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Cooler Attics Prevail

For many homeowners, the attic is a neglected dumping ground. If you live in a house with an attic accessible by folding stairs or some other means, perhaps you use the space for storage. If your home has only a scuttle hatch hidden away in a closet, chances are you've rarely been in your attic or given it a second thought.

September 2007

Web Xtra From "Six Steps to a Healthy Garage"

The Healthy Garage Checklist

By taking these simple steps, you can keep your family safe and healthy:

September 2007

Give Your Garage a Makeover

The garage is potentially the most toxic space in any house, which should come as no surprise when you think about what's in it. Start with the car fumes, road grime, road salts and other unwelcome tire and shoe hitchhikers, add the stored paints and stains, gasoline cans, lawn and garden chemicals, car fluids and other items too dirty, greasy or downright dangerous to keep anyplace else around the house, and you can see how quickly the garage can become an unhealthy, disorganized, inefficient space.

 

September 2007

Outfitting the Modern Garage

The American garage has changed considerably in the past 100 years as the automobile has become an ever larger factor in our lives. At the turn of the last century, a carriage house was rare. If one existed on your property, it was not attached to the main house and it was simply a smaller version of a barn. At the turn of this century, the garage has emerged as our personal entry point into our house, the storage spot for garden tools and sports equipment, and some of us even park our cars there. That can make it a cluttered and even dangerous place.

January 2004

Going Up?: Find the Right Opener for Your Garage Door

Garage door openers are becoming increasingly popular as the garage becomes a fundamental part of the house, not merely a place to park the car. Garages nowadays are used as storage areas and workshops, and they often have bedrooms, home offices and other rooms above them. In many cases, the garage has become the primary entry and exit point to and from the house. Once viewed as indulgences for the privileged, garage door openers are now standard conveniences.

March 2003

How to Cure a Wet Basement

How many times have you looked at your basement and thought how great it would be to have a playroom, a home office or a family room/entertainment center - if only it didn't get wet? Dampness is the leading reason that most people do not fully utilize their basement. Yet in many cases the causes of wetness can be eliminated or at least controlled. It is critical that you fix moisture problems before you tackle a basement remodeling job. What Causes Wet Basements? Wet basements are a common problem throughout much of the country.

March 2003

Building a Better Basement Floor

Building a Better Basement Floor One of the most popular and economical ways to expand a home's living space has always been to finish an unfinished basement statistics show that nearly 900,000 homeowners do it every year. And a project of that type almost always starts with a professional laying down a lot of pressure-treated lumber over the concrete slab in order to attach a floor system. This method can be expensive and often does not solve the problems of cold and dampness associated with basement rooms.

September 2002

Is Your Garage Making You Sick?

The time was when garages, mimicking the stables of earlier years, were built separate from the house. That changed after World War II, when architects began including garages in the house structure. Attached garages make life a little more convenient for homeowners, but they also have an unwelcome effect: They can, and frequently do, pose a health hazard for the home's occupants. A recent study in Anchorage, Alaska, found that attached garages readily leak or funnel airborne pollutants, most notably carbon monoxide (CO) from idling cars, into adjacent living quarters.

September 2001
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