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About Travertine: Minimize Your Trouble

About Travertine: Minimize Your Trouble

About Travertine: Minimize Your Trouble Travertine, characterized by its naturally-occurring porosity which is easily visible to the naked eye in the form of pits and holes within and throughout its surface, is often improperly classified as marble. In reality, it is a type of limestone, and is currently […]

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All About Kamado Grills

All About Kamado Grills

All About Kamado Grills History The origins of the modern Kamado lies in the circular clay cooking ovens originating in India over 4,000 years ago. Around 3,000 years ago, they began appearing in China. It is believed that the Chinese brought these clay cooking pots to Japan […]

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Which Charcoal for the Grill? Lump Charcoal Vs. Briquettes

Which Charcoal for the Grill? Lump Charcoal Vs. Briquettes

Which Charcoal for the Grill? Lump Charcoal Vs. Briquettes Like Mac vs. PC or Playstation Vs. Xbox, there’s always been a flame war between propane proponents and charcoal enthusiasts. Owners of a charcoal grill say they choose charcoal for that traditional, slow-smoked Southern barbecue flavor. Propane grill owners love […]

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Picking the Perfect Grill

Picking the Perfect Grill

Picking the Perfect Grill Before choosing a grill, there are four questions you should ask yourself. What kind of cooking will the grill be used for; burgers and hotdogs, searing and cooking full cuts of meat, roasting whole chickens and turkeys, or as a slow-cooking smoker? How often would […]

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What is Efflorescence?

What is Efflorescence?

What is Efflorescence? Homeowners often wonder, “What is this white stuff on my wall/pavers/brick/driveway/etc?” It comes in a variety of textures such as rough, thread-like, powdery, sandy, and cotton-like. The technical term for this substance is “efflorescence.” Concrete contains salts that can be dissolved by water and […]

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Comparing Deicers for Use on Masonry and Concrete

Comparing Deicers for Use on Masonry and Concrete

Comparing Deicers for Use on Masonry and Concrete Sodium choride (rock salt, common salt, table salt) Sodium chloride is the least expensive, most commonly used deicer. It is highly effective until at least 15 degrees Fahrenheit, but also has a strongly deleterious impact on our waterways, soil, […]

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ASLA “Landscape Architecture Trends” Survey 2014

ASLA “Landscape Architecture Trends” Survey 2014

ASLA “Landscape Architecture Trends” Survey 2014 Each year, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) conducts the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey in which 179 landscape architects, who specialize in residential design, rate the expected popularity of various outdoor design elements. For 2014, the “Gardens/Landscaped Spaces” category […]

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Preparing a Koi Pond for the Winter

Preparing a Koi Pond for the Winter

Begin preparing for winter a couple of months before the season hits. Start by removing any unwanted fish, as space is critical during this time of the year. Overcrowding stresses the fish and is conducive to the spread of disease. Speaking of disease, this is also the […]

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4 Considerations When Building a Koi Pond

4 Considerations When Building a Koi Pond

4 Considerations When Building a Koi Pond Water features add texture, movement, and a meditative sound, creating an atmosphere most homeowners would need to spend plenty of time traveling long distances to achieve. Whether your water rushes, crashes, or bubbles, it works to reduce unpleasant, unnatural noises […]

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5 Tips to Prevent Tick Bites

5 Tips to Prevent Tick Bites

5 Tips to Prevent Tick Bites Over the past 2 weeks, we’ve covered 12 diseases spread by ticks and took a detailed look at a tick-related red-meat allergy. You don’t have to avoid the outdoors, however. Preventing tick bites is easy with these five tips. 1. Avoid […]

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