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Home exterior tips, tools and trends.

Which Solar Panels are Better

Solar panels differ based on the purity of the silicon used in the cells.  The quality of silicon used to make the cells determines the conversion efficiency of the panels.   Efficiency, in turn, is measured by the amount of electricity the cells generate. Panels with monocrystalline silicon solar cells contain the highest-grade silicon and are right now, the most efficient of all types of panels.  These are also the most

How to Make Citronella Candles

Homemade potted citronella candles offer an inexpensive and bug-deterring alternative to traditional landscape lights. Easy way to Say good bye, to bugs!   To do: for each angle, you’ll need a cachepot (or plug a standard pot with modeling clay), wax and wick material (can find in craft stores), citronella oil (at hardware store) and a pencil.  Tie the wick to the pencil and lay the pencil across the pot.

How to Creat a Hypertufa

Hypertufa planters are lightweight yet durable and make perfect little container garden. Make several and group at different heights.  You can also make birdbaths, stepping stones, spheres, or other garden accents using hypertufa. What you’ll need to make a Hypertufa Planter Wheelbarrow or bucket Rubber gloves face mask Portland cement Perlite or vermiculite Sphagnum peat moss Polypropylene fiber Mold of your choice Dowels Sheet Plastic or plastic garbage bags Knife

Best Lawn Gadgets For Great Lawns

Outside forces to get a beautiful Yard! Trim, mow, haul, and shovel your way to the best yard on the block with these handy garden helpers. Now that Spring is finally here we are all looking forward to spending more time outdoors in our own little oasis. So create your perfect outdoor paradise with these powerful lawn tools. Briggs Stratton Mow and Stow Engine & Compact Lawn Mower What it

Quick Fix Rotted Area siding

Has some of your siding begun to rot while the rest is still good? Don’t replace all the boards. Follow these easy steps and just replace the boards that are rotted. Decide which boards need replacing and where to make your cuts. Stagger butt joints if you’re replacing multiple courses. Use a square to mark the cutting lines, centered on a stud. The nailheads on existing siding will indicate stud positions.

Grow the Perfect Garden

What you will need to make a Garden Bed: Garden Hose Flour or marking Paint Sod Cutter (optional) Sharp Spade Garden Rake Compost Step 1 Using a garden hose, outling the shape of your garden bed.  Strive for a shape that allows easy access to plant rows.  Mark the shape of the bed with flour or marking paint and remove the hose. Step 2 Remove the sod with the help

Fresh Herbs How To

Vegetable and fresh food gardens are the rage this year. With all the focus on green living and organic foods, it’s not surprising there is a push towards growing our own food. If you’ve ever eaten a fresh picked tomato, you’ll know that the flavor just doesn’t compare with store bought. In fact, most people probably don’t realize how good vegetables are supposed to taste. For those of you who

Sprinkler Repair

Spring Sprinkler System Start-ups Checklist The calendar finally reads “Spring” and time to put away the snow shovels and start enjoying the warm weather. But, before you put on those shorts and flip-flops you need to crank up the sprinkler system, consider the following as part of the process necessary to reactivate those slumbering sprays and rotors: Make sure all manual drain valves are returned to the “closed” position before you