Archives: Home Improvement

Upgrade Your Hose Storage

By Todd Fratzel on Tools & Products

Hose Storage and Management Ideas Garden hoses can be a real pain to keep organized and moved around from place to place in the yard. I’ve got a huge yard and every year it seems as though my hose “miss-management” has gotten worse so I enlisted the help of the folks at AMES for some…

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Design & Build A Backyard Shed

By Todd Fratzel on Design, Garages

Need Helping Designing and Building a Backyard Shed? The old saying “there’s never enough storage space” is especially true when it comes to garden tools and outdoor power equipment. I have a rather large garage but there’s simply not enough room for the riding mower, push mower, car top carrier, lawn and garden tools and…

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Home Improvement Safety Tips

By Todd Fratzel on Safety

Stay Safe While Doing Home Improvement Projects Each year thousands of homeowners are injured doing home improvement projects around their homes. Home improvement projects can be dangerous so it’s important to be prepared and outfitted properly in order to protect yourself. Below are some simple tips that will help keep you safe during your next…

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Building Wood Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens Growing fresh vegetables is something I’ve done since I was a kid. When I was a kid we had a huge garden that took lots of hours and hard work but provide our family with all the vegetables we needed. With my family’s busy schedule a huge garden isn’t a viable…

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Backup Generator Power – Be Prepared

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

Using Backup Generators Each year hundreds of thousands of homeowners get left in the dark due to power outages caused by extreme weather. Whether it’s extreme wind, lightning, snow or ice the outages can last for days at times leaving no power for heat, water and refrigeration. One of the best solutions for power outages…

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Applying Bark Mulch to Flower Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

How To Apply Bark Mulch To Flower Gardens I love Spring and early Summer here in New Hampshire especially when flower gardens blossom and the grass gets green after a long Winter. Mulching flower gardens not only helps control weeds but it also helps retain water and moderate soil temperatures. Applying bark mulch to flower…

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Spring Decking and Fencing Projects

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Tips for Deck and Fence Projects With Spring finally here many of us are considering deck and fencing projects. Maybe you’re considering having a new deck or fence built. Maybe it’s time to refinish your deck or add some new decorative touches to your tired deck. Spring is the perfect time to plan these projects…

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A Beginners Guide to Home Automation

Guest article by David Glenn on Electrical

Four Steps to a Smarter House Guest Article by David Glenn Welcome to the future. As technology becomes smaller, easier to produce, and about as ubiquitous as oxygen, humanity is discovering that it can be put to good use controlling various systems around the home. Lighting, climate control, door locks, security, and entertainment can all…

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