Thursday, May 16, 2013
Everything you need to know about painting your house: stripping, powerwashing, fixing damaged wood and choosing paint colors. Sponsored by Home Depot.
It’s that time of year again and you’re outside, enjoying your yard. Then you start nosing around—maybe you’re inspecting your plants, or reviewing the condition of your lawn or setting up your sprinklers—and before you know it, reality hits. You need to paint the house. A daunting task. An expensive task. A necessary task—because it's not just about how your house looks, it's about your home's value. Neglect is not an option. Take heart, however. Information and resources have never been more easily available to help you through this project. Know Your Options Your options are to either hire a contractor or paint it yourself. Hiring a contractor is an expensive option, but if it's in your budget and you do the necessary research to …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sealing windows and adding insulation to your home can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Stopping air leakages can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out these three tips for closing up air leaks around your home: To learn about adding insulation to your home, check out the video above.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Winter is coming, and not just in “Game of Thrones.” Winterizing your home can save you as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, experts say.
This article is sponsored by Home Depot: Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Stopping air leakages can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The first step is to do an energy audit of your house, keeping an eye out for the trouble spots. Windows and doors are obvious places to check, but also look at things like wall outlets and switches, plumbing vents and the attic hatch for leakage. Swaying curtains and light under your doors are sure signs, but you can find less obvious air leaks by using an infrared thermometer to check for temperature variations. Or use a lighted candle (carefully). If the flame moves, air is coming in. Seal the outside of …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Outdoor lighting can make your home safer and show off the beauty of your property.
This article is sponsored by Home Depot: Pretty soon, we’ll have more darkness than daylight as winter settles in. Tree and landscape lighting can lift the gloom and make your house safer at night. “I think it gives you 24-hour curb appeal,” says Joe Archer, owner of Mobile Joe’s Landscaping in Alpharetta, GA. Here are five tips to get you started: - Walk around the property and figure out what you want to emphasize with outdoor lighting. Archer likes to show off the branch structure or the tree canopy. “It almost looks like the tree is floating,” he says. - Try to get as much information as possible from landscapers or the Internet so you end up with results you can live with and love. Many landscapers will give you a free…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Georgia's summer heat puts a definite stress on your grass. Here’s how to care for it as we enter the fall.
This article is sponsored by Home Depot: No matter what type of grass you have, summer heat will leave your lawn struggling. If you have a warm-season grass (Bermuda, Zoysia or St. Augustine, for example), the best thing you can do right now is to roll back on the nitrogen-rich fertilizer and give your lawn a rest. “Don’t apply anything that has nitrogen in it after August,” said Lynwood Blackmon of the DeKalb County Extension. “You don’t want to encourage new growth when the grass is ready to go into a dormant state.” There’s no rest for the weary, though, if you’ve got a cool-season grass such as fescue. Now that you’ve worked hard to keep it thriving through the summer, the time has come to do everything, Blackmon said. September and …
Friday, August 31, 2012
A roundup of unusual cop stories from Northeast Georgia.
Click on the links for more details 1. A Stone Mountain-area man was taken to the cleaners by a bogus dry-cleaning business earlier this month (sorry, we couldn’t resist). The man responded to a special of “11 pieces for only $18.95,” according to the police report. He dropped off the clothes and paid the money, but when he returned to pick up his clothes six days later the building was deserted. 2. Really? Stealing paint? Home improvement must be pretty expensive. A Lawrenceville man was arrested on felony shoplifting charges after he was caught trying to steal several five-gallon cans of paint from a Johns Creek Home Depot. Apparently, he tried to wheel the paint out of the store in one of those shopping wagons when he was stopped by the…
Friday, January 13, 2012
Home Depot readies for the busiest selling season by adding 70,000 jobs nationwide.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Employer: The Home Depot Description: Home Depot announced in a news release Thursday that the company plans to hire 70,000 seasonal associates in preparation of the busiest shopping season for home improvements. In a released statement, executive vice president for Human Resources Tim Crow said, "a seasonal job at The Home Depot can often lead to a regular position if you're passionate about customer service." The Home Depot will also usher in the season with door-buster prices on hundreds of the most sought after spring products, including a variety of live goods and lawn care, outdoor power, eco-friendly gardening products, patio and grills, the news release noted. How to apply: Conduct a search for local job openings on the company…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Every Saturday in January, Barrow residents are invited to learn about the phase out and various light bulb options.
Because of a multi-year phase-out of standard, incandescent light bulbs, the Home Depot on Epps Bridge Parkway will host a series of workshops to help customers understand the change and know their lighting options. At 10 a.m. every Saturday in January, Athens area residents are invited to learn about the phase out and various light bulb options. The Home Depot will also offer tips for installing specialty light bulbs, fixtures and dimmer switches. Lighting department associates have been trained to answer customers’ questions about the phase out and can help identify the bulbs that best suit customers' needs. For more information on the phase out and lighting options, click here. What do you think about the phase-out of standard, …