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(BPT) - Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you’re faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing away fixable objects or hiring professionals for quick and easy repairs and improvements, keep these money-saving tips in mind. Here are five simple life hacks to help you throughout your entire home and trying one just might make you $40,000 richer!
(StatePoint) If you eat a healthful diet, you may think you’re in the clear when it comes to supplying your body with vital nutrients. But some experts say that even the most well-rounded meal plans fall short.
It is often difficult to tell if the “Special Section” of your journal is editorial or advertisement, but when recommendations made are dangerous to your health, someone should be held accountable. “Valuable ‘green home’ improvement tips” (Feb. 20, Winter Home Section) contains lengthy praise for spray-foam insulation products without any warning of the negative health effects caused by the toxins inherent to the material.
They are all made from petroleum derivatives containing high levels of toxins including formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds. They are most toxic during installation, forcing workers to wear hazmat suits, but continue to off-gas indefinitely (see EPA study) well after occupants have moved in. Some cases are so bad that owners had to abandon their homes.
Since alternatives exist, such as an air barrier membrane combined with conventional insulation products, the use of spray foam has been selectively prohibited (totally banned in the European Union and in many U.S. green building programs).
This is equivalent to endorsing the use of tobacco products. Your readers deserve to be fairly warned.
(BPT) - From an early age, children can roll up their sleeves and get involved in helping reduce the amount of trash they produce by participating in recycling programs. Across the country, children will celebrate Earth Day April 22 with science fairs and environmental educational seminars about the importance of recycling. When children start recycling early in life, they’re more likely to continue that behavior as they get older – and pass the practice on to their own kids.
(BPT) - Whether it’s the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable through every season. But if your home has any drafts or air leaks, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically.
(NAPSI)—Investors can sometimes overlook signs that indicate an offer really is too good to be true. This can leave them vulnerable to fraud and financial predators.
(StatePoint) Looking for a home improvement project that is both a short- and long-term investment? One easy upgrade that can help you save money on your energy bills today, as well as increase your home’s value in the future, is to replace your windows.
(BPT) - From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as the most popular ”special function room” in housing construction, according to the American Institute of Architects. What’s more, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that homebuilders list decks among the top three features most requested with new home buys.
The newly revamped Queens Museum has made a point of curating thought-provoking pieces by artists from around the world, and its latest exhibit, “Raising the Temperature,” has proven to be eye-catching, frightening and beautiful without the preachy undertones many other climate change exhibits possess.
The museum’s new curator, Luchia Meihua Lee, has done a wonderful job collecting pieces from nine artists. She has split the exhibit into two trajectories in order to better organize discussion.
(BPT) - Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning – and prepping for – a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring projects.
(Family Features) Windows can bring new life to existing homes by letting in fresh air, flooding rooms with natural light and opening up beautiful views. They also come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Important considerations for selecting the right window are type, material, style, climate and budget.
(BPT) - Generation X and Millennials get credit for being the most tech-savvy generations, but a growing group of baby boomers are demonstrating that the generation gap has nothing to do with digital know-how. Folks 50 and older are embracing technology to help them age more gracefully than ever.
Speculation over the future of Queens Hospital Center’s old tuberculosis building had died down in the past year since community opposition rose against a plan to convert the structure into housing for the elderly mentally disabled.
Now officials are going on offense, calling for ehe building to be demolished.
(BPT) - Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
(BPT) - So you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you’re excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you’ll no longer have to look at dated fixtures and cracked tile, you’ll be facing a lot of decisions about materials, colors, fixtures, flooring and more. The options are vast, and you may wonder: What is the best way to get started?
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
Americans produce 25 percent more household waste during the holiday season – that’s an extra 1.2 million tons of trash per week from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
The book “Forgotten Queens” starts with a photograph of a streetcar crossing the Queensboro Bridge in the 1920s and ends with one of a General Motors showroom in the Rockaways in the 1940s.
Robert Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Association says that was a very deliberate choice.
Residents may take part in the Annual “After the Holidays” Electronic Waste (e-waste) event at Queens Botanical Garden, on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the QBG Parking Garden, located at 42-80 Crommelin St.
It will be held rain or shine for disposal of unwanted or broken electronics. The event is sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a leading environmental organization.
(BPT) - Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty – all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for upgrading their homes’ curb appeal and outdoor living spaces.
Carbon fiber has received quite a bit of attention lately, primarily due to its extensive use in Boeing’s high-tech, lighter weight 787 Dreamliner airplanes. But most Americans likely will experience this modern material in a more down-to-earth vehicle, now that automakers increasingly are turning to carbon fiber when planning and building new cars.
The Queens Historical Society is jazzing up its 26th annual holiday historic house tour on Sunday, Dec. 8 with six buildings in Flushing and the addition of the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona.
The open houses will run from 1 to 5 p.m., with each facility offering activities, refreshments and a little history thrown in. Participants will be able to access a free trolley that will take visitors to all the sites.
(BPT) - Many people are already familiar with the benefits of soft water for their skin and hair and how it significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. But what most people are totally unaware of is the ability for soft water to prevent microbial contamination in plumbing, thus minimizing the consumer’s exposure to pathogenic bacteria such as Legionella, which can cause Legionnaire’s disease. This research was discovered by the School of Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University.
For one day, children from all over the city got to be little Picassos, Monets and Freida Kahlose as part of the Learning through an Expanded Arts Program’s 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition on Nov. 20.
Student artists from PS 307 and PS 19 in Corona and PS 21 in Flushing as well as five other schools from the other boroughs gathered in the Citigroup Building Atrium in Long Island City and were presented with an honorary certificate and a milk-and-cookies reception.