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A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
Learn how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth.
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A Citizen's Guide to Radon - The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon
Details on EPA radon recommendations: how to test your home and lower radon levels if there's a problem. Also includes contact information for state specific radon offices.
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Building Basements in Wet Locations - Assessing, Repairing, and Rebuilding Basements
Basements can be dry if they are well-designed, with adequate drainage. This publication discusses basement drainage, floor and wall design, concrete mixes and curing, insulation, and commercial base
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Cockroaches and Their Control
Learn about the five cockroach species in Iowa and the management and chemical treatment possibilities.
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Controlling Moisture on Concrete Floors - Assessing, Repairing, and Rebuilding Basements
Several suggestions for dealing with basement moisture problems, keeping in mind most solutions are often expensive and involve compromises.
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Controlling Winter Moisture Problems in Houses
Learn how to control moisture levels in your house during the winter months.
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Finishing Exterior Wood Surfaces - Wood Use
Learn how to finish, preserve and even refinish exterior wood surfaces. Includes natural weathering, clear film and water-repellent finishes, as well as bleaching oil and pigmented stains.
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Home and Yard Improvements Handbook
Storage areas, living areas, construction materials, and wheelchair modifications are included.
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Home Heating and Cooling - Home Series 2
Reduce your utility bills with low-cost, low-tech tips. Get more heat from every energy dollar you spend. Make the most of your air-conditioning system. Landscape your yard for year-round comfort.
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Home Tightening, Insulation and Ventilation - Home Series 1
Find out how to lower your utility bills with energy-efficient home improvements.
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Homebuyer Education eCourse: A Place of Your Own
An online course to help first-time homebuyers learn about the process of buying a home. The course is available anytime, anywhere from any computer with Internet access. At the end of five lessons, t
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Inspect Flood-Damaged Appliances - Disaster Recovery Series
Flood-damaged appliances are unsafe and must not be used until they have been inspected by a professional. Some damage might not appear for months. Get the details here.
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Interior Woodwork in Houses - Wood Use
Learn about wood’s hardness and workability, dimension stability, fastening properties, and finishing ease.
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Living on Acreages: What You Need to Know
Living outside the city limits is much different than living in town. What do you need to know to live closer to nature and in harmony with rural neighbors? If you’re thinking of moving to an acre
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Major Home Appliances - Home Series 4
Save energy by tuning up your existing appliances or buying energy-smart new ones. Get the details on refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, cooktops, ovens, and ranges.
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Minimizing Moisture Problems in New Houses
Find out about proper care in selecting and installing wood materials in houses. This can reduce decay hazards, minimize maintenance, and promote long useful service.
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Paint Problems on Exterior Wood - Wood Use
Learn about how to identify, prevent and alleviate problems with painted exterior wood. Includes pictures and detailed descriptions.
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Permanent Wood Foundation for Housing
The Permanent Wood Foundation (PWF) system provides energy savings, fast and easy installation, and cost savings. Learn about its basic components, design, construction, and advantages.
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Prevention, Detection, and Control of Bed Bugs in the Home - Iowa IPM Notes
Bug bugs are embarrassing and annoying. This fact sheet answers common questions related to preventing, detecting and controlling bed bugs in the home.
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Proper Drainage Around Your Home -- Assessing, Repairing and Rebuilding Basements
Tips for improving the drainage around your home.
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Remodeling Community or Church Kitchens
Explains the six steps to follow for a successful remodeling of a community or church kitchen. Includes photos, sample floor plans, and resources.
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Selecting a Termite Control Service
If you suspect your house is infested with termites or if other property in your neighborhood has termites, consult this publication for information on how to make a decision for a termite service con
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Selection and Use of Preservative-treated Wood
When wood cannot be kept dry and protected from deterioration, preservative treatment can ensure long-term durability. This publication covers the types of wood preservatives, treating methods, how
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Siding
Siding can do more for the exterior surface of your house than any other home improvement. This publication discusses all aspects of different forms of wood, metal, synthetic, and masonry siding.
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Storm Recovery Guide
This document was created by LSU AgCenter and has been adapted for use in Iowa by Iowa State University Extension, some sections that do not pertain to Iowa have been edited or deleted.
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The Welcoming Home
To make your home entrance more accessible and welcoming, consider essential features, remodeling options, and special needs.
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Update Your Home for a Lifetime of Living -- Retirement: Secure Your Dreams
Find out if your home is ready for your retirement: easy-visiting, easy-living, and easy on the budget.
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Water Heating - Home Series 3
Use less hot water to save money on utility bills. Increase your water heater's efficiency. Regular maintenance makes a difference. Evaluate water heater features when shopping.
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Weather Stripping and Caulking Doors and Windows
Learn about this money-saving do-it-yourself project from detailed instructions that include graphics, text, and a measuring chart.
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Whole-House Fans for Summer Cooling
A whole-house fan can help keep your house cool during much of spring, summer, and fall without using an air conditioner. Fans have advantages such as saving energy and money but also some disadvanta
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Wood-Base Exterior Sidings for Houses
Learn how to select the right type and pattern for your wood-base siding to promote long service life and minimize maintenance.
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