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Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review
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Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review
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Citizen's Guide to inform Americans how to use the Historic Preservation process to protect their heritage and the places that embody our country's rich and varied history.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Repairing Roofs and Ceilings: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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Repairing Roofs and Ceilings: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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This brochure provides handy homeowners with tips on how to properly repair roofs and ceilings in their homes that sustained damage during a hurricane.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Repairing Walls & Floors: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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Repairing Walls & Floors: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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Hurricane damage can result from wind-borne debris, flooding, fallen trees, sustained winds and strong gusts, driving rains, and other water intrusion. This brief will guide homeowners and contractors when repairing damaged exterior walls and floors.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Repairing Windows & Doors: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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Repairing Windows & Doors: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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This brochure contains tips for homeowners to repair windows and doors in their home that sustained hurricane damage.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Your House is a System: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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Your House is a System: How To's for the Handy Homeowner
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Tips for repairing your home after it sustains hurricane damage. This publication is a part of the How To's for the Handy Homeowner Series.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
 
Exterior Maintenance
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GreenScapes Seasonal Planner
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GreenScapes Seasonal Planner
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Incorporate greenscaping practices into your lawn and garden care.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment: Caring for Your Lawn in an Environmentally Healthy Way
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Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment: Caring for Your Lawn in an Environmentally Healthy Way
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Tips on lawn care, including soil preparation, watering, mowing, pesticides, and choosing a lawn care service.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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How to Prune Trees
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How to Prune Trees
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Illustrated guide shows what to do, what not to do, tools to use, and when to trim to produce healthy, strong trees. (Previous item number: 108Y)
Available: in print, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: $4.00
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How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees
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How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees
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Helps you identify and take corrective actions to fix cracks, decay, root problems, and other defects that may cause a tree to topple or limbs to fall. (Previous item number: 109Y)
Available: in print, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: $1.75
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Managing the Japanese Beetle: A Homeowner's Handbook
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Managing the Japanese Beetle: A Homeowner's Handbook
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Discusses how to detect and control Japanese beetles, and choose plants that resist Japanese beetle feeding. (Previous item number: 126F)
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
 
Home Improvement
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Fixing Up Your Home and How to Finance It
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Fixing Up Your Home and How to Finance It
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Information about hiring a contractor, doing the work yourself, and the HUD Title 1 home improvement loan program. (Previous item number: 342G)
Available: online
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Hiring a Contractor
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Hiring a Contractor
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Finding a competent and reliable contractor for your home improvement project is crucial. Here are factors to consider.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Home Modifications
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Home Modifications
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Learn what home modifications are as well what modifications are right for you.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Homeowner's Glossary of Building Terms
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Homeowner's Glossary of Building Terms
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Taking on a home improvement project can open a whole new world of terms you may not know. Here's a quick reference to help you keep up with the language of the trade. (Previous item number: 128H)
Available: online
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Insulation
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Insulation
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Learn about the different types of insulation and how best to insulate your home.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide
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Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide
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This guide provides step-by-step technical information for evaluating a residential building's site, exterior, interior, and structural, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
Available: as pdf, e-reader
Language: English
Cost: Free
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The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right
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The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right
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Lead-based paint, used in millions of homes and buildings built before 1978, can cause brain and nervous system damage to children under 6 if the paint is disturbed. This booklet provides steps renovators must, by law, follow when painting, repairing or renovating. (Previous item number: 115Y)
Available: in print, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: $3.00
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