Completing Bathroom Drywall Repair

Closeup of Painting Wall Repair

In the previous article within this drywall repair series, we discussed the technique of using not one but two coats of primer paint, before painting, on top of the two coats of drywall compound, sanded, used to repair the holes in the drywall left when we repositioned the improperly installed double towel rack. Today we see the results of applying the paint. Remember that our goal is to have it appear once the drywall repair project is finished as if there was never a drywall repair … [Read more...]

MicroFIT Solar Panel Home Installation

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Over the summer and early fall we wrote about our own experiences with the Ontario MicroFIT program which provides a 20 year contract at a fixed price rate to purchase all of the electricity a household or farm can produce. In our case we were considering installing solar panels on the south-ish facing and the west-south facing roof of our home. We haven't yet proceeded. As of the time this article was written, we had not yet received our conditional contract from the Ontario Power … [Read more...]

Ontario microFIT Conditional Contracts Released En Masse?

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It has been about 6 weeks since I submitted my microFIT application on-line back towards the end of July. I have not received my conditional contract yet. The clock for the 40% Ontario content until 12-31-2010, rising to 60% Ontario content 01-01-2011 is ticking. And, I am not going to commit money to any installer until I have a conditional contract in hand. So, being the curious fellow that I can be at times, this past Friday (two days ago) I called up the OPA's microFIT Program … [Read more...]

Details of a microFIT Solar On Site Assessment

The prior article in this series on our experiences with Ontario's microFIT initiative, we wrote about our experience with one installation vendor's on site solar assessment visit to our home. The purpose of this on site solar assessment was to provide us with the following data to help us determine if from a financial perspective investing in a roof top solar panel installation on our south facing roof would be economically / financially viable: what size of solar roof top installation … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 2

Yesterday we wrote about and shows the major gaps along the outer edges of our family room fireplace which caused significant air to rush into our home during our second energy audit's blower test.Today, we show the solution. For comparative purposes, here is one picture showing the gaps between the wood trim and the brick of the fireplace. Now, our solution was to use DAP Seal N'Peel removable (or as I say in the video below, strippable) caulking. Why this product which, yes, … [Read more...]

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