John Thomas's Blog Posts

Popcorn Ceilings: What They Are, How to Get Rid of Them, Are They a Health Hazard?

Popcorn is great for lots of stuff. You can enjoy a big bucket with family and friends while at the movies, string it on a thread to give Christmas that old-fashioned touch and even turn it into

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WONDERING "What’s a Reverse Mortgage?"

“What goes up must come down,” so goes the saying. And, to that end, what goes forward must also go in reverse. Turns out the same also applies to mortgages, sort of. Except, instead of

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5 Things You Need To Know Before Installing a Pool

With the sunny days of summer just around the corner, it’s hard to not let your thoughts turn to the cool, refreshing blue waters of a backyard pool. Maybe you’ve been considering

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5 Things to Consider When Planning a Picture Wall

One of the best parts of owning your own home is that you can do pretty much whatever you want when it comes to hanging things on the wall. No landlord will charge you $5 per hole you poke through

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A Spring Cleaning… For Your Air Conditioner?

Spring is a time of beginnings. You get a chance to start over, to try something new and to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer to come. It might not be as romantic as the budding of

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Spring Cleaning Tips for 2019

The Three Vital Goals of a Spring CleaningBefore we get into the tips, it’s a good idea to set some goals for your spring cleaning. A lot of people get into trouble because they fail to

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The Garage Reimagined

Your garage is a big deal. Even if you totally ignore that your garage doors themselves can take up a significant portion of your home’s street facing surface, there’s all that (often

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7 Tips to Make Relocation Easier for You

You just found out that you’re being relocated by your job, or maybe you were offered a job that was too good to be true in another state. Either way, you’ve got a big move ahead of you

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9 Patio Planning Tips

It’s finally spring! Time to break out the grill and the patio set and spend your evenings cooking out under the stars. Except, you don’t have a patio, you have a backyard that’s

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Smart plugs, switches & lights can change your life

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the world of smart homes and home automation, then the fact that smart switches and smart lights exist could not have escaped your notice. But if

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Homes for sale in downtown Woodstock GA

People are always asking me about what homes are for sale in downtown Woodstock GA. So here's a link (that is always up to date) of what's.

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How Do I Unclog Household Drains

So there you are, minding your own business while having a shave over the bathroom sink when you see it. The water. It’s not draining. And your sink is threatening to overflow. You turn off

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3 Secrets to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter

 It’s been a busy year. It almost feels like we completely skipped over spring, summer and fall and found ourselves barreling head first into winter like a kid on an out of control snow

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Tips for getting a Smart Security Camera for Christmas

Once upon a time having a security system or even just some video cameras meant that you either lived in a dodgy neighborhood or you had something really awesome to steal. Today, home security

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7 Items to Check Before the Winter Freeze

Along with the provocative spending and lavish feasts that are hallmarks of the holiday season also comes the cold, the ice and the snow. Like those extra three helpings of stuffing at Aunt Linda

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Is Your Home Decor a #PinterestFail?

There you sit, watching “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network when a thought bubble forms over your head. If Vanilla Ice can remodel houses on television, you could probably save

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7 Must Know Smoke Detector Tips

Every morning, it’s the same thing. You get out of bed, take a shower, burn the toast and then curse the smoke detector. Although it's singing the song of its people can be incredibly loud and

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Five Features of a Fantastic Flip

Now that you’ve bought a home of your own, you might be thinking that you’re kind of good at handiwork and you want to give flipping a go. It’s certainly one way to make money in

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Prepare for the Next Natural Disaster with These 7 Tips

Any time there’s a natural disaster, emergency preparedness is all anyone can think about. But soon after the news coverage fades away, it’s back to the same old grind, with little brain

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Splish, Splash, Tips for a New Backsplash

You’ve been watching HGTV again and you’ve been inspired to do something about that dated backsplash in your kitchen. It’s not exactly a small job, but certainly one an adventurous

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Closet Storage Systems Basics

Getting Started with Custom Closet Storage Solutions You'll eventually come to the DIY closet storage systems if you cruise the aisles of your favorite home improvement store. Here, you'll find a

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Pool Closing Best Practices for Homeowners

When you bought the house with the pool, it looked like it was going to be all fun in the sun and splishin’ and-a splashin’, but now that the first signs of fall are appearing (the

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5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Master Bath Remodel

You got an amazing deal on your home, in part because the master bathroom was kind of really outdated. The wallpaper says it all — and that pink toilet, oh boy. You are so ready to do

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Save Money and the Environment One LED Bulb at a Time

Way back in 2012, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was being phased in. One of the most useful — and controversial — results was that old fashioned light bulbs

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Easy Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

The dog days of Summer are upon us. That means more ice cream, fewer snowball fights and, of course, the battle to keep your house cool as the heat bears down. As it turns out, you don’t have

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Creating Easy Care Landscaping

Is your landscaping full of weeds? Are you finding yourself driving by neighbors’ homes, envying their perfect, weed-free plantings? If so, you may be in need of some easy-care landscaping.

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6 Tips for Better Concrete Painting

 Concrete has been used by humans for thousands of years, with some of the oldest examples of wells and houses made with the stuff dating back to 6500 BC. Although the ingredients have been

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12 Point Pool Maintenance Checklist

When the sun is high in the sky and the wind feels like a blow dryer on your face, there’s nothing like the blessed cool blue of your private pool. If you’ve only just recently

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