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Choosing Natural Building Materials for Improved Indoor Air Quality

You might think building a green home automatically means you’re building one with good indoor air quality. That’s not necessarily the case. There’s no guarantee eco-friendly materials are also low in pollutants. And what you put in your home after construction can have an enormous impact on air quality. Here are three ways to ensure the air you’re breathing inside your home is as good as — or better than — the air you’re breathing outside.

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BUILDING OR RENOVATING A BARN FOR YOUR HORSE E-HANDBOOK

Building a horse barn is quite a project — and there is a vast and varied array of plans and books available to help you. But renovating a shelter to make it fit for just one or two horses, or building a sturdy three-sided shelter, can be quite simple, even if you have only basic carpentry skills.

This e-handbook shows you what you need to know to properly construct horse housing. Chapters included are:

  • The Fundamentals of Building for Horses
  • Tips and Techniques for Remodeling
  • Building a Simple Run-in Shelter
  • Designing the Layout for a Small Barn Renovation
  • Roofing Your Horse Barn
  • Building a Stall
  • Providing Food and Water in the Barn
  • Finishes to Preserve Your Horse Shelter


Horses are adaptable creatures, but they are also large, strong, active, and playful. Having a sturdy shelter for them can give you peace of mind.

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR BASEMENT DRY E-HANDBOOK

If dampness or even occasional flooding is preventing you from enjoying your basement, this e-handbook will help you identify the source and cause of the moisture and will describe specific remedial action you can take.

This resource guide takes you through problem-solving solutions to different leakage scenarios, materials and instructions needed to correct leakage problems and moisture capacity of various types of soil. Chapters include:

  • What Are Your Plans for the Basement?
  • Where Does the Water Come From?
  • How Does the Water Get Inside?
  • Severe Water Problems: When Does It Leak?
  • Poor Drainage: What Causes It?

Whether you use your basement as additional living, working or storage space, this handy resource will help you keep it dry. 26 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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