Recent Blog Posts

  • Learn about the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home

    August 1, 2014
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently held a webinar on marketing and sales solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes (formally the DOE Challenge Home). The presentation was intended to help builders communicate how they’re Zero Energy Ready Homes live better, work better and last better.
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  • Gutter Installation Tips

    July 15, 2014
    Gutters play an important role in keeping your home safe from water damage. Without them, your foundation can be weakened over time; water can seep into your basement, or at the very least, splash onto your siding or damage landscaping and foliage below.
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  • DIY Tips for Installing a French Drain

    July 1, 2014
    A French drain is typically used to alleviate drainage issues in your yard, lawn or garden. These problems often occur in situations where land is at or near the bottom of a slope.
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  • Window Boxes Can Dress up Your House

    June 1, 2014
    When it comes to curb appeal, window boxes provide a lot of bang for the buck. With basic tools, materials and just a few hours of effort, you can make a huge positive impact on the look of your home’s exterior. Though making one is relatively easy, they can also be purchased.
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  • Why You Should Fence In Your Fortress

    May 15, 2014
    There are many advantages to installing fencing around your home. Whether it be wrought iron or white picket, a well chosen fence can add to the aesthetic and monetary value of your home, provide privacy, and serve as a safety precaution.
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  • Operating An Electric Concrete Mixer

    May 1, 2014
    If you have a small concrete job that needs to get done, such as repairing a portion of your private sidewalk, renting an electric mixer can be a good way to go.
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  • Contractor Hiring Tips for Homeowners

    April 15, 2014
    The idea behind a home improvement is to make your home a better place to live in. Nearly just as important is the improvement made to your home’s value. Such a large financial asset deserves special consideration when deciding on a contractor to perform the work on your home.
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  • Tips for Building your own Backyard Fire Pit

    April 1, 2014
    Sitting around the fire. It’s a tradition that goes back further than recorded history and is one that has endured for many reasons. The simplest of which is that it’s just plain relaxing.
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  • Tips on How to Fix a Squeaky Floor

    March 15, 2014
    As most homeowners know, squeaky floors come with the territory. Usually the older the house, the more squeaks you have to contend with. While they may come in handy for detecting intruders or midnight-snackers, they are mostly just annoying.
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  • Getting your Deck Ready for Spring

    March 1, 2014
    As soon as the snow melts and the ground is somewhat thawed, it is the perfect time to start getting your deck ready for spring. This way, you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your deck later on in the warm summer sun. Winter is often hard on decks; especially those made of all wood.
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  • Roofing Tip: Preventing Ice Dams

    February 15, 2014
    The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends using a self-adhering polymer-modified bitumen sheet underlayment in areas where ice-dam protection is required.
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  • Environmental Benefits Of Building With Wood

    February 1, 2014
    Don’t let anybody tell you wood is not a “green” building product. Wood circulates energy savings throughout its life. To start, wood-frame construction is easy to insulate to high standards when compared to alternative framing materials.
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  • Chimney Cleaning for the DIYer

    January 15, 2014
    Chimney Sweeps are just as important now as they were back in their heyday. The old-fashioned, tried and true method of cleaning out your chimney hasn’t changed much since that time.
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  • Tips for Organizing your Attic and Keeping it in Tip Top Shape

    January 1, 2014
    If you are like most people, this is time of year when you head on up to the attic to retrieve your holiday decorations.
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  • How to Make your Bathroom More Energy Efficient

    December 15, 2013
    When it comes to energy use in your home, only the kitchen rivals the bathroom. If your home has more than one bathroom, the energy use can increase even more. Large amounts of heat, water and lighting are used in the bathroom every day, by every member of the household.
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  • Maintaining your Hot Water Heater

    December 1, 2013
    Few household appliances are depended on more and thought about less than the hot water heater. For many homeowners, installing or replacing the hot water heater is the only time this essential appliance enters their minds.
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  • Is it Time to Add More Attic Insulation?

    November 15, 2013
    So, you’ve got your new windows and doors. All of your weather-stripping is in place and your house is sealed against the elements. You may think you’re all set for the approaching cold weather.
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  • How to Repair Damaged Molding

    November 1, 2013
    The functional purpose of moldings, such as baseboard, chair rail and door casings is to protect the more delicate wall materials (most commonly plaster and sheetrock) from damage. The problem is, when molding does its job, it begins to look a little shabby.
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  • Benefits of Metal Roofing

    October 15, 2013
    The metal roof is nothing new. We’ve all seen picturesque images of old barns and farmhouses with an aesthetically weathered, corrugated metal roof.
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  • End of Season Checklist for your Deck or Patio

    October 1, 2013
    It’s been a great summer and you’ve been enjoying your patio or deck as much as humanly possible, right? Well, remember early this spring when you opened up your deck and all of the work you put into it?
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  • Repainting Your Home: Tips for the DIYer

    September 15, 2013
    If your home’s paint is beginning to peel and crack, it may be getting difficult to avoid the age old question: Should I hire a painter or do it myself? That answer depends on a few things. First, do you know how?
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  • Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Your Pet

    September 1, 2013
    Regular exercise is one of the main pre-requisites for health, longevity, and happiness for humans and house pets alike. There are boundless opportunities to enjoy quality time with your furry friend in the great outdoors while maximizing the accompanied health benefits.
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  • Your Deck: Do-over or Makeover?

    August 15, 2013
    If your old deck is looking worn and shabby, you might be thinking it’s time to demolish it and start over with a newly designed deck. While that’s a perfectly reasonable approach, there are others ones that may better suit your need --and your budget.
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  • How to Repair Your Wood Siding

    August 1, 2013
    Wood siding, for all of its classic elegance and historical significance, can require a lot of upkeep. Beyond the usual scraping and painting, there will be times when it needs a little more than just a fresh coat to hide its blemishes.
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  • Tips For Staining Your Wood Deck

    July 15, 2013
    Staining your deck is a fairly simple task and it can keep your deck looking vibrant year after year. If your deck needs to be stained, here’s how to do it: Clean it Take your grill, furniture, etc. off of your deck and get out your pressure washer.
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