Top 5 Questions About Concrete

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Working with concrete is easier than you may think, but proper prep, production and finishing are necessary to ensure the best results.

Working with concrete may seem complicated for the novice do-it-yourselfer, especially with different mixes and directions to follow. But with a little knowledge, it is easy to use around your home.

Here are the top five questions we receive about concrete, along with answers that will empower you to work with it.

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No one wants to pour concrete mix into a form and suddenly realize they don’t have enough. Always measure the project area before purchasing materials.

1. How much concrete mix do I need?

Concrete is measured in cubic feet, so measure the project area’s volume before visiting the home and garden center to purchase concrete mix.

Math isn’t necessary, but you will need the project area’s length and width in feet, and its height in inches. Then, enter those measurements in our quantity calculator.

Need more specific calculations? Try Quikrete’s calculators for concrete mix, mortar mix, fast-setting concrete, concrete crack sealant, mortar joint sealant and polymeric jointing sands, among other products. The calculator will tell you the number of bags you will need for your

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Closet Organization: How to Store Seasonal Clothes

I’ve never met a home with enough space for everyone’s things. That’s especially true for clothes. Here’s how you can maximize closet space and store seasonal clothes.


Does your closet look like this? If so, it’s time to declutter! (DepositPhotos)

1. Remove Seasonal Clothes

Look in your closet. If your hangers have clothes that span the four seasons, that’s the first problem! If it’s summer, you don’t need to access winter clothes because you won’t wear them.

If you’ve run out of closet space, remove those out-of-season clothes and temporarily place them on the bed. Now look at your closet — voila! Instant, additional storage for your in-season clothes.


Piles of clothes for keeping or donating
If you’ve never sorted the clothes in your closet, make a pile to keep and a pile to donate. (©faithie | Adobe Stock Photos)

2. Sort Seasonal Clothes

Look at the out-of-season clothes on your bed. If you’ve never organized your closet, there may be years — even decades — of clothes you’ve stored and forgotten. Things you haven’t even worn or even seen in several years.

And there’s a good chance that many of these items are outdated or don’t fit anymore. If you never plan to wear something again,

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NanaWall Opening Glass Walls Offer Copper Handles Due to COVID-19

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NanaWall’s copper finishes provide antiviral and antimicrobial properties for commercial and residential settings. | Credit: NanaWall

CORTE MADERA, CA — NanaWall Systems will offer antimicrobial copper handles for their opening glass wall systems. This is in response to long-term COVID-19 concerns.

‘The Best Material is Copper’

“We have been working to address our customers’ rising concerns about viruses and germs, and wanted to find a material we could incorporate into our products that would help them feel safer,” said Ebrahim Nana, founder and CEO of NanaWall.

“After exploring all the available options, we concluded that the best material is copper. Unlike the new antimicrobial powder finishes with unknown long-term environmental effects, copper has more than 5,000 years of history and tradition for its unsurpassed antiviral and antimicrobial properties.”

The Science Behind the Decision

Virologists at the US National Institutes of Health and the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana have conducted some of the first tests of how long COVID-19 can last on surfaces. Their studies show that copper surfaces tend to kill the virus in about four hours; it can last for days on other surfaces.

“After more than 100 years, the copper bannisters in Grand Central Station are still

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OneGuard Home Warranty Reviews (2020) — Is It Worth It?

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Is a OneGuard home warranty the right choice for you? Find out in our review of OneGuard Home Warranties | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © Ewelina Wachala

Established in Phoenix, Arizona in 1990, OneGuard Home Warranties offers a unique combination of home warranty plans and home maintenance services, such as pest control and carpet cleaning. OneGuard Home Warranties’ plans are only available in Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

In this article, we help you decide on OneGuard Home Warranties by examining this provider’s coverage plans, cost, reviews, and quotes and claims processes.

In This Article:

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.


Value of a Home Warranty

According to House Method, an HVAC system costs over $4,200 to replace and a water heater costs over $1,000 to replace. These are just two examples of the many systems and appliances that you might need to replace in your home at some point in time. Most homes will also require occasional repairs to the complex systems and appliances within them.

The vast majority of

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The 4 Best Home Warranty Companies in Texas (2020)

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What are the best home warranty companies in Texas? Find out in our review dedicated to the Lone Star state. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © Trong Nguyen

Homeowners living in the Lone Star state often purchase home warranties to protect their houses from expensive repairs that can cost thousands of dollars. Owning a home warranty provides peace of mind that when an appliance or system breaks down, you won’t also break your break account.

Similar to owning health insurance, home warranty owners pay a monthly premium and a service fee every time they need a repair. There may be several months every year when a home warranty is not used, but when it is, it can save homeowners considerable amounts of money and stress.

Prospective home warranty owners in Texas are often overwhelmed by the large amount of home warranties there on the market. So, what are the best home warranty companies in Texas?

In this article, the reviews team used data we collected from over 20 home warranty companies to rank the best providers for Texans.

In This Article:

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The

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4 Best Mobile Home Warranty Companies (2020)

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Which home warranty companies are the best for mobile homes? Find the best provider for your home’s needs using our guide to the best mobile home warranties. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © K303

Owners of mobile homes often purchase home warranties to protect their houses from expensive repairs that can cost thousands of dollars. With a mobile home warranty, you pay a relatively small monthly premium and a service fee whenever you need service instead of paying large repair bills out of pocket.

Though a mobile home warranty is not needed every month, it provides peace of mind that when an expensive system or appliance breaks down or needs repairs, thousands of dollars could be saved.

In This Article:

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.

The reviews team has analyzed and ranked every major home warranty company in the industry on their coverage, cost, quotes and claims processes, customer service, and more. We received real price quotes and talked to representatives from each company in order to get the data

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