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.

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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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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.

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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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Fixd Home Warranty Reviews (2020): Is It Worth It?

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How does Fixd stand up to leading home warranty providers? Find out in our review of Fixd’s coverage plans | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © rawmn

Started in 2016 in Dallas, Texas, Fixd is a home warranty company that was established to “put the homeowner first”. Fixd is relatively unique in that it offers a low $50 service fee, and it provides a $10,000 satisfaction guarantee. Fixd is only available in select cities in four states — Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada. 

In this article, we take a look at Fixd’s coverage, quotes and claims processes, cost and more so that you have a better understanding of this provider.

After digging into all of the details, we will then share our thoughts on Fixd’s overall home warranty package in comparison with American Home Shield, the research team’s Best Overall Provider.

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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.

Quick Take: Fixd

  1. Only available in select cities in four states: Fixd is only available in select cities in Texas, Arizona,
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How to Choose the Best Concrete Mix

Planning a concrete project is easy, but knowing which mix to choose for the job can be challenging.

Not sure about the best concrete mix to use? Don’t worry — it’s as easy as 1-2-3, especially with Quikrete Concrete Mix, Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete and Quikrete Countertop Mix, three of the most popular options.

If you use the right concrete mix and cure the project properly, you’ll have the best-looking, longest-lasting concrete.

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Planning a patio, pool or sidewalk? Choose Quikrete Concrete Mix for big jobs. (Photo: Quikrete)

Quikrete Concrete Mix

Quikrete’s original concrete mix is a blend of portland cement, sand and gravel or stone, and it’s perfect for general concrete work.

If you’ve got projects at least 2 inches thick, choose this mix. So, whether you’re planning a patio or building foundation walls, concrete floors, steps or curbs, grab the yellow bag! It’s also ideal for casting pools, sidewalks, birdbaths and downspout troughs.

Just mix water and Quikrete Concrete Mix in a barrel-type concrete mixer or a mortar mixer. Or empty concrete bags into a mixing container and hand-mix with water.

Either way, follow the package’s directions to determine the water content and get the best results.

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Water curing a
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How to Install a Backsplash with SimpleMat

Tile backsplashes, countertops and shower walls are popular home improvements, but installations aren’t easy for do-it-yourselfers.

For many DIYers, the simpler the project is, the better. And that’s a problem with thinset mortar, a tile adhesive.

Tile backsplash installed over kitchen range
With help from Custom Building Products, I easily covered a bare wall with this beautiful backsplash — and you can, too!

First, you have to spread mortar with the trowel’s flat side and then flip to its notched side to create ridges. Then you have to wait for the tile to set — cure time varies a lot and could be 16 hours or more! Slowly, but surely, the process comes together, but who has that kind of time?

That’s why I love time-saving tools like SimpleMat from Custom Building Products. It’s a double-sided adhesive mat designed to bond tile to drywall and many other surfaces without the hassle.

Want to install a backsplash and upgrade the look of your kitchen? Then read on!

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A tile backsplash requires less maintenance than drywall and enhances the kitchen’s design — that sounds like a win-win to me!


Chelsea Lipford Wolf measures kitchen wall
Remember: measure twice, cut once.

1.  Measure the Area

SimpleMat comes in rolls or sheets. Rolls cover 30

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