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General home improvement and maintenance advice, along with interesting thought pieces.

DIY Hyundai Getz Key Battery Replacement

Hyundai Getz Key

A friend of mine in Australia recently found his Hyundai Getz key stopped working even though the light sill flickered on when he hit the button. After looking around the web and not finding any instructions on what to do, he figured it out himself and sent me some pictures and instructions detailing how he overcame the problem so it might help others.

Over 50: Choosing Where to Live

Every year an increasing number of over 50’s decide to move home in search for their dream location. The reasons many choose to move include: downsizing due to children moving away or in a plight to start to prepare for older age. But, whatever the reason behind the decision to move home, it requires a great deal of consideration and research.

Warm Your Home: Short & Long Term Solutions for the Festive Period

Warm your home this Christmas

With just a few weeks to go till Christmas, many of us will have left it too late to tick off the home improvements we had hoped to complete before welcoming guests into our homes.

However, there is still time to transform your house into a warm, cosy and comfortable place for your family and friends to stay. Here is a selection of quick fixes for making sure your home is inviting in time for Christmas. We have also included some long term solutions to look into in the New Year, ready for when your guests come back and visit once again.

Oak vs Pine for Furniture

Oak vs Pine for Furniture

The question of whether it's best to buy Oak furniture rather than pine comes up time and again. The standard response of many people is simply to say that Oak is better and that's the one you should chose - some people like Sally Stacey use oak everywhere around the home, but I don't think it's a simple as that so let's take a further look.

Beat the Heat: 15 Surprisingly Effective Ways to Cool Your Home

15 Surprisingly Effective Ways to Cool Your Home

When the hot sun’s beating down on you and the air’s humid and sticky, there’s nothing that appeals more than a long dip in the pool or staying indoors with your air conditioner set at the coolest possible temperature.

Storage Shed vs Self Storage Facility When Renovating

Shed vs Self Storage

A little while ago I received a question from Dave P. who lives in Ipswich, England and in the process of answering his question I realized this would make a good topic to talk about on Totally Home Improvement. The question was whether he and his wife should buy a storage shed or rent a self storage unit to store their belongings while they renovate their 50+ year old semi detached house.

Time Traveler Discounts and Other Wacky Ideas

Lowe's Hardware Store Robot

When you think about the folks who work in Home Improvements you probably conjure up images of people with safety goggles on, hammer in hand and a cordless drill lodged in a utility belt giving them the look of modern day Lone Ranger ready to bring those rusting gutters to justice!

Or perhaps you think about the millions of people who work in hardware stores who have to explain to customers the difference between a self-tapping screw and a nail, or maybe even all those folks who work for manufactures who make all the things that go into constructing, fixing and finishing the homes we live in.

Home Improvements in Remote Locations - Be Prepared

remote property

My brother Daniel lives in the countryside in Queensland, Australia. The picture on the left is now a bit out of date, but it gives you a good idea of the surroundings.

It's 40 acres of tree covered land. It starts at the top of the hill where the picture is taken from - goes down through a valley which turns into a river during the rainy season - and goes all the way up to the hill on the other side.

He's invited me to come and spend some time there this Christmas like I did last year - it's a long way to travel, but it's certainly a welcome change of pace, so I'll probably do it again this year.

The Top 10 Mistakes Renovators Make

Mistakes Renovators Make

By keeping an eye on what can go wrong, you’ll be prepared for your renovation.

Renovating your home is a tough job, whether you’re doing it yourself or calling in the professionals. Homeowners can make plenty of mistakes, particularly if they’re tackling a renovation for the first time or generally unsure of the steps they need to take to get the job done. To assist homeowners and steer them away from future issues, it is vital they know the 10 biggest mistakes renovators tend to make. You know what they say, those who don’t pay attention to history are condemned to repeat it. So make sure you know what can go wrong!

The Versatility of Frameless Glass Sliding Doors

Frameless Glass Sliding Doors

I recently wrote a piece about fixing glass sliding doors, and while I was surfing the web looking for pictures I came across some wonderful photographs of the Frameless variety - I bookmarked some of the ones that impressed me so I could share them with you now.

I've never lived in a home which has had them, but after looking at some of these pictures I really grew to like them - I think I'm developing 'frameless' envy :)

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