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4 Ways To Attract Birds To Your Yard

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If you love sitting out on your porch watching the birds flit around your property, you may want to explore the many ways you can bring a variety of species to your home. Here are 4 ways you can bring more birds to your yard so you can always enjoy birdsong every time of the year. Flowers Certain flowers can attract birds to your property. Sunflowers attract seed-eating birds as they munch on the tender seeds within the center of the flower. Hummingbirds are attracted to vibrant and fragrant blooms, such as honeysuckle or sage that produce a lot of nectar for them to eat. As a bonus to planting fragrant flowers, you can also enjoy seeing fat bumblebees and colorful butterflies taking advantage of the sweet blooms you provide. Feeders You can provide round feeders filled with seed and lined with peanut butter to attract small birds and woodpeckers to your property. Hang feeders far out on a large branch several feet off the ground to keep predators at bay and choose containers that don’t allow seeds to spill on the ground. If seeds do spill on the ground, try to pick up or cover what you can so these flying wonders don’t get placed at risk for cats, dogs, and other predators catching them in their vulnerable state. You want birds to return every year, so make sure you always place feeders in the same areas so birds will keep coming back. Baths Bird baths are not only charming landscape decor, they are a great way to bring birds in for a welcome swim and a fresh drink in the warmer months. Starlings, finches, and other birds love to keep their bodies clean and a bird bath gives them a safe place to wet their feathers and freshen up. Place a bird bath within easy view of your window so you can watch them play the day away. Bird houses There are a few reasons why installing bird houses on your property can benefit your bird watching experience. Providing housing for birds allows these creatures, such as robins, sparrows, and finches, to have a safe and sheltered environment in which to raise their young. Another benefit is that this can also prevent them from building nests in areas that may be inconvenient for you, such as your rain gutters or chimney. You can buy bird houses at your local green house or home improvement store. Place bird houses on long posts so cats and squirrels are less likely to invade...

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Three Tips For Caring For Your Shower Door

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Making sure that your home’s shower is properly maintained is important for avoiding some potentially serious damages and problems. However, new homeowners are prone to making the mistake of neglecting to care for their shower doors, but there are some tips for helping you to effectively care for your shower doors. Keep The Frame Clean One of the most important steps that you can take to keep your shower in good condition is to regularly clean the frame. As you use the shower, soap scum and mildew can start to gather on the frame. Unfortunately, these materials can contribute to the shower frame developing corrosion. Once corrosion has formed, it may be impossible to completely restore the shower frame, which may mean you will need to replace it. Luckily, you can easily remove these substances by using over-the-counter bathroom cleaners. By taking the time to quickly clean the shower frame every couple of weeks, you can ensure that it stays in excellent condition for many more years. Regularly Inspect The Hinges In order to easily open and close, your shower door will utilize a series of hinges. While these hinges are normally extremely reliable, it can be possible for them to develop issues over the course of time. For example, it can be possible for the hinges to come out of alignment, which may make them far more difficult to open and close. Every few months, you should perform a thorough visual inspection of your shower door hinges. During this inspection, you should look for signs that the hinges are out of alignment or lacking lubrication. If additional lubricant is needed, you should only use one that is designed for shower doors as these will be able to withstand the frequent water exposure. Replace Worn Seals To stop water from leaking out of the shower, there will be a series of seals that are installed around the door. Without these seals, it would be possible for large amounts of water to leak out of the door, which could cause substantial water damage from occurring to your bathroom. Sadly, these seals will gradual degrade, which can cause them to pull away from the shower frame or become brittle and crack. Repairing this type of problem will require you to remove the old seal and install a new one. While replacing a shower door seal may sound complicated, it is designed to be a fairly simple task. After removing the old seal, you should clean the frame to help ensure the new seal forms a solid bond. Once the water from cleaning the frame has dried, you can coat the back of the new seal with an adhesive and put it into place. For more information, talk to a professional like Glasshopper Schor...

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Three Tips For Caring For Your Shower Door

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Making sure that your home’s shower is properly maintained is important for avoiding some potentially serious damages and problems. However, new homeowners are prone to making the mistake of neglecting to care for their shower doors, but there are some tips for helping you to effectively care for your shower doors. Keep The Frame Clean One of the most important steps that you can take to keep your shower in good condition is to regularly clean the frame. As you use the shower, soap scum and mildew can start to gather on the frame. Unfortunately, these materials can contribute to the shower frame developing corrosion. Once corrosion has formed, it may be impossible to completely restore the shower frame, which may mean you will need to replace it. Luckily, you can easily remove these substances by using over-the-counter bathroom cleaners. By taking the time to quickly clean the shower frame every couple of weeks, you can ensure that it stays in excellent condition for many more years. Regularly Inspect The Hinges In order to easily open and close, your shower door will utilize a series of hinges. While these hinges are normally extremely reliable, it can be possible for them to develop issues over the course of time. For example, it can be possible for the hinges to come out of alignment, which may make them far more difficult to open and close. Every few months, you should perform a thorough visual inspection of your shower door hinges. During this inspection, you should look for signs that the hinges are out of alignment or lacking lubrication. If additional lubricant is needed, you should only use one that is designed for shower doors as these will be able to withstand the frequent water exposure. Replace Worn Seals To stop water from leaking out of the shower, there will be a series of seals that are installed around the door. Without these seals, it would be possible for large amounts of water to leak out of the door, which could cause substantial water damage from occurring to your bathroom. Sadly, these seals will gradual degrade, which can cause them to pull away from the shower frame or become brittle and crack. Repairing this type of problem will require you to remove the old seal and install a new one. While replacing a shower door seal may sound complicated, it is designed to be a fairly simple task. After removing the old seal, you should clean the frame to help ensure the new seal forms a solid bond. Once the water from cleaning the frame has dried, you can coat the back of the new seal with an adhesive and put it into place. For more information, talk to a professional like Glasshopper Schor...

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Learn How To Create A Display Wall In Your Home

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Decorating your first home can be a bit overwhelming at first because there are so many things to take into consideration. You want to be sure to show off your unique style, while still being able to create a nice look in your new space. A great way to express yourself, while still having some traditional elements in your home is to create a custom display wall in the living room or family room in your home. A display wall allows you to display treasured nick knacks and photos in a unique way. The guide below walks you through the process for creating a great display wall in your home. Consider the Layout of the Wall The first thing you need to consider is how you want the wall to be laid out. You need to decide if you want the entire space to be taken up with tiny shelves and numerous picture frames or if you want them all to be evenly spaced out and limited to just a few shelves and a few frames. The look that you create is up to you. Consider If You Want Uniformity or If You Want an Eclectic Creation Next, you need to consider if you want to use all matching frames and shelves or if you want a more eclectic look with frames of all colors and shapes and numerous unique shelves. Both styles have their visual benefits, but you have to choose which one best expresses your unique style. Consider the Pictures You Want to Display Go through all of your home pictures and decide which ones you want to feature on the wall. You need to set them aside and measure them all before you go to buy frames to hang them in. You need to consider if you want to place the pictures directly into the frames of if you would like to mat them. A mat can give the pictures a finished look, but will add to the cost of the project. Once you have framed all of the pictures, determine where you want each picture to be placed on the wall. Some people chose to hang pictures in chronological order and some choose to just hang them in any order. You want to be sure that the way that you hang the pictures and shelves is visually appealing to you because you are the one who will be seeing them each and every day.  For more inspiration, visit stores like Artistic Wholesale...

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Tips For Lighting Your Patio At Night

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Lighting your patio is a must if you want to enjoy it on summer nights as well as during the day. The problem is that many of the builder grade fixtures used outdoors are too harsh for evening enjoyment. The following tips can help you change up your exterior lighting so that it works better for evening entertaining. Tip #1: Avoid bright overhead lighting Bright light from directly overhead is very pleasant when you are outside at night. It tends to attract bugs, as well as ruining the visibility so you can still see things from beyond the circle of light. Bright lights from overhead also result in a harsh glare, which can give you a headache if you sit beneath it too long. Instead, choose dimmer, scattered overhead solutions, such as a multi-bulb hanging fixture. Tip #2: Add multiple light sources Having more than one source for light can help change up the mood. Wall sconces work well for soft lighting if your patio is attached to your home. You can also have the sconces mounted to the patio cover supports so that the space is fully surrounded. String lights, stretched above, can add another dimension to your lighting scheme. Tip #3: Consider adjustable fixtures A fixture that allows you to adjust the brightness of the lights is another good choice for the patio. You can turn up the lights to optimum brightness if you are doing something outside that require good visibility, such as enjoying a card game on a summer’s evening. Then, you can later dim the lights so you and your guests can enjoy a relaxing conversation while enjoying the balmy nighttime air. If you have multiple fixtures, make sure each one is on its own dimmer switch so you have more control. Tip #4: Extend the lights to the yard Unless you never expect to entertain beyond the patio after dark, you will need to add some lighting to your yard. There are several options. Wall-mounted down lights placed on fences or the sides of garages or sheds can help your guest see where they are in relation to the rest of the yard. Solar lights should be placed along walkways, as well, to help guide feet on steps. Consider adding some dramatic uplights if you have key features that will look striking at night, such as a statue or water fountain. Talk to a lighting specialist for more ideas to create the perfect patio after...

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Show Your Children How To Make Decorative Chimes

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If heavy rain is preventing your children from spending time outdoors and they are bored, show them how to make decorative chimes with colorful beads by completing the steps below. This rainy day craft will allow your children to express their creativity, and the finished chimes can be enjoyed daily once they are hung up on your home’s front porch. Materials newspaper sheets wooden beads (You can buy these from a company like Mayer Import Co Inc Imitation Stones.) craft paint small, shallow trays cups of water thin paintbrushes acrylic craft spray colorful twine scissors wooden dowels power drill thin rope hooks Painting Beads And Applying Craft Spray Lay out sheets of newspaper across a table. Place small, shallow trays that are filled with different colors of craft paint and a tray filled with beads on the table. Set a couple cups of water and thin paintbrushes next to the other materials. Allow your children to take their time painting the beads however they would like. Once the beads are covered with paint, wait for the paint to dry. Afterward, apply a thin layer of acrylic craft spray to each bead’s exterior. The craft spray will prevent the colors of the paint from fading. Stringing Beads And Securing The Twine To Dowels Cut several pieces of twine that are varying lengths. Tie a knot in one end of each piece of twine. Show your children how to add beads to one of the pieces of twine. Encourage them to mix and match colors to create strings of beads that are unique or that display a pattern. Use a power drill to create holes that are evenly spaced apart through each wooden dowel. Insert the unknotted end of each piece of twine through one of the holes. Secure the twine pieces by tying knots in each one’s end. Leave one hole on each end of each dowel empty. Use these holes to create a handle to hang the chimes up with. Cut thin pieces of rope. Insert each end of one of the pieces of rope through the holes that are on either end of one of the dowels. Tie knots in the ends of the rope. Create a handle with the other piece of rope in the same manner. Hang up the finished creations from hooks that are secured to your front porch’s ceiling. You and your children can enjoy looking at the colorful chimes and listening to the clanging of the beads when the twine pieces move around in the...

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Replace A Tree Stump With Healthy Blades Of Grass

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After cutting down a tree in your back yard that was recently struck by lighting, you may find that its stump is destroying the beauty of your property and taking up valuable space. Remove the tree stump by completing the steps below. Once finished, level the ground’s surface and plant grass seed over bare sections in order to provide your yard with a uniform appearance. Materials work gloves power drill plastic funnel stump decomposing granules duct tape scissors vinyl tarp safety goggles ax power saw garden shovel soil rake grass seed water hose Create Holes In The Trunk And Fill Them With Granules Put on a pair of work gloves and use a power drill to create holes that are evenly spaced apart and a few inches deep across the top of the trunk. Insert the tip of a plastic funnel in one of the holes and pour stump decomposing granules through the funnel until the hole is filled. Fill the remaining holes in the same manner. Place strips of duct tape over the filled holes to prevent the granules from spilling out. Cover the stump with a vinyl tarp. The granules will rot the wood after several weeks. Read the back of the container that the granules came in to determine how long it may take for decomposition to occur, which is dependent on the size of the stump in your yard. Cut Up The Rotted Wood, Level The Property, And Plant Grass Seed Put on a pair of safety goggles. Use an ax or power saw to cut up the rotten wood. Place the wood pieces on the tarp that was originally used to cover the stump and drag them to a portion of your property where they can be disposed of. If roots are stuck in the ground, use a garden shovel to loosen the soil around them before pulling the roots upwards with both of your hands.  Add shovelfuls of soil to the hole where the trunk previously was. Rake the ground until it is level. Sprinkle grass seed across bare sections of the ground. Use a hose to moisten the seeds. Water the freshly planted grass seed regularly, until healthy blades of grass begin growing. Once the new blades of grass are the same height as the blades surrounding them, your yard will have a well-manicured appearance that can be enjoyed whenever you spend time outdoors.  For more info about this process, visit websites...

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Five Advantages to Using Soft Water in Your Home

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Hard water is a condition that occurs when water has an unusually high mineral content, usually when calcium and magnesium levels are high. Although drinking hard water will not cause you or family members harm, it can create difficulties in other parts of everyday life. The following are five reasons why you should use a water conditioner if your water has a high mineral content.   Your Clothing Will Look Better Clothing that is washed in hard water quickly takes on a dingy appearance. Mineral deposits from the water don’t take long to build up on clothing, and they weakens fibers considerably, leading to fraying and a shortening of the life of your clothes. The fabric also may become hard and scratchy, and it just won’t look and feel as clean as if a water conditioner had been used. Washing clothing in soft water also means you’ll be able to get away with using less laundry detergent as well as use a lower water temperature.  Your Glassware Will Look Better It is disconcerting to be giving a dinner party or otherwise entertaining guests in your home only to have the sudden realization that your glassware is blotchy and covered in spots. You know your wine, water, and juice glasses are clean, but nonetheless, your guests may question the level of care you’ve taken while preparing to entertain them even though they pretend not to notice. You won’t have this problem while using soft water in your dishwasher.  Your Skin Will Feel Better Bathing and showering in hard water results in soap-scum residue being left on your skin, and this can leave the skin feeling red, dry, itchy, and irritated. The residue can also clog pores, and this can actually result in skin and hair-follicle infections in some cases because the soap-scum residue traps bacteria under its surface.  You Hair Will Look Better  Washing your hair in hard water will result in mineral deposits and shampoo residue that makes hair lifeless, discolored, dull, and brittle. Minerals can actually build up on the surface of your hair to the extent that you can develop a scaly film on the hair that flakes off when brushed or combed. Many people who believe they have dandruff are actually experiencing flaking due to washing their hair in hard water.  Your Housecleaning Will Be Easier  You’ll be doing a lot of extra scrubbing if you tackle household cleaning tasks with hard water. Cleaning products don’t work nearly as well when combined with hard water as opposed to soft water, and you’ll have to contend with mineral residue as well. Bear in mind that some surfaces, such as hardwood flooring, may be damaged by repeated use of hard water during cleaning procedures.    Visit sites such as http://johnsonwater.com/ to learn more about water...

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Five Advantages to Using Soft Water in Your Home

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Hard water is a condition that occurs when water has an unusually high mineral content, usually when calcium and magnesium levels are high. Although drinking hard water will not cause you or family members harm, it can create difficulties in other parts of everyday life. The following are five reasons why you should use a water conditioner if your water has a high mineral content.   Your Clothing Will Look Better Clothing that is washed in hard water quickly takes on a dingy appearance. Mineral deposits from the water don’t take long to build up on clothing, and they weakens fibers considerably, leading to fraying and a shortening of the life of your clothes. The fabric also may become hard and scratchy, and it just won’t look and feel as clean as if a water conditioner had been used. Washing clothing in soft water also means you’ll be able to get away with using less laundry detergent as well as use a lower water temperature.  Your Glassware Will Look Better It is disconcerting to be giving a dinner party or otherwise entertaining guests in your home only to have the sudden realization that your glassware is blotchy and covered in spots. You know your wine, water, and juice glasses are clean, but nonetheless, your guests may question the level of care you’ve taken while preparing to entertain them even though they pretend not to notice. You won’t have this problem while using soft water in your dishwasher.  Your Skin Will Feel Better Bathing and showering in hard water results in soap-scum residue being left on your skin, and this can leave the skin feeling red, dry, itchy, and irritated. The residue can also clog pores, and this can actually result in skin and hair-follicle infections in some cases because the soap-scum residue traps bacteria under its surface.  You Hair Will Look Better  Washing your hair in hard water will result in mineral deposits and shampoo residue that makes hair lifeless, discolored, dull, and brittle. Minerals can actually build up on the surface of your hair to the extent that you can develop a scaly film on the hair that flakes off when brushed or combed. Many people who believe they have dandruff are actually experiencing flaking due to washing their hair in hard water.  Your Housecleaning Will Be Easier  You’ll be doing a lot of extra scrubbing if you tackle household cleaning tasks with hard water. Cleaning products don’t work nearly as well when combined with hard water as opposed to soft water, and you’ll have to contend with mineral residue as well. Bear in mind that some surfaces, such as hardwood flooring, may be damaged by repeated use of hard water during cleaning procedures.    Visit sites such as http://johnsonwater.com/ to learn more about water...

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In Charge of Designing Your Grandparent’s Living Room? Add Some Color to It

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If your family is planning to remodel your grandparent’s home, and you have been put in charge of designing the living room, you might be overwhelmed. There are so many options to choose from. You should start by making the room colorful for your grandparent. This can be beneficial for them if they have bad eyesight. This also gives the room an upbeat feel and can lighten your grandparent’s spirits. Below are some tips that you should find helpful. Furniture  Purchase a neutral couch and chair and then use pillows to add color to them. A neutral color will go with just about anything, so it will be easy to add other colors. Your grandparent can make changes by simply choosing different pillows. Use pillows that are in different shapes and colors. You could also choose a red sofa, love seat, and chair and put neutral pillows on them to tone the color down a little. Include a lift chair in the living room if your grandparent has a hard time getting up out of a chair. You can find lift chairs in a variety of materials and colors. Moroccan Rug A Moroccan rug would look great in the living room. These rugs add texture and color and make the room look cheerful. These rugs are often displayed on the wall like a quilt, draped over stair banisters, or thrown over a couch. Moroccan rugs are hand-woven in Morocco instead of being made in a factory. There are different types of Moroccan rugs you can choose from including: Beni Ourain Tribes in Morocco used this type of rug as a bedding because it is very warm. You can find many patterns for this type of Moroccan rug, including crisscross, zig zags, diamonds, and lattice. All Beni Ourain Moroccan rugs have a knotted fringe around them. Berber Berber rugs have rows of different patterns such as triangles, stars, squares, and diamonds and are a flat weave. You may also see wide stripes with patterns inside the stripes. You can find Berber Moroccan rugs in bright hues or in more neutral colors. Moroccan Cactus Silk The Moroccan cactus silk rug is made from agave cactus silk and is flame-resistant. They are lightweight and soft rugs that can be found in just about any pattern and color. They are usually used for decoration, such as to hang on a wall or place over a chair. Check out retailers like the Rug Guru for more information on Moroccan...

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