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How to Remove Water Stains from Wood Furniture

You don’t have to panic when a steaming cup of coffee, sloshed water, or some other liquid leaves a mark on your wood furniture. Most of the time, getting the piece back to its original condition is fairly [more…]

How to Remove Dark Stains from Wood Furniture

When liquid penetrates through wax and polish and gets into the finish (varnish, lacquer, or shellac) or even down to the wood itself, there may be tiny cracks in the wood. To reach them, you must strip [more…]

How to Fix Veneer Furniture Edges

Veneer is glued onto the surface of furniture after the framework and panels have been built. Sometimes, the glue comes loose and the veneer blisters or the edges loosen and lift up. It’s relatively easy [more…]

How to Remove Blisters in Veneer

You may be able to squash a veneer blister simply by placing a damp cloth over it, and then holding a hot iron on the cloth for a minute or so until the cloth starts getting dry. The heat and moisture [more…]

Troubleshooting Your Central Air

Split-system central air conditioners, used with forced air furnaces, take hot air from the house and blow it through an evaporator coil located in the top of the furnace to cool the air. The cooled air [more…]

How to Install a Screw Jack to Level Your Floor

If your home is built on expansive soil and, thus, subject to regular movement, a screw jack can be used in lieu of solid wood posts between the concrete piers in the crawlspace and the girders that support [more…]

How to Prep Your Roof and Gutters for Winter

Although in some areas, roofs must be inspected regularly for wind damage, it's always important to inspect your roof and gutters before winter sets in. So, what do you look for when inspecting these items [more…]

Part of the Series: Winterizing Your Home: Six Areas to Inspect

How to Winterize Your Foundation, Crawlspace, and Exterior

When preparing your home to face the cold winter months, don't forget your home's foundation, the crawlspaces, and the exterior areas. It's simple enough to begin; walk around the outside of your home [more…]

Part of the Series: Winterizing Your Home: Six Areas to Inspect

How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Before winter arrives, the most important thing you need to do for yourself and your family is to ensure that your furnace is operational, safe, and as energy-efficient as you can make it. When that first [more…]

Part of the Series: Winterizing Your Home: Six Areas to Inspect

How to Prevent Your Plumbing from Freezing

If you live in an area where the temperature ever drops below freezing, even if it does so for only a few days, you need to do several things to protect your plumbing. [more…]

Part of the Series: Winterizing Your Home: Six Areas to Inspect

How to Winterize Your Home's Doors and Windows

During the winter, you want to make sure that your doors and windows are airtight even if you enjoy the occasional cooling breeze during warmer months. Otherwise, you furnace will just be blowing money [more…]

Part of the Series: Winterizing Your Home: Six Areas to Inspect

How to Prepare Your Fireplace or Woodstove for Winter

When winterizing their homes, most people are start with the furnace (as they should), but they often forget all those other heat-producing devices throughout their homes. Every fireplace, woodstove, or [more…]

Part of the Series: Winterizing Your Home: Six Areas to Inspect
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