Unravelling the Great Concrete Debate

Is concrete eco-friendly? For years environmentalists have been wrangling over this question. Some say yes, some say no. Both sides have proofs to back up their point of view and both make convincing arguments, despite sitting on opposite sides of the fence. But despite all their differences, there’s one thing that these two opposing factions have in common. They both want to further the cause of promoting and using sustainable materials in our building industries. The History of … [Read more...]

7 Things To Keep in Mind When Purchasing Your First Garage Door Opener

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Patrick McTosh. ++++++++++ With all the different garage door opener models out there, getting one that fits can be hard. The quantity of information available can make the decision even harder. However, these are the 7 most deciding factors when choosing your first garage door opener. 1. What kind of garage door do you own? Garage doors are usually either tilt-up, roll-up or sectional. Not … [Read more...]

Things You Should Know Before Installing a Sprinkler System

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Rachael Jones from a wonderful blog, DIYMother who, as their tag line goes, is Not Afraid To Use Power Tools In A Dress! ++++++++++ Sandy or clay soil, bentgrass, buffalograss, red fescue, suffice it to say, there is a lot that we need to know about our lawns in order to maintain them properly. Knowing how to water your lawn to achieve the lawn color and health you’re looking for is rather … [Read more...]

Snow Shovel Review

Ergonomic Snow Shovel

Snow Shovel. Simple title, eh? ;) We have needed a new snow shovel for years.  The one which has been my mainstay for what seems like forever, with a black plastic blade, was so used that the blade had worn down to almost the size of a tooth pick; almost. A few days ago I was was having breakfast in the kitchen and the breakfast show on City TV, with Kevin and Dena, was playing so I could catch up on the morning's events. Well, during one segment, the weather Dude, Frank F., also … [Read more...]

Earth Friendly Products – Ice Melt

Ice Melt from Earth Friendly Products

We live in the part of North America which receives much snow and ice during the winter. Part of our home's driveway is mostly in shade during the day and therefore tends to accumulate ice, making walking on it difficult. We also have a pet dog, Sandy, who has been with us for a long time now, over 50 years (dog years :) ), who we talk out for walks in the front of the house. The last thing we want is to use road salt or similar product to melt the ice build-up on the shady part of our … [Read more...]

This Old Porch Renovation – Part 3 – Renovation Completed

Porch Renovation In Progress

Editor’s Note: We have asked, begged, pestered and finally received the story about the recent porch renovation from a friend of ours, Rebecca.  In Part 2, Rebecca had encountered carpenter ants and shoddy workmanship from a prior 40 year old renovation effort. Today, her adventures continue. If you would like to share your home renovation experience with us, please feel free to drop us a line. Sometimes, with an old house renovation job, you can get lucky. Sometimes you can repair and … [Read more...]

This Old Porch Renovation – Part 2 – Carpenter Ants and 100 Year Old Rafters

Air Space in Rafters

Editor’s Note: We have asked, begged, pestered and finally received the story about the recent porch renovation from a friend of ours, Rebecca.  In Part 1, Rebecca had encountered 3 ice dams and subsequent water leaks during the winter, causing sufficient motivation to attach the problem head on. Today, her adventures continue. If you would like to share your home renovation experience with us, please feel free to drop us a line. At the first sign of spring, we called Alvin. To be … [Read more...]

This Old Porch Renovation – Part 1 – Three Times is Enough

Porch Renovation After Picture

Editor's Note: We have asked, begged, pestered and finally received the story about the recent porch renovation from a friend of ours, Rebecca. What follows is the first part of her experience. If you would like to share your home renovation experience with us, please feel free to drop us a line. When you start to renovate an old house, you never know what you're going to find. One thing is certain as death and taxes, however: whatever you find in those old walls, it's going to be scary -- … [Read more...]

The Sliding Door, The Faucet, The Window and The Electrical Outlet

Garden Hose on Patio

Who designs houses? I mean, seriously; do people who design houses actually live in houses? Here's our dilemma. And, yes, we do have a made in the USA solution! :-) Our home has a walkout basement, with sliding glass doors to the interlocking brick patio in the back yard. On the other side of the sliding glass doors is a large window. And of course, one does need a faucet in the back yard to which the garden hose is attached. As well, one does need an electrical outlet on the … [Read more...]

Finishing The Fence – Part 2

Gate Closure Materials

In Part 1 we showed you how the installers left the gate on one side of our chain link fence. So, now the solution. Why not simply use the same solution  we used on our French Doors leading from our kitchen out to our deck? Yes, that's right a hook and eye latch. However, this one was different. We found one that had it's own safety device built right in such that the wind nor animal nor human being could remove the latch from the eye part unless they pulled back the safety … [Read more...]

Finishing The Fence – Part 1

Gate Without Anchoring Post

Last year as you know our home underwent extensive renovations, including late in the fall the installation of a chain link fence on either side of the backyard (there was already a chain link fence at the back of the property). We wanted this fencing to keep in Sandy, our family pet, in the back yard unleashed. Please say 'Hi' to Sandy. :-) Now, at the area where each side's chain link fence came up to the house we wanted a standard swing gate installed. Fair enough. However, the … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget To Feed Your Trees

Tree Fertilizaer Spike Package

Today we digress from our usually home renovation focus to remind you to feed the trees on the outside of your house. Trees are environmentally friendly. :-) They provide shade to help cool your house or protect your lawn. And, home renovation tasks can include home maintenance tasks both inside and outside the house, right? However, I am always amazed by the number of home owners who will spend lots and lots of  money to take care of their lawn yet forget about their trees. Trees need … [Read more...]

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