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How to Make Homemade Plywood Storm Shutters

Windows are a key area to attend to for hurricane preparedness. Sliding glass patio doors and large picture windows need to be protected from both pressure and debris.  An easy way to do that is by making homemade storm shutters.  Here's how:

  • Step 1: If you're making your own shutters,...
Air Quality

Weekend Warrior, meet the Half-Hour Hero. Here’s a rundown of the best things you can do for your Money Pit in less than 30 minutes.

1. Locate and label important valves: Imagine that a pipe broke in your ceiling and water is now leaking through every electric light fixture on to your brand...

Doors

A beautiful, versatile storm door provides curb appeal year-round, with dependable security against the elements and improved energy efficiency. If it’s time to replace your storm door, consider a customizable, affordable update from Andersen.

Andersen’s 4000 Series Fullview Storm Door...

Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...

Some Smoke Detectors May NOT Save Lives: Ionization vs. Photoelectric

A disturbing investigative report by NBC News reveals that popular smoke detectors found in millions of homes across the country may not protect your family in a fire.  The report comes on the heels of a Texas A&M University experiment that found some smoke detectors will not sound the alarm...

Have a Power Failure Plan to Protect Your Home

Having a power failure plan to protect your home from a blackout has become a necessity today.  According to one study, 75 percent of U.S. homeowners experienced a power outage each year.

So how do you protect yourself from these power failure problems? By setting up backup power systems to...