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Nearly Free & Humane Lizard Catcher – My Best Miami Friend

I moved to Miami 16 years ago. I loved nearly everything about it. I say nearly because in addition to the sunshine, ocean breezes, palm trees and sublime winters, I also got lizards. I don’t like lizards. I mean, I don’t hate them, but I don’t want them sharing space with me.

I made a deal with the lizards. They can have the outdoors and the indoor space is mine. After all, they were here before I was and have every right to live their lives in their natural habitat.  The problem is that the little critters haven’t been good about sticking to their end of the bargain. I find them indoors occasionally and find myself having to evict them.  It’s not always easy. OK, OK, it’s not ever easy.

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The Biggest Air Leak in Your House You Don’t Know About

Have you caulked windows and replaced weatherstripping on your doors? Good for you. But if you think you’ve sealed up air leaks, you’re in for a shock. Read the rest of this entry »

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Should Your Grass Clippings Go Up in Smoke?

What’s going up in smoke in California these days?

If you answered “grass,” you’re right — although in this case it’s the kind you cut with a lawn mower.  Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Insulate a Garage Door

Garage door insulation can make your life warmer, cooler, and quieter. It lowers energy bills, acts as a barrier between you and street noise, and brightens an otherwise dreary space.

Garage door insulation is an easy DIY project; it’ll cost you about $200 to insulate two 9-foot-wide doors. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Replace a Toilet Handle

Is your toilet flush handle broken, rusted, pocked, or just plain and old-fashioned looking? Maybe it’s always loose, no matter how many times you tighten that nut on the inside of the tank? Read the rest of this entry »

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Easy, Budget-Friendly Ceiling Ideas

It’s common to upgrade floors and walls to give rooms more appeal, but ceilings (sometimes referred to as the fifth wall) are often overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »

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