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March 2003

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The ABCs of VOCs

Space Heaters: Down to Earth

  Most vented heaters today use a pipe-within-a-pipe arrangement that pre-warms incoming cold air, allowing the burner to fire more efficiently.

Take the Kink out Of Your Hose

Take a look behind your dryer. Chances are the back of it is about five or six inches away from the wall and the vent hose resembles a snake. These tight bends in the exhaust hose can accelerate lint accumulation, which in turn reduces the dryer's efficiency and poses a possible fire hazard.

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.

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.

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