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Be Your Own Handyman: 10 Home Improvement Projects To Upgrade Your Home

April 16th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Now that the weather is getting better (keyword getting) it will soon be time to open up your doors for the spring and summer entertaining season. Everyone loves a good barbecue or heading over to someone’s house just because. With winter gone this is the perfect opportunity to spruce up your interiors and backyard — getting things back on track and replacing those items that need enhancing. Whether you are DIY savvy or not, the Home Depot has a pretty nice assortment of how-to projects for the taking. Here are 10 that will give your home a boost.

Sell That House! Affordable Improvements To Spruce Up Your Home

May 29th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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According to a recent report, close to one-third of homeowners in the United States feel confident in making updates to their home due to signs of an improving economy. While some may perform the necessary fixes for their own purposes, there are some who are looking to sell their home.

Selling a home takes more work than just hiring a real estate agent and putting a for sale sign in your yard. Your house needs to stand out from others on the block or surrounding area in an effort to entice potential buyers to your listing. Come on… you know you watch those HGTV remodeling shows!

“Well fixing up my house sounds all fine and dandy – but I don’t have tons of money to put into it.”

Should you be looking to put your home on the market and want to spruce it up, here are some affordable fixes that can add value and hopefully warrant a sold sign in the near future. Of course there are many options to consider for the home, but here are nine to get you started.

The 9 Most Frequently Overlooked Tax Deductions

February 14th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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The 2013 tax season is here, and with many close friends, family members and acquaintances offering their personal services and advice, they might overlook a few of the tax deductions you could possibly qualify for.

Filing your taxes may seem simple enough, but make sure you are getting all you deserve from the year and take note of these commonly overlooked tax deductions before filing and completing your taxes for the season.

How To Install A Faucet – “Home Savvy” Season 2 Episode 2

September 21st, 2012 - By Madame Noire
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In this episode we’ll show you how simple it is to install a new faucet for your  bathroom vanity!

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Here’s how to do this project:

Before you start, make sure your water supply lines at the sink or at your home’s main supply are shut off, and disconnect the supply lines and the waste trap from the sink.

Apply bead of silicone on gasket

 

Position the faucet and gasket on the sink. Ensure to hand tighten the nuts.

Make connection to the water lines using a half inch IPS faucet supply line.

Now install the pop up connection. Be sure to install the pop up connection according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Now remove aerator and turn faucet handles all the way on.

Finish the assembly and tighten the connections.

When assembly is complete, turn on the hot and cold water supplies and flush water lines for one minute.

 

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How To Install A Bathroom Vanity – “Home Savvy” Season 2 Episode 1

September 14th, 2012 - By Liz Burr
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In this episode we’re learning how easy it is to install a bathroom vanity!

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Here’s how to do this project:

Before you start, make sure to shut off the water supply lines at the sink, or at your home’s main supply if necessary; Disconnect the supply lines and the waste trap from the sink; Disassemble the sink and existing vanity; Patch up and paint or tile the wall where the sink and old vanity once stood if necessary.

Put the vanity in place against the wall and trace its outline on the wall.

 

Use a stud finder to locate the  studs to which you will screw the vanity.

 

Then, with a level, draw lines along the studs from the  floor to the top of the vanity. These lines will help you spot where to place the screws later on.

 

If the vanity has a back, measure, mark, and drill holes through it for drain pipes and supply pipes.

Set a level on top of the vanity and shim at the floor until the vanity is level. Then hold the level against the edge of the unit and shim at the wall until it’s plumb.

 

 

From the inside, attach the unit to the wall by screwing 3-inch drywall screws through the mounting rail into the studs.

 

Check the level again before trimming the shims flush with a utility knife. If it’s not level, add shims.

 

If there are large gaps at the wall or floor, attach quarter-round moulding along the wall or floor edge with finishing nails.

 

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“Home Savvy” Episode 2 – How to Grow Vegetables at Home

May 25th, 2012 - By Madame Noire
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In this “Get It Done” episode we’ll show you how to grow your own vegetables right at home by using an easy to assemble Raised Garden Bed.

When you grow veggies at home there are so many advantages. One advantage is that they just simply taste better. Two, you’re being super “green” and conscious of the environment when you grow food at home. Why wouldn’t you want to help the earth and enjoy delicious home grown vegetables while gardening? With Home Depot Associate Shenell Leighton’s assistance, you’ll see how exciting gardening can be as she works with our  Home Savvy host Suzanne Rust in creating an at home vegetable garden. Check it out now!

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HERE’S HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT:

Purchase an easy to assemble raised or pre-made garden bed.

Choose your vegetables.

 

Select garden soil.

 

Line bed with marigolds to ward off insects.

 

Cut plastic label off of vegetables container.

 

Dig hole large enough for vegetable plant.

 

You can harvest vegetables up until fall, be sure to feed your vegetables with plant food.

 

 

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“HOME SAVVY” CAST – MEET HOME DEPOT ASSOCIATE YVETTE WILLIAMS

May 8th, 2012 - By Madame Noire
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MEET YVETTE WILLIAMSHome Savvy’s knowledgeable Home Depot Associate demonstrating the most effective ways to properly paint your home’s interior walls.

Yvette Williams currently serves as a Home Depot district manager overseeing the operations of five Home Depot stores in the the New York Metropolitan area. Ms. Williams has been with the company for nineteen years, having first started off as a cashier. During her time with The Home Depot, Yvette has also served as Front End Supervisor, Assistant Store Manager and Store Manager. Ms. Williams takes true pride in her work and is honored to be an indelible part of The Home Depot family.

Believing strongly in The Home Depot motto, “More Saving. More Doing,” Yvette is committed to ensuring the best quality service to all costumers who visit any one of her five Home Depot Stores. Be sure to watch Yvette in Episode 3 of Home Savvy as she gives insightful tips and instructions on transforming your home by adding color to the interior walls.

 

 

“Home Savvy” Episode 1 – Creating A Container Garden

April 11th, 2012 - By Madame Noire
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Welcome to Madame Noire’s new home improvement show, Home Savvy. In this series we’ll share insightful tips and creative ideas for sprucing up any living space. Home improvement, your way.

In this “Get It Done” episode you’ll learn how to create a beautiful container garden that will instantly enhance your outdoor living space. Creating a container garden is a quick weekend project that also makes the perfect gift. Besides, you can never go wrong with presenting that special person with a gorgeous arrangement of flowers.

Be sure to watch Home Savvy host Suzanne Rust as she demonstrates with Home Depot Associate Shenell Leighton how simple and easy it is to create your own container garden.

MATERIALS USED IN THIS EPISODE:

HERE’S HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT:

Fill pot mid-way with soil.

 

Install your filler, while loosening the roots.

 

Begin filling container with potting mix.

 

Add Thrillers.

 

Add Spillers.

 

Add more spillers and thrillers as needed. You now have a gorgeous container garden.

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“HOME SAVVY” CAST – MEET HOME DEPOT ASSOCIATE SHENELL LEIGHTON

April 10th, 2012 - By Liz Burr
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MEET SHENELL LEIGHTON, Home Savvy’s knowledgeable Home Depot Associate demonstrating the best ways to improve your home. Ms. Leighton is currently Co-Manager of Home Depot Store #1255 in Long Island City, Queens, New York. She has been apart of the Home Depot family for 11 astounding years. Having initially started with the company as a cashier, Shenell advanced through the years serving in various roles such as Front End Supervisor, to Assistant Manager and now, Co-Manager. Consistently striving for the best, Shenell is committed and very much devoted to ensuring that all her customers receive the best quality service when visiting her store in Long Island City, Queens.  Ms. Leighton is proud to serve as Co-Manager of Home Depot and boasts, “My experiences here have truly empowered me. I’ve grown as a person, I’ve grown in my leadership roles with the company and I’ve discovered how to build, create and put together things that I never imagined I’d be able to.” Shenell Leighton is definitely a certified expert in Home Improvement and Madame Noire is happy to have her as apart of Home Savvy.  Be sure to watch Shenell in Episode 1 as she demonstrates how to create a container garden.

 

“HOME SAVVY” CAST – MEET SUZANNE RUST

April 10th, 2012 - By Madame Noire
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MEET SUZANNE RUST,  writer, lifestyle expert, and the newest member to the MadameNoire family as Host of  Home Savvy.

 

Suzanne is a former staff editor for Real Simple Magazine, was a frequent contributor to NBC’s Today Show and has appeared in segments on CNN, WABC, WCBS, WB11, NY1, FOX, PBS, and The Tyra Banks Show, where she covered subjects ranging from health and beauty to cooking, entertaining, and organizing. Rust has also hosted segments for the Today Show website where she taught viewers how to add curb appeal to their homes as well as how to whip up the perfect chocolate dessert.
Suzanne is the daughter of the late sportscaster, Art Rust Jr., and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Rust lived in Rome for several years where she worked in film production and wrote for Variety and Italian Elle. Fluent in Italian, she has also been an on-air reporter for one of Italy’s leading radio stations where she interviewed celebrities and covered trends and cultural events.
She also spent many years as an editor for Black Issues Book Review where she helmed Children’s Bookshelf and reviewed books on various topics from biographies and fiction to health and beauty. Suzanne is a native New Yorker who lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
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