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Your Garage Organization – My Minivan About Got Destroyed!

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A bit of a pickle I was in. I learned real quickly that I should have had better organization skills in my garage. My garage was a mess and I couldn’t get the minivan in the garage when I really needed to.


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Behind me were clouds of a large hailstorm breaching the outer edge of the town where we live. Reports of hail the size of tennis balls come into my cell phone from family living in close by towns that were hit by the storm. Winds were picking up and as I drove the new minivan up the driveway frantically pressing the button on garage door opener. As the door slowly raised to where I was able to start pulling in the van I realized something

You see my wife and were horrible pack rats and were not too swell at organization either. Well, earlier that day I crammed just a few more boxes of stuff we “needed” to get rid of as well as a box or two of stuff we “may need” in the future. Yet we seem to always “need” to get rid of stuff but never do and never “needed to use” any of the stuff we “had” to save. As you can guess I realized there was a need for change. It was time to get that garage cleaned out since I couldn’t get the van all the way in! Especially at a time I desperately needed to. So I was about to learn a lesson at the price of a hail-damaged minivan.

After that dreadful experience my wife and I did get that garage cleaned out and organized, and we have kept it that way for years now. All it took were a few simple rules.

Rule 1: Anything we determine we don’t need will immediately be removed. A garage sale never happens at our house (we never “get to it”) so we needed to get rid of the stuff some other way. We decided that charities and the local goodwill stores would be our first stop before the dump. May as well let other’s who really need the stuff have the stuff.

Rule 2: Anything that we “unsure” about, don’t know where to put it, or don’t have room for will also be removed immediately. (See Rule 1)

Rule 3: Only things we determine we WILL ABSOLUTELY USE or MUST KEEPS will be packed and organized and taken to a designated area in the garage or attic. We made a list of certain types of items that tend to fall in this category: hand me down clothes for the kids, memory items, valuables, special tools, etc.

Armed with these rules our task was easy and clear. All of our decisions were made for us. All we had to do is get out there and do it. Let me tell you that it worked like a charm! Our garage was cleared out and organized in a day!

These rules are also applied to anything we want to “store” in the garage, attic, closet, etc. It is like a filter that keeps needless excess from building up in the house.

Hey, before I forget! The storm did hit our town. Golf ball to tennis ball sized hail. I did manage to get the bulk of the minivan in the garage to where a quarter of the van was sticking out. We got lucky. The hail came down at an angle to where the house protected the back end of the van. No hail damage to the vehicle. Sad news is that we had to have the siding, shingles, and a few windows replaced on the backside of the house! Oh well I guess.

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PDD1 Laminate Flooring Installation Best Practices

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Assuming you are laying laminate wood flooring that is pre glued. Whether they have a real wood veneer or everything about them is fabricated, you should allow the boards to sit inside your home for at least two days to fully acclimate to your home’s conditions before installation. Failure to do this can cause rippling or gaps between the boards that can be impossible to fix without tearing the planks out and starting from the beginning.

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Assuming you are laying laminate wood flooring that is pre glued. Whether they have a real wood veneer or everything about them is fabricated, you should allow the boards to sit inside your home for at least two days to fully acclimate to your home’s conditions before installation. Failure to do this can cause rippling or gaps between the boards that can be impossible to fix without tearing the planks out and starting from the beginning.

If there is some type of existing floor it needs to be completely removed before laying the first piece of your new laminate. If you are replacing an old floor, cut it into manageable pieces and pry them up with a long handled scraper for best results. Make sure every piece is up and then vacuum. Make the floor as even you can you without sanding. The most important thing to check for and fix are low spots, if you let them go you will have a squeaky floor.

After that you put down the underlayment. Start from the walls and work out from there, use a utility knife to cut the underlayment to fit the room. It’s not a bad idea to mark up the underlayment to use as a guide when laying your laminate boards. Use a wood spacer to leave an expansion gPDD1 between your laminate and the wall, then work your way out from there.

You should have to only moisten the glue on the edge of each board for it to activate. Then slide the next board into pace and press it firmly against the previous for a good, snug fit. You want to use a pry bar to protect your wall once you start laying the last of the boards. Simply ease the end boards into place and you’re done.

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PDD1 Laminate Flooring Guide

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Want a beautifully finished floor without the costly price tag? With Its quickly growing quality and a shrinking expense, Laminate flooring is a great alternative to other expensive materials.


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Want a beautifully finished floor without the costly price tag? With Its quickly growing quality and a shrinking expense, Laminate flooring is a great alternative to other expensive materials.

Laminate flooring actually uses computer technology which creates life-like designs modeled after natural materials. It is installed by using a system containing interlocking grooves which fit together to create a seamless look identical to finishes such as hardwood, tile, and even stone and marble.

Laminate does not actually attach to the floor beneath it. Only the joints or grooves are attached by glue, leaving the floor underneath untouched. Laminate flooring is a great idea when you have expensive but damaged or unfinished floor and you would rather have a quick and inexpensive cover up.

One of the wonders of Laminate flooring is that it is so easy to install, it can even be turned into a “do-it-yourself” project. This will bring the cost down considerably and also leave room for your own customization.

Laminate flooring is only recently growing in popularity among Americans, but has held strong among Europeans for well over two decades.

Another advantage to laminate flooring is it’s durability. Because of its dense fiberwood core and a sealed plastic-like coating, It is invincible to most stains, spills and burns and is also very resistant to scratches. This is a great choice for families with pets or small children.

Many reliable Laminate flooring companies are available online. Try browsing around for a company which best fits your expectations.

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ADFP Don’t Forget Bedroom Decorating

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During the huge process of relocating into a new home or apartment, there are countless things to think about. Unfortunately, one of the things that often gets pushed to the bottom of the list is one of the most important things of all: bedroom decorating. Sure, it is important to landscape your yard and to have a lovely and inviting living room, but don’t let your focus on these things cause you to forget taking time for bedroom decorating.

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Your Garage Insulation Saves You Money

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Not only will insulating your garage save money. It can help make your home a healthier place to live.


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Garage insulation is probably not something you think about very often. Most homeowners keep their attics and walls well insulated because they know it saves on energy costs. But, since garages are unconditioned spaces, not heated or cooled, it does not makes sense to insulate them.

Or does it? An uninsulated garage can become as hot or cold as it is outside. This may not be a problem in the garage, but, with uninsulated walls and a ceiling shared between the garage and your home, it can become a costly source of energy loss. In addition, harmful fumes in your garage, from car exhaust, fertilizers, paints, etc., can easily enter your home.

The best way to keep the harmful elements in your garage from entering your home is to insulate the walls and ceiling that is shared between the garage and home. However, you have a number of options for insulating your garage walls and choosing the right one can make a big difference.

Batt insulation, long a popular choice for insulating attics and walls, is often the first type of insulation homeowners think of when insulating. While the R-values (the rating of insulation performance) for batt insulation may be similar to other insulating materials, it is not the best choice for garages.

Batt insulation is installed in rolls, or batts. The batts do not seal spaces between the wall and ceiling and gaps can form between insulation rolls. The gaps allow energy to escape from your home and fumes to enter. Batt insulation is also susceptible to damage from moisture, further reducing its insulating ability.

Foam-board insulation, solid sheets of molded polystyrene, offers similar R-values as batt insulation, but is less bulky. However, foam-board insulation also does not fill all the gaps in your wall and spaces can occur between the sheets of insulation.

To reduce energy loss and fume seepage from your garage as much as possible, you need insulation that fills every gap and covers your garage walls and ceiling with a tight seal. Spray foam garage insulation spreads on application and fills all the gaps. R-values are the same as similar thicknesses of foam-board insulation and spray foam insulation is resistant to moisture damage.

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Your Garage Heating – Practical and Affordable

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Heating and climatizing the garage space is more practical than most homeowners realize and there are now more affordable options to choose from than ever before.


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A typical two car garage represents approximately 20% of the usable space in an average home. In addition, there are currently over 40 million single family residential garages in the U.S. But the fact is, garages are simply the most under-utilized spaces of the home, especially during the winter months. Why? There may be any number of reasons, but one of the most obvious is that garages are typically left cold during the winter, making them uncomfortable to use for any other purpose than parking cars and storing tools.

Within the past 10 years that negative view of the garage has changed dramatically. Climatizing the garage has become much more than an afterthought. In fact, Insulating and providing some type of heat source in the garage has become a priority for many homeowners.

“There is a push among residential building contractors to offer their customers the option of providing garage heat to the new homebuyer”, says Matt Workman, of Infra-Red Products Supply, Inc., located in Draper, Utah. “In fact, when given the option by the builder, the homebuyer will almost always choose to have the contractor insulate the garage along with the rest of the home during the construction phase. In addition, when given the option, the homebuyer will at least opt for a gas line connection and/or the necessary electrical connections to handle a heating appliance – with the idea of having a heater installed later on. Now more often than ever, a garage heater is installed during the final stages of home construction. It’s an amenity homeowners want and an extra profit incentive for the builder.”

“There are numerous practical reasons for heating the garage” states Mr. Workman, ” including mechanical maintenance, freeze control, hobby, recreation (table tennis or excercise), pet comfort, wood working or simply to be able to climb inside a warm car on a bitter cold day. For men more than women, the garage is a sanctuary – a place to get away, tinker around and do minor repairs. For women and stay at home moms, it can be a haven for excercise or simply a place to send the kids to bounce a ball or play games.” Many homeowners even go to great lengths to make the garage feel like the dwelling space of the home by installing recessed lighting, closed cabinet storage and even a sink. Painting the walls and floors and adding a little decorating touch can also make the garage a more inviting – a place where anyone would want to spent more time.

For existing homeowners as well, there seems to be an increased interest in upgrading and improving the “livability” of the garage. One reason is that home prices have risen sharply across the nation, making a move into a larger home impratical or unobtainable for many families. Rather than moving up to larger homes, many choose to stay put and maximize the use of the space in their existing home. In these cases, a small investment in upgrades to the garage is quite practical, especially when considering the cost of a new mortgage and associated costs of relocating. A heated, climatized garage can provide just that little extra room to spread out and make the garage useful year-round.

One of the major concerns people might have with heating their garage is cost. The good news is there are numerous ways to heat a garage to fit almost any budget. Options include gas forced air (unit heaters), electric forced air, direct vent wall heaters, infra-red tube heaters and vent free heaters. Prices can range from $450.00 to $2,500.00(installed), depending upon garage size and the type of heating appliance. (The author of this article strongly recommends an appliance that is CSA approved for residential use. Portable propane or kerosene heaters in an attached garage are not safe, especially in the presence of gasoline cans, solvents and other products that may pose a fire hazard should there be a spill on the garage floor. A permanent heater mounted high on the wall or suspended from the ceiling offers the best safety and places the heater out of the way of vehicles and people passing through).

One of the most affordable and popular heaters on the market is the Heatstar H25N vent free garage heater by Enerco. This is an infra-red radiant heater designed specifically for residential garages and small shops. It is vent free, safe, and requires no electricity. Simply hang the heater and run the gas line and you’re done. Other heaters are more expensive and require additional labor. These include forced air in both gas and electric. Gas forced air heaters (also called unit heaters) are ceiling suspended and require a flue to the outside and 110V electrical power, while electric forced air heaters require no venting at all, yet require 240V electrical hook-up.

Larger detached garages or shops may best be suited to a gas infra-red tube heater, which also requires an outside flue. Unlike forced air heaters, however, vented tube heaters operate on the principle of infra-red (radiant) energy and are much quieter and more efficient to operate. And because tube heaters do not blow air, drafts are virtually eliminated, creating a more comfortable environment.

As for operational cost, the most practical thing the homeowner can do is insulate. Insulate well! That’s easier to do prior to sheet rocking the walls, but even glued on foam or blue board can make a dramatic difference in cutting down heat loss. In addition, an inexpensive door seal (available from most garage door suppliers) can cut down on infiltration of cold air from the outside around the perimeter of the overhead garage door. Also, any leaks from man doors and windows to the outside should be sealed. A well insulated garage can cut heat loss by at least 90% compared to an uninsulated garage. This means that your heater will not need to run all that often to maintain comfort and the cost to operate can be just pennies a day.

Regardless of one’s reasons for adding heat to the garage, there are now a host of practical and affordable heating solutions to do it. There are several companys in the U.S. who specialize in garage heating. They can be very helpful in sizing and recommending a system suited to the homeowners specific requirements. For more information, visit http://heatersunlimited.com or http://infraredinfo.com.

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PDD1 Laminate Flooring Colors to Match Your D cor

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The wood used in your home, on the doors, on the trim, the cabinets, even the beds or vanities in your home, can be a basis for the colors of laminate flooring you are considering using in the home.


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The wood used in your home, on the doors, on the trim, the cabinets, even the beds or vanities in your home, can be a basis for the colors of laminate flooring you are considering using in the home. If you want to use laminate flooring in your home, consider matching the flooring of your home to the items that are in your home for a great complete d cor that you will just love.

Laminate flooring is very similar to real wood flooring you have seen in so many older types of homes. Once installed, laminate flooring is going to look just like the wood flooring that is real. Laminate flooring is going to take the movement of the children, the playing on the floor, and the parties that you love to throw without a problem. With the versatility of laminate flooring, you will just love your new floor.

Laminate flooring can be matched to the cabinets in your kitchen or the trim on the walls. You will find that your home d cor is beautiful as you match the colors, and similar types of wood in the home, so your overall look is complete. Once you match the cherry, the pine or the color of your home to the laminate flooring of your choice during remodel, you will be happy with the overall look and appeal of your home. Your home will feel and look more welcoming to all that come into your home. You never have to worry about stains, like you do with carpeting because the laminate flooring has a tough coating that is going to prevent any problems such as those.

The laminate flooring you install in your home, is going to make your rooms seem much bigger. There is something about carpeting that can make a room seem smaller if you have been living in the home for sometime. The use of the lines, and the grains in the laminate flooring gives your rooms an overall bigger feeling. You can include the use of tables in corners, that are a shade different or a dramatic shade in color different from the laminate flooring to complete the overall larger look and feel you may be searching for. A laminate floor is one that you can easily clean, even if you have pets and children. The cost of cleaning the floor is very minimal because there are no special things needed or required to clean the flooring. Find the color of your choice, make your rooms appear bigger, and complete the home d cor changes you desire without much added price.

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Your Garage Floors – A high tech Floor Coating can help keep everything in order.

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A Garage Floor, what is there to say about a slab of concrete used to park your car and store junk. Although this sentiment may have been true in the past, today’s garage floor materials and coatings are nothing if not extremely high tech and quality driven.


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A Garage Floor, what is there to say about a slab of concrete used to park your car and store junk. Although this sentiment may have been true in the past, today’s garage floor materials and coatings are nothing if not extremely high tech and quality driven.

First, let’s talk coatings. We’re not talking simply about paint here but polymers that literally lock themselves into place. These high tech coatings not only make your garage look better but also resist oil and many of the inevitable solvent and chemical spills that happen in the typical garage. Unlike a porous cement garage floor, these high tech coatings not only look beautiful but stand up to all but the harshest chemicals.

Another benefit of garage floor coatings is the cleanliness factor. Your garage may be kept cleaner simply because it’s seen more as an extension of the house instead of “just the garage.” It’s also easier to keep clean when the dirt and debris start to collect.

Instead of the dull gray garage floor, these coating come in a variety of colors. Many of the most popular polymer coatings for garage floors are a two or three step process that includes a base coat, a measure of color flakes and a top coat. Once cured, parking your car on this wonder of modern science is not a problem.

Another alternative for garage floors are high density, oil resistant mats. These cushioning maps are perfect if you’re a do it yourself car mechanic and spend a lot of time under the hood of your favorite toys.

All in all, the garage is an important part of your homes operation. Doesn’t it deserve a high tech finish?

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ADFP Don’t Buy A Down Comforter Until You Read This

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If you are thinking of purchasing a down comforter to keep you toasty warm this winter, there are a few things you need to know before you make your purchase.
First of all, if you’re confused about what a down comforter is, let me explain. The “down” filling in a down comforter is the feathers from geese or ducks. Down is a highly desirable stuffing for a comforter because it is very light, holds in body heat while also allowing moisture to escape, and is very soft.


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PDD1 Laminate Flooring Advantages and Disadvantages

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Explanation of laminate flooring and its uses in modern homes.


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Most Americans have no idea what laminate flooring is, although they are often aware of Pergo flooring. Well, Pergo is to laminate floorings what Kleenex is to facial tissues. As the first company to create this type of flooring and sell it in the United States, their name has become synonymous with laminate flooring in the minds of many consumers. That being said, there are over 30 other brands of this type of flooring available as well.

Laminate flooring is typically made up of three separate layers: a tough aluminum oxide wear layer with a photograph of wood, stone, or brick adhered to the underside of it; a core or carrier usually made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) which is a processed wood product that is very moisture resistant; and a final layer of plastic laminate backing to seal the entire piece against moisture and potential pests.

Laminate flooring is a cost-effective and easy to care for alternative to genuine wood or stone surfaces. Being more tolerant to moisture, it can more readily be used in bathrooms or other areas where moisture may pose problems for other flooring materials as long as the manufacturer s warranty includes moisture coverage. Because of its simple tongue and groove attachment pattern, it can be utilized in virtually any room of the house, provided that there is a concrete, plywood, or other firm floor surface below it.

Laminate floors do not stain, fade, dent, or warp like real hardwood floors, although they have a similar cost. They also often include lifetime warranties against most problems and defects. If your home has significant foot traffic (including children and/or pets) then a laminate floor will hold up much better than a comparable wood or even tile floor, and be considerably less expensive than stone flooring materials.

If you have a lot of traffic in your home and plan to stay there for some time, laminate flooring may prove to be the best value for your money because of its long life, durability and excellent warranty coverage. It is not the least expensive flooring option, so it is always important to weigh the costs and features against your needs. If you want the look of hardwood but have a sub-floor that is incompatible with real hardwood floors, laminate flooring may be the choice for you!