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What if i buy land? [closed]

I'm thinking into buying land so i can build a home but my thing is, the home part would probably take some time before actually starting construction. My question is what do i have to look forward to ...
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How to isolate heat from oven towards refrigerator?

While trying to take minor steps towards reducing the electricity consumption at our home, on an online forum (sorry can't recall the original source) I read that if the oven and the fridge are close ...
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How do I choose which LED bulbs to put in my home?

General purpose LED bulbs seem to vary a LOT in price... from $1 per bulb to $40+ per bulb... and there doesn’t seem to be any tangible difference between them. I mean, some say they last longer, but ...
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What's the cheapest temporary shower wall option? [closed]

I'm looking for a temporary solution that doesn't cost a lot of any money. I have basic construction skills (about the average home owner), so anything too complicated to install isn't a good option. ...
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Easiest/affordable way to monitor what's using power in your home?

My electric bill seems to be unusually high. I'm trying to figure out if there is an issue somewhere (faulty wiring, someone stealing power etc) or if one of my devices is a power hog. Does anyone ...
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What can one do with shower water?

A relative is rebuilding his bathroom. Since he has a garden and he is all about "thinking green" he was wondering if he could use the shower water (or any other) in any way, like water plants. I ...
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reuse laminate flooring?

I'm adding subflooring to improve the R value. I have some laminate boards that are damaged, but most seem to be in decent condition. I'm thinking of saving some money and finding a matching or very ...
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At what temperature should an unoccupied house be kept at in winter?

We are moving to a new house and unfortunately we don't have our house sold yet. I was wanting a recommendation as to what temperature to keep the furnace going @. I found a good recommendation to ...
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Viewing cumulative electricity usage [closed]

The TED 5000C monitors real-time electricity usage. This, however, isn't so useful if plugged into, say, a fridge, where, presumably, the bulk of the electricity usage is going to come from when the ...
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What is causing extremely high water usage?

Our condo's (12 units, 2 buildings) water usage went from $300 to $3000 in a few months. We don't have separate water shutoffs to test each unit. Nobody's reporting any visible leaks. Any idea how to ...
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Would providing shade for my air conditioner's condensor improve its efficiency?

Our house has two A/C systems; one for the bedroom level, one for the remainder of the house. The compressor/consdensor units are outside the south side of the house, and in direct sun all day, now ...
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What type of shelving should I use in my basement?

We currently have single track brackets on a set of shelves 14 feet long & about ~7 feet high, with 6 upright posts. These need to be replaced with something much stronger. The options I know ...
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sealing off sunroom to a/c in summer

what's the best way to seal off our sunroom so we don't pay to cool it? It's really humid AND hot in MS this time of year (avg 90+ F). We have a very "open" house, with a large dining room connected ...
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Is it time to replace my water heater?

I have a 20+ year old, 115 gallon, electric water heater. Works like a champ, but I'm considering replacing it for a couple of reasons. It's leased - I pay $20/mo. It's 115 gallons for a house with 3 ...