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Energy Savers
This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, has information on insulation and weatherization, landscaping, appliances, and lots of other ways to save energy.

HowToCleanAnything.Com
Information on household cleaning methods, arranged by house exterior, interior, pets, auto, recreation, and stains. Six experts in carpet, janitorial, pets, chemicals, clothing, and computer cleaning, Takes e-mail questions from the general public.


Washington State Building Code Council
Find the state building codes for Washington, legislative language, and related links and acronyms defined. Links to the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Fire Code, and the Washington State Energy Code.

American Society of Home Inspectors
Information on problems such as aluminum wiring, septic systems, and lead in drinking water. In addition the ASHI Library provides articles and links to topics such as chimneys and flues, electrical, foundations, heating, plumbing and all the other fun things involved with being a home owner. You can also search for local home inspectors certified by ASHI.

America's Master Handyman's Help Site
Provides "how to hints" for home repair, manufacturer contact information, seasonal hints, archived articles, "Ask a Question" section, and most requested phone numbers for home repair.

Construction WebLinks
A searchable collections of links for the construction industry and related fields, including architecture and engineering. Included in Organizations are federal and state agencies, commonwealths, and territories and their laws and regulations; bidding and contract decisions, regulatory updates, and other legal documents of interest to the building industry; business and trade organizations; and colleges, universities, and libraries. Industry Topics contains licensing, financing, building codes, insurance and bonds, specifications, statistics, and more.

Green Building Advisor
Extensive site on all manner of green building topics. Articles, resources, blogs and active forums make this a great place to research details and all kinds of building considerations.

ImproveNet
This site offers many useful tools and calculators for home remodelers. There are estimators for specific jobs such as roofing or kitchen remodels or total house redesign; there are house plans and room "visualizers" and project calculators for tile, wallpaper, painting, etc. Most are free; some require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other free software. Registration (also free) allows the user to participate in newsletters and expert advice forums. It is also convenient, for comparison purposes, to have in one place the major suppliers of a particular appliance or product.

Sweet's Online: Building Product Information
A searchable collection of information on building materials based on manufacturer's catalogs, arranged in 16 building trades divisions. The Business Directory of construction may be searched by state and city, name of company, and business type. There are links to trade organizations and relevant federal agencies. From the publisher of the print Sweet's Catalog Files (since 1906).

The Plumber.com
This site includes a basic handbook; FAQ with information on water heaters, toilets, drains, faucets, garbage disposals, dishwashers, and water distribution; discussion forum; news items; and a history of plumbing.

US Green Building Council
Information on green building, including LEED guidelines, news, building certification, education and workshops.


Do It Yourself.Com
Information sources and service providers for do-it-yourselfers.

Hometime.com
Check out "Project List" for linked categories or repair, remodel and construction.

Instructables.com
Community for sharing tutorials on how to do various things, from ipod and bicycle modification to raised-bed planting. Has sections for art, crafts, food, games, green, home, life, kids, offbeat, pets, photography, ride and tech.

PM Zone
"Popular Mechanics" is a publication and web site designed for the serious amateur.

RepairClinic.com
Appliance parts and free repair help.


Flood Maps from FEMA
View FEMA-issued flood insurance rate maps (FIRM) online. Print out small sections, or purchase printed full-sized maps.

Floodsmart -- National Flood Insurance Program website
Find out how to get covered, file your claim, and learn all about the National Flood Insurance Program.

Landlord-Tenant Law for Washington - the Attorney General’s Office
Includes info for renters and mobile home renters. Includes pdfs of a booklet and checklist in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Making Home Affordable
Information, self-assessment tools and calculators for homeowners to determine their eligibility for federal mortgage modification or refinance programs. Connect with free counseling resources, locate local homeowner events, read the key document checklist and FAQ.

Tenants Union
Information for tenants about their rights in Washington state. Includes sample form letters and a hotline number (with limited hours).


Parcel Search -- Grays Harbor County Online Parcel Database
Search for land owner and tax information by parcel number, address or keyword.

Parcel Search -- Lewis County PATS -- Parcel Assessment and Tax System
Search for land owner and tax information by parcel number or site address.

Parcel Search -- Mason County Parcel Data Online
Search for land owner and tax information by parcel number, last name or site address.

Parcel Search -- Pacific County TaxSifter Parcel Search
Search for land owner and tax information by parcel number, owner name or site address.

Parcel Search -- Thurston County Geodata
Search for land owner and tax information by parcel number or site address. Find GIS, soil, wetland and park information, as well as county ordinances.

Soil Survey -- USDA
At Web Soil Survey, access soil data for your area and determine the suitability of the soils for a particular use, and view or print a soil map for your area. Maintained as "the single authoritative source of soil survey information."


Buying a Home
HUD's Web site for homebuyers includes common questions from first-time homebuyers; rights of a homebuyer; calculating how much mortgage you can afford; dealing with a real estate agent; various homebuying programs, including HUD's special programs; and information on inspections, appraisals, and homeowner's insurance.

Craigslist housing listings
Free online classified listing site. Find or post rentals, rooms, sublets, commercial space, real estate for sale and more. Search listings by town name, price, keywords.

Realtor.com
Enormous database of homes for sale, from the National Association of Realtors. Search for listings with a mapping feature. Includes a directory of realtors, mortgage information, real estate Q&A, and information on common real estate terms and topics including buying and selling a home. There is a mapping feature if the address of the house is available. In English and Spanish.


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Home Improvement Reference Center
How-to instructions in the areas of outdoor projects, electrical projects, remodeling projects, plumbing projects, wood projects, decorating projects and maintenance. Videos, books, and magazines articles.


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