Don't throw away expensive paint brushes—they can be saved!

Paintbrushes full of dried paint or varnish don't have to be thrown away. Done properly, it doesn’t matter if paintbrushes have been fossilized by oil- or water-based finishes of any type. You can restore any brush with a simple soaking in brush cleaner. A good soak in a brush cleaner can restore the bristles to almost-new condition. Here is how you do it. Pick up a can of brush cleaner at your local paint or hardware store and pour some into a glass or metal container. Drill a 1/8-in. hole through the brush so you can suspend it on a stiff wire. The brush cleaner gives off nasty, flammable vapors, so cover the container with a plastic bag and set it in the garage or outside, out of reach of

15 Things You Need to Know About Buying a Snow Blower

Choosing the right snow blower can be a challenging task. You’ll see a huge selection of single, two and three stage models in varying widths and with a alot of features. If you’ve never purchased a snow blower or haven’t purchased one in a long time, you’ll be a “blown away” by the blizzard of new features. The newer models offer high-end features like push button power steering that turns the machine around on a dime, heated handgrips that warm your fingers, airless tires that never go flat, and push button chute rotation. What is a single-stage snow blower? A single-stage snow blower has a single high-speed auger that scrapes the snow off the ground and propels it up through the discharge

Things You Should Know About LED Christmas Lights

You're probably thinking about what to give those on your holiday gift lists. But have you thought about upgrading your home's holiday light display? Here are 10 things you should know about LED Christmas lights. The Cost While LED Christmas lights will cost you more money upfront, you'll save money in the long run. You can pay $13.65 per month to decorate your rooftop with those old incandescent lights, or you can pay 22 cents with LED lights . LEDs cost more to produce because components are often assembled by hand, they need conducting material to dissipate heat and to get a natural white glow they are often coated with yellow phosphor. Cool to the Touch If you have children or pets and a

Toilet Shopping Tips

Professional painters share their secrets for producing a great-looking interior paint job. The work will go faster with less hassle too. Sick of your old, leaky, water hog of a toilet and want to buy a new one? You'll find water-efficient toilets with an array of options. Our friends at Maximum Performance (MaP) Testing make a living putting toilets through their paces and offered these tips for the next time you go toilet shopping. Insulated Tank If summers are humid where you live and you don’t have air conditioning, you’ve probably noticed your toilet “sweating” quite a bit. Condensation forms on the outside, which can drip down and make a mess or even rot out your floor. Some toilets ar

November Home Maintenance Guide

Winter is almost here. Here are some task to prepare your home for Winter. November is full of falling leaves and changing weather. Snow is on its way and winds will be picking up. This is the right time of year to keep preparing your home for winter. Be sure to purchase snow supplies, test your generator if you have one and clean your gutters. Be sure to keep your home safe this fall by keeping up with your weekend projects and to-dos. Inside the home Schedule a plumber: The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers due to garbage disposal issues, clogged drains, dishwasher problems and toilet troubles. Clean dryer vents and duct system: Thoroughly blowing out the dryer duct s

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