Tips and Advice

Drywall Tips for your Florida Porch Ceilings

drywallFlorida humidity can cause unwanted damage to your outside porch ceilings, which may have been hung in drywall. Whether it is a new installation of drywall, or a much-needed repair, be certain that you (or the company you hire) use the proper materials for the job:

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Rainy Day Projects to Make Your Home More Organized

audio-uvguyOh, a rainy day. It’s the perfect excuse to make a pot of tea and relax. You can finally start working your way through that pile of magazines you haven’t read yet. After you finish that first one, do you have a place for it to go? If you said the recycle bin, then you don’t need this article.

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Audio, Video and Home Entertainment Systems needs

audio-uvguyGreg Tucker, The A/V Guy, offers these tips for those of you thinking about your home entertainment systems needs:

1: Always make sure that your wires are LOOONNNGGG enough. Sounds simple, right? You would be surprised how many DIYers don’t measure such things. It makes hook up and service easier, faster, and much less expensive, if a tech is able to pull the equipment out to look at the back of the system.

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Cool Roofs

hp-mainA cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. Nearly any type of building can benefit from a cool roof, but consider the climate and other factors before deciding to install one.

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Buying Clean Electricity

savingThe electricity industry is changing. At least 50% of customers have the option to purchase renewable electricity directly from their power supplier, and everyone has the option of purchasing renewable energy certificates. Such power is sometimes referred to as “green power” or “clean power.”

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Electrical Safety

Dangerous SituationWhile enjoying electric TVs, radios and other appliances, we may forget they can cause shocks and fires. In 1990, bad plugs, cords, switches, and outlets caused about 13,000 home fires and nearly 200 deaths. Most electrical fires and injuries can be prevented. People should take the time to have their electrical systems inspected and learn about electrical safety.

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Tips for Self-Employed Taxpayers

tax-centerIf you are an independent contractor or run your own business, there are a few basic things to know when it comes to your federal tax return. Here are six tips you should know about income from self-employment:

• Self-employment income can include income you received for part-time work. This is in addition to income from your regular job.
• You must file a Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business, or Schedule C-EZ, Net Profit from Business, with your Form 1040.
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Deducting Business Expenses

tax-deductionBusiness expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business. These expenses are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit.

What Can I Deduct?
To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary.

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Roof Care Tips

wezipcode-roof2There are a few things you should keep in mind when inspecting and maintaining your roof.

1- Try to minimize how much walking you do on your roof. Walking on a roof when the shingles are brittle (in cold weather) or soft (in hot weather) can damage the shingles. If you have to walk on the roof to take care of a problem, try to do it at the most mild time of day – in the morning in the summer and the afternoon in the winter.

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Kitchen Lighting

kitchen-1Kitchen remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects in the nation for good reason. Fewer areas of the home can benefit from upgrading old, outdated equipment and systems (plumbing, electrical, etc.) like a kitchen can.

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