DIY Tips

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By Eva Medcroft, Editor for NewMexicoHomeSearch.com

If you're like me, you spend a "little time" looking at home design ideas on HGTV, DIY, Pinterest, Houzz and more. And, you may have noticed that all the latest designs nationwide seldom use textured walls.

Before we show you how to repair your textured walls, we need to introduce you to the most common textures so you can sound like a pro when you go to your favorite home improvement store for supplies – or when you hire a pro if DIY textured walls are not your thing.

To learn more about how you can replicate this technique, click on the image to go to DryWallSchool.com for in-depth DIY tutorials and videos.

1. Knock-Down

One of the most common textures is called knock-down. It may

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 Adobe girl from New Mexico True

You’ve heard the expression, ‘dumb as mud?’ Well, that’s not really how we think about our mud here in New Mexico.

Adobe is a defining feature of New Mexico’s unique architecture, and something visitors from around the world are drawn to discover and explore. Along with New Mexico's endless skies and stunning landscapes, adobe gives our state a look and feel that can’t be found anywhere else.

Find “Cured Earth” and the New Mexico True Adobe Trail at NewMexico.org.

Pick a trail and see where it leads – to classically New Mexican adobes or Victorian neighborhoods on the Architecture Trail; to green chile cheeseburgers and family-owned wineries on the True Cuisine Trail, to famous artists, Native craft and top museums on the Art, Culture

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 Southwestern plants

Source: ABCWUA

The rebate amount has increased to $1.50 per square foot. Plant coverage must still be 50%, but all of the plants must be from the low water use designation on the Rainwater Harvest Plant List below. These plants are native or xeric adapted to live on the 8 inches of natural rainfall that occurs in Albuquerque. A rainwater collection or direction system must also be a part of the plan, which must be approved by the Water Utility's Xeriscape Inspector. In order to allow for root establishment and development, supplemental irrigation is allowed for a two-year period for shrubs and grasses, and a three-year period for trees.

Plants Approved for the “Rainwater Harvest Garden” Rebate Program

All plants need regular watering when

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Habitat for Humanity and ReStore of Greater Albuquerque

As part of our mission to create adequate housing, develop functioning cities and preserving a healthful environment in Bernalillo, Valencia, Sandoval and Torrence Counties, the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® has joined forces with the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity.

Our work with property owners, sellers and buyers in the region makes the partnership a perfect fit.

Not only can our Realtors help with Habitat for Humanity builds, they can also help fundraise by raising awareness with their associates and clients to donate to ReStore – a special thrift store where the public can both donate or shop to help.

Habitat for Humanity and ReStore are also our website content partnership, helping us with many of the DIY projects that

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Plumber fixing toilet

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Source: Houselogic

Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance from a leaky toilet to a sticky window.

1. Fix a leaky toilet.


Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper -- the usual suspect -- and solve other likely problems.

2. Repair drywall holes.

The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.

3. Adjust cabinet doors.

Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.

4. Open a stuck window.

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