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Thursday, April 19, 2018


General Repairs & Other

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Bob Starr, owner of Show Me Blinds & Shutters, Kirkwood, MO

 

It’s a simple scientific fact: heat moves towards cold. In winter months, it’s drawn to the cold glass of windows to escape a home. The U.S. Department Energy calculates that heat lost this way accounts for 10 to 25 percent of heating bills.  Window coverings, such as blinds and window tinting, can significantly increase the energy efficiency of your home.

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By Sean Zalmanoff, USA Mortgage

 

The credit markets continue to tighten and everything from your job to insurance rates to your mortgage depend upon your credit score.  It has never been more important to know how to manage your credit score.  So, I’m here to let you know what really counts with credit scores and save you the time of weeding through the mass of misleading information and opinions on the topic.

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And other real estate sale questions.

 

These days, I too often find myself saying, "If I just had a little more time..." Perhaps it's a sign of our lifestyle these days... everyone always "go go go". But when it comes to real estate, the issue of time is an important one in many ways. As a REALTOR, I'm often asked questions related to the concept of time, and thought it relevant to share my perspectives on questions such as: ..

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With the change of seasons comes an inborn urge for bugs, spiders and other wildlife to seek shelter for the coming winter – in your house.  These urges are nothing that can be curtailed. It’s born into them. Something inside says I need protection. While they've lived outside your house for the warmer months, your house is a perfectly natural place for them to seek out with winter just a round the corner. They don't need much of an opening to get in either. Just a small crack or crevice for insects and a rodent can easily chew their way in through even the smallest of holes.

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By Jay Rosloff

Cold weather is coming. Last month I discussed door bottom seals as an important way to keep utility costs down. Now would be a good time to begin getting the whole house ready for winter.  I’d recommend starting with a walk around your home and checking the caulking around windows and doors. If it’s cracking or missing, it’s time to touch up. Grab a tube of siliconized, acrylic caulk and fill in the gaps. If you can get it, use 35-year rated caulk...

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It’s a full-time job for all of us, but worth it!

By Corey Malone, President, Air Comfort Service, Inc.

 

State incentives, Utility rebates, Manufacturer rebates, Federal tax credit….what’s up to bat next? That seems to be the million dollar question. As a contractor, it is hard enough for me to keep up with the extensive list of licenses and continuing education credits required to perform work in the Heating and Cooling industry, but it seems as if more new rebate/incentive programs just keep rolling in all the time. It’s tough to keep up. All of these programs have different requirements, but that is why we are here; to know the programs or be able to at least point our customers in the right direction for answers.

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Tools: Hammer, Tuckpointing tool (striking toll), trowel, mortar hawk, mortar raking tool, stiff bristled brush.

Materials: Mortar mix, Concrete fortifier, mortar pigment (if needed)

Tuckpointing, the process of replacing failed mortar joints with fresh mortar, is the most common brick and block repair. Cracked or missing mortar not only makes a home look unkempt, it also invites moisture into a chim­ney structure, where it can cause additional damage. Tuckpointing techniques can be used to repair any structure where bricks or blocks are bonded with mortar.

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By Dennis McHugh

We’ve all seen, or maybe personally encountered, an insulated glass window that was fogged inside. The fogging is caused by the seal between the panes’ developing a leak. Moisture gets in between the panes and causes it to fog up. In the past your only choice–other than enduring the situation–was to replace the window. Ouch! 

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Finding the source of a leak can be a challenge, but the laws of nature work in your favor. Although water often follows a winding path, eventually it always runs downhill.

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By Greg Wiley

Take the new chandelier and its parts out of the box. Check the parts against any parts list or instructions they’ve provided and make sure you have everything. Every chandelier is different, but one guarantee is that you’re going to have some assembly to do. You want to follow the directions and get as much assembly done before you hang the fixture. That said: don’t screw in bulbs or any shades or loose decorative items that will make it heavier or harder to work with when you’re on a ladder.

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By Pat Leahy – Owner Outdoor Living

Selecting a remodeling contractor, such as a deck builder, is the single most important decision you will make regarding the success of any project you may be considering. You can avoid many of the common problems that arise between remodeling contractors and homeowners if you do some homework before signing a contract. This will save you time, ill-spent money, and the accompanying long-term headaches.

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By Jay Rosloff 

So I’m lying on the floor playing with my cat when I see light coming in under my front door. Mystery solved! That’s why my hall was so drafty! Apparently the weather seal had worn away in the years since I installed it. Now I’m faced with choosing from a wide variety of ways to keep my cash from the clutches of Ameren Missouri and Laclede...

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By Jay Rosloff

 

My first call this morning went something like: "Hey, Jay, someone ran over my mailbox. It's smashed. What do I do now?" I told them to file a police report and plan on spending some time picking out a new box and post. Then they should contact their local postmaster or letter carrier to make sure they install both a legal box and that it's put in the right place. You see, regulations change over time and what was "grandfathered in" may no longer be acceptable...

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By Jay Rosloff 

Servicing or replacing door hardware isn't particularly difficult, but sometimes getting it off the door can be tricky. To uninstall door hardware you first have to identify which group its design falls into. These groups are usually identified as: Box locks, or tubular or cylindrical latches...

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New Tricks, Old Bricks

By Seth Teel

Run a Google search for “green homes” on the Internet and you will find picture after picture of contemporary, ultra-modern, even space-age looking homes. What you won’t find are pictures of 100-year-old Queen Annes or mid-century bungalows. The general perception is that older homes are less energy efficient and therefore less green. This perception is not always true...

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By Tim Montgomery

Owner and Principal Architect of TMA Architects LLC

 

Have you thought about making an energy retrofit or addition to your home? It’s a great way to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your carbon footprint. Home energy improvements are good for your bank account, too, because money you invest in energy efficiency or renewable energy systems will pay off over time in reduced energy bills...

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By Laureen Wilder

Principal Designer of Laureen Wilder Designs, LLC

 

We understand the importance of sustainability and a healthy planet, but how can we make our home a healthier setting? One of the most important environments is the immediate one we live in, and it’s good to create healthy surroundings to improve the quality of life for every homeowner.

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Ron Boyer; Glass Blocks of St. Louis

The installation guide lines presented here are for replacing bath, kitchen, basement and other residential windows in a masonry wall. Naturally each application will vary slightly, and your local supplier can assist you with any questions or variables. Glass block panels are non load bearing,...

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Sean Zalmanoff, USA Mortgage

With the credit markets tightening, people are unsure how to finance home repairs and improvements. In the past, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) would have been the solution for affording a new roof, furnace or air conditioner upgrade or a new addition to the home. But in the current marketplace, HELOCs are among the sacrificial lambs, thus leaving people with few financing options..

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Jen Loui: LEED AP, Butterfly Energy Works November 8, 2010   As part of the Energize Missouri Homes package, the Homeowner Upgrades and Geothe...

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Question: Looking for suggestions how to discover the source of rain water that is entering through the front, bottom seam of the upper window frame b...

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Question: I'm looking to spruce up the face of my 100+ year old brick home. The bricks are in good condition but they are looking dull and discolored ...

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Question: My home is 100 plus years old and the basement is dry but very cold in the winter. Nothing has ever been done to treat the rock walls or ins...

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Question: Does anyone have any tips for securing a dishwasher to granite counter tops? Attaching to the neighboring cabinets is not really an option i...

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Question: I’ve bought firewood in the past from a couple different people and the size of the Cord seems to vary.  I don’t want to ge...

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Question: I have steel door frames on my basement, and they seem pretty stalwart. They only have a hole for the latch and not for a deadbolt and I thi...

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Question: In the process of removing the quarter-round molding at the bottom of our baseboards where it meets the floor we ended up damaging most of i...

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With the Holidays fast approaching, there are a handful of relatively inexpensive home upgrades that can dramatically impact how a room or floor looks...

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Question: We pulled the baseboards off to lay a new hardwood floor.  It wasn’t that difficult to carefully remove them but nailing them up ...

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Dave fields a couple of reader questions on furnace issues and whether a sump pump installation is the right call for a rock walled basement.

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Oct Column   Question: My aunt has an old house that has some kind of an etched/frosted pattern in it. Does anyone have a source for glass like...

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           A while back, say sometime in the 50’s, a whole new standard of living came into being, ...

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