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Water Cooler: Easy eco-friendly lifestyle changes

UPDATED: Thu., March 4, 2021

Eco-friendly is described as anything that is not harmful to that environment. Given that vague description, it can be hard to know where to start. Eco-friendly living has a bad reputation for seeming extreme, but you don’t have to unplug all your electronics, sell your car or swear off buying new clothes to live a more eco-friendly life. Here are some small things you can change in your day-to-day life that may benefit the environment, and might even save you some money and hassle.
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Water Cooler: Tips and resources for environmentally friendly living

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

Starting a journey toward being more environmentally friendly can be daunting. The extra work and thought that goes into reducing environmental impact can be frustrating, especially when it seems your efforts hardly make a dent. If you’re interested in making lifestyle changes for the better of the planet, here are a few tips for small changes you can make at your own pace and some products and resources that can make things a bit simpler.
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Water Cooler: Tips for decorating with mirrors

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 11, 2021

Mirrors are a versatile design element, capable of significantly transforming a space. Because they can so strongly influence the feel of a room, it is helpful to know tricks to maximize their potential as well as what to avoid when decorating with them.

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Water Cooler: Tips and techniques for efficient cleaning

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 28, 2021

Even if you have a few select chores you take pleasure in doing, there are few of us who want to spend more time than necessary completing them. Consider a few of these tactics and tips to help cut down your cleaning time.
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Water Cooler: Essential home tools

Whether you rent an apartment or own a house, it is always useful to have a selection of small tools for various tasks. Having a reliable set of tools can save you a lot of time and frustration. It also gives you the freedom to mend, build and craft things for your home.
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Water Cooler: Hone in on your interior design style

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 14, 2021

If you want your home design to feel cohesive and intentional, it can be helpful to hone in on a specific design style as a guide for your decor choices. Learning a bit about each style will help you decide which one is for you.
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Ask the Builder: Are gutters and downspouts necessary?

Q. Tim, I think I’ve got a good idea. I’m re-roofing two of my barns with metal roofing. I was thinking of extending the roof past the walls 18 inches so dripping water falls farther away from the barn walls. Right now I’ve got gutters, and I’m tired of them clogging up with leaves and debris.

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Ask the Builder: Will you be prepared when disaster strikes?

In mid-December, I spent four days digging out from Winter Storm Gail. While it appeared to millions to be just an ordinary winter snowstorm, Gail unleashed her full wrath on a narrow band of New Hampshire, dumping up to 48 inches of snow in just 12 hours. Much of the water Gail gulped and slurped from Nantucket Sound.
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Water Cooler: Refresh your space for your 2021 resolutions

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 24, 2020

The most anticipated new year is upon us. One way you can greet it is to refresh your space so that it better serves your upcoming goals and aspirations. Although most are crossing their fingers to not spend as much time at home in the coming year, this year has been a lesson in how our space and how we operate within it can affect our lives. With that and New Year’s resolutions in mind, here are a few ways to get started in making your space more functional, enjoyable and intentional.

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Ask the Builder: Greasy water drips from kitchen vent hood

Q. Tim, my husband and I really need your help. Our 10-year-old multi-speed kitchen exhaust fan drips greasy water back down onto the stove. Three of the highest fan speeds no longer work. The lights in the hood have also stopped working. It’s in a custom wood surround with a custom internal stainless steel frame.
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Water Cooler: Make the most of a small kitchen

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 17, 2020

The kitchen is meant to be a workspace, which is likely why people like them big. Would you look at all that counter space. But don’t knock a small kitchen too quickly, because it can be a powerhouse of efficiency if you know how to maximize its utility.
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Water Cooler: How to prepare your home for winter power outages

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 10, 2020

With winter on its way, it’s a good idea to make sure your home is ready for extreme weather. Winter weather can cause widespread power outages, so it’s important that you have items that will make it manageable to temporarily live without electricity.
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Pandemic projects: Garden shed made to size: Steve Peck uses self-taught skills to construct place to store tools

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 10, 2020

The pandemic gave Steve Peck time to consider a project that seemed simple but turned out to require some ingenuity and innovation. “We have an odd lot that has made our landscaping and gardening a bit more complicated,” he explained. “Over the years, our outdoor storage was too far from where it needed to be. We needed a shed closer to the front.”
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Strategies to help make online furniture shopping less daunting

In mid-March, as the pandemic was taking hold, my husband, daughter and I were in the process of buying a new house, selling our old house and moving across town. When we made it safely into our new abode, we felt relieved and eager to start the process of making our house a home.