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Creating Your Stairs – Choosing the Balusters

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Balusters are slender vertical pieces of wood or wrought iron that are attached to the handrail throughout the length of the rail preventing people from falling through the area between the treads and the handrail. Also referred to as spindles, balusters come in a variety of styles and are most commonly offered in wood and wrought iron. Wood balusters are usually 1 1/4" or 1 3/4" wide and iron balusters are usually 1/2" to 9/16" wide at their center point. When choosing your staircase balusters keep in mind that they not only enhance the beauty of your home but can...

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Creating Your Staircase – The Newel Posts

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Newel posts are used as a support for the handrail and balusters. Newels may be placed only at the beginning of a staircase or several posts may be used in longer runs to support the handrails through landings and at turns in the balustrade. The newel posts set the style for the entire balustrade and are quite often the most noticed architectural element of a staircase. Begin by choosing between a Post to Post and an Over the Post stair design. In a Post to Post system the handrail runs between the newel posts. This system features a newel post...

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Take the Stairs

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You’ve probably heard a time or two to “take the stairs”, but we’re often tempted to take the elevator or escalator instead. It’s an easy choice when you’re tired or in a hurry, but when you consider the health benefits of opting for the stairs, you may choose differently next time. Stair exercise allows you to strengthen your lower body while improving your health. Even when used in short durations throughout the day, stairs can improve your overall health, fitness level, and weight. The amount of calories you will burn climbing stairs depends on your age, weight, and fitness level,...

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Back To School – Getting Organized

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It’s time for a new school year. The kids are excited about their new school supplies, class, and friends, and you’re excited about having a quiet and relaxing home again. But with all the excitement comes a long list of To-do’s, extended shopping lists, and new organizational challenges. The alarm clock goes off a bit earlier and the shorter fall days are filled with sports, activities, and events. Your home quickly becomes chaos and you find yourself counting down the days until summer again. Before the hand-outs and homework start piling up, let’s help smooth the transition into the new...

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Gardener’s September To-Do List

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September is here! It is often considered one of the best and busiest months for gardeners. Summer’s heat finally starts to cool and the changing seasons means opportunity for new life. Although this is promising and exciting, it means a lot of work. Here is quick September To-Do list to get you started. Happy Gardening!     Begin with these general tasks: -Stop pruning and fertilizing -Bring all summer plants indoors -Clean up and dispose of all dead and diseased plants. Burn or add to waste as composting may reinfect your plants. -Create your compost bins -Raise pots off of...

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