Guest Picks: Essentials for the Classic Garden


Once the snowflakes first appear I can not wait for spring and also for my backyard to start. Unfortunately, in New England that’s still a couple of months off, but at least I can start…

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The Way to Replace, Measure & a Broken Drawer


Drawers aren’t built to take punishment. If they’re slammed or bind and are then pressured, they may break. It’s not so bad if they simply come apart — you can paste them back — however…

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The Way to Add an Outlet


Extending a branch circuit in a room to add an extra socket is a better choice than using electric extension cords. The simplest method is tapping into an existing receptacle and incorporating wire to bring…

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Feng Shui Tips for Selling a House


Feng shui is a Chinese art based on the principle that energy, or”chi,” flows through everything–people, houses and objects. In feng shui belief, the positioning of furniture and other items in your house can influence…

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How to Estimate the Market Value of a Home


Whether you are looking at buying a foreclosed home or considering selling your house, the market value it holds is just one of the vital things that you want to understand. The market value is…

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What Happens to a Home Equity Loan When a House Goes to Foreclosure?


A borrower with a home equity loan can still be liable for that debt following another mortgage is foreclosed on. Foreclosure is the legal process a lender uses to get control over a house when…

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Four FHA Qualifying Guidelines to Consider Before Purchasing a House


Since 1934 the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has guaranteed over 34 million loans. Congress created FHA as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Great Depression. FHA does not actually…

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Strategies for an FHA Mortgage


The Federal Housing Administration is a government agency formed to help land owners maintain their homes. The FHA insures loans, which makes it easier for banks. In turn other federally initiated things, such as the…

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Take a Mini Springtime Tour of Monet's Giverny Gardens


I made a pilgrimage of sorts lately, not to a holy shrine or statuesque cathedral, but into a bit of land that motivated the fantastic impressionist painter Claude Monet: Giverny, in northern France. It was…

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12 Fantastic Kitchen Styles — That One's for You?


Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words : You know it when you see it, along with the photograph that inspires you can often surprise you. Think you know that your…

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