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Planning to Sell?

When the time comes to sell your home, one important line of thinking will be which home improvement and repair projects will give you the best return on your investment.  Some projects can greatly increase the resale value of your home. But here is a short guide to projects that will give you the best […]

Posted November 6, 2018 by chris in Planning

Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Bathroom Exhaust Fans Most people enjoy taking long hot showers.  But let me ask you a question.  Has your bathroom ever looked like it was going to rain after you did? While that steamy environment might help to keep you warm in the cold winter, it is going to wreak havoc with your walls. If you […]

Posted November 5, 2018 by chris in General

Porter Cable Oscillating MultiTool

Porter Cable Oscillating MultiTool Model: PCE605 Manufacturer: Porter Cable Amperage: 3 Cost: $80   Oh my, it was a sad day. If you read a previous tool review I did (January 31, 2013) on the Black & Decker Oscillating MultiTool (OMT) you would notice how much I loved that tool. I believe I bought it […]

Posted November 4, 2018 by chris in Tool Reviews

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Skil SPT77W Circular Saw

Skil SPT77W Circular Saw Skil SPT77W Circular Saw – 7.25″ Manufacturer: Skil Model: SPT77W Amperage: 15 RPM: 5300 Cost: $256 Since my last review of my circular saw (June 12, 2014), I have purchased the Skil SPT77W Worm drive circular saw.  However keep in mind my review of the DeWalt tool is still valid.  I […]

Posted November 3, 2018 by chris in Tool Reviews

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License is a common word in the building industry. People often use the word licensed without really understanding what it means. For those of us who work in the building industry we are constantly asked, “Are you a licensed contractor?” or “Are you a licensed inspector?” Let’s break down the word licensed for what it […]

Posted November 2, 2018 by chris in General

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2011-2012 Remodelling/Repairs Cost-Values

Remodelling Magazine has published its Cost-Value numbers for Home Improvements and Repairs for 2011-2012.  I have put the projects in order as to the cost re-coup values for you. These improvements or repairs are for “Mid-ranged” pricing indexes. #1 Entry Door Replacement (Steel)  68.7% #2 Minor Kitchen Remodel 65.7% #3 Garage Door Replacement 65.2% #4 […]

Posted December 12, 2012 by chris in Planning

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What Is A Good Price?

What Is A Good Price?   Price is the cost at which a project material is obtained. It is not, however, the dollar amount which you pay at the checkout. That is only one part of the cost of a material. Other hidden costs include potential replacement from inferior materials damage to your home from […]

Posted January 18, 2012 by chris in Planning

Water Shut-Off Valves

Water Shut-Off Valves   Here is a little-known tip that can save you money. You know that little valve under your sink that turns water off to the fixture? You need to use it. In other words, simply turn it off and then turn it back on at least once a month. You see, if […]

Posted December 11, 2011 by chris in Plumbing

Outdoor Water Pumps

Outdoor Water Pumps   The weather has definitely changed and it is time to get that outdoor water pump ready for winter. If you have a well and water pump and intend to use them throughout the winter, you will need to make sure the pump does not freeze.  They can be expensive to replace.  One […]

Posted December 11, 2011 by chris in Winterize

Check That Roof

Check That Roof   Roofing is one of the most important and most expensive projects on a home–and it’s often the one homeowners like the least. Regardless, it is vital to the protection of your family from the elements.  Fall is a great time to have it inspected.  Freeze and thaw plays havoc on asphalt shingles much […]

Posted November 25, 2011 by chris in Winterize

Insulate Those Pipes

Insulate Those Pipes   Got a crawlspace?  It’s a sure bet that if you have water pipes in it they will freeze if not properly insulated. You can choose from a couple of types of pipe insulation.  One is much like the insulation in your walls and attic.  It is small rolled strips of fiberglass that […]

Posted November 22, 2011 by chris in Winterize

Speaking of Insulation

Speaking of Insulation   What about your walls and attics?  Are they insulated?  In attics you want no less than twelve inches (12″) of insulation.  Heat rises and easily escapes through the roof. There is an old adage which says snow on the roof is good.  What that means is if your roof is able […]

Posted November 22, 2011 by chris in Winterize

Weatherstripping Windows and Doors

Weatherstripping Windows and Doors   Have you ever held candle near an outside door in the winter?  I have, and I’ve seen it flicker from the gale force winds coming through the gaps.  The furnace was working overtime and it was still cold in the house. It is a scientific fact that the wind blows longer and harder in […]

Posted November 22, 2011 by chris in Winterize

Clean Your Gutters

Clean Your Gutters   When the leaves are coming, down they always seem to find your gutters and downspouts.  It’s time to clean them out! Plugged gutters cause more roof leaks in the winter than in any other season.  This is because a plugged gutter causes the formation of an ice dam. This is how […]

Posted November 22, 2011 by chris in Winterize

Prepare Your Heating System

Prepare Your Heating System   One of the most important tasks to perform in your home for winter is preparing your heating system. Furnace Check Before cold weather arrives, get your furnace checked by a qualified heating and cooling technician.  They will make sure your unit is running in a clean and efficient manner.  They will also […]

Posted November 22, 2011 by chris in Winterize