Articles in the Home & Family Category

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[3 Nov 2017 | No Comment | 228 views]
How to Turn Off the Furnace Fan When the Heat is Off

I’ve searched the net far and wide and definitely couldn’t find a solution as to how to turn off the fan on my furnace that runs even when the heat is off. Oh there were tons of websites telling me to turn the thermostat onto “auto” or to simply call in a furnace technician but none of that was good for me. Why? Well for starters, turning the thermostat onto auto did not work at all and hiring a tech was just not in the books especially for something I can guarantee could be done on my own. The problem was, as mentioned, there wasn’t one site on the internet that actually gave me a working solution. So I decided to take matters into my own hand. I gave a call to a […]

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[12 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 1,543 views]
Top 10 Small Home Renovations You Can Do To Save Money

Home renovations don’t always have to be expensive and they don’t always have to involve renovating everything at once. In fact, you can choose different parts of your home to renovate at a time and eventually have your whole house looking brand new, and in all the right places. With that in mind we’ve decided we’re going to help you discover 10 small ways to renovate your home that won’t break the bank and will give you that new home feeling once again. #1. Install a new front door If your front door is getting a little out-dated or is just plain old, installing a new one can do wonders for the look of your home. From the inside and out, you and your visitors will notice a significant difference in the look […]

Home Improvement, Pest Control »

[15 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 1,744 views]
Why Home Owners Should Seek Wildlife Intrusion Prevention Before Problems Start

People who own their homes put a special kind of pride into them. They understand the value of a dollar and they don’t want to see it’s value go down through problems that can be avoided. One of the major but avoidable problems home owners eventually experience is the problem of wildlife intrusion. When it comes to wildlife problems there are two areas home owners have to consider; the first is the health and safety of everyone in your home and the second is the value of your home. A home that is susceptible to diseases which can be transmitted through wildlife is, simply put, not a safe place to live. It’s the same result when it comes to home damage; a home that has all sorts of structural and integral damage won’t be valued as high as […]

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[12 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 13,350 views]
The Top 10 Signs You Need Animal Control Or Wildlife Removal

There’s no shortage of reasons why animal control is needed and there’s enough evidence pointing to why wildlife removal is important to your safety. But how do you know if you have wild animals like squirrels, mice and raccoons living in your attic? How do you discover if you have a bat colony to contend with or a family of birds that need to be removed from your air vents? These are the most common questions home owners like you have, and we’re going to answer your questions below. Remember, if you do discover that you are harbouring wild animals, the objective is to control the situation professionally and to have the animals removed safely, and as soon as possible. We don’t want any accidents happening and we want everyone involved to be safe. […]

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[4 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 1,431 views]
Why I Bought A Wheaten And Am Now Proud Of My Puppy Whoodles

Since I was a child, I’ve loved all animals but had a particular interest in dogs. I’ve owned several different breeds in my lifetime; a doberman named Spike, he was wonderful in most ways, but he would shed a lot and was sometimes rough with the kids. I’ve owned two Schnauzers; both great in every way, non shedding, great with the kids, great with other creatures, but unfortunately both had developed health problems which were costly and unavoidable. Then one day I adopted a Soft Coated Wheaten I named Cooper. I’ve had Cooper for now for 7 years and he’s only ever been to the vet for his annual shots; never for any type of illness ever. He is friendly, loveable, very good with other creatures; he helped foster kittens and he treated […]

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[31 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 5,979 views]
What Is The Best Vacuum For Allergy Sufferers?

Whether your allergy1 symptoms stem from seasonal irritants like pollen, or from environmental issues like dander or dust, it is important to have the right tools at home in order to ease your symptoms. Tackling this kind of problem means having important things like a good vacuum cleaner, as well as a way to remove dust and build-up from hard to reach places like corners, crevices, and behind furniture or appliances. Determine What Features Are Necessary The first step in choosing the best household cleaning tool for reducing allergy symptoms is to evaluate what your needs are. This will make it easier to narrow the choices down to just a few models. Some will find that features such as a reusable or easy to change filter are important while others may prefer compact […]

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[30 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 2,208 views]
Should I Get A Big Screen TV Or Projector

If you have been deciding between purchasing a big screen TV or a projector, but can’t decide which is better for your home and lifestyle, read on. There are many good points that are associated with both of them, but some options fit better with specific homes, viewing styles, and intent, more than others. Quite recently, I wrote about the ideal ways of setting up your projector for the next big sporting event, but I felt it was also necessary to give you some information as to which medium you should choose for such events. You can read that article here (source). Now that you’re ready, follow along while we compare the benefits and the problems that each offer you and hopefully this article can help you narrow down your options. Size Considerations The […]

Home & Family, Recreation & Sports »

[10 Mar 2014 | One Comment | 1,304 views]
Setting Up Your Projector for the Next Big Sporting Event

Projectors can really come in handy for any kind of sporting event and the consensus is, the bigger the screen you’re watching it on, the better. You can set up the projector to create the illusion of a giant television without losing the depth and definition that old projectors could not offer. They’re great because you can have as big of a screen as you want, allowing you to have a huge party with all of your friends and family having first row seats. If you are setting up for a huge sporting event, here are some basic things that any party needs! Using Your Projector to Watch the Game Make sure you have your projector set up in a safe part of your room before people come over. You don’t want people walking […]

Featured, Home & Family, Religion »

[27 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 1,641 views]
Integrating Into The World Of The Amish

The Amish wouldn’t be the Amish without their religion. Their lifestyle and indeed their communities are all religious-centric without exception, and because of this anyone looking to date within the Amish community needs to fully understand their own perspective on religion before getting into the dating scene. About 90% of all Amish people choose to be baptized at the end of their adolescence, or Rumspringa, so by the time they’ve matured, the overwhelming majority will have made a lifelong commitment to their faith. Converting is a huge taboo within the Amish communities. If you run into someone who has not yet been baptized by the Amish church, then religion will be a subject that you two can discuss between yourselves, but if you meet someone who has been fully baptized within the religion […]

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[29 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 1,213 views]

Teenagers can be incredibly picky when it comes to how their bedroom looks. They may suddenly want a to pain the room a different color, add new carpet, or even new furniture. When letting them do any of these options, it is important to consider the cost, and whether the changes are just a passing phase or not. Even if it is a phase, there are some affordable ways to deal with it. Let Them Choose The Theme Or Color The first step in transforming a teen’s room is to let them pick out what kind of theme or color they want. They may prefer all red, or even all black for the walls or accessories. If repainting the walls or replacing the carpet is not an option, there are still ways to […]

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[19 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 3,017 views]
Do You Hear Scratching In Your Walls? You May Need Mice Control

I can’t tell you how often people think that the little noises in their walls are insects when in fact it’s a huge sign they need specialized mice control. So earlier this week I was in Ancaster at a client’s house where she clearly needed mice control or the walls in her home were going to eventually be completely ruined. She was hearing frequent little scratching in her walls in various parts of her home and she decided to give us a call. After I arrived and the home owner explained her problem to me I decided to take a little visit to the attic to see what I could find, if anything. Well I wasn’t surprised. What I found is what we in the animal control industry like to call a mouse […]

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[15 May 2013 | No Comment | 3,221 views]

Foul odors are one of the biggest problems that many homeowners and even apartment residents face. The odors can come from anything, such as overcooked or spoiled food, or even dirty laundry. Treating this kind of problem often requires covering up the smell with sprays, candles, or even opening the windows to let fresh air in. This does help, but it often only covers up the smell. Find The Source Of The Odor Depending on the odor, it may be hard to pinpoint exactly where it is coming from. For example, a single spoiled item in the trash bin can cause an entire room to smell foul. Finding the source of the smell and removing it from the home can have an immediate impact on freshing the air, however, it will still be […]

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[13 May 2013 | No Comment | 2,087 views]

The best way to prevent problems with a vacuum cleaner is to make sure that it is always in good shape. To do this, make sure that is serviced on a regular basis, such as every few years. Regular service often helps to catch issues before they become a big problem. However, many avoid this and simply use their sweeper until it finally breaks or needs work. Identify The Problem If Possible If the unit has stopped working like it used to, the first step is to try to identify the problem. This will make it much easier to figure out what kind of vacuum cleaner service and repair is needed. It may be a simple issue such as a lack of suction caused by a damaged hose, or a wheel that squeaks […]

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[13 May 2013 | No Comment | 1,879 views]

Many vacuum cleaner owners are familiar with having to go to a store and locate a new belt or bag for their sweeper. Some may also know the frustration of not being able to find the right part. If the right replacement isn’t available, then owners are often forced to drive around town trying to find a replacement, or may have to call a number of stores trying to locate one. Start By Looking Online For Parts Fortunately, one of the fastest ways to find vacuum cleaner parts now is to simply look online for them. This is because many stores offer an online shop that has a much larger inventory. Even if a particular online store is out of stock, there are often a number of other sites that may carry the […]

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[9 May 2013 | No Comment | 4,546 views]

No one wants bats in their home, but if it happens, removing them is a high priority. Getting control of a bat who’s managed to intrude into your premises isn’t easy and so to help you avoid such a situation I’m going to give you a list of the top ten ways a bad can get into your home. Before I give you the list, I’d like you to know that I by all means think bats are beautiful creatures and I’m well aware that they contribute positively to any local ecosystem – even the world. I’m writing this because once a bat or two do get into your home, there are a few dangers you can be faced with and so bat-proofing your home is of the utmost importance especially if you […]

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[29 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 3,798 views]

Everyone loves being able to kick back and relax in their favorite chair. For some, this means reading a good book, checking their email, or just leaning back and taking a much needed nap. It may surprise some people. but bean bags are perfect for lounging and taking it easy. They can be used in a number of ways, such as a sturdy chair, an outdoor lounge seat, or even a float. Use It For Watching Television Or Reading Most people will use their bean bag chair when they are watching television or reading a book. This is a classic use, and can be an incredibly comfortable way to relax. These chairs are so popular for this type of relaxation because they are filled with soft “beans” that are made from either plastic […]

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[29 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 3,299 views]

Anyone who spends a lot of time around a pool is probably familiar with the variety of rafts and chairs that are available for those who want to lounge in the water without having to swim. Most of these options are inflatable, which makes them easy to store, but they can be a terrible pain when they need inflated since most of them require a substantial amount of air in them. A Poolside Lounge Chair Unlike inflatable loungers, floating bean bags for pools require no lengthy inflation time. Because they are always ready to use, there is no need to worry about bringing an air compressor or pump to the pool. The advantage to having a ready to use chair is that it can be taken out of the trunk or back seat […]

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[17 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 1,455 views]

A great play area is one of the best ways to encourage children to use their imagination and bond with friends and siblings. It can be the foundation of a lifetime of creativity, which is why it is important for parents to set aside areas just for activities. As children get older, the play area can be adjusted accordingly to include more grown up touches like a computer, television, or even a work station where they can draw, read, or study. Turn The Floor Into A Playground Depending on the age of the children, it may be possible to turn even the carpet into a playground. There are a number of rugs and play mats available that feature cityscapes and other designs that can be used to playtime. Many younger children love using […]

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[3 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 4,042 views]
The Dangers Of Harbouring Wildlife In Your Home

So I’m not talking about keeping a snake you’ve found, I’m talking about the health risks of stray wildlife like raccoons and squirrels that have made a nest in your home. And it is dangerous. Let me put together a scenario for you to imagine that might put harbouring wildlife in your home into a new perspective. Imagine you’ve seen a few baby raccoons walking around your roof. You think to yourself “hey, it’s not too bad, maybe I’ll just let them stay in my attic for the winter. They’ll probably leave after the winter and there’s nothing wrong with giving them a little heat during the cold days”. Well, generally speaking, the animals themselves will probably do humans no harm and if they reside in your attic, that’s probably where they’ll stay […]

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[20 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 2,855 views]

Each type of floor material has its own set of rules and tricks for keeping it clean. Carpets benefits from being shampooed, rugs sometimes need to be cleaned or treated, and wood floors need to be conditioned. Some may agree that a hardwood floor is sometimes a little tougher to keep clean, but there are a few easy ways to keep it shiny and looking like new for years to come. Remove Dust And Dirt The first tip to keeping any wood floor looking new is to always keep it clean. The best way to do this is to use a hardwood floors vacuum instead of a broom and dust pan. Some may find that they only need to vacuum once per week, but others may find that it has to be done […]

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[19 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 3,010 views]

Cleaning up after pets can be a constant chore, especially if they have long fur or shed a lot. It sometimes means having to vacuum every few days, or even daily, depending on the amount they shed. There are other factors in how often a home has to be cleaned if there are pets in it, such as what kind of floors are in the home, and what type of vacuum is available. Why Are Some Floors So Hard To Clean? It may surprise some pet owners, but not every type of floor cleans the same. Hardwood floors, for example, are surprisingly difficult to clean due to the way that they are designed. Wood floors tend to have cracks or slits between the planks that can sometimes trap fur and dander, which can […]

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[19 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 1,523 views]

A party is the perfect way to spend time with friends, family, and co-workers. Parties can be thrown for any occasion, such as a raise, promotion, birthday, big announcement, or even just because. No matter how big or small the event is though, there is a reality of the mess that will be left behind after everyone leaves. Cleaning this up can take a lot of time without a good plan for handling it. Save Time By Planning Ahead The easiest way to clean up after a party is to plan ahead. The reason for this is that there are several time saving ways to reduce the amount of mess that will be created, or that needs to be cleaned up. An easy way to clean faster after a party is to choose […]

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[20 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 1,560 views]

This tip that will help you teach your child to ride their bike without training wheels in 30 minutes only applies to children who are currently riding their bike with training wheels. If your child hasn’t been on a bike just yet, you’re going to have to wait until then because they have to get the first part of riding a bike down packed. Below will be the steps you need to take to get your boy or girl riding a bike without training wheels in as little as 30 minutes. Find A Grassy Field The first step is to find a nice grassy field like a soccer field. The bigger the better and the lesser people around the less distraction your child will have. The reason for the grassy field is because, […]

Gardening, Home & Family, Home Improvement »

[21 Nov 2011 | One Comment | 2,759 views]

Visiting a garden articles directory can provide you with a wealth of information. It does not matter if you are building a garden out of a flower-box or you are covering acres, a article gardening directory can provide you with a wealth of information. If you are a beginner or an expert, you will find something that can help you on your way to creating a beautiful garden or adding new and exotic plants to your already existing garden. The first step to using a gardening article directory is to know what an article directory is. An article directory is a site, which provides a searchable resource in this case it would be a site full of articles on gardening. This means any topic related to gardening is generally accepted for the article […]

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[24 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 7,066 views]

Heaters extend the use of the greenhouse in times when cold might prevent plant growth. When combined with grow lights, heaters can encourage some plants to provide crops year round. This can be a source of income for some people, as they can sell extra produce that is off-season at a premium price to local restaurants and stores. A heater is also vital for maintaining the ideal temperature for certain exotic plants, like orchids, or growing fruits out of their preferred environment, as in the case of citrus or pineapple. Both fruit type have been successfully grown in greenhouses for centuries. There is no question about it, a green house heater is one of the most essential greenhouse accessories. Four things you should know to determine the correct greenhouse heater, are the total […]

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[28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 7,221 views]

Tips on how to store foam mattresses toppers can extend the bedding life. These tips can help to keep the mattress clean and looking new longer. The tips should be used any time that a mattress needs to be stored. The first tip is to clean the bedding thoroughly before storage. Any surface stains should be cleaned using spot treatment products. Stuck on stains may require soaking or time to lift from surfaces. After the surface has been cleaned, many prefer to vacuum the bedding. This is done using a hand held vacuum or an attachment cleaning brush. This will remove any dust or other debris that may be in the mattress. Once cleaning has been completed, the bedding can then be stored. A box or bag is often the most popular choice […]

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[10 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,804 views]

The power drill is the best power tool to have when you need to do some home improvements or projects. With a power drill there are many things that you can do and this would make it easier to perform the different tasks needed for the projects. There are different power drills available and these can offer you different features which can be very helpful depending on how you would use the power drill. The many power drills available would help you choose the right one for the kind of project you are going to use it for. Power drills are readily available online which can make it easier for you to buy one. Online stores can offer cheaper prices than what you find at hardware stores which would make it more economical […]

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[7 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 4,223 views]
Finding The Best Power Drill Online

There are many different power drills available which would make it difficult for consumers to find the best one to help in whatever home project they are going to do. The power drill is a very good power tool to have at home to help in the different home improvement projects. This can make the tasks simpler and easier with the many features offered by different power drills. With a power drill one can bore holes, attach and remove screws with ease. This is one power tool that should be present in whatever project you have at home. With the many online whops that offer power drills it makes it easier to search than having to go through different hardware stores trying to find the right one to buy. The different online stores […]

Home Improvement, Interior Design »

[7 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 7,486 views]

Understanding how to place furniture in a bedroom can maximize space. Organizing sleeping areas can provide more options for furniture. By rearranging beds and dressers, many rooms may appear larger. One of the first steps is to remove unnecessary clutter or items. Items may include unwanted tables or chairs, as well as accessories. These items can overtake a room as they accumulate over the years. Once clutter has been removed, the bedroom may then be rearranged. Place pieces in ways that allow for more floor space and openness. This often includes leaving ample space for drawers to be opened. Having less clutter can make rooms feel more relaxing for sleep. Furniture that can serve multiple functions can also reduce clutter. This may include beds that have storage underneath or table drawers. Great New […]

Insurance, Pets »

[5 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,105 views]

Having a dog as a pet requires more responsibilities than just keeping it at home and giving it food and shelter – much more – and that is the responsibility of pet health insurance or more specifically liability insurance for dogs. With a dog one would need to have it properly trained to keep it from misbehaving. With a properly trained dog the possibility of it causing harm to other people unnecessarily would be limited. This would be very helpful indeed if the dog breed is of the aggressive type. There are other dogs that are more aggressive than others and these can cause you a lot of problems in case it will bite someone for unexplained reasons. With a dog that is more inclined to attack or even seemingly harmless ones, you […]

Insurance, Pets »

[5 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,425 views]

With all the pets that most people have acquired, some people have not really thought much about the health of these pets or of the benefits they can get from pet health insurance. It is not enough to just give it food and shelter; these lovely animals need to have to be taken care of especially with their health. These don’t actually tell the owner that it is not feeling well or there is something wrong with it. As pet owners, we would have to actually look after these animals closely and have to take notice of anything unusual about its behaviour. These pets would just simply lie down and become lethargic if there is anything that is wrong with its health. When a pet gets sick it is very expensive to have […]

Hobbies, Product Reviews »

[5 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 4,875 views]

There are plenty of golf carts that you can see on the golfing greens and some can be seen outside as well. These golf carts are very useful vehicles even when it is not used in the golf course. There are plenty of uses for these golf carts and these also have different designs to cater to different purposes. A good brand of golf carts is the Melex golf carts. These have different type of carts that can be used for different situations. Melex is a trusted brand for manufacturing golf carts and these have been around for many years. These manufacture different carts for many other purposes aside from being a good vehicle at the golf course. These can have carts for passenger use like the ones being used at resort hotels […]

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[3 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 4,376 views]

Golf carts have proven to be great vehicles to use around the golf course but these can also be used for other purposes. These golf carts have also proven to be useful in different places where a small vehicle is needed for transport. These can be at construction sites where engineers and architects can use it to move from different places easily. This is also commonly used in resort hotels to carry the luggage and guests to their respective cottages. This can even be used to travel around your neighbourhood which is a good way to save on gas. Buying a golf cart can be easy if you know where to get one. There are plenty of online stores that offer different golf carts for whatever purpose you may want to use it. […]

Home & Family, Home Improvement »

[2 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 4,241 views]

A memory foam mattress can be the key to more a dreamy night of sleep. Foam core bedding can bring a modern and advanced new way to rest. This mattressstyle can be the ultimate in comfort for all body types. There are many benefits to selecting these new sleep padding designs. Traditional beds often utilize box springs, which degrade over time. Box springs also lead to pressure points that can cause many aches. Unlike box springs, a foam core mattress often features no springs. This can reduce the wear and tear that many bedding styles experience. Foam padding that does feature springs often use advanced technology. This often includes wrapped or micro-coils that stay strong over time. There is often no need to turn or flip the bed and padding yearly. This can […]

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[2 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 5,532 views]
A Better Alternative: Bathroom In The Basement

There are many homes that would require a new bathroom to serve a growing family. This adds more convenience to a home with more members of the family needing to use the toilet. When planning to install a new bathroom most people would be thinking of having it on the other floors of the house. This can be a good choice if you don’t have a basement but most homes today would have a basement. Having a bathroom installed in the basement is a better option. This can save you on expenses that are needed to have a new bathroom in other locations of the house. A new bathroom would require you to construct new walls and piping system. This is very costly and when you plan to have it on the second […]

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[26 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,217 views]

There are many different vacuum cleaners that offer features that would be useful to help in cleaning your home. But one vacuum cleaner has proven to be a very good choice. With a Miele vacuum cleaner you can get the best quality and performance from this world class vacuum cleaner. This offers many feature that are very useful when you want to clean your home efficiently. The Miele brand has been around in the market for many years and has proven their quality with the different appliances they have manufactured. This brand has given the world many excellent household products that have been used by different professionals and homes. A Miele vacuum cleaner has the same quality that you would see in the different products that they have. This also performs well in […]