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How to clean mold, mildew at home

How to clean mold, mildew at home

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Mold and mildew are not only unsightly but are also a health hazard. Therefore, it is important to clean and remove mold as soon as one spots it. Here are some simple yet effective mold and mildew removal tips and ideas. Homeowners can use these cleaning tips to remove these unsightly blackish-green patches from bathrooms, basements and other damp areas in the house. Before Starting to Clean Mold and Mildew Before beginning to clean mold from any part of the house, it is important to examine the area and detect the reason for the mold. Most often, mold and mildew are found in dark and damp parts of the house, such as the bathroom and the basement. Using a dehumidifier or ensuring adequate ventilation and sunlight can usually help to prevent mold from recurring. In fact, the Wisc...
Top Reasons Why You Should Invest in Building a Fireplace

Top Reasons Why You Should Invest in Building a Fireplace

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Adding a fireplace to your home can provide you with a lot of advantages. First, it can significantly increase the appeal of the house most especially if you’re planning to sell it. A lot of buyers want to have a fireplace in their house. It's also useful in minimising power consumption during the cold seasons. By lighting the fireplace for a few hours, your home can stay warm even without the help of a heater. Don’t have a fireplace installed in your house yet? Here are some of the top reasons that might convince you to install one this coming year. Provides cosy warmth all day long Burning kiln dried logs can efficiently warm up your house all day. Because of the lower water content of furnace dried wood, it can burn for longer. Also, in case of blackouts, your home can stay
Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

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Making the decision to homeschool involves a lot of thought. Is homeschooling right for the child, the teacher-parents, and the family? Consider the following list of pros and cons as it relates to the children and adults involved: Some Possible Pros of Homeschooling (the benefits): If a child is ahead or behind in public school, homeschooling can allow for adjusting grade levels in the various subjects. A child can still keep in touch with old friends; Socializing with those children will just happen after school and on weekends. Also, there are many homeschoolers in most parts of the world and new friends to be found. Taking a child to school and being involved in the school probably takes about the same time as getting through homeschool one-on-one lessons. If a child...
How fiberglass insulation works

How fiberglass insulation works

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Fiberglass insulation is designed to be fluffy and take up as much of a framing cavity as possible. Fiberglass insulation is also designed to be encapsulated, which means covered on all sides, like a box. For maximum efficiency of fiberglass insulation, the encapsulation should be sealed not allowing air movement. But here is the confusing part. The woven fibers that make up fiberglass is not an insulation material. The layers of woven fiberglass create air pockets that are designed to trap the air inside the framing cavities and prevent thermal changes from occurring. While most people accept this explanation, there are some major problems with this scientific explanation: Problem 1: There is no such thing as an air tight framing cavity. Air movement is imminent unless closed cell ...
How to Care for Rose Bushes in Cold Climates

How to Care for Rose Bushes in Cold Climates

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Whether grown in a rose garden or as part of a larger perennial bed, the survival of rose bushes during a harsh winter is a major concern for rose gardeners in northern climates. Protecting rose bushes starts with planting tough roses then developing a rose care plan. Types of Roses Rose species are propagated from wild roses. Shrub roses are hybrid plants bred from rose species. Old roses are from varieties created around the mid nineteenth century. Modern roses include hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers. Roses with a history of harsh winter survival include: -Carefree series shrub roses - hardy repeat bloomers with good pest resistance. -The Explorer series shrub and climbing roses - bred in Canada for winter hardiness. -Rosa ‘William Baffin’ - best hardy climbing rose.
Ornamental Shrubs with Edible Flower Blooms

Ornamental Shrubs with Edible Flower Blooms

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These three shrubs are often associated with pioneer gardens and cottage gardens - largely in part because of the edible blooms that added something of value to the kitchen. Roses for Tea, Salads and Gourmet Dishes Fragrant roses have always been enjoyed in cottage gardens and while many gardeners may have heard of "rose-hip jelly", they may not be aware that rose petals are also edible. Most cooks agree that the darker red and pink roses taste best and have a stronger flavor in cooking. Whenever cooking with rose petals, gardeners should be sure to cut the white ends of the petals off because that part is bitter. The most common way to use rose petals in the kitchen is to brew them in a tea. A cup of fresh rose petals can be boiled in a small pot of water to create a tea flav...