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Space It Up!

Space It Up! highlights a different topic each month related to home improvement for both owners and/or renters in relation to mountain living. This can include home improvement projects, lawn/garden care, storage, home aesthetics, etc.

The ‘Other’ Recyclables

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Everyone knows you can recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, and cardboard. But did you know that you can also recycle bottle caps, foil snack wrappers, markers, coffee bags, crayons, razors and more?

Silent But Deadly

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While the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning exists year-round, it is especially high during the winter months when people make more use of space heaters and portable generators.

On the Surface

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Did you know that your smartphone is likely to be 10 times dirtier that your toilet? The most obvious dirty surfaces can be the most overlooked when it comes to cleaning.

Safe Space

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Cold winter temperatures might have you seeking a little extra warmth. If you’re going to use a portable space heater, be sure to keep safety in mind.

Snow Problem

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When the flakes start flying, hardworking road crews are out 24/7 trying to keep some semblance of normal, but sometimes the sheer volume of snow that falls in a short span makes it difficult to keep up.

Therapeutic Growth

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While positive energy from humans has been said to improve plant health, this Space It Up author argues the growth is reciprocal.

Unauthorized Entry

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As days grow shorter and colder, mice will start to look for winter accommodations. Now is the time to make your abode uninviting to these unwanted — and unhealthy — guests.

Winter is Coming

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Take advantage of late summer and early fall days to get your house in check for winter. Now is the time to schedule things like chimney sweeping, driveway sealing, and snow removal services.

Doing it the Hard Way

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Defensible space is a common way for folks to protect their residences from wildfire, but there are other ways to harden the home and make it more resistant to fire risk.

It’s GO Time!

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Experts say that it’s not a matter of if a wildfire will hit the Tahoe/Truckee region but when. Will you be ready to roll should evacuation orders come down?