Remodeling your house? Are the updates going to increase energy efficiency? Tax rebates and credits are available through the federal government for home improvements that enhance the energy efficiency of your home.
Since becoming Managing Editor, Justin has led the development of Buildipedia’s site-wide content plan, fully integrating content across all audience channels and the Knowledgebase. Justin is responsible for the quality and accuracy of all published material, as well as the direction of the editorial department, including long-term strategy and vision. Before joining Buildipedia, Justin worked as an Architectural Project Designer, facilitating the design and construction process of multi-million dollar commercial projects. He also served as liaison to the international architectural staff and as a Construction Project Coordinator for higher education projects. Justin is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.
Oxmoor House voluntarily recalled nearly 1,000,000 home improvement books purchased at home improvement stores and bookstores nationwide between January 1975 and December 2009. The recall was prompted due to faulty wiring diagrams and technical instructions which could possibly lead to shock or fire hazards.
In a recent survey conducted by the Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, 60% of the 1,000 people surveyed stated that they avoided installing light fixtures. Homeowners surveyed also avoided unclogging a drain and replacing a window pane, among other things. To see all of the projects homeowners avoided, read Survey Says: Homeowners Avoid Simple Repairs. Over the next few months, the At Home channel will provide how-to articles covering all projects on the list. Our main goal is to show how easy the repairs actually are and that homeowners can do the work themselves.
I recently read an article in the Columbus Dispatch from Rick Barret of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled “Americans losing their fix-it skills, poll shows”. Americans are “tinkering” less and are not taking pride in building something.
Whether you are a do-it-yourself pro or beginner, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little help when estimating the quantity of material that is required for your project? Preventing over- and under-ordering material and eliminating additional trips to the home improvement store will save you both time and money. Below are a few helpful online calculators and estimators that we have found.
The more lights the better, right? Although lights are visually appealing and, personally, my favorite, the “Christmas Vacation” mentality can lead to a lot of problems if proper precautions are not taken. Christmas lights use a lot of electricity. Improperly installed, they can cause overloaded circuits and wires to overheat. Enough heat could be generated to eventually burn and ignite other items in the area.