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Home & Garden | How Did I Do It? - Part 15

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Landscaping for Beginners: Tooling around the neighborhood and seeing all manner of landscaping that makes each house pop with uniqueness it’s hard not to get the itch to design. What you may not know is that landscaping adds value to your home... 

Doorknob assemblies, which are also called locksets, come in a wide variety of styles and differing levels of security. Locksets can be ornate brass and cost as much as 3 or four hundred dollars, or as little as twenty, but for the most part, a lockset... 

Wreaths have a long and interesting history. The ancient Athenians wore violet wreaths when imbibing believing the flower’s natural powers would ward off drunkenness. The Greeks also gave winners at the Olympic games a wreath of laurel leaves, which... 

We all know the drill. The garbage disposal smells badly, builds up stagnant things in the blade and it isn’t a wholesome scent, and to be honest, the bacteria isn’t a wholesome environment either. BUT, How much more healthy is it really to... 

We have no specific date to which we can place the first known candles in human history. Archaeologists have found clay candle holders in the region of Ancient Egypt that date to the fourth century BCE, however, implying that they‚d been around for... 

Setting up a saltwater aquarium system is no more difficult really than any other type of creation. Its just a list of things that you need to do to begin and end the project. As with any other project, educate yourself. Research all you can about saltwater... 

Ponds are a remarkable addition to your property, yard or garden. They don’t have to be large, very deep, or even expensive if you choose to make one from a kit, or in point of fact from something so small as a Rubbermaid tote sunk into the ground... 

A Rock garden is a unique way of capturing both the imagination and the senses with its interesting combination in scents and textures. Beautiful flowers interesting foliage and hardy rocks and mosses are delicate and subtle adaptations that nature makes... 

Do your cabinet doors look a bit worn and weathered.. don’t want to completely redo them but do want a new look Punched tin, one of the old fashioned early American looks might be the answer that you are looking for. It is hardy, wears like iron,... 

We have all read about the toxins that are contained in the furniture polish we purchase for use in our homes. They can be harmful to not only us, but to our pets as well and in reality, its far more harmful‚ in the long run to use them, than it is... 

Growing carnivorous plants is not an easy task and unlike normal plants, no amount of general plant knowledge will compensate for some real knowledge and research about this particular species. There are certain generalities about them that hold true..... 

Birds like several different things which you can add to your garden area to lure, or draw them into your vision, among them, some cover, something to use to nest with, a sure supply of food and water for bathing and drinking. One or more of these additions... 

You can transform a bland and blank wall into a vertical garden with a trellis covered in climbers. You can select the tradtional latticework panels of a fan shaped trellis. Or try one of the more fanciful shapes such as hearts, fouintains or leaf clusters... 

For summertime entertaining most of your cooking will be done on the grill, but it seems like there are never enough counter tops near the barbeque area. This folding shelf with help you with that, attaching as it does to a wall near the eating or grilling... 

Trees are by rumor difficult to transplant, however if you take the right care in doing so, it can be done successfully. Transplant a tree or shrub only when it is dormant. Either in early spring or late fall after the leaves have dropped from the trees. Nurseries... 

Topiary is the age old art of shaping plants or hedges into the shape of animals, trees, geometric objects of any shape or size. There are two methods of making topiaries. The first is to train the plants into desired forms while the second uses forms... 

There are various types of fountains for your home or garden. A fountain can be a free standing structure, or a spray that issues from a pool or pond, or it can be a wall mounted style that runs into a reservoir. In all cases the first necessity will... 

Remind a friend of the afternoon that you spent at the beach, or a fun picnic with candles made from seashells. They aren’t at all difficult to make and they are a small but thoughtful gift thats suitable for any time. All you will need to do the... 

Many of our newer curtains and draperies can be washed easily on the gentle cycle of the washing machine, saving us a great deal of money in dry cleaning bills, however some of them create real issues with the way they come out of the washer or dryer,... 

Window coverings can be as diverse or interesting as you are. Purchasing curtains of heavier materials can save you a great deal on your heating or air conditioning bills, particularly in a very warm or very windy environment. The cost of these energy... 

Don’t pass up that old oak chair at the flea market, the one thats a real steal, just because the seat is tattered and worn. Recover it yourself for just a song, and a bit of your time and imagination. Begin by removing the cover and pad, right... 

Maintaining your furnace well will eliminate part of your gas bill and will also help your furnace to last years longer, and may in fact prevent the need for costly repairs. Of all the enemies of your utility bill, dirt has to rank as number one. Every... 

For all intents and purposes, a kitchen is a bit like a lab or a workshop. It is also the heart of the home. Both these designations mean that spending a little extra time finding the right storage solutions for your kitchen will not only maximize the... 

INSTALLING A CEILING OUTLET BOX Sometimes, prior to installation of the actual light, you will need to install a ceiling light outlet box. This does require some effort, but is overall, not too difficult. Step One, will be to mark the place on the ceiling... 

Before even considering an herb garden, it’s good to take serious stock of your space and time constraints. Tending a small, well considered garden is much easier than creating something elaborate that requires on-going maintenance. On the other...