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Reducing noise at home An echo here, reverberating footsteps upstairs ... few homes are completely free of noise. But homeowners looking to reduce the amount of noise in their homes can take action. Oftentimes, homes are not as quiet as homeowners would prefer. Although certain noises cannot be stopped, there are certain methods homeowners can employ to reduce their distraction. Whether the desire is to prevent outdoor noises from causing stress or to reduce the intensity of sounds from inside the home, there are different strategies to take. Windows: Quality, double-paned windows do more than just seal the home against environmental factors. They are also good at insulating against sound. If a home is located close to a major roadway or if its in the path of air traffic, good windows can make a difference. Talk with a window retailer about the options available that can remedy external noise, and they should be able to offer some advice. Staggered doors: Doors that don't line up with one another are effective when soundproofing a home because sound waves that move in a circular fashion from the center of the sound will have barriers and won't travel as easily from room to room. Insulation: Adequate insulation in attics, walls and other areas can not only keep heating bills down, but also are effective at reducing noise.

Carpeting: Although the current trend is toward hardwood floors or tile, these materials may contribute to noise in a home. Carpeting and padding will buffer against noise, especially if it's the sound of footsteps overhead on a second level of the home. If carpeting is not desired, consider use of well-placed area rugs or runners with padding that will absorb some of the sound in rooms. Wall hangings: Bare walls deflect noises back into the home. Items on the walls, such as framed artwork, tapestries, shelving, quilts, etc., absorb sound waves or dissipate them, reducing noise throughout the home as a result. Furniture: Plush furniture also reduces noise much better than an empty room. Experts suggest that rooms have at least 25 percent of some sort of noise absorbing material, like furniture or wall hangings. Extra drywall: If noise travels easily from room to room, it could be due to thin walls. Extra insulation or an extra layer of drywall can help remedy the problem of noise between walls. There are also acoustical paints that can be applied to walls to minimize sound. Curtains: Thicker draperies will dampen sound better than blinds or shutters. Consider using them if noise is an issue. Noise is a problem in many homes. By figuring out the source of the noise, homeowners can take certain remedial steps to combat external noise.

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ing accents such as valances, pillows, rugs, candle holders -- even the matting on a picture. A neutral foundation opens the door to a new look with minimal changes." According to Ellis, one of the best -- and easiest -- ways to add seasonal color and refresh a living space is with fresh flowers displayed in a variety of containers. Fresh flowers not only enliven a room and bring in the sights and scents of the outdoors, they are perfect for playing up color and color combinations. "A lot of people are afraid of color in their decor, so a less scary way of introducing color is with flowers and vases," Ellis notes. "Fresh flowers can go with any type of decor and generally last as long as your mood, so there are endless opportunities to experiment without making a long-term commitment." Decorating with flowers begins with choosing a container that is in sync with the season and the style of your home, counsels Ellis. "There are so many container options for every type of decor," Ellis says. "If your home leans toward country, think about using old decanters, tins or even wooden boxes. For contemporary homes, glass vases with clean lines work best. And for traditional homes, go with urns or ornate vases." The same principal applies to the flowers


themselves. Mixed flowers tend to be more traditional; bunches of local flowers lend a homey, just-picked quality to a casual or country home; and monochromatic arrangements ooze modern. The key, notes Ellis, is to pair flowers with both their containers and the indoor environment in which they will be seen. Next comes color. While Ellis leans toward monochromatic arrangements of white flowers -- stargazers, lilies, roses and orchids are among her personal favorites -she nevertheless appreciates the "pop" of color that can be achieved with bolder blossoms. When choosing flowers for a particular spot or room, Ellis advises looking at complementary colors -- those that are on the opposite side of the color wheel. For example, if the walls are a warm shade of yellow or gold, a container filled with blue flowers, such as hydrangeas, delphiniums or sapphire orchids, makes a bold statement. And in the green room? Try flowers in shades of purple and violet. "I think the greatest thing in the world is to bring your own vase or container to the florist and ask for something special that works with it," she reveals. "Not every florist has a vase that suits your taste or will work in a particular spot, so I take in my containers and say, 'I want something blue.' Then I'm both surprised with the result and certain that it will work with the decor." To learn more about Ellis and her latest projects, visit her online at

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For homeowners, spring cleaning is one of the annual rites of spring. The return of warmer weather presents the perfect opportunity for homeowners to open the windows, let some fresh air in and tidy up after a few months spent cooped up inside while the weather outside was frightful. But now that spring has arrived, the time to clean up around the house has come. Homeowners about to start on their annual spring cleaning should consider the following before diving into the various tasks. For example, to begin, a person needs the right cleaning tools, such as rubber gloves, garbage bags, and cleaning supplies. Next, it’s best to go from room to room, pick up the clutter and toss the items you don’t use. Dusting can be done with a dry or damp cloth. Just gently wipe off picture frames,

doorframes, furniture etc…Then it’s time to do the same thing with glass items, such as windows, frames, and mirrors. And finally, the blinds and drapes, as they have also accumulated some dust over the last few months. If needed, take a broom and go from room to room knocking down any cobwebs that may have accumulated during the colder months. Sweeping or vacuuming is another step to do when it comes to spring cleaning, as well as washing your bed linens, mattress pad, and bed skirting. With those items in the wash, it’d be a good time to flip the mattress. Finally, beat the dust out of area rugs because often vacuuming the rugs isn’t enough. A few simple strategies, such as the ones listed above, can make spring cleaning go much more smoothly.

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Growing cycles two weeks ahead of schedule Staff Writer

Unseasonably warm weather conditions this winter have jumpstarted the growth of fruit trees and plants across Iowa. “The nice warm winter was good for us because there was not a lot of damage for our perennial fruit crops,” Joe Hannan, Iowa State University Extension commercial horticulture field specialist for central and western Iowa, said. “We saw very little, if any damage, to our apples, grapes, sweet cherries, peaches and brambles.” Hannan said it was fairly unusual for less hardy fruits like sweet cherries and peaches to come through an Iowa winter unscathed. However, each of those fruits has already bloomed and apples are currently in bloom. As a result, local residents with fruit trees should have already started their pest management programs. Meanwhile, people growing strawberries need to closely watch their plants, if they are still under mulch, and get them uncovered once new leaves start to emerge.

Although the growing cycle in Iowa is currently a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, Hannan said there are still two significant factors that could impact the growth of local fruit crops. The first threat is the lingering potential of frost. “With everything breaking buds, there is a susceptibility to frost. That is what everybody is interested in,” Hannan said. Typically, Hannan said May 10 is considered the end of the frost period for Iowa. Still, he said frosts are very site specific. Even if Southwest Iowa had a cold period, injury to perennial fruits would vary from location to location. The second factor is drought conditions that have developed in portions of the state as a result of the low snowfall totals. Hannan said Southwest Iowa is currently not considered one of those drought zones. However, he said growers in north central and northwest Iowa are experiencing the most severe lack of moisture at the present time. Still, he said irrigation practices can offset those drought conditions.

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Tips to outstanding exterior painting By TESS GRUBER-NELSON Staff Writer

When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, there are really only four basic rules you need to know, explained Terry Stanton of Miller Building Supply, located in Shenandoah. According to Stanton, these four rules are second nature to professional painters and can add years and equity to your home. First, Stanton said it’s vital to take the time to properly prepare the surface, which is where a lot of inexperienced painters go wrong. If the area is not prepared, even the best paints can fail. “That’s the single most important thing,” said Stanton. “People usually don’t think about properly preparing the area.” Before dipping any brush into paint, clean the surface thoroughly. Stanton recommends using a

bucket of water and scrubbing the area with a brush. He added don’t use a power-washer as the wood will only absorb the water, which is not beneficial in the long run. When finished washing, Stanton said it’s important to

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Are noises in and around your home getting on your nerves? Chances are if you have noisy neighbors, have a son or daughter practicing for the marching band, or live on a busy road, noise could be a problem for you. Or maybe your noise is disturbing others. Before you put a for-sale sign on your front lawn, consider the ways you can tame the cacophony of your current living space. Some simple soundproofing techniques could give you the peace you desire. Soundproofing is not as large a job as you'd might think. Understanding how sound works can make the task even easier. Sound Savvy Sound travels in low-frequency waves. These waves radiate from the source of the sound in all directions. If the waves are met with resistance, such as a wall or a piece of furniture, they will redirect and dissipate. Thicker materials may absorb sound waves. There are a few ways to soundproof a home. One of the first ways is to create more space in a room. A second way to soundproof a home is to add items that will absorb or block the sound. You can also prevent sound waves from vibrating off of items and creating noise. Soft materials will muffle sound. These include soft furnishings and carpeting and should make up 25 percent of a room's contents. Getting Started There are likely a few rooms you have in mind for soundproofing or noises you want to block. For example, with the advent of home theaters or gaming rooms, sound in the house has increased. These could be rooms you consider soundproofing for greater comfort. Bedrooms are other rooms you may want to soundproof. If sounds from outside are troublesome, new doors and windows may be the key to alleviating the noise.

Soundproofing Techniques Once you decide on the areas of the home that need to be soundproofed, you can take the steps needed to do so. Here are some methods. 1. Add insulation: Insulation between walls and in ceilings can block out noise. The thicker the insulation, the more soundproofing you will have. If you are moving into a new home, ask to have extra insulation placed between drywall. Blow in foam or paper insulation between walls of an existing home. 2. Thicken drywall: Thicker drywall will muffle sounds. Adding layers of drywall can be a way to block sounds from neighbors if you have shared walls, such as in an apartment or attached home situation. 3. Add sound absorbers: Fabric on walls, cushiony furnishings, carpeting, even pictures and plants can help absorb sound and prevent the transference of sound waves. Soundproofing tile on ceilings or carpeting on upstairs floors can combat sound from traveling between levels. 4. Change the windows: Double-paned windows, and those with acrylic frames, can reduce noise greatly. If new windows are not in the budget right now, consider sound-deadening drapery. These thick drapes can help block sound and noise. 5. Reconfigure your home's layout: To prevent sound traveling within your home, your hallways should be built so that doorways are not across from one another. Otherwise you will be letting sound travel easily. 6. Use soundproofing foam: Many home improvement retailers sell soundproofing do-it-yourself kits. These kits may contain convoluted or nonconvoluted foam, faced acoustical foam, polyimide foam, 100 percent fireproof melamine foam, or closed cell acoustical foam.


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5 signs your roof might be wearing down Replacing a roof is a costly venture few homeowners look forward to. According to Remodeling magazine's 2010-11 "Cost vs. Value" report, the national average cost of a roof replacement is nearly $22,000, a costly endeavor considering the tenuous nature of the economy. What's more, homeowners who choose more upscale roofing materials can expect to spend almost $40,000 on their roofs. Such costs make it no small wonder that many homeowners fear the dreaded diagnosis that their home needs a new roof. While there's little homeowners can do to reduce the cost of a roof replacement, there are warning signs homeowners can look for that might indicate a roof replacement is on the horizon. Recognition of these signs can help homeowners be more finan-

cially prepared should the day come when the roof needs to be replaced. 1. The presence of algae If the roof has lots of dark streaks and stains clinging to it, that is likely algae, which can grow on the roof for quite awhile. Algae does not necessarily do any damage to a roof, but it does do some damage to a home's physical appearance, as algae on the roof is not very pleasing to the eye. Algae is most often found on the roofs of homes located in climates that have warm, humid summers. If algae is a problem on your roof, spray washing with a mixture of water and bleach can effectively remove it. 2. Buckling shingles Like algae, buckling shingles are another unsightly problem on

a roof. But buckling shingles are more than just an eyesore, they actually might indicate significant problems. When shingles buckle, that's typically because hot air from the attic is forcing the shingles away from the home. Buckling shingles also indicate that the roof is poorly ventilated, which can take years off the roof's life expectancy while driving up home cooling costs along the way. 3. Granule loss Granule loss is typically a byproduct of normal shingle wear and tear that results from inclement weather, such as hail. Older roofs might experience granule loss, but granule loss can also occur on a new roof if a defective roofing product was used. Any granule loss, even if slight, should be addressed, as the side effects of granule loss

include a weakened roof and leaking. If granule loss is not addressed, the consequences could be severe the next time a storm occurs. 4. Mold Unlike the warning signs already discussed, mold is not visible on the outside of the home. Instead, homeowners should look in the attic of a home to see if there is any mold growth. If there is, the roof is likely leaking, and the health risks of mold growth in a home are substantial. Mold is not necessarily easy to detect, so a professional inspection might be in order if mold growth is suspected. If a professional determines mold is, in fact, present, then the mold will need to be removed and all options, including a roof replacement, must be considered to keep mold from coming back.

5. Roof rot Perhaps the most discouraging sign a homeowner can see on his or her roof is roof rot. Roof rot appears when a roof is in considerable decay and, if not addressed, its consequences can stretch far beyond the roof, damaging other parts of the home thanks in large part to water getting through the roof. If roof rot is either not noticed or just ignored, it won't take long for water to get through the roof and blaze a destructive path through the rest of the home. Homeowners might fear a full roof replacement because of the cost associated with such a project. But if ignored, problems with a roof could eventually prove far more costly than the price of replacing the roof.


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On your side - Understanding different siding options Seemingly from the moment a home is purchased, its new owners start envisioning ways to transform their new pad into their dream home. Once they turn their key for the first time, homeowners enter an empty home and see a blank slate on which they can improve. But even before homeowners enter their new home, chances are the home's exterior has inspired a few improvement ideas as well. One of the more common home improvements is changing a home's exterior siding. Many new homeowners want to

change their home's appearance with siding but might not be sure which option is the best fit for them. The following guide to siding options might help make this decision that much easier for homeowners still on the fence. * Vinyl: Vinyl siding is a popular choice among homeowners who don't want to break the bank to change their home's exterior look. Vinyl siding is one of the more affordable siding options, and many homeowners are attracted to its durability and reputation as a very low-maintenance sid-


ing option. Seamless vinyl attracts homeowners because of its aesthetic appeal. In general, vinyl siding is wind-resistant and unlikely to rot, scratch or blister, and vinyl siding does not attract insects nor is it susceptible to mold or mildew. However, some vinyl siding cannot withstand extremely cold weather. * Solid wood: Wood siding can last for decades and many homeowners love its old-fashioned appeal. However, homeowners who don't want the hassle of worrying about their home's exterior might be better suited to other options, as wood siding can be difficult to maintain. Because wood will expand or contract depending on the season, wood siding is prone to cracking or splitting, and especially humid climates might foster mildew in wood siding. Wood siding typically requires restaining or repainting every few years, and such maintenance is necessary throughout the siding's lifespan. Proper and routine maintenance of wood siding can also help reduce the risk of termites or mold. * Aluminum: Durable and affordable, aluminum siding is easier to maintain than

wood, though many homeowners still choose wood over aluminum on the basis of aesthetic appeal. Many homeowners often come down to deciding between aluminum and vinyl siding, and environmental concerns might come into play when making that decision. Aluminum siding is considered by many to be the more ecofriendly option, as some feel vinyl siding is bad for the environment and might even negatively affect human health. Aluminum siding is generally wind-resistant and homeowners enjoy its status as a relatively low maintenance siding option. * Stucco: Many homeowners prefer stucco siding because of its unique makeup that allows them to choose a design and color uniquely their own. A manufactured product made up of cement, lime, sand, and water, stucco is easy to maintain and can last a very long time. Stucco installation, however, is an intricate process and homeowners can expect to pay more for stucco's installation than they would with other options, even though the installation can be finished very quickly, particularly when compared to wood siding.

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Patio clean-up for seasonal entertaining Outdoor entertaining is a primary component of the warmweather season. Individuals flock to their backyard patios and decks to barbecue or simply soak up a little sun. Over the course of the fall and winter your patio may have experienced some wear and tear. Or if the patio is several years old, it may need some maintenance to improve its appearance for the new season. Maintenance often depends on the material used. Before starting, figure out what your patio needs and stock up on the supplies. Many patios are poured concrete, and a simple pressure-washing could be all that's needed to revive the look. Pressure washers can be rented or purchased. If there are cracks or chips in the patio, some minor patchwork may be able to fix unsightly problems. There are


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brushed into the seams between the pavers to set them in place. Over time, the sand may become dislodged causing the pavers to wobble or even grow uneven. Taking the time to brush new sand over a paver patio can keep the stones stable. Because pavers are not a solid surface, weeds can grow in between the stones. Hand weeding and the application of a weed-killing product can help with keeping weeds at bay and from being unsightly. This year, maybe it's not about refreshing the patio but installing one instead. Although many homeowners choose to make the installation of a patio a do-ityourself project with fine results, if you have a large yard or an intricate design, you may want to price out masons. These contractors could have relationships with suppliers of concrete and patio

pavers, which could save on the cost of materials for the job. Plus you will have the benefit of knowing the work was done correctly. Now is also the time to wash the cushions to your patio set to enhance your patio decor. Do so on a sunny, warm day to allow the cushions to dry adequately so they won't develop mildew or mold staining and odor. If the cushions look dated or beyond repair, this season could be a good time to head to the store and purchase a new set. Nothing refreshes a patio more than bright colors and attractive accessories. While new planters filled with flowers could do the trick, coordinate patio colors with new upholstery for outdoor furniture, throw pillows and a new patio umbrella to complete the look.

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