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Decorating and Design

Simple holiday safety tips could make the difference between a peaceful or disastrous holiday season. Trees, lights and holiday cheer make this such a special time of year, so don't let your celebrations turn to tragedies because of dangerous decorations, faulty fireplaces or other common...

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...

Cleaning

Sources of carbon monoxide in the home can be significant, and as a professional home inspector who has completed thousands of heating system examinations, it is astounding the number of times I find a problem with carbon monoxide leakage. Severity ranges, but it is not unusual to find life...

Energy Efficient Gas Fireplace

Few things says luxury better than a cozy fireplace.  But traditional fireplaces are anything but luxurious to operate, and those that have been converted to gas logs are huge energy wasters.  A better option is the energy efficient gas fireplace; the Rinnai 750 Fireplace.  

Rinnai, the world's...

Interior Remodeling

Here's an easy way to make cleaning a fireplace screen part of your regular cleaning routine. Once or twice a season, use a cleaning solution of 1/8 cup liquid dishwashing detergent per quart of water to remove the caked on dirt.  Gently scrub the fireplace screen with a soft bristle brush and...

Pests

Firewood piles are popular nesting sites for rodents, attracting both termites and carpenter ants that can cause serious damage to your house. After the fireplace season has passed, be sure to properly store any remaining firewood off the ground and away from the foundation.