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Ikea 2016: Sunny with a chance of meatballsUpdated Jul 31, 2015 4:30 PM The 2016 Ikea catalog has gone live online, but many customers still wait eagerly for their print copy. These are being mailed out starting July 25 and should arrive just in time for many to tuck into their beach bags as they head out on end-of-summer...
10 things you need to do to keep rainwater out of your home Posted Aug 2, 2015 5:00 AM
While some areas of the country have been experiencing drought, other regions have been pounded by rainfall this summer. The rain has certainly put a damper on planned outdoor summer activities, but it also can have a big impact if you’re trying...
Corroding chimney needs care Posted Aug 2, 2015 1:00 AM
Q. We rent a 100-plus-year-old house from my mother-in-law. A gas-fired hot water heating system was installed in the ‘60s. The brick chimney is corroding in spots, and the bricks are turning to dust, but the mortar is holding fine. What can be...
The tontine: a 17th century solution to a 20th century problem Updated Aug 3, 2015 1:12 PM
The tontine is an investment scheme where each of a group of participants pays a specified sum into a fund and receives a pro rata share of the income generated by the fund, but when a participant dies her share is divided among those remaining.
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New Atlas shingles prevent algae growthIf you notice ugly black streaks on your roof and those of your neighbors, they are probably caused by something you would hardly expect — algae. It is a living microscopic organism that thrives in humid climates like ours and is carried on the wind.
Advances in technology, style propel ceiling fansHomeowners buying ceiling fans today are looking for furniture quality, carved-wood blades in woods like walnut, and they prefer up-lights, which create a warm glow on the ceiling, said Jessica Malik, co-owner of FanCFans in Schaumburg and Glenview. The newest fans are hidden and don't look like ceiling fans at all.
Roof is no place to skimp on materialsWhen a roof needs to be replaced because of a weather-related event like a hailstorm or tornado, or when it just succumbs to the ravages of time, it pays to do your homework. Skimping on your roof by contracting with a company that goes door-to-door after a weather event is a recipe for disaster, said George Lombardo, owner of Gold Standard Restorations Inc., based in Crystal Lake.