Home Improvement Loans for Low Income Households

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Home Improvement Loans for Low Income Households

A team from COINS Foundation visited Uganda in July to pilot a filming project set to continue over the next 5-10 years. Supported and hosted by our delivery partner, Habitat for Humanity Uganda (HFHU), we met five families living in rural areas. Each of these families had taken out financial loans to improve their homes. Unlike in the UK and most of the developed world, the norm in Uganda is to build homes incrementally, stage by stage, slowly building up a lifetime asset. COINS Foundation is capturing the impact of Home Improvement Loans over time.

Posted by COINS Foundation on 2012-08-14 16:06:31

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Nursing Home Activities Ideas For March

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March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, the leprechaun, shamrocks, green beer and all things Irish. If you are an activity director in a nursing home and are planning activities around the Irish theme for this month, here are some activity suggestions to keep in mind.

Trivia games can be on all things green or on Ireland. A party theme could be the same and there are many crafts to be made in the spirit of the Irish too! Ireland is well known for its fabled leprechaun, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, shamrocks, and beer. Though it is probably advisable not to serve your residents beer, you can serve many green coloured drinks and use food coloring to change the looks of many food dishes. Dressing in the spirit of the Irish is also very easy for you and the residents, just wear green!

Palm Sunday and Passover sometimes fall in this month. If you choose to celebrate these dates or acknowledge them for your religious residents, it is also possible to find resources for religious crafts, and trivia online. Christmas and Easter are usually the times to break out the gospel songs that everyone … Read More

Why Do We Need Waterproofing?

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Every time a builder constructs a building, his main aim is to make sure that the construction is done using durable materials and lasts for the longest time possible. Every home owner dreams and wants his home to be the best in the neighborhood. So, what do you do when you realize that there is a small leak in the ceiling and water is dripping into your living room?

The first thing that crosses your mind is to contact the nearest waterproofing service and get a complete servicing done. Do you realize that other than the ceiling there might be many more areas in the house that needs special attention with respect to waterproofing? Let us consider all the different areas in our homes that are most vulnerable to cracks and water leaks.

Floor areas like the bathroom or shower areas, corners of kitchens and outgoing drainage sources are among the most likely places for cracks. Small leaks that occur along the wall lining expand later on and cover the entire length of the wall. Cracks occurring in these parts of the house usually cause water damage to surrounding areas too.

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A Tale Of Home Improvement

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A Tale Of Home Improvement

Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…

Posted by Flitshans on 2013-05-04 19:35:39

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Drywall Repair Questions Answered by a Professional

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Before choosing a drywall contractor here are a few answers to questions I commonly get asked in the drywall industry.

Question: I have water damage to my drywall, is it still good? Does it have to be replaced?

Answer: Water can come from many different sources in your home. Roof leaks, air handlers, dishwashers you name it. Drywall is a surprisingly resilient product when it comes to water and can withstand a great deal of water before total product failure occurs. Once it is dried out damage is usually only cosmetic. Typically a dark stain or hairline crack appears along a joint line where the drywall compound has been dissolved by the water and the tape has let loose. Not to fear, a drywall professional can usually repair the damage in a few hours with little to no mess. Even if the area has gotten wet for months, water will always find the path of least resistance and come out all in one spot. In this case all that is required is cutting out the affected area, usually only a 3′ – 4′ area and patching it in. In either situation cost is typically under $300.

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