too, like electronics or tools. Its called delicious library and the beauty of it is that purchases can be scanned in using both the barcode or manually. The program will also provide a full description such as year of manufacturer, value etc and can be published to the web for online access. Unfortunately it is a mac only program but for those apple users out there I recommend it. It took a while to scan my 1000 or so books in but now its a quick matter to input any new items as I get them. The items are displayed as an image on a visual shelf so that its easy to identify them at a glance.
For those of us who don't always trust the cloud based services the other device I recently purchased is called a "transporter" which is a personalized cloud storage device. You would need 2, one at your house and one somewhere else such as a relatives place. With it you can back up any files straight to the second device and if any catastrophe befalls your property you can instantly access the same files on the second device remotely.
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Jo Richmond
Great article, although I did not have the hassle of settling with the insurance like you did after our house fire, you do bring up some great points. I was very fortunate to have a friend/agent who had been looking out for us for 17 years and he had an adjuster, to what was left of the house, two days after the fire and a check another two days later. My story may be the exception to the rule, but definitely getting the house rebuilt was WAY more difficult than dealing with the insurance company.
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Revive Your Space With a Homemade Pillow Cover

Give your bed or sofa a new look with a little fabric and some simple sewing skills Full Story
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laurasolyom
Neat - will try this!
March 29, 2014 at 7:04pm   
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Veronica Ramirez Duarte
So simple! Thanks :)
May 18, 2014 at 8:59am   
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Make Your Own Barn-Style Door — in Any Size You Need

Low ceilings or odd-size doorways are no problem when you fashion a barn door from exterior siding and a closet track Full Story
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rdwright67
WAIT - looking at the Johnson product, I'm not at all sure the track and rollers will work for a wall installation, rather than the more common under-the-top-of-the-door-frame installation. Probably does need to be the Prime-Line track. All the better - it's 1/4 the cost of the Johnson and should be adequate for a lightweight door like the one I plan to use. Still looking on line for the floor guide, though.
April 28, 2014 at 2:11pm   
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Jennifer Mullins
All the projects look fantastic, In my sons room I have 2 closets that I will be putting barn doors on and i have priced them out right and found that I can save quite a bit of money doing them myself, plus I can make them just the way I want to and order any type of hardware I like. I love seeing projects like this.

For those of you who want to tackle the project yourselves, I found this wonderful article on how to do for around a 100.00 a piece ----> .http://www.epbot.com/2013/03/make-your-own-sliding-barn-door-for.html
May 6, 2014 at 6:48am     
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How to Build a Raised Bed for Your Veggies and Plants

Whether you’re farming your parking strip or beautifying your backyard, a planting box you make yourself can come in mighty handy Full Story
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hatwife
had marked this page for future use and finally built a box this past weekend! we cut it down to about 4x4 instead of 8x4 and built it in our soon to bed deck (removed an old rotting screen porch which used to be on the framework). We also connected the top boards at 45 degree angles instead of just butted up against each other, and we've left the bench edge off for now - may add it later but like the symmetry we have now. Next up is finishing the deck and touching up the paint where the screen porch was. We love it and can't wait to plant in it!
July 7, 2014 at 6:56am     
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PermaScapes Unlimited Inc
@Marilyn - the article you reference states that even the manufacturers of pressure treated wood products specifically advise against using PT products in edible gardens. Your consumption of foods grown in chemically tainted soils is at your own risk. There are many appropriate construction & landscape applications for PT wood products, but the consensus among professional gardeners is that they don't belong in vegetable gardens. Best of luck.
July 13, 2014 at 7:08am   
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20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair

Some have fire features and grills; others, just a table and chairs. But all of these open-air rooms show guests a good time Full Story
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redpoint
Thank you Houzz for showing some ideas that do not have to cost a fortune! My favorite photos are always the ones that are the least upscale. (That being said--I did save the stone-and-fire pic to my dream folder.)
last Saturday at 7:26am   
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California Fence Company
Great ideas, I loved it very much. Those who would get the opportunity to live in such picturesque settings would be very lucky. The outdoor space with the wood fences is a place where you can spend your day and forget all your worries- a peaceful retreat away from all the stress.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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lola1953
What is the best interior color for a condo & goes with everything that you have. I want a color that is friendly & warm. And that says welcome to your families & friends. My place is one big open concept to a kitchen/dining room/ living room with a big kitchen counter top, love to cook. Kitchen & counter top is white laminate, hard to keep clean. can I paint this ? Any ideas is appreciated. And thank you, have a great week.
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Annie Springate
I just can't I like lighter colors.
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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
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Rosemary Hughes
I'm sure there are designs for laundry chutes that prevent them from being an easy way to give a fire from your hot water heater, dryer, furnace and other things that are close to a basement laundry chute. It is my experience that such changes in code usually come from a national organization that has the statistics to back up their recommendations.
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guscook66
When our children were little, they left the upstairs door to the laundry chute open. Our curious kitty tried to jump up on its ledge but overshot and had an unexpected tumble two floors down. Thankfully, she landed on a pile of soft clothes and was not hurt.
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5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard

Don’t sweat that boxy A/C unit. Here’s how to put it out of sight and out of mind Full Story
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meanderson1
I think sclawson has a good point, although I might not say "OCD" because I once made a joke and really offended a woman who informed me that she was the mother of a man with OCD and it is a serious affliction. What's the big deal about unsightly air conditioners? In hot climates, most people have them and are very grateful for the relief they give from the heat. Maybe we should make a shrine to them! AC units are not a reflection of poor taste or an unimaginative decorating sense any more than having a toilet in the bathroom is. Why do the people in the article have a bug up their bu** about it?
July 25, 2014 at 1:22pm     
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ldipaola
Just working in the yard and finished the path but first had to hide the A/C unit with steel fencing. You can see it in the background. On the other side of the house we used the same fencing to cover the pool equipment. Its not bad to look at and its open for ventilation and matches other "industrial type" finishes in the yard.
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How to Paint Your Hardwood Floors

Know how to apply nail polish? Then you can give your wooden floors a brand-new look Full Story
     Comment   July 11, 2014
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Barbara Brandt
I bought a 1926 house and had 1951 tiles removed from kitchen floor - some sort of tar was used to install that and it cost a fortune. turned out, the 1951 wood underneath was not a nice wood floor. So, painted it and my paint dealers say not to prime (I used water-based). I started with a blue porch paint and a few years later went white. Really lovely. BUT really hard to keep clean. Probably a good selection for a bedroom but for heavy traffic areas like a kitchen, not a good choice in my opinion.
July 6, 2014 at 5:40am   
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1931italianate
Barbara, Thanks so much for your comment. I was wondering how they are to keep clean in traffic-y areas. Really torn about painting vs. a sand and reseal on wood floor in a rent house. I like to redo homes and want the experience of painting the floors but for resale sticking with clear will probably be better. Ha. I feel you pain about the tiles and tar. I had the same problem. Had the same tiles over pine in an upstairs sleeping porch. I went over it with oak flooring after chipping up the tiles and seeing what mess that tar is.
July 6, 2014 at 7:31am   
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Simple Pleasures: 25 Ways to Make the Most of Your Staycation

Give the daily grind the day off by hiding your work stuff, treating yourself and enjoying the outdoors Full Story
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Lori Hamm-Baker
Are Honey and Chase Ridgebacks? Beautiful dogs!
on Wednesday at 4:21pm   
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renee6030
Same question here...the larger dog, either Honey or Chase, we adopted a tall handsome boy who closely resembles your lovely dog and we don't know what he is!
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15 Ways to Ready a Summer Home on the Cheap

Set up a comfy getaway where stress goes down the drain, without sending wads of cash along with it Full Story
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1taylor1
To: PWBennett - thanks so much for your information regarding your lake rules sign. Would it be possible to share your Etsy contact? I would love to customize one for our lake house in Virginia.
July 7, 2014 at 3:54pm   
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Laurier Blanc
RE: Seating...we feel your pain! Another great and inexpensive look are these acrylic chairs, this installation has them with sheepskins and we have a faux polar bear that we use as well for adding texture (which is washable!). Something fun and different.
July 8, 2014 at 6:28am     
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