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Drain pan is useless if it is not connected to drainpipe

Many people have drain pans installed under their water heaters or washing machines, but many of those pans are not connected to a drainpipe. With that setup, all you are doing is delaying the inevitable flood by about two minutes.

Keep Las Vegas sun at bay with custom shades

There are shades that let in the light, but not the harmful sun rays. DropShade provides sun-control systems with the touch of a button.

No sunlight causes Canary Island palm fronds to die

Canary Island palm trees have a big head that produces heavy shade so it’s possible that the lower fronds may die due to a lack of light. If the lower fronds are dying, the palm tree needs to be pruned.

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New switches are easy way to update home

Replacing the switches with rocker-style switches is easy and will make a dramatic change. In addition to the switches and cover plates, you also must replace the outlets to match.

Fast-moving masonry blade will cut bricks, blocks

If your project includes cutting things like bricks, blocks or roof tiles, then you need a large, fast-moving masonry blade. If you are cutting lots of these items, you might want to rent a masonry saw.

Las Vegas soils benefit from adding sand

If you want to improve drainage for cactuses then plant them higher than the surrounding soil. This type of cactus requires deep but infrequent irrigation.

Reuse and refresh for Earth Day

With Earth Day around the corner, it’s a great time to look at ways to reuse, recycle and upcycle furniture and decor.

Watering terms can be confusing in Southern Nevada

As we water plants infrequently, the roots extract water and grow into deeper layers of soil. Deep rooting of plants is the main reason good gardeners say, “Water plants deeply but infrequently.”

Nevada Preservation Foundation’s home tours are back

The Nevada Preservation Foundation will host tours of these historic communities during its annual Home + History Las Vegas fundraiser the weekend of April 29-May 1.

Buying privacy plants? Always consider height

Privacy shrubs should be tall enough to create the privacy needed but not much taller. Bigger shrubs need more water than smaller shrubs, and they need more maintenance as they get older.

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