DDW The Importance of a Pest Inspection

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The excitement of buying a new home and the desire to save money can lead the potential homeowner down a dark, crumbling drywall road. Some people think that a pest inspection is an unnecessary and costly step in the home buying process, especially if neighboring houses don’t have a problem or the owner swears upon the sanctity of their mother’s grave that there are no bug problems. However, I believe that it is a lot more costly to pay to evict two million tiny squatters and repair the damage t read more

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DDW The Home Warranty Doctor Is In!

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Would you go to your real estate agent for advice on the stock market? Probably not. While your real estate agent does help you with a different kind of investment  your home  that doesnt make them automatically qualified to give you advice on the latest IPO from Wall Street.

When you want good information you go to the authority. You go to the expert on the topic! Want investment information? See an investment specialist. Got a cough and fever? See a doctor. Want to bu… read more

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DDW The Home Improvement Contractors View

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A day in the life of a home improvement contractor


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Last week I discussed what a homeowner should look for when hiring a contractor. Today I would like to discuss what an honest contractor has to consider in running his business. When I first started out, I was gung ho like any contractor all full of spit and vinegar. I would put on my polo shirt with my company name proudly displayed. I would make sure the boots were clean and the jeans were wrinkle free. Another day of going out and conquering the world. Well one day I landed the big one, I was elated! I just got my foot in the door of a sizable job and all I had to do was close. I mean cmon I was going to be rich! The job was like 20 grand! (Step out of the way Howard Hughes). Well I scheduled the meeting and promptly showed. I do not think my feet even touched the ground as I walked into the homeowners house. I had all my figures on me and was loaded for bear. That is when the clouds started accumulating and the vultures were ready to pick my bones. I had made a presentation that would have made my mom proud. However, reality came in the voice of the homeowner as if it was in slow motion. I called you here, he said. To ask you if you could beat this price. Wait a minute! I thought. There is another price? He hands the quote to me and my legs go weak. This isnt a quote for this job, I thought to myself. This is the tab for picking up the dinner!
How can a contractor give such a price? I asked the person Is this quote for the project that I looked at?  Yes he said. And not only that he will do this extra Well there I was young and nave he got the drop on me. So what did I do? Before I could think I said Sure I can do this job Heck and I can even do the extra that someone out of his mind promised! Well I got the job and yeah I paid the price. A lesson learned in all of this is if you are an honest contractor and want to survive in this field, you had better be ready to lose some jobs or lose your business. Because there are contractors and customers out there that dont care about your overhead and in the end most of the under priced jobs cost both the contractor and homeowner alike. That is where all of the horror stories come from. In addition, I know that the most seasoned contractors will not consider taking these jobs. However, realize this. These contractors are your competition and customers need to know this. An honest price for the job will make the contractor and homeowners project a positive experience. The overhead for contractors on the level is very high and there is a reason for their pricing. read more

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DDW The Home Doctor Is In

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The Home Doctor has the answers to your building questions.


The Home Doctor Is In

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The Home Doctor has the answers to your building questions.

Q: A recent storm wreaked havoc on my roof and I’m now facing a roof replacement project for the first time. What should I know about shingles before diving into the reroof with my contractor? read more

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DDW The History Of Vacuum Cleaners

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Before the vacuum cleaner the simple task of cleaning floors was not so simple. Area rugs would need to be taken outside, hung from posts and beaten by a large wooden beating stick. Floors were swept and the the debris was picked of by hand and then discarded. Today when we vacuum our floors and carpets it usually takes about ten minutes, but before 1880 cleaning carpets and floors was an all day task.


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DDW The History Of Stained Glass Lamps

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Learn the interesting history of how stained glass originated and how it progressed to what we see today.


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Stained glass, in general, refers to both the colored glass and also the craft or art of making it. The color is obtained by adding metallic salts  such as copper, gold, and cobalt  to molten glass. The colored glass pieces is then stuck together using lead strips – to form designs, patterns, or pictures  and held in place with the aid of a rigid frame. The same principle works for stained glass window panes as well as stained glass lamps. read more

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DDW The History Of Rugs

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The history of rugs is quite amazing. The weaving of rugs and carpets dates back to at least 500 BC. Rugs are made by weaving, at least this is how they started making rugs. Weaving is nothing new, our ancestors have been doing it for thousands of years. The first weaving that was done was to make baskets. They made baskets out of anything that was pliable, leaves, grass, twigs and whatever materials could be found at the time. read more

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DDW The Hidden Costs Of Picture Frames

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This may come as a surprise to you, but I love picture frames. Anything that can take an ordinary picture and make it look like its worth 10 times its true value is a powerful thing. Some people spend their entire lives collecting awards, degrees, and family photos only to have them rot away in their basements collecting dust. Are you one of those people? I didnt think so.

Having the right frame around a picture, degree, or award can make a world of difference and can … read more

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DDW The Hard Hat

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You probably dont think much about the hard hat, but if you didnt know, it can be a life saving device. While many areas of construction use these hats, it should be something that more people use. Think about all the times that you are in risk of falling off a ladder or having something fall on you. There are many reasons to wear a hard hat, but did you realize the various types that are out there?

You would be quite surprised to realize just how many are out there. Fr… read more

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DDW The Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan

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The Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan is a perfect solution for many rooms, providing a ceiling fan to ventilate the air around the room and decrease the temperature in the house, and a light source that will upgrade the luminous levels of any rooms.

Hampton Bay lighting is a famous makers of fans and light fixtures, this company has been around long enough to have its own loyal following and from what I understand they have excellent products, their lights and ceiling fans are cons… read more

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