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Save money by keeping your garden tools in shape with these tips

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Jessica K. of Windsor asks: Do you have some suggestions on how to clean my new and used garden tools?

Keeping your gardening tools clean helps prevent rust, keeps the edges sharp and removes caked-on soil and sap. Good tools can be expensive, so to avoid the need for frequent replacement, keep them clean and in good working order.

All garden tools should be cleaned and wiped down after use to remove soil. If you won’t be using certain tools for awhile, give them a thorough cleaning and inspection before storing them. If pruners or saws are used to prune or remove a diseased plant, they should be cleaned and disinfected before using them on a healthy plant. A squirt of Lysol spray will work. Some gardeners say dipping the tool in bleach diluted with water and wiping it dry, before using it on the next plant, also works. But

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Rotherham man builds back garden ‘Furlough Inn’ with holiday money

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Karl Heath in his bar, The Furlough Inn

image captionInside is a soft seating area with bar, fridges, optics, dart board, TV and even lights and a disco ball

A man has spent his cancelled holiday money building a pub in his back garden while on furlough.

Karl Heath, 50, from Rotherham, said he “always wanted to build a pub” so built the Furlough Inn as “something to do”.

He said: “Our holiday this year got cancelled and I needed a project on furlough so I used the money to build a pub in the garden.”

Mr Heath, his wife, sons and friends take it in turns to go to the bar in small groups at weekends.

image caption…and outside is a pergola and decking with soft seating, hot tub and lights

The outside space has soft seating, lights and a hot tub

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How to borrow money for home improvement

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You can borrow money for a home improvement project through home equity loans, HELOCs, credit cards with 0% interest, and personal loans.

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  • A home improvement project may be a smart way to avoid a pricey move across town, but that doesn’t mean your project will be cheap. Due to the high price of remodeling, many people wind up borrowing the cash they need.
  • Home equity loans and personal loans come with fixed interest rates, fixed monthly payments, and fixed repayment terms, making them a good option for homeowners who hate surprises.
  • If you want to borrow money for home improvement and think you could repay it in less than 15 months, consider a 0% APR balance transfer
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Interior Painting Costs by Sq Ft & Tips to Save Money

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Nationally, the average cost to paint a room ranges from $300 to $900. Of course, this cost varies depending on the size of the room in square feet, materials used, the detail work needed and where you live.

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Interior Painting Costs:

National Minimum Cost $690
National Maximum Cost $1,200
National Average Cost $900
Average Range $300 – $900

>>> Update Your Home: Book an Interior Painter Near You Today

What’s in this Cost Guide?

Prep and Repair Costs

Before you begin a painting project, your professional painter will assess your walls, trim, and ceiling for necessary repairs. The more pre-work that’s done, the better the end result will be. Prep work includes wall patching, sanding to repair previous poorly-layered paint jobs, door trim and baseboard caulking, spackling and more.

If you can tell extensive prep work is needed prior to painting, ask the painter to charge

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