Reno Projects

We write about our many home renovation and energy conservation efforts as well as new products or services we try.

In many cases our efforts results in five or more articles which constitute a project, with one article leading to the next.

Find the project(s) of interest below and select the link to its first article.

We continually add more projects as we work on them in our home.

Energy Conservation:

And, remember to amble over to, with hundreds of money saving ideas through energy and water conservation are available, and more such as a free 100+ Easy Ways To Save Electricity At Home eBook simply for signing up to the SavingsGrid newsletter.

various caulking products.thumbnail Reno Projects Air Leak Sealing - The Series

sanidry installed.thumbnail Reno Projects Dehumidifier- Energy Saving

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ez snap hardware.thumbnail Reno Projects Exterior Solar BlindsThe Series

halogen vs cfl energy saving bulbs Reno Projects Home Energy Savings - In a Recession

LED vs CFL Light Bulbs1 150x150 Reno Projects LED Light BulbsA19 & PAR20 LED Review

dreamscreen retractable screens installed.thumbnail Reno Projects Retractable ScreensThe Series

rear solaris grass catcher.thumbnail Reno Projects Solar Charged Mower (2009)The Series

lawn partial cut 1.thumbnail Reno Projects Solar Charged Mower (2008)The Series

cansolair solar max 240 installed icon Reno Projects Solar Air HeatingThe Series

our power solar site potential.thumbnail Reno Projects Solar MicroFIT Assessment - The Series

rollover ra01.thumbnail Reno ProjectsTankless Water HeaterStrange New World

Home Renovation:

piping above stained ceiling tile.thumbnail Reno Projects Basement Ceiling Water LeakThe Series

five rows of floor tile.thumbnail Reno Projects Bathroom SnapStone TilesThe Series

gutters thumb 2 Reno Projects Eves Trough Replacement - The Series



garden planning form1.thumbnail Reno Projects Garden Makeover – The Project

 Reno Projects Floor Tile RenovationThe Series

 Reno Projects Foundation Wall Crack Repair -The Series

kitchen lighting Reno Projects Kitchen MakeoverThe Series

front door from outside.thumbnail Reno Projects Replacement Front DoorThe Series

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And here are some renovation project materials for you to consider:

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  1. Tom McCaughey says:

    Where can I find out information on retro soundproofing between the main floor and basement of a 2 apt bungalow. I know that full soundproofing is out of the question but minor alterations may be possible.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Tom,

    That is something that my wife wants me to do ourselves. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet (and won’t for a while… funds).

    However, there are specific types of insullation that some in the same type of package as pink fibreglass bats which you can get at any building supply company and install between the trusses / joints of the bottom of the basement ceiling. These are not fibregalss materials.

    You would then need to cover them up as well.


  3. John Judge says:

    After posting on your Notre Dame page, I took a general look around your site – congratulations on a very meaningful coverage of ideas of interest.
    One area which I did not see covered (although it was impossible to all the ideas that you addressed) was remodeling for senior citizen assisted living. We have done a bit of that in the last year, not that we need assisted living right now, but we know that we will since the years are passing by so rapidly.
    Best wishes

  4. Dan says:

    Hi John,

    First, thank you.

    Second, you raise a good and an aspect of home renovation that will only but continue to increase in general need due to the baby boomer bulge.

    We have some articles on how we have tried to make our home more universally accessible as we have a special needs / physically challenged family member.

    If you look within the Accessiblity category ( we have so far 11 articles on home renovations we have done related to improving accessibility in the home.

    They wireless wall switches, for example, allow the light switch to be placed any hieght or placement on the wall as it does not need any wires.

    The article on toilet heights would be another one applicable for senior citizen remodeling. Those extra 2 inches in height can signficantly help a physically challenged person.

    We do have strategically placed hand rails by the toilet and bath tub in the bathroom used by our special needs family member, but no article yet.

    Thank you for the idea and in March onwards I’ll do my best to include a few more articles in that regard.


  5. Dan says:

    Hi, Again, John,

    PS. Regarding assisted living, many of the home energy conservation suggestions within our Energy Conservation page ( would be within the sphere of assisted living home adjustments.

    Cost wise, 100+ cost absolutely nothing to do and a further 75+ cost next to nothing. Retirees needs to watch their spending as much or more than the employed part of the population.

    As well, most of the suggestions we received on that list are very simple to do. Again, as we age our bodies are not as ‘nimble’ as they used to be in our younger years. However the vast majority of the home energy conservation tips on that list are very, very easy to do.

    I hope this helps.


  6. jackson says:

    thank you so much for you hard work on energy saving.

  7. Aimee says:

    I love your front door replacement project tips. I also really like that particular front door you featured. Would you mind telling where you found that door?

  8. Dan says:

    Hi Aimee,

    You know what? I can’t? Why? it’s because since we had sooo many gosh darn issues with the 1st replacement front door the retailer and manufacturer gave us an upgraded front door which was slightly different from the first. So, I can’t tell you where you would find it.


  9. Ray Foulkes says:

    Hi Tom, we do cellar conversions over here in the UK and we use a material called Astrosafe, it is available in the US too so you shouldn’t have any problem finding it, it is easy to use, lightweight and a good thermal and sound insulator. it does not cause any irritatioon like fiberglass does. We use it on alll of our basement and cellar conversion projects.

  10. Russ says:

    Great website! I arrived because I was searching for ideas on energy conservation, but ended up browsing for well over an hour. Really good range of subjects covered. I’m impressed! :)

  11. Laverne says:

    I have several air condition, heating
    vents in the walls of my home. The vents are located in the walls between the studs. One vent is located in the wall near the top of the ceiling and the other vent directly below the other,(between the same studs) at the bottom of the wall near the floor. What is the purpose of these two vents? should they both be open at the same time?

    Thank you,

  12. Dan says:

    Hi Laverne,

    That does sound strange.

    My initial guess would be that the top one is the cold air return and the lower one is the actual heat / conditioned air to enter the room. However, most often they are placed not within the same stud space to prevent the heated / conditioned air being sucked right back into the furnace / central air conditioner.

    I wonder if the prior owner of your home found that particular room cold and installed a second vent (likely the top one) themselves, rather tackling the cause of the problem through increased insulation, sealing the air leaks, etc.

    My other ‘guess’ is that perhaps the person who installed the vents was thinking to open the bottom one in the winter (as warm / heated air rises to the top) while open only the top one in the summer (thinking that the cooler conditioned air would filter downwards).

    I hope that helps.

  13. Belcat says:

    Regarding the soundproofing between floors, I would recommend blow-in cellulose (or fiberglass, but it is more expensive). Small holes can be made in the ceiling to fill the space between the floor joists using a blower, then these holes can be patched. The results are quite noticeable (I’m told, haven’t done it), and cellulose is cheap. The labor is the expensive part.

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