Author Archives: RafterTales

How to Sand Your Wood Floor

Sanding your wood floor is a mandatory task you have to do before refinishing or finishing your floor. Before you start sanding your wood floor yourself you must be aware that there are a few steps to follow in order to make you don’t ruin your floor. Sanding can be a tricky task to handle […]

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Laminate or Hardwood Floor?

It is never easy when you have to pick between hardwood flooring or laminate flooring. Both hardwood floors and laminate floors have many advantages and inconveniences. It is important to make sure what is the best for your situation and your house to make the most of it. And, of course, to avoid any expense […]

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Interior Trends for 2012

Interior design trends, just as with other fashions, tend to be cyclical, and the mantra for the next season looks to be “old ideas remodelled”. Elegance and striking colours are back in fashion, and instead of studying the colour wheel, designers are being encouraged to go for clashing colours, bright contrasts, and intense shades. Think […]

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Getting a Home Theater Set-up: 8 Tips for Convincing Your Spouse

So you found the killer home theater system you’ve always wanted. The trouble is that your spouse isn’t as enthusiastic about the whole affair as you are. Maybe he thinks you can’t afford it, or she believes that the television set you have now is fine. What can you do? Here are eight ideas for […]

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Five Things Every Renter Should Know

Too many people today are so hard pressed to find a home, they overlook basic rights and entitlements just to get ahead. When you’re renting, you are charged with a very serious task; finding a place that is right for you, within your price range, that offers you the safety and the equipment that you […]

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Preparing Your Warm Season Lawn for Winter

In terms of winter preparation, warm season lawns differ from cold season lawns in that they go completely dormant and lose their color (most cool season lawns will remain green although they stop growing), and they will do so much earlier in the season. That means that all of your heavy-duty maintenance, such as dethatching, […]

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Keeping Your Granite in Top Shape

While granite is pretty easy to keep up with, it does require a little special care every now and again. For example, you need to make sure that you clean granite about once a week so that you can keep it looking great. You should be using an actual granite cleaning product for this, and […]

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Rag Rolling, White-Washing and Staining – Adapt Pine Furniture with Stains and Washes

Pine furniture is a very popular type, especially in the UK, and makes an affordable option for some great furniture. It is one of the most common types of wood in the world, and it’s understandable that it’s manufactured into furniture as it has a lovely color, is lightweight and easy to work with. However, […]

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The Fuel Behind the Furnace

With the arrival of fall here already and winter just on its heels, the decisions to be made about heating are imminent.  Are you sticking with your central heating?  Hoping to find cheaper, more efficient options this year?  Looking for something cozier and quieter? More and more homeowners are turning to smaller, portable space heaters […]

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Bathroom Mirror: More Than Just Vanity

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” I glumly asked my decades old mirror. The truth is, this mirror came with the standard plastic cabinet which had become brittle and yellowed through the years. Before we installed the light-filtering glass blocks, the bathroom had been exposed to lots of sunlight […]

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