Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

Unfinished Floor Tile Edge by Sunken Room

Last time we looked at the finishing solution used on the vertical stairway riser by the newly laid floor tile. Today we have a similar dilemma for the edge of the newly laid hallway floor tile at the end of the sunken living room. Here is a picture of the sunken living room entrance to the front hall before the floor tiling renovation project began. And now here is a picture of the same area once the new floor tile has been laid in the front hall. Notice the difference? … [Read more...]

Foundation Wall Crack Project Repair Completed

Finishing Nails and Spike

Yesterday I placed the carpet back into position and almost had the baseboard trim in place. I say 'almost' as there were some gaps which I wanted to see if I could reduce. So, I found some finishing nails from a prior project and proceeded to hammer a few of them into areas with what I thought was excessive gaps between the baseboard trim and the base of the wall. My goal was to reduce as much of this gap as practical to both have a uniform finished appearance and reduce the amount of … [Read more...]

Bathroom Faucet Removal

Bathub Spout Removal

Yesterday we described our situation with the damaged diverter within the spout in our bathroom's bathtub, such that we no longer could divert the water to the shower head. I greatly feared a possible solution because I know little and have even less personal experience with plumbing. However, I learned that underneath the spout is a small hole through with the small screw holding the spout to the water pipe could be accessed and loosened sufficiently that the spout could be simply pulled … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter – 1

Child Proof Elecrical Outlet Plugs

With today, March 27, 2010 being Earth Hour, I thought it appropriate to step back and look at all of the different materials and devices we use in our own home to reduce our energy consumption during the winter; an inventory, if you will. This could be something which reduces the amount of heat we need created by our natural gas furnace. It could also be something which helps us reduce the amount of electricity we use (a benefit throughout the year). There are a lot of different materials … [Read more...]

Overlooked Caulking Tube Tip

Caulking Gun Tip

A while back I wrote about the removable tip on a new type of caulking tube, at least it was new to me. In that article I undersold the value of this innovation to one of the most common materials used in finishing painting around door frames and window frames. Over the recent holidays, I had some time to get to a few home maintenance tasks which I had been putting off. One of those was caulking the gap between a door frame and the wall of our public washroom (as opposed to an en suite … [Read more...]

Cheap Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 3

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our Un-Official Guide To Home Energy & Water Conservation, 2nd Edition Yesterday, in Part 2, we continued to review the many money saving tips on your home's heating bill this winter which will cost you just a little to do. Yes, these are both money savings and energy conservation tips all in one. Today we continue where we left off in our review of the money … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Contest Winners

Our home energy conservation contest wrapped up over the weekend with all three randomly selected winners confirming that they indeed met our contestant eligibility requirements. It is interesting that most of our past contest winners have been located in the United States whereas all three of our contest winners this time reside in Canada; random is random I guess. If you recall, to enter contestants had to correctly identify the conservation tip number 306 from our Un-Official Guide to … [Read more...]

Sealing Home Air Leaks To Reduce Home Heating Bills

Cansolair Solar Max 240 Installed

There are many energy saving ways to reduce home heating bills in the winter. Activities such as increasing attic insulation, sufficient wall insulation, basement wall insulation, high efficiency furnace, conversion to natural gas furnace (from, for example, home heating oil), solar air collectors, ENERGY STAR windows, and so on. The challenge is that each of these above tactics cost a lot of money. We are talking $1,000 and up ... even after most available government grants. And, … [Read more...]

Last Weekend To Enter Our Fall Energy Conservation Contest

Quick note today. If you have not done so already, I suggest you use the following link to access the article containing the details and entry form for our fall home energy conservation contest. This contest is sponsored by DAP, the caulking, sealant and home products people. They have provided us with three of their home energy savings packages which contain a number of different DAP products, including some of their home renovation offerings. Don't wait as this is the … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 3

Cold Cellar Air Leaks Sealed With DAP Tex

Yesterday, I wrote about the product I chose to seal the air leaks around the cold cellar door frame in our basement, the DAP Tex product. The application when pretty well. As you will recognize from my other projects, I am not the neatest when it comes to applying certain energy conservation products. However, hidden away in the basement behind a door means that I don't have to worry about appearance; my focus is reducing my winter heating costs by reducing air leaks to stop the cold air … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 2

DAP Tex and DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday I wrote about the air leaks we discovered around our cold cellar door during the blower test of our second home energy audit. Today I wanted to write about the solution I used. Now, as shown yesterday, we are not talking about a space that is 10 inches wide by 10 inches high. The amount of space around the door frame is around, by my calculations, about 15 square feet (36 inches wide at the top of the door + 72 inches high for one side of the door X 2 sides X 1 inch deep); … [Read more...]

DAP Home Energy Conservation Contest – One Week Left

Quick and short note. The current fall energy conservation contest is almost over. It ends at 11:59 pm ET. Remember, there are three prizes of DAP energy savings packages, valued at approximately $90 per the people over at DAP, to be won, with each package containing the following: DAPtex® Plus Window & Door Foam Sealant DAP® Seal ‘N Peel® Removable Weatherstrip Caulk DAP® SIDE Winder® Advanced Polymer Siding & Window Sealant DAP® 3.0™ Advanced All-Purpose … [Read more...]

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