Standby Generators for Today’s Homeowner

GE Home Generator Systems

A review of standby generators and how they work – Eric Loferski talks about standby generators; how they serve a household at a time of emergency when the power is off for an extended period. Eric shows us how these natural gas or propane powered engines are electrically tied to the house, and automatically start when needed. A basic guide for selecting the right sized standby generator for your home is shown, and Eric describes the Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Series engine that is popular with homeowners. Stand by Me How do you keep your family safe and comfortable during

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DIY Roof Repair

DIY roof repair

Debi Marie meets up with Gerry Chavez, a Product Manager for Henry Roofing products, to guide us through a DIY roof repair at Frank’s house.  Frank has a roof leak that is showing up in the master bedroom, and is looking for a possibly inexpensive solution. Rather than pay a roofer hundreds of dollars, he decides to take on the roof repair himself. Gerry begins by showing Frank what to look for that could cause the roof leak. A quick survey of Frank’s roof reveals the problem. After an explanation of the materials available for making the repair, Gerry takes

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Family Activities in Baton Rouge

family activities in Baton Rouge

A Tour of Destinations in Baton Rouge, LA. – Kid Spaces hooks up with Shannon Hurst Lane, a Louisiana based travel writer, Mom, and founder of Traveling Mamas dot com for a tour of the state capitol Baton Rouge and to explore family activities in Baton Rouge. The Capitol Park Museum features thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry and culture. Next we visit the old State Capitol. With its medieval architecture, it reminds us more of a castle, than anything we think of as from the south. Sitting on a hill, it can be clearly seen from

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Bringing the Sun’s Power Within Reach

Bringing the Sun’s Power Within Reach

Attractive Solar Panels for Household Electricity – Homeowner Joey is having a new solar shingle system installed on the roof of her home. Think Green Correspondent John McCalmont meets with Katy Collardson from CertainTeed Solar to witness the installation of the new Apollo Solar Shingles on Joey’s house in Shreveport Louisiana. Many homeowners consider traditional solar panels an eyesore, but the Apollo Solar Shingles have a very clean, sleek appearance. They achieve maximum efficiency using polycrystalline solar cells mounted in arrays that produce twelve watts per square foot—more than double the output of other solar shingles on the market. This results

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Medical Insurance For Pets

Medical Insurance For Pets Trupanion

Understanding Medical Insurance for Pets – Dekater is a dog in need of expensive surgery, and his owner simply cannot afford it. Sadly, he is relinquished to McKamey Animal Center, where he can get treatment and located in a new home. Dekater is lucky and emerges from surgery with three legs, but still a young and otherwise healthy dog. how do we ensure that our pets will always get the very best care they need and deserve, regardless of the cost? Designing Spaces caught up with Dr. Kerri Marshall, Chief Veterinary Officer at Trupanion, a leading provider of pet insurance,

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Beneful Baked Dog Treats

Baked Dog Treats Purina Beneful Baked Delights

A Look at Baked Dog Treats and Unconditional Love Pet Spaces visits two families where the bond between child and dog is one of unconditional love. Chef Amanda Hassner co-creator Beneful Baked Delights, explains what inspired the creation of the oven baked snacks, complete with tastes, textures, and aromas made just for dogs. Mom from our first family speaks fondly of her two daughters, Amy and Kelly, and their dog “Bear”, “The girls take turns holding his leash, and Bear loves walks. Sometimes I wonder who is walking who! The girls love taking care of Bear!” Our second family profile shows

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An Education on the Advantages of Vinyl Siding for Today’s Homeowner

GP Vinyl Siding

A Home Gets a Facelift with Vinyl Siding – Correspondent John Greco meets contractor Matt Sedlak and Ken Castleberry and Erin Zier, from BlueLinx, a distributor of Georgia Pacific vinyl siding. As experts on siding materials, they give an education on how we can renovate our home for maximum curb appeal and the advantages of vinyl siding. A trip to a home, the site of a siding “facelift”, documents how a new exterior of vinyl siding turns the beast into a beauty. Matt explains the advantages of vinyl siding over traditional cedar, and points out positive features of vinyl siding,

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Innovations in Green Home Building: Insulated Concrete Forms

Apex Block

APEX Block’s Alternative Insulated Concrete Forms  – Think Green visits Eagle Point Oregon to take a look at a home under construction. Dale Siens, CEO and President of APEX Block Corporation, gives us a tour of the construction site, showing us a new, green approach to building homes. Alternative Insulated Concrete Forms as a basic building block is changing how we build homes and structures, offering greater sustainability, health benefits, safety with its greater resistance to fire and severe weather, and greater energy efficiency. Colin Smith, Product Training & Technical Support Manager at APEX, walks us through some of the

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