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How to Inspect a Used Vehicle - Body, Frame, Suspension and Under the Hood

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Tips for inspecting a used car, both under the hood and the body, frame and suspension. Includes test driving tips and questions to ask.

Tips and techniques that can be used to inspect the condition of components under the hood of a used vehicle.

You do not need to be a mechanic to perform a reasonable inspection of a used vehicle before you purchase it. While taking the car to a mech...

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What You Should Do If You Make a Mistake on Your Federal Tax Return

Posted on January 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Mistakes on tax returns happen and fixing those mistakes is not difficult.


Making mistakes when filing federal income tax returns is not a difficult thing to do. Tax laws can be complicated and mistakes can be made even if you file a 1040EZ form. The nice thing is that correcting any mistakes is not all that difficult either. You will only need to file a 1040X form to correct your errors. If you are an employer filing a correction, you will need to use different form...

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Deductions that can lower your taxable income

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A guide to deductions that lower your taxable income

2015 update for 2014 tax year - as of January 5, 2015 line by line instructions are not yet available.

In addition to deductions that can lower the amount of tax that you owe, are deductions that can lower your total taxable income. On federal tax form 1040, after you have added the total of all your income sources, you will find the sectio...

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How to Prepare a Concrete Floor for Coating

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Coating a concrete floor can add beauty and durability while making the concrete easier to clean. There are a wide variety of coating types, but the one thing they all have in common is proper surface preparation for the best results.


A clean surface is imperative before any coating is applied to a concrete surface. A pressure washer will remove all dirt that is embedded in the concrete...

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Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Guest post by Grace Bailey

Pets can be the most precious thing in the world. They will keep you company when you are alone, make you smile and laugh, provide you with so much fun times and great moments of joy and happiness. Dogs in particular can not only be great entertainers, but also amazing at following rules. They can be quite disciplined, if trained properly.

Living with a dog can be a challenge, as much as it can be a blessing. Dogs have a wide ra...

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Differences Between a Lake Effect Snow Storm and a Regular Winter Storm

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Regular winter storms are a frequent occurrence in northern climates and can cause problems in southern areas. Lake effect snow storms add even more snow for anyone living near a lake or large body of water. Lake effect snow storms occur most frequently in areas to the east or southeast of the Great Lakes region.

Regular winter snow storms:

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How to Prevent Your Water Pipes from Freezing in Winter

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Winterizing your plumbing can help you avoid frozen pipes and possibly help you save on some of your water heating costs. You should choose your method depending on the location of your pipes and the average winter temperatures you have to deal with.


Winterizing home plumbing is a job that most homeowners can do themselves. Only basic skills are needed and most of the tasks should be quick and easy to complete. The cost of materials is usually not great ei...

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What is your DIY I.Q.?

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Have not been able to update my blog as much as I would like. Decided to add a bit of fun and created a quizz.

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How to de-clutter your garage like a professional!

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Guest post by Grace Bailey

No matter how clean and tidy your home might be, chances are that your garage has seen better days! Garages are fantastically useful when it comes to finding extra storage space, and whether yours is full of old boxes, furniture or just bits and bobs from your office, it’s important that you try to clear your garage regularly with a garage clearance. If you’re looking for junk removal and garage clearing tips then you don’t n...

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Adding an Extra Bathroom: How Up-Flush Macerating Systems Can Help

Posted on November 2, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Homeowners that want to add a bathroom or any other fixtures in a basement do have options.

Adding an additional bathroom, or even a toilet, can be a great benefit in many homes. Unfortunately, most homeowners are faced with location problems that may seem difficult to overcome. Getting water to fixtures is not all that difficult, especially with the use of PEX plumbing. The problem comes from determining the best way to get the water and...

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