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Spring cleaning tips, tricks and where to take all that 'stuff'

Spring is in full swing, bringing back warm weather and the sometimes dreaded task of spring cleaning. Mary Francis Ballard, a local professional organizer and owner of Orderly Places, said cleaning space to make room for new items, or just to have more room, has great value during the spring. ...

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  • Replace an A/C furnace grille

    Replace an A/C furnace grille

    An old metal A/C furnace grille in a wall can be an eyesore in an otherwise attractive room, and it looks even worse if, over the years, the fins of the vent have become dented or dinged. You can find metal replacements at most home centers, but you can take it up a notch with a wood grille to...

      • Install an opening acrylic block window

        Install an opening acrylic block window

        Designers have used glass block for years because it creates a striking focal point in a room. Remodeling contractors choose it to replace old windows, especially where you want to bring daylight into a room, but also maintain privacy. While many glass block windows are solid, an opening block...

          • Build a scratching post

            Build a scratching post

            Our cat, Samantha Bee, uses her scratching post instead of the sofa when she needs a good scratch. Like any indoor cat, she doesn't have a tree to climb and needs some other way to give her claws a workout. A scratching post provides an opportunity for her to do that and keeps her from shredding...

              • Install a pocket door

                Install a pocket door

                A pocket door -- designed to slide away into the recess of a wall cavity -- is the solution for a tight space, because it takes up virtually no wall space and requires no room to swing out and open like a traditional door. This feature makes a pocket door the ideal choice where space is at a premium...

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                  • Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best. Homeowners see many benefits to planting trees on their property. Trees provide shade, fruit production, spring and fall color, wildlife...

                      • Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Growing your own food is a joy—especially when it's harvest time. Fall is known primarily as the harvest season. But it is also a great time to plant fruit trees and late-season vegetable crops. Trees and bushes planted in the autumn have a chance to set roots before cold winter weather arrives....

                          • Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            For thousands of years, drying was the only way to keep herbs from spoiling. Try it yourself—it's easy, inexpensive and, when you do it at home, requires no chemical additives. Getting Started It's important to harvest herbs at the right time. They should be picked before the flowers develop. Harvest...

                              • Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Over the last 30 years, U.S. floods have caused on average $8.2 billion in damages annually. Wildfire suppression costs in the United States have averaged $1.54 billion annually for the last 10 years. Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $65 billion in damage and economic loss, making it the second...

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