Hardwood Flooring Guide and Review

Hardwood and engineered wood floors can add value to a structure. Wood floors will retain their beauty and last a long time if properly maintained. It’s to the advantage of consumers, considering hardwood flooring, to be aware of the negative and positive aspects of different hardwood floor choices. It’s important for consumers to know how to properly maintain a wood floor.

Consumers can access Information about different flooring choices, and find flooring reviews, on consumer websites. The ConsumerSearch (CS) website publishes reviews about hardwood flooring and flooring choices. A link to the flooring site is under “Sources” at the end of this article. CS is a consumer service from About dot com. The website publishes reviews of products such as lawn mowers, car tires, and air conditioners based on owner reviews and expert opinion.

Hardwood Wood Flooring vs Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are solid planks of milled wood. The most popular floor hardwoods are listed on the U.S. Hardwood Manufacturers Association (HMA) website:

  • Oak: Red and white.
  • Maple: Hard.
  • Ash.
  • Hickory.
  • Pecan.
  • Walnut.
  • Cherry.

Hardwood flooring can be purchased in several thicknesses, and the 3/4 inch is the most popular. The 3/4 inch flooring is normally nailed to a …

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5 Home Improvement Ideas in Budget to Revive the Charm of Your Home

You have always dreamt of having your own house. Once you have it, you have to take the best care of it. You have to maintain your house at a regular interval so that your house lasts longer and you can create lovely memories in it. To renovate your house you need effective home improvement ideas. Now, if you want to renovate the entire house, it will be quite a pricey decision and also time-consuming. If you are running tight on budget or you want to cut the cost of renovation, you can start from a portion of your house at a time and then go for the next part. How to go for home improvement without crossing your budget?

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  • Install Kitchen Cabinets & Appliances

There are lots of things you need to keep in your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, it becomes difficult to fit all the essentials over there. What you can do is to install kitchen cabinets. While building cabinets consider all the kitchen appliances that you need to fit in like microwave ovens, juicers, mixers and food processors. This will help in optimizing space and avoid last minute …

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Omniroc Benefits, a Fiber Cement Fire Resistant Structural Panel

JamesHardi building products may be the best known siding, soffit, trim, and ceramic tile backer board, but Omniroc offers residential remodeling benefits.

Omniroc is a structural building material that is best known for being used in commercial buildings and industrial applications, but it is starting to make inroads into the residential construction market. Up until now, products like HardiPlank Lap Siding and Hardiebacker have reigned supreme, in part because that’s what the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot stock.

In fact, Omniroc, Inc. has been around in the business for over 60 years. It’s a fair guess that they are beginning to look to the residential building market since local building codes are increasingly mandating the use of cement fiber board installed behind ceramic tile rather than traditional greenboard (moisture-resistant gypsum board).

A Green and Sustainable Building Material

These panels are primarily composed of mineralized wood fibers and Portland cement. The wood fibers are 23% scrap or repurposed wood products, which reduces the impact on the landfill and lessens the cutting, transporting, and processing of timber.

 

The use of these panels can be applies towards LEED certification, offering a maximum of 12 points. Having a LEED certified …

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Architecture Beautifies Cities: Stop and check out the details on buildings when visiting Western Europe

Europeans have got it going on when it comes to architecture. Not only do they build beautiful, awe-inspiring structures, they also build them to last. In the U.S., it often seems, we quickly throw up an abomination of a building only to blow it up and start over a few years later (Seattle’s Kingdome, anyone?).

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of examples of magnificent architecture throughout Western Europe – churches, universities, government buildings, etc. – but some of my favorite are the not-so-well known or even run of the mill versions scattered throughout cities. They might be apartment or office buildings, they are sometimes unrecognizable in their function, but fantastic in their beauty.

So, when touring through Western Europe, make sure to stop and smell the roses, or, in this case, gander at the buildings. Look at the details. North American buildings just don’t generally contain the unbelievable detail work that the older, European buildings almost universally possess.

Now, I’m no architectural genius (in the movie “Dying Young” when Campbell Scott’s character is pointing out the architects of different buildings to Julia Roberts character, I thought “who cares” and probably rolled my eyes), but I think just about …

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A House Vs. A Home

A house will not be a home if it’s a mess – emotionally, physically, financially, or in any other sense you can think of. We have received a card on our anniversary that says, “It’s love that makes a house a home.” Very true, if we remember that love is not just a warm fuzzy feeling but also a conscious effort.
There are people who live in rented houses and say that since the house is not theirs, they do not feel like putting much effort in creating a home – and they don’t have one, as the result. They just have a place to live, shabby and unwelcoming. Very often, when they do get a house of their own, they do not turn it into a home either. Why? Because they are not used to taking the diligent care that making a home requires. On the other hand, I have known people who had lived in rented property all their lives, moving often, yet they managed to turn each one into a wonderful home. Their children have the warmest memories about growing up and fondly remember each of the many homes they had as kids.
A home is a …

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Winter Fun at Home

My son is seven and like most seven-yearolds, he’s brimming with energy. As I write this, we’re deep into winter and though it’s been relatively temperate, Michigan winters can be aggressive. There will be days he’ll be home, stuck without school but also facing below temperatures outside which will mean playing outdoors for any real length of time would be uncomfortable and ill advised. It’s a good idea to have a game plan for days like this.

Every child will have different interests and some of these ideas won’t necessarily work, but they can certainly be tailored to suit their needs.

Craft Bins
This idea I credit to my son’s Mom. She’s collected plastic bins that she keeps either high in our son’s closet or in a lower, reachable shelf in the kitchen. The bins have holiday craft materials, but also just collections of glue, paint, construction paper, string, and quick kits purchased from bargain bins. The best time to collect these goodies is immediately after any holiday at stores like Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts

Legos
After board games and puzzles have gotten a bit stale, it can be fun to have a Lego set handy that can …

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Home-Made Adults

When I became a parent I never really thought about how my children would turn out. What would there personalities be like, how would they differ from other people, what would they become. It just wasn’t a strong goal of mine. That being said if I knew then what I know now, things would be different. I surely would have raised much more independent children. Instead, I didn’t allow my children to grow. I was to set on being the mother that my mother never was. I had a strong, independent mother who did not give her children the time or day to converse about life and expected struggles. I felt kind of cheated by that so I decided early on that I would be a mom that would do it all. Work hard and come last. My children would come first. They would get all that I didn’t get, I would fill them with protection that I had to fend for in life for myself and I would comfort them with hugs and kisses that I never really experienced. It actually landed up slapping me in the face because now my kids and adults solely depend on my husband …

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How to Remove Snakes from Your Home

Most people aren’t too comfortable with the idea of a long, creepy and potentially poisonous snake crawling around their bedrooms, kitchens, gardens, or back yards. So just how does one go about ridding their homes of these unwanted, legless beasts?

If you are concerned that the snake may be venomous, then call in a professional snake handler instead of manually attempting to remove it. The snake handler will be able to safely remove the snake for an affordable price. There is no point in risking your life just to save some money. Otherwise, continue with the following steps:

Origin

You need to find out how the snake got into your home by locating its point of origin. Then, you can track its movements by observing the trail of snake skin littered along its path. Typically, snakes will go wherever they can find food. Make sure all of your garbage cans are tightly shut, there are no rats roaming your hallways, and that the point of origin remains open so that the snake can safely leave on its own accord if it so chooses. Once it does leave, make sure to patch up the weak spot that allowed its initial entry …

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Tips for Avoiding the Gas Pumps

Let’s face it, gas prices are soaring higher than a bald eagle. It can hurt your wallet by visiting it often. If you are trying to think of ways to avoid buying gas all the time, consider these suggestions to help you.

Watch how you drive.

If you have a heavy foot, or you like to wait for the last minute to press on the break pedals, your gas tank can suffer. Pushing the car harder than needed will cause the engine to work heavier than it should. The more the engine has to work, the more gas it will require. Take the time to break those old accelerating habits. Doing this can save you a few miles per gallon.

Resist turning off the engine.

Starting the car uses gas. When the engine turns over, gas has to surge through the fuel lines into the engine. Instead, just wait patiently in the car to leave again. You will use less gas, sitting idle, than you would to turn the engine off and back on.

Let the car coast when possible.

According to debt free revolution.com, If you are going down hill, or you have cruise control, let off the accelerator …

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