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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 9/17/2019

Do you live in a house that has hard water? You know, where you get those white rings on the counters and the faucets have this grungy, crusty build up. While you’re at the DIY store, you see this free water testing kit and decide its time to learn what is going on. You get the results, and the company asks to come out and give you a further evaluation as well as introduce you to a solution. The time this takes is well worth the process because it gives you valuable information about your water and how to fix it. Unfortunately, the typical solution is a $6,000 to $8,000 fix. Now maybe that is in your budget, and that is great, but most of the time that solution still involves the use of salt.

There is another way 

Alternatives exist where the installation cost may be way less—although it might be the same depending on how large of a system you get. But more importantly, it is a solution that doesn’t involve the constant purchase of salt. 

A recent addition to the water treatment lineup includes many different brands on salt-free water conditioners or de-scalers. Typically, a non-salt system consists of a large particle filter and a multiple-part canister. The system works by neutralizing minerals such as magnesium and calcium by changing their ionic makeup so that these minerals do not stick to pipes and other surfaces. They do remain in the water, though, so if you allow a pool of water to dry, the minerals will form a powdery residue that easily brushes off.

DIY Installation?

Installation is not complicated, but if you have little to no experience plumbing, you should hire a local plumber or certified installer to do the project. It is essential to put it in-line with the water going the correct direction (into the water heater, for example), so you’ll need to know which way the pipe is flowing where you add the joint.

Does it work?

The results are different from a water softener. You’ll see a reduction of the calcium in the water. Your skin will feel less dried out, and dish soap will create larger amounts of suds. You will not have that slippery feel of salt-softened water though. Most importantly, you can drink the water and water your plants with the water directly from the tap. 

Is it green?

The environment gains because there is no back-washing of the system like with traditional salt-based softeners, so you are not dumping salt water into the drainage system, and you are not using a bunch of extra water. 

What does it cost to maintain?

The cost to operate it once it after installation is very low. There is no salt to purchase every month. You only have to change the large particle filter every 6 to 12 months, depending on your water source. You may even receive extra filters with your installation, so check with the dealer.

The cost to DIY the project includes the purchase of the system and a few fittings to make the connection into your water pipes. Check with your real estate professional to see if adding a water conditioner system will increase the value of your home for resale.




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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 9/10/2019

If you've ever wondered about renewing tile in your home wonder no more, it is a process that most of us can accomplish and have a beautiful finished product when done. Following the correct steps ensures lasting beauty and quality. 

Cutting it out

To begin with, you will need to cut out the old grout. Removing it can be accomplished with a utility knife if it is a small area. As this can be a complicated method, if the surface is a little larger, there are circular cutting tools that are available to rent or purchase at your local home improvement store. 

Match it or go all the way

After you get the old grout cleaned out, you will want to make sure that the grout you are replacing it with is the same color as the existing grout unless you want to cut all of it of the area that you are working. Replacing an entire area (for example a shower or bathroom floor) is something that you may or may not want to do depending on the condition of the existing grout. 

Getting it on

When you buy your grout, it will come as a powder that you will mix up and then smooth into the spaces between the tiles. When purchasing it make sure that you have enough to complete your project, better to return some then not have what you need ready to use when you are in the middle of the application. Once you have filled in-between the tiles, take a wet sponge and clean it off of the tile surfaces. 

Curing and sealing are essential

Grout typically takes 2-3 days to cure and then it will be necessary to seal it, primarily if it is a surface designed to get wet and used. Once the manufacturer's cure time has been met for the grout apply the sealant. Again this must be allowed to cure which can take another couple of days. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for cure time as this part is crucial to the quality of the finished product. 

Improving the looks of your home

All in all, this may take some time to finish, but you will be delighted once completed correctly, and you have the assurance that it will last for years to come- improving life in your home and its value in the process. If you get into this process and find you don't want to finish it, or don't even want to get started because this already sounds like more than you want to do, contact a local tile professional to come out and take a look at it for you.




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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 9/4/2019


2 Maple Drive, Carver, MA 02330

Single-Family

$349,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome to Carver! This home was remodeled in 2017 down to the studs! House beautiful ! A Rare Find, 4 BEDROOM Ranch: features Kitchen, Dining room and Living room open floor plan. The Kitchen has hardwood, granite, upgraded cabinets and newer appliances. Home features Master Bedroom with Master Bath and large closet with "Barn Doors" Home is VIVINT smart home, run the security and thermostats from your phone, check on the dogs, cats and KIDS from your phone. 200 amp electrical, generator plug, fhw oil heat. The yard is beautifully landscaped with two separate fire pits and seating area for outside entertaining. A beautiful place to call home. A must see!
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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 9/4/2019


2 Maple Drive, Carver, MA 02330

Single-Family

$349,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome to Carver! This home was remodeled in 2017 down to the studs! House beautiful ! A Rare Find, 4 BEDROOM Ranch: features Kitchen, Dining room and Living room open floor plan. The Kitchen has hardwood, granite, upgraded cabinets and newer appliances. Home features Master Bedroom with Master Bath and large closet with "Barn Doors" Home is VIVINT smart home, run the security and thermostats from your phone, check on the dogs, cats and KIDS from your phone. 200 amp electrical, generator plug, fhw oil heat. The yard is beautifully landscaped with two separate fire pits and seating area for outside entertaining. A beautiful place to call home. A must see!
Open House
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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 9/3/2019

Something terrible happening to your devices can ruin a wonderful adventure trip, like it getting into the hands of pickpockets, falling into a river or canyon, or even mistakenly dropping it while on a moving vehicle and so on. Many adventurers will be tempted to leave their gadgets behind and go completely off the grid. That, however, will be a terrible idea especially when you need those gadgets to book hotels, monitor your location on the map, take amazing pictures and so on.

Not going with your gadgets is entirely out of the option. So, how best can your electronic devices be kept safe during an adventure trip?

Gadget travel insurance

Before embarking on that awesome trip, make sure to protect your gadgets with a good insurance company. In a case whereby your laptop or mobile phone gets stolen, lost, or get damaged, you can get replacements without worries. When you are on an adventure trip, the chances of your gadgets getting lost or damaged are quite high. Insuring your devices gives you peace of mind. 

Avoid too many gadgets

Most adventurers are always tempted to go with all their devices, with the hope that they will all be needed. The chances are you will not be using most of the devices you have packed. By carrying lots of gadgets, the chances of falling prey to thieves are higher compared to when you’re with few. Apart from theft, you can sometimes lose track of your gadgets. The best two devices to take with you on any trip is a smartphone and a camera.

Use a backpack

There are numerous ‘over the shoulder' backpacks that you can buy and store your gadgets in them. Look for packs that have individual compartments for your most commonly used devices like laptops, cameras, and smartphones. Such bags are water-resistant and fall-proof.

Use the hotel safe

Another way to keep your gadgets safe during an adventure trip is to use the hotel safe. Do this to cut down on the pieces of baggage you will have to carry during an adventure trip. Also, most theft insurance coverage will not honor your claim if your device was not in the hotel safe.

Keeping your gadgets safe during adventure trips is something that you need to give much thought to before hitting the road. Make sure you buy the best carrying cases you can and keep your bags safe at all times.




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