Recent Blog Posts

  • Window Moisture: What Your Windows Are Trying to Tell You

    November 1, 2016
    Window moisture is indicative of a larger problem. Over time, this moisture can lead to mold, mildew and eventually rotting of the trim and window framing. Just to be sure though, check for leaks around your window. Obviously, this would just occur during rainy weather.
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  • Tips for Contactors When Hiring Employees

    October 15, 2016
    If you’re a contractor, then like most business owners, whether large or small, you are often faced with having to hire employees. For small businesses, the need to hire employees is often a good sign, meaning that their business is growing.
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  • Tips for Building a Stair Case

    October 1, 2016
    Building a stair case can be an intimidating endeavor, regardless of skill level. Most of the time though, only a simple staircases is needed. No need for elaborate spirals and exotic materials -- just the basics. Any staircase, regardless of design, has certain things in common.
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  • What Every Contractor Should do Before Starting a Job

    September 15, 2016
    Okay, let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way. Before starting any job, make sure it is one that you have the knowledge, equipment, manpower and time, to finish safely for both you and the homeowner. Assuming all qualifications, licensing and insurance are in order, what’s left?
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  • Setting up your Contracting Business

    September 1, 2016
    Setting up your own contracting business is a perfect way to enjoy the freedom of self-employment and the pride of small business ownership. In fact, there never really is a bad time to do it.
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  • What Makes A Product Green?

    August 1, 2016
    Green products are the catalysts that drive our movement toward a cleaner earth, but what makes a product green? Since the term “green” is used so often today for so many different concepts, how do we quantify it?
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  • Shedding Some Light: Shed Building Tips

    July 15, 2016
    If you find yourself reminiscing about the days when you could actually park your car in the garage, it may be time to build a shed. An outdoor shed is an attractive and convenient way to store things that accumulate and clutter up your garage or basement.
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  • Energy Saving Tips for Summer

    July 1, 2016
    There’s a lot you can do this summer to save energy. The same insulation and weather-stripping that saved energy during the winter months will show you benefits during the summer as well. Even so, there are a few things you can still do during the hot weather that can help.
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  • Contractor Tips: Go Green with your Remodel

    June 15, 2016
    If you’re planning to tackle a remodeling project, keep in mind that it’s an excellent opportunity to make use of all of the green options available today. When doing so, make sure that you are adding green elements that are both practical and sustainable.
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  • Contractor Tips: Get the Remodel You Want for Less

    June 1, 2016
    Who doesn’t want to get the job done while reducing costs as much as possible? A valid question for either contractors or homeowners. Sadly, this is sometimes achieved by cutting corners, resulting in poor craftsmanship, unhappy customers, or for contractors, tarnished reputations.
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  • Green Building Advantages for Contractors

    May 15, 2016
    A recent McGraw-Hill study indicated that green homeowners are more satisfied and believe that green homes are higher quality, easier to maintain, more efficient, and offer health benefits. Studies report that home buyers are willing to pay for these benefits when purchasing their homes.
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  • Tip for Cutting Down a Tree Safely for the DIYer

    May 1, 2016
    There are some who may argue that cutting down a tree safely is not possible. Chainsaws can be quite dangerous, not to mention felling trees. Though intimidating, a chainsaw is still just a tool.
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  • Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

    April 15, 2016
    When doing home improvement projects there are a lot of euphemisms that come with the territory. One that I’m sure we’ve all heard is “measure twice, cut once”. Great advice.
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  • Removing Lead-based Paint

    April 1, 2016
    Lead-based paint refers to paint that contains lead as an additive. Lead is used in order to speed up drying process and increase durability. It’s also known for improving the paints moisture resistant properties, thus reducing corrosion or rot.
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  • Contractor Tips: Remodeling Surprises to Watch Out For

    March 15, 2016
    Life is full of surprises. For many of us, it’s why we get up every day. It’s a new chance to turn the page and have the unexpected come popping out. A lovely sentiment— one that looks much better on a greeting card than at a remodeling job.
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  • Contractor Tips: Top Home Remodeling Don'ts

    March 1, 2016
    There are a lot of challenges for today’s contractors. Keeping up-to-date with the latest tools and techniques, regulations and codes alone can keep them busy. The challenge of running a business has enough pitfalls on its own.
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  • How Do I Decorate My Home Interiors?

    February 1, 2016
    Yes, that is a very broad question. And, it’s one that we cannot answer in a blog post -- though there are some basic thoughts to ponder while deciding how to approach this task.
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  • Renovations that Blend Past and Present

    January 15, 2016
    If you plan on renovating an old home, you may be tempted to completely tear things out and go contemporary. In doing so, you will most likely lose a lot of that old world character. The truth is, in order to have an effective blend of past and present in your home, a practical approach is needed.
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  • Independent Contractor Taxes: What You Need to Know

    January 1, 2016
    There are a lot of benefits that go along with being self-employed. One of which are the tax advantages. These benefits won’t happen without a little effort, though. You must be diligent about keeping records, organizing all receipts and paying estimated taxes.
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  • Preparing For a New Year of DIY Projects

    December 15, 2015
    As most homeowners know, your “to do” list of projects never really gets completely crossed out. The bottom of the list just keeps getting longer. The rewarding part is, that the results of your work are around you every day. It’s what keeps you going.
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  • Build a Firewood Storage Box

    December 1, 2015
    If you have a wood stove or a fireplace in your home, then you more than likely have dealt with the issue of storing your firewood. While the bulk of your wood naturally would be kept outdoors, there needs to be a way of keeping a ready supply indoors near the stove or fireplace.
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  • Guide to Paint Finishes

    November 15, 2015
    Whether you own your home or rent, chances are you will eventually spend a little time with the paintbrush and roller. One of the first things you need to do before painting is make a decision: what kind of finish do I want? First off, exactly what is a finish?
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  • Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like A Professional

    November 1, 2015
    As most homeowners know, replacing kitchen cabinets can be a huge investment in time and money. Maybe your cabinets are a bit outdated and dingy. Perhaps they are just too dark and you wish to brighten up your kitchen.
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  • Contractor Tips to Improving Productivity in Their Employees

    October 15, 2015
    Improving the productivity of employees in the contractor business can mean a couple different things. From project planning to employee morale, productivity can be affected by many factors. These hold true for large construction companies as well as individually owned local contractors.
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  • Basement Finishing Tips

    October 1, 2015
    Generally, the forward thinking concept of building a home in which the owner may someday use the basement as a living space wasn’t widely practiced until the 1950s and 1960s.
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