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Damp Patches and Plaster Walls Don't Mix

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A damp patch on your shirt isn’t anything to worry about. It could be an external source of moisture (like spilling something on yourself), or the moisture could be coming from within, like sweat. You can wait for it to dry, or you can change the shirt, but it’s not exactly a big deal. Similarly, a damp patch on your plaster walls could have an internal or external source. Some accidentally-spilt water on a plaster wall isn’t going to require any attention and will dry of its own accord (dabbing it with a paper towel is optional).…

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Home Renovations for People With Dementia

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If you have a loved one with dementia, in-home aged care may be able to help them continue living in their home. However, to foster their independence and keep them safe, you may want to have a few modifications done on their home as well. Here are some of the ideas to consider. 1. Alarm System Many elders have emergency alert systems. If they fall or suffer an injury, they don’t have to find the phone.…

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2 Hidden Treasures Commonly Found During Period Home Restoration Projects

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Buying and restoring a run-down period home is a large and challenging task. However, it’s also incredibly rewarding and can provide you with a beautiful home that has also increased in value dramatically. Before you dive headlong into ripping out old materials and stripping outdated features, it’s worth exploring what beautiful original features the house has retained that can be restored to their former glory. Here are two hidden treasures that are commonly found in period homes.…

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Common Shower Leaks and How to Repair Them

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Leaking showers waste valuable water and depending on the location of the leak, the water could damage other parts of your home. Luckily, it’s possible to troubleshoot and repair a lot of leaks on your own. Check out these solutions to common issues: 1. Crack in Shower Head If there is a crack in your shower head, you may notice water dripping where it’s not supposed to when you have the shower on.…

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Should You Be Worried About Cracks to the External Brickwork of Your Home?

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It is far from unusual for any property to settle over time, and this can cause some visible signs that may cause you to have a minor panic attack. Much will depend on the nature of the imperfection and what caused it in the first place, and you need to be a bit of a detective in order to figure this out. If you can see cracks in the brickwork of your home, what should you be worrying about?…

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How to Deal With Popcorn Ceilings During Your Renovation

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A few generations ago, builders and decorators used to think that it was a great idea to treat home surfaces with popcorn ceilings. They are certainly difficult to clean, and not only that, but they may well contain asbestos. If you’re staring at just such a ceiling in the home you are about to renovate, what do you need to bear in mind as you set about this repair job?…

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21st Century Attributes That Your Steel Merchant Should Have

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Finding the right steel merchant in today’s steel market can be a tricky affair. Gone are the days when consumers of steel products relied solely on supplier’s price competitiveness, quality of steel, the location of vendors, and delivery reliability. Today, there is a lot more involved in the steel industry, for instance, the advancement in steel fabrication technology. Therefore, as a small-scale iron worker, it is your right to demand value for money for the products you are purchasing.…

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How to Repair a Broken Tenon When Restoring an Old Chair

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A lot of quality old chairs feature a tenon and mortise construction. The tenon is a narrow rectangular shaped protrusion at the end of a chair leg or other part, and it fits into a mortise or channel on the other part of the chair. Sometimes, these are held in place by pegs. If you are restoring an old chair, dealing with a broken tenon can be an issue. Luckily, there are lots of solutions from grabbing the wood filler to hiring a CNC machinist.…

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What to Do After a Small, Localised Fire at Home

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There’s no such thing as a good house fire, and yet if this was to happen, of course a small, localised fire that can be quickly contained is preferable to a larger, destructive fire. In the event of a small fire, you will want to clean up and return your home to normal as soon as possible. There’s a right way to go about this. Assess the Safety of the Building…

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Tips on Repainting the Exteriors of an Aluminium Pontoon Boat

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Today, pontoon boats come in a range of different construction materials, including fibreglass, steel and aluminium. Each type of pontoon boat construction material has its benefits and disadvantages. Aluminium pontoon boats, in particular, are very popular because they are highly durable, thanks to their non-corrosive properties. Paint coatings are usually applied onto aluminium pontoons not to offer corrosion resistance, but to add aesthetic value to the surface of the aluminium. …

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