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    Are you ready, it’s DIY time in July

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Ahh, it’s the time of year where everyone thinks of ice cream, Fourth of July parties, backyard barbecues, lounging by the pool, staying out until midnight and sleeping in until noon, and getting your house and yard in order. To be honest, it’s this last part that’s not always the most fun in the world but has to be done if we want our home and property to look good.

    So, what do we normally do when we are trying to get our house in good working order? Well, for a lot of us, we tend to call on the professionals to come out and take care of any home issues that we may have. For some people, there may be more of a tendency to just let it go until the issue has to absolutely be dealt with.

    However, for the rest of the population there are other options. One of the latest crazes to hit in the last few years is the DIY or Do-It-Yourself trend. Basically this is where those of us who are novices try our hand at trying to fix things ourselves. Okay, some of the DIY’ers are actually pros but I typically tend to think of this in terms of regular people, like me, who don’t normally decide to tackle home repair projects.

    Anyway, the point is that if you are one of converts who would like to start tacking on more home projects yourself then have I got a deal for you. At the Daviess County Public Library we have a plethora of databases that can be used by the public with their library card.

    The particular database I am referring to for DIY projects is entitled: Home Improvement Reference Center. You can access this database by going to our website at: On the site, then click on one of the big blue tabs in the center of the page that says: Online Resources. Now that you are on the online resources page you will be asked to type in your 14-digit library barcode number and then you can click on the database you would like to access.

    In this particular case, you will click on Home Improvement Reference Center. Once you are on that page, then there are a variety of boxes that you can click on and browse by category. The categories included are as follows: A-Z topics, decorating, electrical, maintenance, outdoor, plumbing, remodeling, and woodworking. There is also an area under the Toolbox that has links to other parts of the site on how-to videos, conversion charts, glossary of terms, homeowner’s journal and working with contractors.

    All of these items are available to help you with a home improvement project that you may have had trouble with in the past. The site is quite useful and has lots of additional links under the major headings that were mentioned above.

    So, if you are trying your hand at remodeling or DIY projects then give this database a check. You just might find exactly what you are looking for with instructions to help you along the way. If you have any questions about this database or any other that we subscribe to, please feel free to call us at the Information Services desk at the Daviess County Public Library at 270-684-0211 Ext. 4.

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