Pauline Hammerbeck

Pauline Hammerbeck

Stories by Pauline Hammerbeck

Emergency Smarts: Disaster Planning for Your Pets

Apr 16, 2014

We’re all advised to make emergency preparedness plans for our family, but what about our pets? Whether you care for dogs, birds or cats, their safety is equally at risk during an emergency. And, as with the members of your family, advance preparations can make all the difference in keeping your pets safe when disaster strikes. Here […]

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Post-Storm Checklist: Checking for Tornado Damage At Home

Apr 08, 2014

In recent years during tornado season, we’ve seen news reports of areas that have suffered devastating personal and material losses to tornadoes. In their most severe form, tornadoes can toss cars around like toys, uproot trees, damage homes and commercial buildings, and devastate entire communities. Once the wind has died down and you’ve accounted for everyone’s […]

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The Reverse Welcome Wagon: Fun Ways to Draw New Neighbors to Your Home

Apr 02, 2014

What a great feeling when you finally turn the key and open the door to your new home!  After you settle in, you may start to wonder about the new neighbors. They’re likely to be as curious about you as you are about them. And while the practice of established residents greeting new neighbors may have […]

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Can You Raise Backyard Chickens Without Changing Your Lifestyle?

Mar 26, 2014

There are a lot of ways homeowners are getting back in touch with nature. Some dig up high-maintenance lawns and install raised garden beds to produce their own food. Others save kitchen scraps and compost them in the back yard to reduce the amount of waste they produce. But there’s another growing “back to nature” trend: Enter […]

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How to Spot Hail Damage on Your Home

Mar 24, 2014

Depending on where you live, hail can be either a sporadic, mildly irritating event or a potentially devastating, destructive threat. According to the National Weather Service, hailstones fall to earth from 30,000 feet, reaching up to 120 mph before they hit people, animals, vegetation, vehicles and structures. These storms cause $1 billion in damages to […]

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Would You Reuse Household Waste Water? The Do’s and Don’ts of Greywater Systems

Mar 11, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water literally go down the drain each year from your household appliances. In fact, an average family of four uses 400 gallons every day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You may have already tackled ways to pare your water use—from basic tasks like fixing a leaky toilet or […]

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Daylight Saving Time: 6 Important Tasks Beyond Changing Your Clocks

Mar 04, 2014

It may not feel like it after the winter we’ve had, but spring is approaching, along with one of the annual rites of the season. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, daylight saving begins and clocks throughout the United States will be set forward by one hour (except in Hawaii, Arizona, and some overseas […]

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5 Predictions About the Atlanta Housing Market

Feb 27, 2014

With housing apparently on the uptick in Atlanta, local homebuyers are making different choices about where and how they live, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Here are five key housing trends recently identified by the news site: 1. The majority of new single-family homes will be built in the suburbs—but they’ll be different. Suburban living […]

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Tabletop Curling: How to Stage An At-Home Version of this Curious Sport

Feb 20, 2014

#FamilyGames is a series of fun winter challenges we created so the family can play inside when it’s too cold to play outside. Our first two challenges in the #FamilyGames series were the Cotton Ball Medley and The Ultimate Indoor Fort. Our latest installment? Tabletop Curling! Just because you don’t have a solid sheet of ice […]

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes – And Steps to Take When The Mercury Drops

Feb 17, 2014

Granted, Benjamin Franklin had fire safety in mind when, in 1736, he famously advised Philadelphians that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But his words could just as easily apply to keeping your home safe from freezing pipes. And for anyone living in an area where temperatures regularly dip below freezing […]

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