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To Rug or Not to Rug?

This past winter was a doozey, with the Arctic Blast bringing record low temperatures in February. You hunkered down, which you were pretty good at anyway given the pandemic, but you’re probably feeling restless and ready to break out at this point. Now that it's...

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Are balconies safe for dogs?

Determining whether your balcony is a safe outdoor space for your pup depends on a lot of factors. It often comes down to knowing the dangers that exist and knowing how your dog behaves. However, regardless of the balcony and the dog, there are steps that owners can...

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Keep Those Nasty Termites Away from Your Custom Deck

What would happen if termites got into your house? Destruction. It’s estimated that these demon bugs cause $30 billion in damages each year. Don’t let your home figure into that total. But how do they get in? There are several access points for their next meal, but...

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Can you build a deck without digging holes?

One of the toughest parts of installing a new deck is digging holes in the ground for the support posts. Depending on the soil and the equipment available to you, it can be back-breaking labor. Is there a way to skip this step and still provide a solid foundation for...

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Worship of Tools Day (and What you Need to Celebrate in Style)

Some of the best holidays are the small ones. They celebrate such little, and seemingly insignificant, things as talking like a pirate or pancakes. But oftentimes these are the best days to go out and just be yourself, to express your interests and start new...

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Yes, You Can Repaint Your Composite Deck if it Fades

As the years pass by, the sun shines on your life. Its bright rays cast their light upon your yard, your home and all your possessions. The ultra-violet warmth shows your neighbors your kingdom, a realm worth bragging about. But as this light gives you its embrace, it...

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How do I know if my porch can safely hold a swing?

Porch swings can be a great place to relax with family and friends, but if hung improperly, they will be an accident waiting to happen. Not every porch is built the same. How can you tell if yours can sustain a swing? Read what these home and garden experts recommend....

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Leaky Patio Roof? Try This Before you Call in the Pros

Thanks to COVID-19, you probably feel like you’re hanging around the house way too much. No matter what you do or how often you clean, your place constantly gets dirty, and you’re tired of it. The pandemic has put a damper on all of your fun and exotic plans, and now...

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Don’t Choose a Vine for Your Pergola Without Reading This

If you’ve ever possessed the desire to lounge beneath the awning of your pergola, bearing little more than a royal toga, as servants feed you grapes fresh off the vine, while the sun pours its warmth and rays upon your body, you wouldn’t be alone. But seeing as how...

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Is Mold Decreasing the Life of Your Deck?

You want your house to look nice, and you want your yard to match the house. The custom deck you added should work with both. So, if the pristine and clean condition of your home makes the town jealous and your green, perfectly manicured yard is the envy of the...

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Why Should You Learn About the Gazebo? To Humble-Brag.

As a good person, you go to all the block parties. You may only like half your neighbors, but you know you should show support, and it’s not just because you need to borrow their tools every now and then. But, every time you go, you hear the same obnoxious voice...

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How Do I Refinish A Gazebo?

Have you been putting off refinishing your battle-worn gazebo because it sounds too hard? We asked a panel of professionals to break the process into simple steps. Read on to arm yourself with the knowledge and motivation you need to get that gazebo looking as...