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Top Reasons to Close Up Your Chimney Permanently

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Love fireplaces? Brace for some bad news: a fireplace and the subsequent chimney aren't the blessing you might consider them to be. Many home improvement professionals see your chimney as a liability instead of a commodity and actually recommend sealing it up permanently. Here are some reasons driving that suggestion.


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In Denmark, an entire way of life is built around hygge (hoo-gah) – creating a comfortable ambiance, a home where you can relax and into which guests are welcome. A few simple tweaks and additions to your home can help to create your own cozy atmosphere.

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The International Builders Show can be a bit overwhelming, with hundreds of exhibitors, keynote speakers galore, and exciting demonstrations to choose from. But we have compiled a list of the top 10 must-see exhibitors to make it easier for you do-it-yourselfers out there to find what you’re looking for.

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A power outage during a storm can make a harrowing situation even more stressful. You will need light and may need power for your furnace or to operate your sump pump to minimize any damage to your home. Preparation is the key – here's how you can plan for an emergency.

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The surface material of a roof is important, but no matter what you use to cover it, a roof wouldn't be possible without the base material below. The perfect base, or roof sheathing, material is lightweight, dimensionally stable, strong, and affordable. Here's how some popular sheathing options stack up.

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The most likely source of drafts coming into your home is gaps around windows and doors. Other draft causes could include missing siding or insulated glass that has that has sprung a leak. In general, as a home wears, the more likely it is to develop drafts and air leaks.

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As temperatures drop, what could be nicer than sitting in front of a fireplace watching TV or reading? If you have or will have a fireplace or wood-burning or pellet stove in your home, though, you should be attuned to the hazards of a fire occurring in the chimney.

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What goes into determining what to look for in a garage door? Most of your choices will be driven by 1) looks 2) material 3) durability and 4) cost. The categories are interrelated, but you need to find the perfect mesh of each choice in order to be satisfied.

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Adding a garage to your home is easy. It expands your usable square footage, increases your property market value, and provides a secure place to store your car and your lawn tractor, tools, etc., if it’s big enough. The tough part is deciding what you really want in a garage.

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Building codes are put into place to avoid snow-related catastrophes. Snow and ice buildup can cause sagging in roof that’s not strong enough, which will then lead to pooling water when the rainy seasons come around. If the roof isn't framed to code, snow buildup could cause it to collapse.

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House plans in the 1500–2000 square foot range offer the perfect amount of space for a new family or an older couple whose children are all grown and moved out. The key is understanding the unique features of these homes, and creating a list of your own must-have features.

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