Home Improvement Resources (05)

How-to Guides and Real-Life Stories for Old-House and Old Home Gardening Enthusiasts
The labor of love that is www.oldhouseweb.com comes alive in this plethora of news, pictures, stories and VR tours of old homes in turn-of-the-century cities and towns. Meant to educate and inspire the do-it-yourself old home and garden enthusiast, weekly feature articles include stories on award-winning kitchen and bath designs, past trends in home designs and unique old-home fixtures or workmanship. Illustrations, photos, floor plans and links to related information are a staple of these informative news pieces, that are complemented by a gardening section that comes complete with an encyclopedia of horticultural information for the old-house garden. Users can search information ranging from architectural housing styles and designs to restoration, remodeling, financing for restoration and contractor hiring. Other subjects covered include historic barns, Sears kit houses, haunted homes and the tales of a fellow old-home enthusiast embarking are restoring an old home. In keeping with its main site, there are pointers to related products with links to where users can find more advice on remodeling, restoring historic homes and the products needed.

This Old House Offers Video Remodeling Feeds, Home Improvement Tips
A hub for home improvement resources, visual aids and home remodeling publications. The well-known television show appears in cyberspace to offer a webcam of an ongoing project, as well as information about This Old House magazine. The "Homeowner Know-How" section offers tips for getting a mortgage, and tiling around a bathtub. Visit the website store for merchandise including polos, caps and T-shirts, magazine ordering information.

How to Hook Up the Gas for a Fire Pit
Hooking up the propane for a fire pit is something that is not something a newbie should attempt. This guide from DIY Network walks you through the process by providing written instructions and a series of photos for you to follow. Discover why you need to cover the drain before starting, as well as how to install the gas burners and test the flame. Turning the gas holes face down, installing the wire guards and adding lava rocks complete this backyard project. A handy time and budget estimate for the project is provided.

Home Improvement Energy Efficiency Page from Energy Star
This site from Energy Star, a government-backed program, offers tips on how to reduce home energy costs and avoid high energy bills. Instructions and information on how to make home improvements more energy efficient include tips on kitchens, basements, attics, and additions, as well as tips on sealing and weatherstripping. Also included are solutions to common home problems like drafty rooms, peeling paint, dry winter air, and mold and mildew.

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