Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

November 2002

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Arming Your House With Alarm

The keyfob that comes with this alarm allows users to arm and disarm the system from up to 75 feet away from the keypad.As technology continues to improve and homeowners seek out the best way to protect their families, burglar, smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm systems have evolved into high priorities for many American households.

Entry Doors: Built to Last

Today's entry doors are engineered to survive construction-site damage, forced entry, daily wear and tear, and anything the elements can dish out. Whether they are made of wood, steel, fiberglass or a composite material, there are enough choices in the entry-door category to satisfy every taste and budget.

Keeping Up With Ladders

Cushions on the top of your ladder (provided they are manufactured for this purpose) not only keep your ladder more stable, but prevent any marring of surfaces.Without question, one of the best tools I ever purchased was a 12-foot wooden, industrial-grade stepladder 15 years ago. At first, the price seemed too steep.

Cleaning with a Conscience

If you are concerned about what goes into your cleaning agents, look for products that voluntarily disclose their ingredients and state their testing procedures.

Neat Idea for Neater Painting

This just in from the "It's About Time" department: A paint can that opens easily, pours cleanly and closes neatly. The new Twist and Pour paint can from Dutch Boy is an all-plastic gallon that sports an easy twist-off lid, comfort side handle and convenient neat-pour spout. No more screwdrivers to pry off lids or messy rags to clean the lip before resealing the container. This will undoubtedly result in less waste and mess and prolong unused paint's shelf life.

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