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Tip Sheet: Door and Window Screen Options

Posted on July 30, 2015 by James Florence

When planning to replace the window screens in their homes, most people don’t realize the full extent of their options. With the increasing specialization of the window covering industry, various products are now available to suit homeowners’ individual preferences. In the following tip sheet, James Hislop of Wesco Screen Company Inc. briefly lists some popular choices. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Home Maintenance How-Tos

Posted on May 19, 2015 by James Florence

Owning a home requires a fair amount of maintenance to keep things looking and functioning optimally. While some maintenance tasks are best handled by professionals, there are plenty of others you can perform yourself, even if you’ve never done them before. To highlight a few of these, we asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to share their home maintenance how-tos.

How to fix a swinging door: Dennis Thompson of Thompson Construction

If a door in your home tends to swing open or closed, you might be surprised to learn that a simple adjustment can make a huge difference. First, remove a pin from one of the door’s hinges. Place it on a hard surface and hit it with a hammer to give it a slight bend in the middle. Read more

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How Often Should You Dry Clean Your Drapes?

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Chris Bjorklund

Experts say that if you care for your drapes properly, you may never have to dry clean them. The degree and frequency of care depends on environmental pollutants (from open windows, traffic exhaust, smoke, etc.). Regular maintenance is more important and cost effective than dry cleaning. You want to prevent dust build-up on the front and back of draperies. Dust on the backside will attract the sun’s destructive rays like a magnet. This speeds up deterioration of the lining and drapery fabric.

Shake the drapes while hanging to knock off dust or vacuum with an upholstery brush. Don’t use the same upholstery brush you use on furniture as it may have broken bristles that will damage the drapery fabric. Read more

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